Caribbean Bar Association Installs 2019-2020 Executive Board at Annual Gala

Caribbean Bar Association 2019-2020 Executive Board

2019-2020 Board Members, being sworn in by the Honorable Lisette Reid. Pictured L-R: Tricia-Gaye Cotterell (President); Hilary Creary (Vice President); Loris Gayle (Board Member); Ashleigh McKenzie (Board Member); Nnamdi Jackson (Treasurer); Johanne Larosiliere (Secretary); Tshai Wright (Board Member); Charise Morgan-Joseph (Immediate Past President); Honorable Lisette Reid.

Caribbean Bar Association Awards Gala Raises Funds for Scholarships, Hurricane Dorian Relief and Installs New Officers

MIAMI – The Caribbean Bar Association (“CBA”) held its 23rd Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay, in Miami.

The Gala is the primary fundraiser for the CBA’s Scholarship Program, which funds paid judicial and public service internships for law students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Caribbean Bar Association Scholarship Recipients

This year, Juana Cetoute and Kishel Stubbs, students at FIU College of Law, and Abdel C. Reyes Torres, a student at the University of Florida School of Law, were recognized as scholarship recipients.

The theme for this year’s Gala was “Le J’ouvert: A Caribbean Diaspora Celebration.”

CBA honored individuals and entities who have brought pride to and empowered the Caribbean-American community through excellence in their respective fields.

2019 Caribbean Bar Association Honorees

Craig Aquart, AIA, RID, CSI—Principal, at McHarry Associates; Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP; FIU Law PATH Program; and Tricia “C.K.” Hoffler, Esq., President-Elect of the National Bar Association were this year’s honorees.

In delivering her rousing and inspirational keynote address, Ms. Hoffler recounted her early experiences as a black litigation associate in a big law firm.  She urged attendees to recognize that, although we see many more women and persons of color, in big law firms, much more work needed to be done to remove the vestiges of the then prevailing mindset that women or people of color were less qualified.

During the Gala, attendees participated in a raffle to win a variety of prizes with all proceeds going towards Hurricane Dorian Relief. Attendees also made cash and cheque donations towards the relief effort.

The event was attended by judges, attorneys, elected officials, judicial candidates and community leaders from across the tri-county area, and featured entertainment by “Steel Away” and DJ Mark Swaby.

Caribbean Bar Association 2019-2020 Executive Board

Newly sworn 2019-2020 CBA Board Members. Pictured L-R: Hilary Creary (Vice President); Johanne Larosiliere (Secretary); Tshai Wright (Board Member); Honorable Lisette Reid; Tricia-Gaye Cotterell (President); Ashleigh McKenzie (Board Member;) Loris Gayle (Board Member); Nnamdi Jackson (Treasurer); Charise Morgan-Joseph (Immediate Past President).

Caribbean Bar Association 2019-2020 Executive Board

The Honorable Judge Lisette Ride, Magistrate Judge, US District Court, Southern District of Florida swore in the Caribbean Bar Association 2019-2020 Executive Board.

  • Tricia-Gaye L. Cotterell, President – Litigation Associate at Kim Vaughan Lerner, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Hilary Creary, Vice President– Principal at Hilary Creary, PA in Plantation, FL.
  • Nnamdi Jackson, Treasurer– Principal at The Law Office of Nnamdi S. Jackson, P.A. in Weston, FL.
  • Johanne Larosiliere, Secretary – Litigation Associate at Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP in
    Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  •  Loris Gayle, Board Member – Principal at Loris Gayle, P.A., Plantation, FL.
  • Ashley McKenzie, Board Member – Commercial Litigation Associate at Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Tshai Wright, Board Member – Partner, Nizahon-Wright Law Firm, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Charise A. Morgan-Joseph, Immediate Past President– Trial Attorney, Zurich, North America, Hollywood, FL.
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