The South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is one of the largest federal bar chapters in the country, and we continue to grow. Our Chapter puts on innovative networking functions, informative and cutting-edge CLE programming, and other unique opportunities for our federal practitioners and judiciary to interact outside of the courtroom. Please take a moment to look at our events listed below for upcoming exciting events. Please also take a moment to peruse our website, where you can find items such as Pro Bono opportunities, pictures and descriptions of our past events, membership registration and contact information for our Officers and Board Members. To those who have not yet joined our membership, we hope you will attend one of our events and learn what our Chapter has to offer. To our existing members, we invite and encourage you to get more involved. Thank you to our federal bench and bar for the continued support of our Chapter. We look forward to seeing you at future events.
Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz, President.
Guided by our mission to oppose discrimination, bigotry, and oppression of minority and diverse groups, it is incumbent upon us to speak up and take action when our Black brothers and sisters are the target of extrajudicial killings.
The recent death of George Floyd has left us raw and struggling for words. But we will not be silent. Like the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the countless others, known and unknown, this most recent act of violence stains the fabric of our society and the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Admittedly, for far too long, this promise has been unfilled for people of color who endure systemic racism and violence at the hands of those who devalue their lives. As attorneys, it is our duty to shine light on, and to address, the racial inequities in the justice system and in the broader society. We must lift the veil and recognize the harsh reality that for centuries, both explicit and implicit biases have played an active role in the degradation of our constitutional principles that demand equal justice for all.
Ultimately, words are not enough, and they never will be. So we are taking concrete actions too.
First, we will partner with affinity bar organizations to encourage our members to provide pro bono legal services aimed at police reform, bail reform, and legal reform. Second, we will be offering an ongoing CLE series, free of charge, to foster a conversation with every aspect of federal practice that touches on issues of race, policing, and explicit and implicit biases, including panel discussions among federal law enforcement agencies, the Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Probation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Public Defender, academics, practitioners, community-based organizations, and others. Third, we will continue to look for new ways to shine light on, and address, the issues of racism and violence in our society, their effects on persons of color, and their intersection with federal practice.
Our hearts go out to the family members of George Floyd, as they grieve the loss of a loved one, and to so many others who, on a daily basis, must endure the injustices of racism. We remain diligent in ensuring that our goal of diversity and inclusion is not a mere aspiration, but is attainable, tangible, and immediate.
*Board members with judicial and other governmental positions did not participate in the issuance of this statement.
The Federal Bar Association offers an unmatched array of opportunities and services to enhance your connections to the judiciary, the legal profession, and your peers within the legal community.
Throughout the year, we have a variety of events we hope you will attend. Please take a moment to look at our calendar for our next exciting event, and browse our site for summaries and pictures of our previous events.
Of the many goals we have set, the South Florida Chapter of the FBA believes that consistent communication with members is vital to a healthy and sustainable organization.