• Sunday, April 25, 2021 1:49 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    The Real Property Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar is now accepting applications for its 2-year Fellowship Program established to recruit and retain attorneys of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds into the RPPTL Section. Fellows are awarded a scholarship to support their travel and lodging fees to attend RPPTL meetings. 


    RPPTL Fellows Committee:

    The deadline to apply is May 7, 2021.

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 5:29 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    United States Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida - Home | Facebook

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida at Orlando. The position will become available upon the retirement of Judge Karen S. Jennemann in February 2022.

    Click HERE to view full notice.

    Click HERE to access the application.

  • Monday, March 22, 2021 11:21 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Masimba Mutamba, 15th Circuit Rep., Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division - Home | Facebook

    The Cynthia Henry Duval Diversity Award is given to a person or entity that respects and promotes diversity in the profession. The Award recognizes those who encourage more gender, racial, ethnic, religious, and other minority participation in law schools and the practice of law—in all areas of the law including private, corporate and public or government practices.  Individuals, law firms, and government offices are among past award recipients. Deadline: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

    Please Apply Here

  • Monday, March 22, 2021 10:15 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

  • Sunday, March 14, 2021 11:36 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The BLS has a two-year Fellowship Program that is actively looking to promote diversity and inclusion within the Section.

    The Fellowship Program is open to all members of the Florida Bar in good standing who satisfy the following criteria:

    • Be a current member of the Business Law Section;
    • Be (a) practicing in the Florida Bar for fewer than 10 years or (b) younger than 36 years of age; and;
    • Applicants must demonstrate that a substantial portion of their practice is focused in the area of Business law.

    The Application is available online:

  • Thursday, March 04, 2021 5:08 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar Gold Seal

    The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its May meeting:

    Florida Board of Bar Examiners Vacancies: Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill one vacancy on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.  A joint screening committee of Florida Bar Board of Governors members and Board of Bar Examiners members will recommend three nominees for one lawyer vacancy at its May 21 meeting.  The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill one five-year term commencing November 1 and expiring on October 31, 2026.

    Attorney members must have been an active member of The Florida Bar for at least five years, maintain active membership while serving on the board, and be deemed qualified by the court to assess whether applicants meet the essential eligibility requirements for admission under the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar​.  Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Law professors or trustees are ineligible.

    Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations.  Members should be willing and able to devote the equivalent of three to four days’ work a month, or up to 350 or more hours per year on board business, depending on committee assignments.  Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed.

    The vacancy will occur on November 1 with the expiration of the term of Jane A. Rose of Lutz.

    Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may click here to download the Application for Special Appointment or should call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5757, to obtain the application form.  Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 or submitted via email to  no later than the close of business on Monday, March 22.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.  A joint committee of Florida Bar Board of Governors and Florida Board of Bar Examiners members will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 7:14 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    February 25, 2021
    CONTACT: Leslie H. Smith,
    TELEPHONE: 850-561-5764

    ABA House of Delegates:  Two lawyers to serve two-year terms commencing August 2021, at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting.  Applicants must also be ABA members.

    Florida Legal Services, Inc. Board of Directors:  One lawyer to serve a three-year term commencing July 1, 2021.  This 15-member board provides judicial advocacy through co-counseling with local program attorneys and volunteer pro bono attorneys and provides legislative and administrative advocacy on policies impacting the legal rights of the poor, as well as providing civil legal assistance to indigent persons who would not otherwise have the means to obtain a lawyer.

    Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. Board of Directors:  Three lawyers and two non-lawyers to serve three-year terms commencing July 1, 2021. This 15-member Board assists the legal community in securing counseling and treatment for emotional and chemical dependency problems for lawyers.

    Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may download the Application for Special Appointment or call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5757, to obtain the application form.  Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to submitted via e-mail no later than the close of business on Friday, April 16, 2021.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.  The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

    About The Florida Bar

    Founded in 1949, The Florida Bar serves the legal profession for the protection and benefit of both the public and all Florida lawyers. As one of the nation’s largest mandatory bars, The Florida Bar fosters and upholds a high standard of integrity and competence within Florida’s legal profession as an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court.


  • Tuesday, February 09, 2021 12:09 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

  • Sunday, February 07, 2021 12:42 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Seal logo of The Florida Bar header

    Citizens Advisory Committee

    It’s time to nominate Floridians who are not lawyers to be considered for appointment to The Florida Bar Citizens Advisory Committee to replace current members whose terms will expire in June 2021.  These are single-term, three-year appointments to be made by President-elect Michael Tanner to begin serving on July 1, 2021. Only current and past members of the Board of Governors, past presidents, section chairs and current and former Citizens Advisory Committee members are eligible to submit nominations.

    The committee (formerly known as the Citizens Forum) assists in facilitating two-way communication between Floridians and The Florida Bar to inform and educate the public about significant legal-justice issues and to gain understanding and support for the justice system. Visit<;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pLK-X_B8$> for the committee’s charter<;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pLSclbtQ$> and current member photos and biographies<;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pHrUzYgY$> and please share these links with possible nominees so they can review the information and recent meeting materials. 

    There is no limit on the number of nominees you may submit. Please consider nominating people you know who represent the diversity of the citizens of Florida, including location of residence/geography, age, ethnicity, gender, and professional/work experience. These volunteers meet at least three times a year in conjunction with Board and other major Bar meetings and also as needed by Zoom/teleconference. Out-of-pocket travel expenses to attend meetings are reimbursed as per the guidelines here<;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pBn653nM$>.

    Please use this link to complete the nomination form, attach the nominee’s current resume/CV, and submit:<;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pLlsV3jw$>. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 1, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.  A confirmation receipt of your nominations will be sent by email.

    If you or your nominees have any questions about the Citizens Advisory Committee or the nominating process, please call or email Francine Walker:  850-561-5762 /<>.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:06 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry was born in Miami, Florida in 1923. For approximately 22 years, she taught in the Dade County (now Miami-Dade) Public Schools. She became a pioneer of the State of Florida's legal profession. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (“FAMU”). She later returned to FAMU to obtain her Juris Doctorate degree and serve as a professor at its law school. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1965. She was the first Black woman to practice law in Dade County, Florida. She was one of the first nine attorneys who initially served at Legal Services of Greater Miami in 1966. In 1970, Ms. Cherry was elected as a state representative, becoming the first Black woman to serve as a legislator for the State of Florida.

    The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association (GSCBWLA), formerly the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Dade County Chapter, was formed in 1985. The association's mission is to address the concerns of women lawyers as they relate to the social, economic, political and moral needs of the community.

    The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association is committed to investing in the future of the legal profession. This year we have scholarships available to current law students that will assist them in buying books for class or for bar review.

    The 2021 Scholarship Application is now available for law students attending law school in Florida.


    1.                 Must be enrolled in a law school in Florida.

    2.                 Must complete the scholarship application and essay.

    Winners of the GSCBWLA Book Awards will be notified on February 8, 2021 and publicly announced at the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association’s Virtual Scholarship, Awards & Installation Banquet in June of 2021.

    Applications MUST be postmarked by Friday, January 29, 2021 to Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association at 6750 North Andrews Avenue, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale FL 33309 or sent via email to

Copyright © 2022 Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association