Creating Collaborative Relationships

About Us

Our Mission

Established in April 2018 as a Limited Liability Company in Florida, the mission of Collaborative Justice Partners (CJP) is to create collaborative relationships and break down barriers to promote social, racial, and economic justice to uplift communities. We envision a world where organizations that serve vulnerable individuals achieve their greatest success through accessible, creative, and collaborative solutions. The founding members of CJP have experience on both sides of the grantee/funder fence as former legal aid lawyers prior to their work at an IOLTA organization as Directors, respectively in the Grants and Pro Bono Departments.

Our Team

Well before we became attorneys, we were legal assistants and paralegals in both private, government and the non-profit sectors. Before we became a team, we worked at the same legal services organization, just not at the same time. It even turned out we had a client in common at different points. Eventually, we did work together and realized we had a synergistic relationship that was unique and needed to continue evolving. We make sure that synergistic relationship extends to our clients by picking projects that align closely with our value system of integrity. Also key is that our work improve the lives of low-income and vulnerable individuals and families who but for their non-profit lawyer would not have access to justice. All individuals deserve a meaningful chance at living their best life.

Collaborative Justice Partners - Jenn Wimberly and Ericka Garcia
Ericka Garcia

Ericka Garcia

CEO and Co-Founder

Phone: 407-443-4920
Email: ericka@collaborativejusticepartners.com

Ericka Garcia

CEO and Co-Founder

Phone: 407-443-4920
Email: ericka@collaborativejusticepartners.com

Ericka Garcia is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collaborative Justice Partners. She most recently served as the inaugural Director of Pro Bono Partnerships at The Florida Bar Foundation (FBF/Foundation) for 2.5 years prior to opening CJP. To implement an expanded vision for pro bono in Florida, she oversaw the creation of Florida Pro Bono Matters (FPBM), an interactive website allowing attorneys to take pro bono cases through the use of new technology by displaying available cases from multiple pro bono programs at one time.

Ericka has presented on panels at the ABA Equal Justice Conference, LSC’s TIG/ITC conference, Pro Bono Institute’s Annual Conference, and Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Statewide Disabilities Conference. She is a Class IV Fellow of The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy. Ericka is Chair-Elect of the Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Ericka began her career at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in 2009. As a Guardian ad Litem attorney for dependent children with developmental disabilities, Ericka provided holistic representation to approximately 300 children while recruiting and training about 250 pro bono GAL attorneys, lay volunteers, and community partners on a local and statewide level. Ericka currently provides pro bono services through local civil legal aid programs.

Jennifer Wimberly

General Counsel and Co-Founder

Phone: 407-257-3163
Email: jenn@collaborativejusticepartners.com

Jennifer Wimberly is the General Counsel and Co-Founder of Collaborative Justice Partners. Prior to launching Collaborative Justice Partners with Ericka, she served as the Director of Grants at The Florida Bar Foundation (FBF/Foundation) which is the IOTA funder in Florida. Jenn was at the Foundation for 10 years in the Grants Department and had the honor of working with civil legal aid thought leaders in Florida and across the country. Jenn managed grant programs, capacity building & technical assistance, and relationships with 30 civil legal aid providers and nearly 200 LRAP participants.

Jenn is a 2017-18 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO Funders) Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellow. She also completed the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership program. Jennifer has presented on panels at LSC’s TIG/ITC conference, the ABA’s Equal Justice Conference, IOLTA workshops, and local events.

Jenn started her legal career as a public benefits attorney in 2003 at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. Jenn currently provides pro bono services through local civil legal aid providers.

Jennifer Wimberly

Jennifer Wimberly

General Counsel and Co-Founder

Phone: 407-257-3163
Email: jenn@collaborativejusticepartners.com

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Balance

One of the reasons we started Collaborative Justice Partners was our desire to expand our leadership and collaborative work beyond the Sunshine State, continue to grow as professionals and leaders, and to work on projects and with clients that we find exciting and are passionate about. Another reason is that we were lacking the balance we craved for ourselves and our families. Collaborative Justice Partners is our baby and sometimes we work crazy hours and sometimes we have time to take a yoga class. It’s all about the balance.

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