As president of Florida Legal Services, Miami attorney Cristina Alonso is a designated director on the Foundation board. A shareholder with Carlton Fields in Miami, Alonso is a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice and Trial Support Group and serves as the group’s continuing legal education training director. She practices in the areas of product liability, complex commercial litigation and personal injury defense. Alonso is a member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors and serves as vice-chair of its Pro Bono and Community Involvement Committee. She also is a member of The Florida Bar Appellate Section’s Pro Bono Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her juris doctorate at the University of Florida College of Law.
Judge Marva L. Crenshaw has been appointed by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy Quince to replace Judge Thomas S. Wilson Jr., who retired from the bench, and accordingly from the Foundation board, in October. Crenshaw was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal in January 2009. Her career began as a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office in Miami-Dade County. She later served as deputy director of Bay Area Legal Services until she was appointed to the Hillsborough County Court in 1989. In 2000, she was appointed to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.
As a trial judge, she served in the civil, family, criminal and juvenile divisions. An honors graduate of the Tuskegee Institute, she received her juris doctorate from the University of Florida College of Law.
As president-elect of The Florida Bar, Mayanne Downs is a designated director on the Foundation board. A shareholder with King, Blackwell, Downs & Zehnder, P.A. in Orlando, Downs practices civil, trial, appellate and domestic relations law. She is also the city attorney for the City of Orlando. Downs has been a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors since 2002 and has served on the Executive Committee since 2005. She is past president of the Orange County Bar Association and The Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association and serves as a Guardian ad Litem for neglected and abused children. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her juris doctorate from the University of Florida College of Law.