FSW presents lecture from Judge Mary Evans

20th Judicial Circuit Judge Mary Evans will present “Applied Critical Thinking: A View from the Bench” during Florida SouthWestern State College’s Critical Thinking Lecture Series at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus, Building U-102, Fort Myers. Additionally, the presentation can be viewed digitally at the FSW Hendry/Glades Curtis Center, Building A, Room 114.

Judge Evans was elected to the Circuit Court bench by the voters of the 20th Judicial Circuit in 2014. She attended Edison State College, graduating with her associate’s degree, summa cum laude; Florida Gulf Coast University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude; and Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2003, was a Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator and was admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

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Judge Mary Evans

Judge Evans was a practicing attorney with two different prominent Southwest Florida family law firms before starting her own private family law practice in 2011 and continuing until her election to the bench. She is the 2013 past president of the Lee County Bar Association, member of the Lee County Bar Association Executive Committee for five years, past chairwoman of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court Mock Trial Program and past chairwoman of the LCBA Family Law Section. She has served the Florida Bar as a state member of the Family Law Section Continuing Education Committee and as a member of the Florida Bar Speakers Bureau on the subject of merit retention. Judge Evans also served the community as a pro bono attorney with the Florida Attorney ad Litem program, a mentor for the PACE Center for Girls, volunteer with the Quality of Life Center Free Legal Clinic and as a member of the Lee County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Judge Evans has been involved with numerous other charitable organizations during the past 30 years. The FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series features college and community leaders who discuss how they use critical thinking skills in their profession or focus on critical topics from their area of career or academic interest. The series is free and open to the public. Presentations take place weekly, and the fall series runs September through November.

For more information on the FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series, contact Whitney Rhyne, director of strategic initiatives, at 239-433-6943 or Whitney.Rhyne@fsw.edu.

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