• Friday, November 20, 2020 7:32 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    November 17, 2020
    CONTACT: Leslie H. Smith,
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: (850) 561-5666

    The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its Jan. 29, 2021, meeting:

    The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: One lawyer to serve a three-year term, commencing July 1, 2021 and two lawyers to serve partial term vacancies beginning immediately upon appointment. This 33-member Board of Directors administers Florida’s IOTA program.  Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may click here to download the Application for Special Appointment or should contact Kristen Wilson at (850) 561-5757 or, to obtain the application form.  Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to  no later than the close of business on Friday, December 11, 2020.  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. To learn more, visit


  • Friday, October 23, 2020 12:57 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Registration is not necessary. Questions may be submitted to 

    Webinar ID: 978 4644 9649

    Passcode: 182470

    Dial In Number: 786-635-1003

    The zoom link can also be found here.

    Please click the links to view Administrative Memorandum No. 20-8 and Administrative Memorandum No. 20-E

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 5:44 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    New figures on entry-level lawyers hiring from the National Association for Law Placement reveal that slightly more than 62% of 2019's Black law graduates secured jobs that require a J.D., compared with 80% of white law graduates.

    By Karen Sloan | October 21, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Credit: Flamingo Images/

    The sunny news about the J.D. class of 2019’s overall 90% employment rate—the highest in a dozen years—obscures the troubling reality that white law graduates secured jobs at a significantly higher rate than their Black and Native American classmates.

    Please find the full article from LAW.COM here

  • Saturday, October 10, 2020 2:00 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Law Clerkships, Summer 2021

    Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.

    Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups and supporters to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

    Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring those who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with fifteen offices across the U.S.

    Earthjustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:

    • The Wild focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
    • Healthy Communities focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular clean air and water, toxic chemicals, and mercury. Recently, this work has also focused on food and agriculture, and the rights of farm workers.
    • Climate and Energy focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.
    • Summer law clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

      The Earthjustice Summer Clerkship position includes a weekly stipend of $1,120 a week, with the average clerkship lasting 10 weeks (approximately $11,200 total). The total stipend amount will be dependent on the extent of a clerk’s ability to secure outside funding. Earthjustice will pay $1,120 a week less the total amount received from other sources. We strongly encourage candidates to pursue outside funding, but the ability to secure outside funding will not be considered as part of the hiring decision.

      Earthjustice has 15 regional offices:

      • Alaska - Anchorage and Juneau
      • California - San Francisco and Los Angeles
      • Coal Program – Philadelphia and Chicago
      • Community Partnerships Program – Los Angeles
      • Florida - Tallahassee and Miami
      • Fossil Fuels Program – New Orleans
      • International - San Francisco
      • Mid-Pacific - Honolulu
      • Midwest - Chicago
      • Northeast - New York
      • Northern Rockies - Bozeman
      • Northwest - Seattle
      • Oceans Program - Seattle and San Francisco
      • Rocky Mountain - Denver
      • Tribal Partnerships Program – Seattle and Denver
      • Washington, D.C.

    Each of these offices accepts applications for summer law clerks, and students should submit an application to each office of interest. 


    Law students who have a minimum of ten weeks to commit in the summer are eligible to apply.  Interested applicants should submit their:

    • Cover letter. The best cover letters are one page and address why the applicant wants to work for Earthjustice, and provide information about the applicant that is not apparent or fully explained in the resume.
    • Resume
    • Recent writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than ten pages that primarily reflects your work.
    • Unofficial transcript
    • List of three references

    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note that each office handles applications individually, so you will need to submit an application for each office that interests you. Identical applications for each office are fine, but a sentence or two in your cover letter on why you're interested in each office is preferred.

    If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to

    No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.




    The Alaska Office’s docket is focused on protecting the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding America’s Arctic, and conserving the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem. Our work also includes wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management. Our clients include national, regional, and local conservation organizations; Alaska Native tribal organizations; Alaskan communities; ecotourism businesses; and other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

    Both locations of the Alaska Office—Juneau and Anchorage—offer breathtaking scenery and outstanding access to wilderness and recreational opportunities. The long daylight hours make summer the ideal time to experience and appreciate Alaska.


    The California Office has undertaken campaigns to protect lands and wildlife, improve air and water quality, promote clean energy and transportation policies, and ensure that state residents are protected from toxic substances. The California Regional Office currently has campaigns focusing on Clean Energy, Air Quality in the Central Valley, Pesticides and Health, and land management and conservation in the Sierra Nevada and Bay Delta. Our attorneys bring a mix of lawsuits under federal environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, as well as California statutes, to protect the environment and promote environmental justice.


    The California Office has undertaken campaigns to protect lands and wildlife, improve air and water quality, promote clean energy and transportation policies, and ensure that state residents are protected from toxic substances. The California Regional Office currently has campaigns focusing on Clean Energy, Air Quality in the Central Valley, Pesticides and Health, and land management and conservation in the Sierra Nevada and Bay Delta. Our attorneys bring a mix of lawsuits under federal environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, as well as California statutes, to protect the environment and promote environmental justice. The California Regional Office in San Francisco generally hires 2Ls.


    Our office challenges our nation’s reliance on aging coal-fired power plants, and to speed the transition to clean energy resources. Our docket includes litigation and legal advocacy in three primary areas. First, we work to require the promulgation of stringent environmental standards to reduce pollution from coal plants, and to defend those standards from industry lawsuits. Second, we bring permitting and enforcement actions to ensure that our nation’s environmental standards are faithfully implemented, and that coal plants comply with those standards. Third, we litigate in state public utility commissions to halt proposed investments in aging and uneconomic coal plants and to shift such investments to clean energy resources.


    We work hand-in-hand with frontline communities to remove environmental hazards and secure access to environmental benefits. We act collectively with our community partners to challenge harmful social and political structures, and to improve the environmental conditions in neighborhoods. We support community-led movements using a full range of advocacy strategies to challenge the status quo. We represent frontline communities across the country to challenge polluters that harm health, safety, and quality of life; to close dangerous regulatory loopholes; to open access to information and records; to increase transparency into environmental decision-making and polluting operations; and to enforce federal, state, and local laws meant to protect communities from environmental harms.


    With approximately 700 springs, more than 1,260 miles of coastline (more than any other state in the continental United States), over 7,000 lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, water is the lifeblood of Florida. In 2014 alone, over 97 million people visited Florida to enjoy its beaches, fishing, attractions, and natural areas. But its beauty has also invited its exploitation and pollution by industry and development. That’s why for the last 25 years, Earthjustice has fought to protect Florida’s waters and wild places for all people to enjoy in federal, state and administrative courts. The Florida Office fights for public ownership and access to Florida’s waters, defends the public’s right to enjoy Florida’s beautiful places, stands with communities threatened by pollution, protects the Everglades, preserves wild lands and species, works to clean up our waterways and hold polluters accountable, and aims to move Florida to a clean energy future.


    At a time when we desperately need to reduce greenhouse emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the oil and gas industry is aggressively expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, locking us into decades of future fossil fuel use and directly harming the communities already hardest hit by climate disruption. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels program is confronting this massive build-out. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. petrochemical facilities, export terminals and pipelines), focused in the U.S. Gulf Region and Appalachia.


    Drawing on deep experience in foreign, US and international environmental, energy and human rights law, and foreign and international litigation, Earthjustice’s International Program works with partners in South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, Latin America and elsewhere on domestic and international legal advocacy to reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels and speed the transition to clean energy. International program staff represent and collaborate with organizations and communities to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment and public health.


    The Mid-Pacific Office opened in Honolulu in 1988 to protect natural and cultural resources throughout Hawai‘i and the mid-Pacific region. Earthjustice Mid-Pacific is the only non-profit environmental law firm in the state of Hawai‘i. Our office works with local and national groups on a range of environmental, cultural, public health and disclosure, and clean energy issues. Our attorneys use law and community advocacy to protect fragile Native marine and island ecosystems, restore water and cultural rights of local and Native Hawaiian communities, defend communities from the impacts of genetically engineered crops and associated pesticides, and promote a clean energy model of the future.


    The Midwest Office’s legal advocacy and litigation spans all three of Earthjustice’s program areas—healthy communities, climate and energy, and lands and wildlife. We fight proposed mines and pipeline projects that threaten the fishing and hunting rights of tribal communities and endanger the region’s treasures, including the Great Lakes and the pristine Boundary Waters. Second, we work with communities impacted by contaminated air, drinking water, waterways, and soil to fight for environmental justice and to develop safer and cleaner neighborhoods in which to live. Third, we are developing work that will promote healthier, more sustainable agriculture and combat climate change.


    The staff of the Northeast Office work to address the serious health and environmental threats associated with fracking, coal-burning power plants, toxic chemicals, and other sources of pollution. The Northeast Office continues efforts to head off the fracking boom in regions surrounding the Marcellus and Utica shales, including defending the rights of municipalities to enact zoning restrictions on oil and gas development. The Northeast Office also plays a key role in Earthjustice’s work to phase out coal-fired power plants, the country’s single biggest source of climate change pollution, toxic air and water pollution, and industrial waste. In addition, we fight to secure stronger protections of farmworkers from exposure to dangerous pesticides, tighter regulations of factory farms, and safeguards for overburdened communities that are impacted by chemical contamination of their air and water.


    The Northern Rockies Office—staffed by five attorneys, a litigation assistant, and an office manager—is engaged in a regional, ecosystem-based litigation program focused on protecting wild public lands in the Northern Rockies from industrial development; safeguarding some of America’s last remaining grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other wildlife; restoring the region’s rivers, streams, and native fish runs; and stemming the mining and burning of coal that feeds global warming. In recent years, the work of the Northern Rockies office has increasingly touched on Native American interests and issues of Indian law, including work to restore wild bison to tribal lands; to oppose oil and gas exploration on public national forest lands of extreme cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet people; and to halt a state proposal to open a massive new coal mine on lands significant to the Northern Cheyenne in southeast Montana.


    The Northwest Office opened in 1987 to enable Earthjustice to take a more active role in preserving the unique natural resources and environment of the Pacific Northwest. Since that time, the Northwest office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve water quality, protect Puget Sound and the communities that depend on it, stop coal-fired power plants, protect farmworkers and their families from pesticides, and respond to climate change, among other things. Although the primary focus of the Northwest office is representing environmental and citizens’ groups in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, we often take cases with national and international scope.


    The Earthjustice Oceans Program has used the power of law for fourteen years to end overfishing and protect ocean ecosystems, to safeguard iconic marine wildlife, and to build resilience to the impacts of climate change in marine habitats. The Oceans Program is staffed by six attorneys and a litigation assistant, working on both coasts, in three Earthjustice offices. We partner with conservation groups, fishing communities, and international organizations to play a key role in enforcing domestic laws and engaging in intergovernmental processes in order to compel better stewardship of the oceans.


    The Rocky Mountain Office opened in 1973 and was Earthjustice’s first regional office. More national parks and monuments are concentrated in the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Plateau, and the Desert Southwest than in any other part of the country. The Rocky Mountain Office protects these renowned landscapes and other prized public lands throughout Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Office also safeguards the region’s precious water resources, including the mighty Colorado River, from being overdrawn. In addition, the Rocky Mountain Office has a robust energy practice that seeks to reduce the impacts of oil and gas development, decrease our dependence on coal and other dirty fossil fuels, and promote the growth of clean renewable energy sources. We represent a wide variety of national, regional, and local environmental organizations; and in some cases we work in close partnership with American Indian tribes.


    The Tribal Partnerships Program aims to make Earthjustice a better resource for our tribal and Indigenous clients and to elevate their voices. The Program focuses on litigation, advocacy, and outreach strategies throughout all of Earthjustice to reach this goal. The Tribal Partnerships summer clerk will work with attorneys in the Tribal Partnerships Program to conduct legal research, produce legal writing, and help develop outreach and partnership strategies. This position can be based either in our Rocky Mountain Office in Denver, Colorado or the Northwest Office in Seattle, Washington. Although the position is based in either our Rocky Mountain Office or the Northwest Office, the Tribal Partnerships summer clerk will work on a variety of regional and national issues.


    Earthjustice's Washington, D.C., office serves both as a regional office for issues arising in the mid-Atlantic states, and as a center for litigation on important national environmental issues. The D.C. office's docket currently includes litigation to: protect public health and the environment from air pollution; prompt the regulation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; protect streams, wetlands, drinking water supplies, and other waters from pollution and outright destruction; compel the federal government to improve its management and protection of our ocean resources; advance energy efficiency; and challenge the federal government's practice of allowing mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian region.

    Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.

    For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

    For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

    Please Apply Here
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:26 PM | 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 2020-2021 Scholarship Application is now available for law students attending law school throughout Florida.


    1. Must be enrolled in a law school within the state of Florida.

    2. Must complete the scholarship application and essay.

    Winners of the GSCBWLA Book Awards will be notified in writing no later than Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

    Applications MUST be postmarked by Friday, September 25, 2020 to Sheena Benjamin-Wise, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association at 6750 N. Andrews Avenue, Ste. 200, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 or sent via email at

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020 7:50 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020 7:42 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin
    Wins  Award

    Ruvin is first Floridian and first Clerk of Courts to be recognized in the award’s history

    MIAMI – August 26, 2020 - Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin is the national recipient of the American Bar Association’s prestigious Robert B. Yegge Award, for his trailblazing and transformative work in the field of judicial administration.

    “I am deeply honored by this national recognition, and I proudly accept it on behalf of my 1,147 colleagues who come to work every day in the spirit of public service and innovation. They revel in being on the cutting edge of technology and are dedicated to maintaining the people’s access to the courts, even in these pandemic days,” Ruvin said.

    In selecting Ruvin as its 2020 Robert B. Yegge Award honoree, the ABA noted that Ruvin made history by literally transforming an antiquated, cumbersome, paper-driven system into the nation’s first paperless court system. Last year, he revolutionized the jury service landscape when he launched a paperless, all-digital eJuror system in the 11th Judicial Circuit, the largest judicial circuit in the state to make the switch. Digitizing property records, moving foreclosures to an online format, and countless other strategic innovations have saved money, increased efficiencies, and enhanced accessibility for the people of Miami-Dade County.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Miami-Dade County earlier this year, Ruvin and his team collaborated on dozens of creative -- and safe -- solutions to continue providing access to essential court services in a virtual world. His initiatives have been so successful that many are serving as models for other clerk’s offices around the state and country.

    For additional information visit the American Bar Association.

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:47 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    August 6, 2020
    CONTACT: Robert H. Fernandez, Chair;
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 786-315-4479

    The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancy in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court created by the elevation of Judge Alexander Bokor.

    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for circuit court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

    Applicants must submit three copies (3) of their application by 5 pm on Friday Aug. 21, 2020,

    as follows:

    (1): The original unredacted paper application shall be mailed or delivered to:

    Robert H. Fernandez
    RHF Law Firm, LLC
    2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305
    Coral Gables, FL 33134

    (2): The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf format to:

    (3): A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to Personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

    Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows “20.08.21 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit Application (redacted /unredacted).”

    Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from the Florida Bar’s website at and the Office of the Governor at Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission. Please print to .pdf in lieu of scanning where possible.

    The Commission will convene telephonically on Monday Aug. 24, 2019 to discuss scheduling interviews of the most qualified applicants. A conference room will be available at RHF Law Firm, LLC, 2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305, Coral Gables, FL 33134 for those interested in attending.



    Robert H. Fernandez (Chair)
    RHF Law Firm, LLC
    2600 South Douglas Road, Suite 305
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
    Tel.: 786-315-4479

    Miranda Lundeen Soto (Vice Chair)
    Shutts & Bowen, LLP
    200 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4100
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-347-7326/Fax: 305-347-7985

    Walter James Harvey
    School Board Attorney’s Office
    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
    Miami, FL 33132
    Tel.: 305-995-1304/Fax: 305-995-1412

    Daniel S. Fridman
    Fridman Fels & Soto, PLLC
    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 750
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
    Tel.: 305-569-7720

    Hayden P. O’Byrne
    United States Attorney’s Office, SDFL
    99 N.E. 4th Street
    Miami, FL 33132
    Tel: 305-961-9447/Fax: 305-530-7679

    Robert R. Pardo Robert R. Pardo, P.A.
    7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512
    Miami, FL 33156
    Tel.: 305-596-7794/Fax: 305-596-5854

    David Axelman
    Tel: 305-989-2555

    Jorge A. Mestre Rivero Mestre, LLP
    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
    Suite 1000
    Miami, FL 33134
    Tel: 305-445-2500

    Scott M. Dimond
    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A.
    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza
    2665 South Bayshore Dr., PH 2B
    Miami, FL 33133

  • Thursday, August 06, 2020 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Cynthia earned her B.A. from Florida A&M University and graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1999. She went on to serve in a number of positions throughout her distinguished legal career: as a Law Clerk at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Assistant City Attorney at the City of Hialeah, Assistant Regional Counsel at the State of Florida Civil Regional Counsel’s Office, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at NSU Shepard Broad Law Center, and finally Associate Director of Career Services at University of Miami School of Law.
    Cynthia devoted her entire career to fostering diversity and inclusion. In her daily work whether in the private or public sector, Cynthia was passionate about ensuring equal access for all in the legal industry. In her work on the important law school platforms, she successfully ensured that diverse students had equal opportunity and access to legal internships, and ultimately, to employment options, designed to enhance the practice of law in Florida and beyond. She created an environment that helped eliminate barriers to diversity and inclusion, promoting full contribution and participation by all in the profession.
    During her tenure as President of GSCBWLA, Cynthia re-doubled her efforts to make an impact on the community. On September 18, 2015, she launched a national symposium on the School to Prison Pipeline, held at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center. The program sought to help inform and organize stakeholders in government, law, and education in order to ameliorate the undue criminalization of children of color. Cynthia’s efforts raised significant awareness surrounding this pervasive issue, and in 2015, she was recognized by the Florida Bar Yong Lawyers Division for her efforts when they presented her with the YLD Diversity Award.
    Personally, Cynthia mentored and inspired many young Black women, encouraging their success in the legal profession and beyond. She spent hundreds of hours counseling prospective college and law students of all backgrounds and socioeconomic levels about what it means to practice law and the importance of having diverse perspectives as part of our legal processes. One such instance was documented in an article by WSVN Miami, recounting how a young woman’s chance encounter with Cynthia served as inspiration for her future law career.  >> Raising the Bar: Young girl reunites with stranger who inspired her.
    Today, Cynthia’s legacy lives on through her loving family, friends, and the countless young lawyers who can readily recount the profound impact she has had on their lives.
    Condolences may be sent to: The Duval Family, 720 NW 37th Street, Oakland Park, FL 33309. In lieu of flowers, the family invites the community of those who loved Cynthia Henry Duval, Esq., to donate in her memory to the University of Miami Health System Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center or another charity of their choice.



    From the Family of Cynthia Henry Duval, Esq.:

    Thank you to our village – extended family and friends – for your unwavering support, prayers, condolences and kind expressions of love during our time of great loss.

    Join us as we celebrate the life and homegoing of our beloved, Cynthia Henry Duval. Cynthia had energy, passion and presence like no other!

    WHEN: Friday, August 14th  

    WHERE: Nakia Ingraham Funeral Home, 6701 Pembroke Rd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33023 

    VIEWING: 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) 

    Social Distancing Protocols, including Masks, Will Be Required

    Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, the service set for Saturday, August 15th at 11:00 am ET will be for immediate family only. The funeral home will provide other outlets to attend the service via Zoom. Those details will be provided as soon as they become available.

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