Marie was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She was home schooled kindergarten through eighth grade and graduated from Providence High School. She attended the University of Florida, where she received a BS in Telecommunication Production in 2008. At graduation, Marie was one of four students to receive the Outstanding 4-year Scholar award. Marie was given this award for her involvement in community service and for graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. She also received the Deans Cup for Scholarship from the College of Journalism and Communication.
After graduation, Marie spent two years working for Campus Crusade for Christ (“Cru”), a Christian non-profit organization geared towards ministering to college students. During her time with Cru, Marie met her husband Blake, who was also involved in the organization.
Marie attended law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, Marie served as a student ambassador on the Student Recruitment Team and was President of the Christian Legal Society. She earned the book award for her achievements in International Law (Fall 2012) and National Security Law (Spring 2013). She graduated from UF Law in 2014 with Honors.
Marie is admitted to the Florida Bar (2014) and is a member of the Young Lawyers Division. Her practice includes motorcycle accidents, automobile accidents, and premises liability.
In her spare time, Marie enjoys mentoring college women and serving as a deacon at her church, Creekside Community Church. She is an avid supporter of the motorcycle community and regularly attends local Bike Night events. She also serves on the leadership team of her local BNI chapter. Marie enjoys painting, playing the piano, and spending quality time with her husband, Blake, as well as with friends and family.
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— Kayleigh Blackburn