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#JustServe: An Attorney’s View

Mayanne Downs, prominent Orlando attorney shares her experience of serving as a juror in the Ninth Circuit.

So you’re going through your mail and you see a jury summons. Don’t think “oh, no.” This is an opportunity for you to play a vital role in our jury system, and could possibly impact your future life choices – at least that’s what happened to today’s podcast guest.

Mayanne Downs is the first woman president and managing editor of GrayRobinson. She has served as president of the Orange County Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, and the Florida Bar, and is the first woman appointed City Attorney for Orlando. Her experience serving on a jury years ago sparked her interest in pursuing a legal career. Now a widely respected attorney, she sits down with Chief Judge Fred Lauten to share her passion for jury service.

Each year, nearly 200,000 residents of Orange and Osceola counties receive a jury summons. Providing a jury trial to persons accused of a crime or involved in a civil dispute would be impossible without persons from a rich, diverse cross-section of our community responding positively to their summons. Tune in to this podcast, to hear about Mayanne’s latest experience while reporting for jury service. Next time you receive a summons, you may just be pleasantly surprised.

In this episode

Frederick J. Lauten

Podcast Moderator

Judge Lauten is currently the Chief Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He has served as a Judge since 1993.

Mayanne Downs

Attorney

Mayanne has been a part of the Central Florida business community for over 35 years and has practiced law for 25 years.