• Monday, March 12, 2018 12:21 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Legacy Miami and Legacy South Florida Magazines are looking for the "50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Leaders" of 2018.

    We are looking for professionals of influence and leadership that have an outstanding level of professional achievement and are committed to civic engagement. If you are interested in nominating someone as one of "South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders", please click on the link below:

    All nominations must be submitted by Monday, April 2, 2018.

  • Monday, March 12, 2018 12:01 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Business Law Section Fellowship Program

    The Business Law Section of The Florida Bar (the “Section”) consists of numerous active committees and an Executive Council with more than 60 members. The Section is committed to recruiting young lawyers and diverse lawyers to join, participate (and ultimately serve in leadership positions) in the Section.

    The Section has implemented a Fellowship Program to provide a two-year subsidy to six qualified applicants who express an interest in becoming active in the substantive work and leadership of the Section. During their participation in the Fellowship Program, selected Fellows will receive leadership training and work closely with leading attorneys in the Business Law field. At the end of their Fellowship term, we are confident all Fellows will find the program enhanced their personal and professional development. 

    The Inclusion/Mentoring/Fellowships Committee is a diverse group of members of The Florida Bar, including judges, academics and private practitioners who are charged with the task of fostering an inclusive environment within the Business Law Section so that all members are motivated to contribute to the goals of the section and succeed professionally. In fulfilling the charge of fostering a more inclusive environment, the committee serves as a key strategist for increasing the number of diverse members of The Florida Bar involved in section activities and plumbing the educational pipelines into the profession for greater diversity. The committee is a catalyst for professional development and leadership opportunities within the section for diverse members. Through its work and programs, the committee provides a forum for members to address diversity and inclusion issues and build networks for change in our section and the legal profession.

    Please click here for more information about the Fellowship and the Application.

    • Communication & Marketing Committee: Co-Chairs: Christina Taylor and Michelle Suarez, Members: Tori Anderson, Iris Elijah
    • Networking CommitteeCo-Chairs: Christopher Broussard and Jorge Fors, Jr., Members: Cole Gale, R. Stephen Sandiford
    • CLE CommitteeCo-Chairs: Tiffany Brown and Erica Johnson,             Members: Giacomo Bossa, Antoine Dumas
    • Mentoring Program: Development of the IMF Mentoring Program: Co-Chairs: Sara Paris and Candace Balmori, Members Nicholas Horner, Samantha S. Rhayem, Iryna Ivashchuk
    • Current Projects

      BLS Scholars Program – Sponsor a Law Student From Your Alma Mater

    Please welcome our BLS Scholars!

    Congratulations to each of our BLS Scholars!  We will have 18 designated BLS Scholars from 11 of the 12 Florida law schools, Ave Maria, Barry, FSU, Florida Coastal, FIU, FAMU, Nova, St. Thomas, Stetson, UF and UM, in attendance at this year’s Retreat.  Indeed, our exceptionally diverse class of BLS Scholars are among the top students from their respective law schools.

    Pictures and resumes of our Scholars can be found here.

    BLS Mentoring Program

    The Business Law Section's Mentoring Program seeks to connect recently graduated law students and young lawyers with experienced attorneys within our membership to provide guidance on career and professional development and growth. Learn more here

    Sponsorship of Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation

    The Business Law Section of the Florida Bar is a sponsor of the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation and its annual Minority Mentoring Picnic.  The Section hosts a tent at the picnic where members greet students and discuss the benefits of membership in the Section as well as the value of mentoring for law students and new lawyers.

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:25 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    February 6, 2018
    Darla Marsters,
    The Florida Bar
    (850) 561-5667

    Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill three vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Florida that handles matters of bar admission. A joint screening committee of Florida Bar Board of Governors members and Board of Bar Examiners members will recommend nine nominees for three lawyer vacancies at its May 18, 2018, meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill three five-year terms commencing Nov. 1, 2018, and expiring on Oct. 31, 2023.

    Attorney members must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission 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 ten meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members should be willing and able to devote the equivalent of 3-4 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.

    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, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to no later than the close of business on Monday, March 26, 2018. 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.


  • Thursday, February 08, 2018 9:29 PM | Anonymous

    Fisher Island has been home to the likes of Oprah and Mel Gibson and is only accessible by ferry or boat, but most people don’t know that Fisher Island was originally first owned by a black man – real estate developer Dana A. Dorsey. He was South Florida’s first African-American millionaire and later sold the island in 1919 to Carl Fisher who was developing Miami Beach. Dorsey was the son of former slaves who moved from South Georgia to Miami in 1896 working as a carpenter for the Henry Flagler Florida East Coast Railroad. With only a fourth grade education, he purchased one parcel of land in Overtown, built a rental home on the land, reinvested the rental income to build and rent more as far north as Ft. Lauderdale, and later sold land to the City of Miami for a park for Blacks. Dorsey also owned Miami’s first black-owned hotel, Dorsey Hotel, and also owned the Negro Savings Bank.

  • Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    During the 1950s and 1960s, Miami beachfront hotels welcomed prominent African American entertainers to perform for all white audiences. Due to segregation, Black entertainers and sports figures, like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Muhammed Ali, could not sleep or book a reservation at the very hotels for which they drew sold-out audiences. As a result, the local Hampton House Motel in Brownsville became the “premiere getaway for Black Americans visiting segregated Miami.

    The Hampton House also served as the hotbed for civil rights and social justice in South Florida. Legendary social activists Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often held press conferences and met with local and national civil rights leaders at the Hampton House. It is reported that Dr. King also delivered an early version of his “I Have a Dream” speech during an event at the Hampton House before it made history on the National Mall in 1963.

    Under the leadership of Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, the first African American president of the Dade Heritage Trust, the Hampton House was designated a Historic Site and now serves as the community hub with office and event space for community groups and rehearsal space for musicians. To learn more about the Historic Hampton House visit

  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:54 PM | Loreal Arscott (Administrator)

    On August 1, 2016, GSCBWLA, in collaboration with the Dade County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the South Florida Chapter of the National Action Network, Inc., hosted the 2016 Judicial Candidates Forum at New Birth Cathedral of Faith.  If you missed this event, click here to review the Program Booklet which contains additional information regarding the candidates.    

  • Friday, July 01, 2016 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Join the Association or Renew your GSCBWLA Membership and be ready for everything the GSCBWLA has to offer in 2016-2017!

    Dues Information:

    • Affiliate - $85.00 (USD) 
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    Please Join or Renew Your Membership HERE and be ready for everything the GSCBWLA has to offer in 2016!*

  • Friday, July 31, 2015 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association is honored to announce that Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin appointed Cynthia Johnson-Stacks as the Chair of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education. The Board of Legal Specialization and Education is a 17-member board that oversees the Bar's board certification program, continuing legal education accreditation and compliance.

    Cynthia Johnson-Stacks is a Founding Member and Past President of the Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association, currently known as the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association. She is a leader in the legal community serving on judicial nominating commissions responsible for recommending lawyers to serve on the federal and state trial benches and the state appellate bench. Cynthia Johnson-Stacks has been appointed by Florida’s United States Senators to serve on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Committee, Southern District Conference.

    Currently, she serves as the Section Chief of the Social Services and Public Health Trust section of the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office. She has experience in many areas, including public transportation, municipal finance, incorporation of new municipalities and annexation of unincorporated areas to existing municipalities, tort liability defense, intergovernmental agreements between municipalities and the County, and ad valorem taxation. She has served as legal advisor to the Mayor’s Office and has advised Charter Review Task Forces, the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and various county boards.

    She is board certified in city, county and local government law. Cynthia Johnson-Stacks has been recognized by the Florida Bar as an expert in City, County and Local Government Law since 1998. She is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected by the President of the Florida Bar to serve as a member of the City, County and Local Government Certification Committee, which reviews applications of lawyers for board certification, conducts peer review, and writes and grades examinations for board certification in the local government practice area. And, she is recognized as a Florida Legal Elite Top Government Attorney.

    Cynthia Johnson-Stacks is a proven leader in the legal community exemplifying professionalism, integrity, and excellence. The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association congratulates Founding Member and Past President Cynthia Johnson-Stacks on her appointment.

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