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Blog 8.21.20

Every Friday, FJA® members can expect an inbox notification alerting the arrival of a carefully curated selection of recent court opinions and news stories from the week.

Since its launch in 2017, the FJA Reading File has grown to become one of FJA’s highest-performing communications. In a survey conducted at the end of 2019, members claimed the FJA Reading File as one of their top five membership benefits.

Each week, one contributor will research recent noteworthy decisions while FJA marketing and communications staff compile and summarize important legal news. FJA staff then combine their work with that of the week’s volunteer attorney contributor, and the email is sent out to the membership. What started out as a group of six attorneys has grown to a team of 18 contributors, all of whom have offered hours of research each week to make one of FJA’s top-rated benefits possible.

“Serving as an FJA Reading File contributor is among my most meaningful and rewarding extra-curricular activities,” said Richard “Ric” Asfar of Cotney Construction Law, LLP. Asfar’s introduction to the FJA was through the newsletter in 2017 when a colleague asked him to help compile the case law update section. Eventually, Asfar took over the responsibility of finding cases and began to learn more about the FJA. Ultimately, his involvement with the FJA Reading File led Asfar to become a member of the association.

P. Alexander Gillen of Newsome Melton has been a contributor to the FJA Reading File since 2018. “Being a contributor means I am taking active steps to protect my future practice by getting information out to other attorneys that can help them win their cases,” Gillen said. “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

Those who join the volunteer team of contributors understand the role they play in contributing to the FJA mission by helping to create a valuable resource frequently used by our members in their practices. “I am honored to have the opportunity to share recent noteworthy opinions to FJA members that might impact their cases,” said Asfar. “I have also found that the exercise of preparing case law updates has benefitted me in my practice, and I would recommend the exercise to others looking to develop their law and motion skills.”

Without this volunteer team of attorneys, the FJA Reading File would not exist. We have each of these attorneys to thank for their hard work, time, and dedication to strengthening our mission.

If you’re interested in contributing to the FJA Reading File, email Deputy Director of Marketing Abigail Bayer at

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Abi Bayer

Abigail (Abi) Bayer is the Deputy Director of Marketing with the Florida Justice Association. Abi joined the FJA in 2016 while completing her degree in English at Florida State University. She creates, implements, and manages all digital marketing operations for the FJA, including email, social media, and video projects. When she isn't coming up with new ways to enhance the FJA member experience, you can find Abi curled up with a book & an iced coffee.