Jennifer Burns received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and a minor in French, cum laude, from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2009 and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, in May 2014.
While in law school, Jennifer devoted much of her time serving the community by volunteering her time around campus as well as at the Tampa Courthouse and with the Hillsborough County Bar Association, helping with programs such as the Domestic Violence Assistance Program. Throughout law school, Jennifer was selected by her peers to leadership positions to both the Equal Justice Works Society as Secretary and the Family Law Society where she served as both Treasurer and then President. Her leadership and volunteerism were recognized through receipt of the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, awarded to those students with exceptional pro bono service hours, and she was also featured is Stetson Lawyer for her achievement of outstanding pro bono service hours.
While at Stetson, Jennifer also devoted much of her time outside of school to the family law community, by being involved in the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. She attended conferences for the Section and also received editing credit for the February 2014 Florida Bar Journal article “The ‘Progeny’ of Florida’s Reproductive Technology Statutes”.
During law school, Jennifer interned for the Public Defender’s Office in the 13th Judicial Circuit and the Office of the Attorney general Children’s Legal Services. Jennifer then worked as a law clerk with Carmen R. Gillett, PLLC, which she joined as an associate attorney upon her admittance to the Florida Bar in 2014. Since joining the office, Jennifer has become involved in the local Young Lawyer Division group and is looking forward to becoming active in our community.