JUNE 24, 2019 – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new nursing room at The Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center in Sarasota. Members of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), members of the judiciary, and courthouse personnel were on hand for the official ceremony to open the room.
The nursing room will be open to any courthouse visitor – whether an employee, juror, attorney, or member of the public – and will available during business hours of the courthouse. Located in room 704, the nursing room will provide a private space that is shielded from view and interruption from the public. The nursing room offers new mothers a quiet, comfortable place to nurse or pump breast milk within the courthouse, equipped with a glider, changing station, fridge, and other essentials such as baby wipes, diaper genie, diaper refill bags, and breast milk bags.
Signs posted in the courthouse will provide information to visitors about the space. Court Administration located on the 8th floor is happy to assist lactating mothers locate the room, and ensure the room is used appropriately.
“It is our hope that this room will make nursing mothers feel welcome at the courthouse,” said Icard Merrill Attorney Jessica Farrelly. Farrelly is president of Sarasota FAWL and one of the attorneys responsible for the project.