• Tuesday, September 03, 2019 9:35 AM | GSCBWLA Admin (Administrator)

    As Hurricane Dorian continues to cause catastrophic damage in the Northern Bahamas for what has now been roughly more than 48 hours, many have reached out seeking ways to help.
    Below is a list of community partners and stakeholders to support relief efforts in collaboration with the Government of The Bahamas, Consulate General of The Bahamas in Miami. 
    As of Monday, September 2, 12:00pm, the Consulate General of The Bahamas in Miami shared the following list of supplies that will be needed in the relief and recovery period:
    Water, ice, non-perishable food, family hygiene kits (tissue, toothpaste, tooth brushes, towels, sanitary napkins), cleaning supplies (bleach, mops, brooms, disinfectants, garbage bags, sponges), baby items/supplies, plastic water bottles, cots, blankets, portal potty, flashlights, batteries, repellents (deet free), cooking utensils, temporary housing, tarpaulin, plastic sheeting, plywood, shingles, generators, chain saws, shovels, disposable utensils, power banks, solar powered chargers, portable radios, cloth bags, biodegradable bags, first aid kits, and first-aid items (bandages, gauges, tape).
    DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: Locations are being identified for drop off and packaging centers for appropriate transportation and shipping.

    1. Miami-Dade County Government locations: (1) Miami-Dade County Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St. Miami; (2) Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street, Miami, FL; (3) Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 N.W. 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL; (4) Office of Emergency Management Warehouse, 8008 N.W. 14th Street, Doral (Parking validation for those making donations at the Stephen P. Clark Center in Downtown Miami; Free parking available in other locations)
    2. #BahamaStrong City of Miami Fire Stations and Coconut Grove churches:
    3. Christ Episcopal Church, 3481 Hibiscus Street, Coconut Grove, Fl , Rev. Jonathan Archer,( (Sanctioned by Consulate of The Bahamas)
    4. Make The Homeless Smile (, Dr. Dorothy Bendross Mindingall Social and Economic Institute, 5120 N.W. 24th Avenue, Miami, FL (Contact - Valencia Gunder, 786-877-7826
    5. Global Empowerment Mission, 340 N.W. 59th Terrace, Miami, FL (10am to 7pm) (Sanctioned by Consulate of The Bahamas)
    6. Lifestyle Miami: 5161 NW 79th Street, Miami; 6001 NW 153rd Street, Miami Lakes; 4090 E. 6th Avenue, Hialeah, FL.
    7. Le Luxe Beauty Bar, 10597 S.W. 40th Street, Miami, FL.
    8. (North Miami Beach) Sapoznik Insurance, 1100 N.E. 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL (Contact person: Sonless Martin, 305-748-3973)
    9. (North Miami) Law Offices of Andre Pierre, P.A., 550 N.E. 124th Street, North Miami, FL
    10. (Miami Gardens) CMS International, 3333 N.W. 168th Street, Miami Gardens, FL
    11. (Miami Gardens/Hialeah) All Weather Patio, 4940 NW 167th Street, Miami Gardens, Contact: Gaby Pacheco, 305-978-4126
    12. (South Miami-Dade) Chopsticks Miami, 20553 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay, FL
    13. (South Miami-Dade) Josh Jones Law, 14707 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL, 404-446-5649
    14. (South Miami-Dade) High Praise and Workshop Center, 6610 SW 59th Place, South Miami (South Dade Democratic Black Caucus Ron Brown Chapter)
    15. (South Miami-Dade) Richmond Heights Resource Center, 11203 SW 152nd Street, Miami (South Dade Democratic Black Caucus Ron Brown Chapter)
    16. (South Miami-Dade) Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 11591 SW 220th Street, Miami, FL (South Dade Democratic Black Caucus Ron Brown Chapter)
    17. (South Miami-Dade) The Purple Church, 14700 Lincoln Blvd., Miami
    18. (South Miami-Dade) Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 10701 SW 184th Street, Miami
    19. (South Miami-Dade) HGT Ministries, 10711 SW 216th Street, Goulds, FL
    20. (South Miami-Dade) Florida City Police Department, 404 West Palm Drive, Florida City
    21. (South Miami-Dade) Nation of Life Ministries, 1055 Redland Road, Florida City
    22. (South Miami-Dade) Gasca Auto Care, 205 N.E. 2nd Road, Homestead
    23. (South Miami-Dade) Keyes Company, 692 N. Homestead Blvd., Suite 104, Homestead
    24. (South Miami-Dade) Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216th Street, Miami
    25. (South Miami-Dade) Air Base K-8 PTSA, 12829 SW 272 Street, Homestead
    26. (South Miami-Dade) Office of State Rep. Kionne McGhee, 10720 Caribbean Blvd., Suite 435, Cutler Bay


    1. Tropix Shipping, 5610 N.W. 12th Avenue, Suite 203, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (
    2. Shelter Aviation, 1100 SW 41st Ct., Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Sanctioned by the Consulate of The Bahamas)
    3. Feet to Faith Family Services (in partnership with Glory Seekers Church), North Lauderdale,, 954-439-0760
    4. Koinonia Worship Center & Village, 4900 West Hallandale Beach Blvd., Pembroke Park, FL, Janice Minnis, 954-980-1030 or Rep. Shevrin Jones, 754--581-2646 (9am-5pm)
    5. Riverside Markets: (Plantation) 6900 Cypress Road; (Fort Lauderdale) 608 S.W. 12th Avenue; (South FTL) 3218 S.E. 6th Street.
    6. Jetscape Alpha FBO Hangar, 350 SW 34th Street, Fort Lauderdale
    7. Elnet Maritime Agency, 2818 Centerport Circle, Pompano Beach, FL, 954-592-3332


    1. Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL (Drop-off at Customer Service in the food pavilion), Mall Hours, Monday-Saturday, 10am to 9pm and Sundays, 11am to 7pm, Contact: Pamela Rada, 561-515-4405,
    2. Cafe Sweets Bakery, 519 25th Street, West Palm Beach, FL, Contact: Sharlyn Davis-Powery, 561-319-1478,
    3. Judge Rodgers Community Center, 251 West 11th Street, Riviera Beach, FL, Contact: Alan Bottorff,, 301-332-9025 (Accepting only generators, wet vacs, chainsaws, and water pumps)
    4. Plantation Boat Mart, 2359 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, Contact: Gaby Pacheco, 305-978-4126


    1. Plantation Boat Mart & Marina, 90400 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Contact: Gaby Pacheco, 305-978-4126

    Other locations are being identified and confirmed. In addition, transportation for the pickup and delivery of items for shipment is being coordinated in real time. A central warehousing location is being prepared in Fort Lauderdale.

    1. National Association of The Bahamas (NAB) Hurricane Relief Fund: (sanctioned by Consulate of The Bahamas)
    2. United Way Operation Helping Hands:
    3. Make the Homeless Smile:
    4. Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA):
    5. Miami-Dade Fair & Exposition Dorian Relief Fund:

    Other platforms are being confirmed and verified.

    1. Location of Family Members: For persons looking to locate family members, NEMA-Bahamas is recommending the completion of this survey application:
    2. Rescue efforts are underway in Grand Bahama. Those who are in life-threatening situations are asked to call 351-4902, 351-4903 or 351-4904. Residents in severely flooded areas are urged to send their locations to 557-5202.
    3. BahamasAir: BahamasAir wishes to advise the traveling public that the Lynden Pindling International Airport is open and as a result they wish to confirm that they will operate the following flights:
      1. Tuesday, September 3: Miami flights will begin at 2:45pm
      2. For more information or inquiries, contact Selvin Basden, or Stephen Gay,, 242-702-4113

    For more information, please follow the Consulate General of The Bahamas on Facebook and on Instagram @bahamasconmiami #BahamaStrong #HurricaneDorian #HurricaneReliefBahamas. Consul General, Linda Mackey Phone 305-373-6295,
    **A special thank you to Marlon Hill, Esq. for compiling much of the information listed above.**

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:20 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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    The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of The Florida Bar encourages young lawyers in Florida to freely contribute their time and expertise in providing legal services to those in need.  If you know a young lawyer—younger than 36 or one who has not practiced for more than five years in any jurisdiction—who performs public service or provides legal aid to those in need, the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association encourages you to submit a letter or statement by Friday, August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm, explaining why the nominee deserves to receive the YLD Pro Bono Award.

    Please apply here.

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 5:29 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The application can be found here. Thank you!

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:40 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Since its formation in 1985, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association has been committed to investing in the future of the legal profession and addressing the concerns of the community at-large with an emphasis on the black community and black women lawyers. The 2018-2019 Board furthered the Association’s mission and purpose by donating, sponsoring, volunteering, or hosting the following programs.

    Hosted Programs

    The Rainmakers Academy: An intensive four session workshop dedicated to assisting those who are interested in a solo practice by teaching how to successfully build, run, and manage a law practice.

    Women of Color Conference: A gathering of black female lawyers and community leaders to impart wisdom and experiences upon the lawyers and community leaders of the future.

    Leadership Brunch: Permitted an intimate discussion with past presidents and founders of the Association.

    Day at the Races: Provided a relaxed environment in which lawyers and the judiciary had an opportunity to break bread together and participate in roundtable discussions on professionalism in the legal community.

    Attorney General Roundtable: Afforded the candidates an opportunity to have a face to face interaction with the community.

    Broward County Outreach: An informal gathering of minority lawyers practicing in Broward County to connect and learn through fellowship.

    Sip & Shop with Dragonfly: Fundraiser to support the Dragonfly Thrift Boutique which gives 100% of its proceeds to support LEAP’s mission in empowering incarcerated women.

    CLE Earning Membership Meetings: Provided members with the benefit of continuing education in various areas of the legal practice coupled with organizational formalities and updates.

    Money Moves Webinar: Created a convenient way for members to gain valuable knowledge on the importance of developing financial prowess in the legal field.

    Lobby Day: Trip to Tallahassee to sit in legislative sessions, advocate for various bills, and discuss the issues of importance with political leaders.

    Dine & Dish: A member benefit centered program designed to provide an intimate and candid mentoring session in which seasoned attorneys counsel young attorneys on how to navigate the practice of law.

    Judicial Candidates Forum: Judicial candidates are given the opportunity to connect with the public and discuss their stance on a myriad of issues related to the justice system.

    Reading with Heart: Members of the Board read to first and second graders as well as serve donuts to the children and provide coffee to the staff.

    Supported Programs & Organizations

    Miami Girls Foundation’s #Nevernotworking Campaign  ·  Christa Cares’ Domestic Violence Event

    Women of the Bench   ·  VBA Summer Networking Event  ·  HT Smith FIU BLSA Chapter

    South Florida Legal Mentoring Picnic

      DCBA: Immigration Training  ·  Black Professional Networking Summit

    DCBA: The Art of Building Your Brand  ·  Carlton Field’s Mentoring Reception   ·  Tech Roadshow

     VBA Holiday Networking Event

    Elizabeth Kaplan’s Overtown Art Exhibit  ·  Honey Shine Law Day  ·  Affiliate Outreach Conference

    Miami Dade County Work Internship Program  ·  National Association of Women Lawyers

    North Dade Law Day  ·  Disparities in Justice  ·  Women in the Law

    Judicial Diversity Initiative's 2019 Judicial Reception  ·  Chapman Partnership

    Carol City Park Voter Registration Drive  ·  Thelma Gibson Health Initiative Legacy Celebration

    Brownsville Community Day

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:09 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Ms. Amber Mannings is an extraordinary young lady. She overcame many extreme obstacles including abuse and homelessness in the pursuit of higher education; yet she rose above it all. She received a scholarship for her undergraduate studies and is a recent graduate of FIU. Ms. Mannings will be starting law school at FIU this fall. Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association is proud to announce her as our Book Award recipient for 2019.

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 12:54 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    July 9, 2019
    CONTACT: Kristen Wilson,
    The Florida Bar
    Telephone: 850-561-5757


    Florida Legal Services, Inc. Board of Directors:  One lawyer to serve a three-year term commencing immediately and ending June 30, 2022.  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.

    Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may 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 no later than the close of business on Friday, Aug. 16.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.


  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:29 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    June 18, 2019
    CONTACT: Hayden P. O’Byrne, Chair;
    11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission 
    TELEPHONE: 305-539-3381

    The 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission hereby seeks applicants to fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Rodney Smith. 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 p.m. on Friday, June 281 , as follows:

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

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    K&L Gates, LLP

    200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor

    Miami, FL 33131-2399

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

    (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 “19.5.10 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 and the Office of the Governor.  Applicants should include a recent photograph.


    1 All persons who applied to the Ruiz, Gordo and Sampedro-Iglesia vacancies will be considered for the Smith vacancy without having to re-apply. Persons interviewing on July 2, will not be re-interviewed separately for the Smith vacancy.

    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 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will confer at 5 p.m. on July 2, to schedule interviews. A room will be made available to members of the public (K&L Gates, LLP, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor, Miami, FL 33131) who wish to attend.


    Hayden P. O’Byrne (Chair)

    K&L Gates

    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900 200 South Biscayne Blvd.

    Miami, FL 33131

    Tel.: 305-539-3381

    Walter James Harvey (Vice Chair)

    School Board Attorney’s Office

    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Tel.: 305-995-1304/Fax:  305-995-1412

    Paul Huck, Jr.

    Jones Day

    600 Brickell Avenue

    Brickell World Plaza, Suite 3300

    Miami, FL 33131

    Tel.: 305-714-9700/Fax: 305-714-9799

    Daniel S. Fridman

    White & Case LLP

    Southeast Financial Center

    200 So. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900

    Miami, FL 33131

    Tel.: 305-995-5264

    Robert H. Fernandez

    Gunster Law Firm

    Brickell World Plaza

    600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3500

    Miami, FL 33131

    Tel.: 305-376-6000/Fax:  786-425-4119

    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

    Christine Hernandez

    United States Attorney’s Office

    99 N.E. 4th Street

    Miami, Fl. 33132

    Tel.: 305-961-9001

    Jorge A. Mestre Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000

    Miami, FL 33134

    Tel: 305-445-2500

    Scott M. Dimond, Esq.

    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A.

    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza

    2665 South Bayshore Dr., PH 2B

    Miami, FL 33133



  • Tuesday, June 04, 2019 12:49 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    United State Magistrate Judge

    The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida is currently accepting applications for a full-time United States magistrate judge in the Tallahassee division of the court. Additional details regarding the position and the application process are available on the court's website at or by using this link. Applications must be received no later than August 1, 2019.

  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 12:37 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 2019 Scholarship Application is now available for law students attending law school in Miami-Dade or Broward counties.


    1.  Must be enrolled at a law school in Miami-Dade or Broward County, Florida.

    2.  Must complete the scholarship application and essay.

    Winners of the GSCBWLA Book Awards will be announced at the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association’s Scholarship, Awards & Installation Banquet on June 13, 2019.

    Applications MUST be postmarked by Friday, May 31, 2019 to Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association at PO BOX 02631, Miami, Florida, 33101 or sent via email at

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