Karen Skyers is an attorney with the firm's Government Law & Lobbying Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Skyers was a legal intern for the Federal Public Defender's Office in Orlando, where she worked with experienced attorneys to garner experience on Federal Sentencing Guidelines and appellate practice. She also interned at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights where she conducted research on specific human rights issues including application of international human rights "norms" to developing countries, researching developments in the domestic legal systems of specific countries and their implication on human rights. She prepared documents for submission to government and United Nations officials which included legal research and reports on briefings.
Ms. Skyers also worked as a Legislative Aide to Florida Senator Arthenia L. Joyner, used her legal and communications skills to assist the Senator in shaping state policy by developing legislative proposals and implementing strategies to get them enacted into law. She assisted with issues such as budget conferences, redistricting and criminal laws. She attended state and local meetings on behalf of the Senator, and prepared press releases and newsletters keeping the district informed of important issues. Additionally, in her service to the public, Ms. Skyers worked as a former public defender for Hillsborough County, where she developed skills at helping her clients navigate the criminal justice system.
Ms. Skyers has experience as an independent contractor/lobbyist. She represented clients' interests before the Florida Legislature, researched and analyzed legislation, and educated government officials and corporate leaders on issues of importance before the legislature.
Ms. Skyers worked as a child protective investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Families, where she investigated alleged abuse, neglect and/or abandonment of children to determine if abusive or unsafe conditions existed. She successfully enabled the adoption of 26 children out of foster care and into homes. Interviewing children and adults concerning allegations of abuse, and attending dependency court hearings were the initial catalysts to her interest in becoming an attorney.
Activities and Memberships
Ms. Skyers participated in the Burton Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition. She was Secretary for the Black Law Student Association and a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association. She was also President of Phi Alpha Delta, the largest co-ed professional law fraternity in the U.S.