LAKELAND, Fla. – August 1, 2019 – Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS) has selected Jaffe S. Pickett, a longtime legal services attorney and executive with a passion for service, as its next Executive Director.

Ms. Pickett will serve as Executive Director, bringing a wealth of knowledge in the operation of Legal Services, having been employed with Legal Services Alabama since 2005. Ms. Pickett served as Deputy Director of Legal Services Alabama since 2018 and as its Director of Development since 2013. Prior to those roles Ms. Pickett served as the Director of Training, Call Center Director and Director of Alabama’s first Elder Law Helpline. She was hired at Legal Services of Alabama in 2005 specializing in Elder Law and working with the Central Alabama Aging Consortium in the Montgomery Office. She was named Legal Services of Alabama Employee of the Year in 2009, the same year she joined its Executive Leadership Team. She is a graduate of Troy University, cum laude, and Louisiana State University School of Law where she received both a degree in Civil Law Studies and a Juris Doctorate.

In her words, “This Executive Director selection allows me to combine my strengths in strategic partnerships and resource development and extensive background in planning and organizational operations from years executive level management to benefit Florida Rural Legal Services. I am excited about the future of FRLS and so proud of the exceptional services in place at FRLS. I am excited to join the board and staff in our program advocacy and community education, working together towards our vision of an inclusive justice system, where every person, regardless of their economic status, has equal access to legal representation. I look forward to years of expanded services and partnerships that will benefit our client communities and fulfil our mission of empowering and restoring dignity to low-income individuals, groups, and communities by providing them with equal access to justice.”

Ms. Pickett was selected as a member of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum in 2013 and appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees (Middle District) for the State Bar Lawyer Referral Service (2014-2017) and the Pro Bono Public Service Committee (2014-2018). She was appointed to the Alabama WINGS Steering Committee in 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Alabama Alliance, Resource & Advocacy Center. Ms. Pickett authored a guidebook on Rural Economic Development Projects for legal aid and other community organizations in 2019 and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences including the Equal Justice Conference (EJC) and the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA).

Ms. Pickett also served as Interim Executive Director of Legal Services of Alabama in 2016 and 2017 and oversaw its partnerships and collaborations, disaster work, grants, donations, external and internal communications, publications and marketing.

About Florida Rural Legal Services
Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS) is a nonprofit that empowers low-income individuals, groups, and communities by providing them with access to justice through legal advice, representation, and advocacy. Founded in 1966, the organization has 70 staff members and seven offices in 13 counties to help clients with legal problems involving civil rights, consumer, employment, public benefits, economic stability, housing, elder, farm worker and other areas of the law. Each year, FRLS handles thousands of cases and continues to evolve in the quality and scope of services provided. To learn more about us, please visit: