Kansas R. Gooden and Geneva R. Fountain volunteered to provide pro bono services in a dependency case on behalf of the Guardian ad Litem Program. The parent of a minor child appealed an order adjudicating the minor child dependent. The Boyd & Jenerette Appellate Team volunteered through the Defending Best Interest Project to assist the Guardian ad Litem Program to secure the best result for the minor child by filing an answer brief in the parent’s appeal. The Third District Court of Appeal issued a per curiam affirmance and the trial court’s dependency order stands.
Kansas Gooden is a Board Certified Appellate Specialist, AV rated, and serves as the firm’s appellate practice group leader. She has extensive experience handling all types of civil appellate proceedings, including extraordinary writs and plenary appeals, in state and federal courts. She also provides trial and litigation support to attorneys throughout the state. Kansas is highly involved in the state and local bar associations and has served in many leadership roles. She currently is the Chair of the FDLA’s Amicus Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the organization. Kansas is a frequent lecturer and travels the state presenting seminars and presentations on various topics to both attorneys and adjusters.
Geneva Fountain is an attorney in our appellate group. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fountain clerked for the Honorable Stephanie W. Ray at the Florida First District Court of Appeal. While in law school, Geneva served as a writing and research editor and as the editor-in-chief for the Florida State University Business Review. In addition, she worked as a teaching assistant in Legal Writing and Research I & II. In her last year of law school, she served as a law clerk for the appellate division of the Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel.