Today #DisabilityRightsInBlack is celebrating the sheer excellence of two Black attorneys from Disability Rights Florida, Felicia Jordan and Jatinique Randle! Jatinique is a young staff attorney whose work primarily involves investigating alleged cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation in institutions that serve individuals with disabilities. Felicia is currently the Director of Disability Rights Florida’s Representative Payee program and has devoted over 20 years of her career to disability rights. Both make every effort to protect the rights and freedom of people with disabilities across Florida. Check out this charming conversation between Felicia and Jatinique as they share about their lives, careers, and advice for Black youth interested in law.
Jatinique Randle is a Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the United States District Court Northern District of Florida and the United States District Court Middle District of Florida. At Disability Rights Florida, Jatinique primarily investigates cases of alleged abuse and neglect in institutional settings that serve individuals with disabilities and mental illness. She joined Disability Rights Florida in 2017 as an attorney on the Systemic Reforms team where she provided technical assistance and legal representation to individuals with disabilities at administrative hearings. Jatinique has a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Social Science Education from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University. As a law student, she was a student-attorney in the Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic and a law clerk at the Advancement Project working for the Voter Protection Program. Jatinique also interned with the Southern Poverty Law Center in its Children’s Rights and Criminal Justice Reform projects, and worked as an assistant pre-law instructor at the University of Mississippi for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s Summer Institute. Prior to joining Disability Rights Florida, she was a senior contract specialist for Citibank. Jatinique is based in Tampa, Florida.
Felicia Jordan currently serves as a director with Disability Rights Florida. Ms. Jordan earned her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts, U.S. District Court for the Northern District and the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has served on the Florida Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division for two consecutive terms as well as various boards and committees of the Florida Bar and local bar associations. Her public interest and disability law experience includes several years working for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. and many years representing individuals with disabilities before the Social Security Administration, Ms. Jordan currently works on the Social Security Representative team for Disability Rights Florida.