Rita M. Mairs
Chief Legal Counsel, The School Board of Duval County
Education
University of Florida (B.A., honors, 1998)
University of Florida (J.D., high honors, 2001)
FAX (904) 255-5120
Legal Assistant BeLinda Peeples
Phone (904) 390-2069
Rita M. Mairs joined the Office of General Counsel in May 2012.  Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. Mairs spent eight years litigating in both the public sector and at the law firm of Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans, and Coxe, P.A.  Ms. Mairs then served as the Lead Judicial Staff Attorney for the Circuit Court judges assigned to the criminal division, where she primarily handled matters pertaining to capital cases and high-profile criminal cases.  While employed as a Judicial Staff Attorney, Ms. Mairs was appointed on several occasions by the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit to serve as a Special Master to preside over hearings related to requests for belated appeals, and also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she taught Advanced Trial Practice.

Ms. Mairs received a Bachelors of Arts Degree with Honors from the University of Florida in 1998.  She went on to obtain a Juris Doctor Degree with High Honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2001.  While in law school, Ms. Mairs served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy, was awarded the Book Award for Trial Practice, and competed throughout the state and nation on the Trial Team.  Ms. Mairs was also selected to the Order of the Coif, a prestigious legal honor society.

Ms. Mairs is a former associate of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, a former committee chair of the Jacksonville Women Lawyer's Association and has served as a volunteer judge for Teen Court and the Florida Coastal Trial Team.  She is currently a member of the Florida and Jacksonville Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Rita M. Mairs
Chief Legal Counsel, The School Board of Duval County
Education
University of Florida (B.A., honors, 1998)
University of Florida (J.D., high honors, 2001)
FAX (904) 255-5120
Legal Assistant BeLinda Peeples
Phone (904) 390-2069
Rita M. Mairs joined the Office of General Counsel in May 2012.  Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. Mairs spent eight years litigating in both the public sector and at the law firm of Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans, and Coxe, P.A.  Ms. Mairs then served as the Lead Judicial Staff Attorney for the Circuit Court judges assigned to the criminal division, where she primarily handled matters pertaining to capital cases and high-profile criminal cases.  While employed as a Judicial Staff Attorney, Ms. Mairs was appointed on several occasions by the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit to serve as a Special Master to preside over hearings related to requests for belated appeals, and also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she taught Advanced Trial Practice.

Ms. Mairs received a Bachelors of Arts Degree with Honors from the University of Florida in 1998.  She went on to obtain a Juris Doctor Degree with High Honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2001.  While in law school, Ms. Mairs served as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy, was awarded the Book Award for Trial Practice, and competed throughout the state and nation on the Trial Team.  Ms. Mairs was also selected to the Order of the Coif, a prestigious legal honor society.

Ms. Mairs is a former associate of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, a former committee chair of the Jacksonville Women Lawyer's Association and has served as a volunteer judge for Teen Court and the Florida Coastal Trial Team.  She is currently a member of the Florida and Jacksonville Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.