March is the anniversary month for the famous protest along Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge led by Martin Luther King Jr. in his mission to achieve fair voting rights. Fifty years later, the fight for equality for African-Americans is not over.
Our own Bill Sheppard and Betsy White are featured in an article written by The Florida Times Union about the state's prohibition against same-sex marriage. The weddings of thousands of gay and lesbian couples throughout Florida since January 6th were made possible in part because of the groundbreaking lawsuit brought by Sheppard and White.
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida was established in 1962. During its existence, numerous important civil rights and constitutional cases have been litigated in its courtrooms. Bill Sheppard and Betsy White have been fortunate to be in the forefront of much of this litigation. They recount their experiences in two articles recently published in The Florida Historical Quarterly,Vol. 92 (Fall 2013).
William J. "Bill" Sheppard is a criminal trial attorney based in Jacksonville, Florida. For the past forty-four years, he has built a reputation as an eminent civil rights, criminal defense and appellate attorney. He is well known for handling cases involving police misconduct, police shootings and the First Amendment to our nation's Constitution in state and federal court. He has also taken on a number of race, age and gender discrimination cases. Bill's interest in vindicating his clients' rights has led him to argue before the United States Supreme Court. He has appeared in front of the court on three different instances, including his successful augment in Doggett v. United States in 1992. One of Bill's greatest successes as an attorney was when he litigated Florida's momentous statewide prison conditions case, which produced considerable improvements in sufficient care for those who were incarcerated. Whether it's a complicated white-collar defense case or death penalty case, Bill has successfully exonerated his clients for the past four decades he's been practicing law
After yet another incomprehensible act of violence, people around the country are wondering what can be done to prevent the death of more innocent people. Certainly, the accessibility of guns with the capacity to inflict maximum damage to maximum numbers of people must be addressed. As someone who has seen the unavailability of accessible care, however, the issue I would like to address is how we treat - or don't treat - people with serious mental health issues.
Whether you are involved in a civil, criminal, or appellate case, the most important step in the process is to find the right trial lawyer for your case. Aggressive legal representation is an invaluable asset when it comes to preserving your freedom and reputation. With decades of experience, the attorneys of Sheppard, White & Kachergus will prepare diligently for your case to ensure that you have the best chance to succeed at trial. Our reputation as trial lawyers speaks for itself. As one of the premiere law firms in Jacksonville, we believe that our level of service and knowledge is unmatched. At our firm, you are more than just a number. We give each and every case that comes through our doors the individual attention and maximum effort it deserves. In fact, we consider each of our clients a member of our team and strive to generate the results that you desire and deserve.
Although the days of the Civil Rights Movement seem like a distant memory to some, discrimination is still a rampant issue in today's society. Discrimination laws prohibit discrimination on the grounds of:
In celebration of Black History Month, The Jacksonville Bar Association lunch meeting Tuesday featured a viewing of the documentary "Conversations on Catfish, Courtrooms, and Change: The Life and Times of Henry Lee Adams, Jr." The film detailed the creation of what is believed to be the first integrated law firm in Florida - Sheppard, Fletcher, Hand & Adams. It has been entered in the Amelia Island Film Festival Thursday-Sunday. Pictured from left, William Sheppard, Jack Hand, Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Lyman Fletcher and Circuit Judge Hugh Carithers, who was a partner in the firm. Adams was the first African-American judge in the Fourth Circuit, the first African-American U.S. District judge in the Middle District of Florida, appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, and the first African-American Senior U.S. District judge in the state.