Great Job and Congratulations Allison Hunnicutt

In the 1990s the Workers’ Compensation Section got into the business of producing a review course for the Board Certification examination.

I undertook the challenge of certification. It is not easy, but frankly it is an achievable goal for any of you and I encourage you again to consider it. I began the process because I was encouraged by an experienced attorney, immediately following my first workers’ compensation hearing. I was fortunate to have the opportunity of the Bar's review course.

As I practiced through the 1990s, documenting my hearings for the certification process, I met and worked with Allison Hunnicutt. She had returned to Jacksonville from Texas and brought energy and drive to the firm with which I was practicing in the mid 1990s. I recall watching her build her own client base and practice. I watched her navigate the challenges that are part of any employment, and particularly of any law firm. I have seen her involved in, and devoted to, so many bar activities over the years.

The Bar’s certification review program has evolved over the years. Coincidentally, the Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP), which was founded in 1989, later began offering a certification course for adjusters. The two organizations saw similar interests and began a collaboration to offer a far broader educational program, which evolved into The Forum. There are many Florida Bar members who deserve credit for the success of the Forum, including Jeffrey Jacobs, Richard Thompson and Dawn Traverso. I well recall watching them report their progress and challenges at Executive Council meetings over the years.

The Forum is a complex program, involving three days of speakers and classes. The conclusion of each successful iteration of the Forum means it is time to begin planning for the next. Chairing this program is a huge time commitment and challenge.

Last August at the Section’s Executive Council meeting, outgoing Chair Dawn Traverso recognized several Section leaders for their contributions during her term as Chair. One of those recognitions was Allison Hunnicut for her work on The Forum. Ms. Traverso noted Ms. Hunnicutt's efforts, her hard work, and success with the Forum.

Ms. Hunnicutt is admitted to practice in Florida and Texas. She is a member of The Florida, Jacksonville, and Texas Bar Associations. She has been involved in the Inns of Courts, serving both the Chester Bedell Inn and the E. Robert Williams Inn of Court. Ms. Hunnicutt has been involved in Jacksonville Legal Aid, the Morning Star School, and Meninak. She is clearly a leader in the Florida workers’ compensation and Jacksonville legal communities.

Ms. Traverso’s, and the Section’s, recognition of Allison's effort and success with the Forum is worthy of note here. She successfully planned and managed the Forum in 2013. The program was worthy of note, with many exceptional speakers and educational opportunities. She has also planned and organized the upcoming 2014 Forum. Mark your calendars for April 9-11, 2014.

Congratulations Allison Hunnicutt on your success with the Forum, and the Section’s recognition of your effort and success!






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