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. CEO Ericka Garcia has experience on both sides of the grantee/funder fence as a former legal aid lawyer prior to her work at an IOLTA organization as statewide Director of Pro Bono Partnerships. She and co-founder Jennifer Wimberly, who has since returned to work as a civil legal aid attorney, created CJP to fulfill an unmet need for systems-focused consulting for legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide.

Leadership

Well before becoming an attorney, Ericka was a legal assistant and paralegal in private, government and non-profit sectors. After law school she worked for 6 years as a legal aid attorney, later moving on to launch and lead the pro bono department at Florida’s statewide IOLTA program. Through these varied experiences, she realized that successful partnerships require synergistic relationships to achieve mutual goals effectively and consistently. CJP makes sure that synergistic relationship extends to our clients by picking projects that align closely with our value system of integrity and collaboration. Another key principle of that value system is that our work should measurably 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 lives.

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 for two and a half 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 in one place.

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 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.

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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 pursue – along with our clients – projects that excite us and about which we feel truly passionate. Another reason is that we were lacking the balance we craved for ourselves and our families. Collaborative Justice Partners is our baby. 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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