Celebrating Mandi Clay!
Mandi Clay is the epitome of a volunteer. She helps her neighbors, serves her communities and shares her expertise. And like many in the voluntary bar community, she steps up to make a difference despite a demanding personal life and professional career.
We all like to work with people who meet deadlines and do what they say they will when they say they will. Clay is one of those premium volunteers. She has a lot to do but is the one most likely to get things done.
A 10-year Tampa area attorney, Clay is the vice-president of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, is an active member of the George Edgecomb Society and is serving her second term on The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, where most recently, her suggestion for renaming this newsletter The SideBar was chosen by her peers.
Florida Bar president Michelle Suskauer appointed Clay to the Standing Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers. Her interest in mental health and wellness is borne of experience. When she was 18, Clay attempted to end her life. Her heart stopped but she was revived to start what she calls “her second life.” While she still struggles with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks – she has learned a lot about coping and is passionate about helping others. She is grateful to be able to share what she’s learned with other attorneys through her voluntary bar work.
In 2018, Clay was the chair of the VBLC’s Healthy Hour Challenge. In July, she will speak at the Voluntary Bar Leader’s Conference on mental health issues. Her panel presentation is scheduled for July 12.
Clay lives in Riverview with her husband, Korey, and is a busy Auntie.
Thank you, Ms. Clay for all you do!