GSCBWLA's mission is to address the legal, social, and economic concerns of women lawyers, the Black community, and the community-at-large.


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Welcome to the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association 

Greetings GSCBWLA Members and Supporters:

These past couple of years have been very challenging and sometimes bleak in America. From the murders of Mr. Jean, Ms. Jefferson, Ms. Taylor, Mr. Floyd to the pandemic and the economic disparity that has grossly impacted the Black community to the continuing and pervasive systemic racism.

Our ancestors and leaders such as Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Dr. King, Malcolm X, Zora Neal Hurston, Representative Gwendolyn Cherry, and Vice President Kamala Harris remained resilient. Although we can all see the work ahead of us, I know that we have reason to continue to be hopeful and stay strong in the pursuit of equality. 

The Honorable Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry acknowledged that one of the reasons she ran for legislative office was "to balance the thinking." This year's theme inspired by Representative Cherry and Cynthia Henry Duval will be a year of hope, service, and action to balance the thinking in the pursuit of racial and socio-economic justice.

We will continue to focus on increasing the numbers of Black women on the bench in the State of Florida as the bench should reflect the community that it serves. We will focus on finding solutions to disparities in our community as well as creating meaningful opportunities to support our law students. We will also focus on the formation and issuance of charters for local chapters of our state-wide organization.

Our hearts go out to the oppressed people in Cuba suffering human rights violations and also to the people of Haiti suffering through national unrest due to the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

GSCBWLA continues to pray for the victims of the Champlain Towers South tragedy and their loved ones.


Nakia Ruffin, Esq.

GSCBWLA President

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