SOUTH FLORIDA – Eugene K. Pettis, the Florida Bar’s 65th President (2013-2014) and the first African American to hold the position, will be the keynote speaker at the Caribbean Bar Association’s 19th Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132 on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
As President-Elect of the Florida Bar, the third largest mandatory bar association in the United States, Mr. Pettis launched the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, a year-long multi-session training program for a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers designed to foster and encourage future leaders of the Bar and the legal profession. During his Presidency, Mr. Pettis focused on issues of diversity and inclusion and launched the forward-thinking Vision 2016 Commission, aimed at charting a course for the future of the practice of law in Florida.
Mr. Pettis is the co-founding partner at Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando and focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation, professional liability and employment law. Throughout his career, Mr. Pettis has earned numerous legal awards and accolades, such as Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law from the Best Lawyers in America, inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers, the South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers” list and Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite”.
The Caribbean Bar Association’s 19th Annual Scholarship and Awards is a signature event which raises funds to support the CBA’s diverse philanthropic missions and outreach programs, including scholarships for judicial and public service internships for law students. The theme for this year’s banquet is “Celebrating Unity: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers.” In addition to Mr. Pettis’ keynote address, the banquet will honor the achievements of outstanding individuals and institutions, whose contributions to Caribbean-American communities inspire cultural pride, leadership, and community activism in others. This year’s honorees include Babacar M’Bow, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art; Lisa Narcisse, Vice President, Branch Manager of PNC Bank; Embrace Music Foundation; and the Haitian Lawyers Association.
To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities contact Sharaine Sibblies at [email protected] or 954-363-5754.