Chapter Awards & Installation Dinner 2013
This year’s FBA Awards & Installation Dinner took place on October 25, 2013, at the JW Marriot Marquis. The dinner reached maximum capacity and exceeded previous attendance records with over 300 guests in attendance.
After our traditional blessing from Judge Peter Palermo and the Pledge of Allegiance led by our Federal Public Defender, Michael Caruso, outgoing Chapter President Bernie Pastor shared some of the Chapter’s accomplishments over the last year. You can read about these and other Chapter highlights in the Chapter’s newsletter here on our website.
Bernie then introduced our United States Attorney, Wifredo Ferrer, who in turn presented the Hon. Stanley Marcus with this year’s Edward B. Davis Award for Service to the Federal Bench & Bar, the Chapter’s highest honor, which is given to a judge or lawyer who has exemplified the FBA’s values of excellence and service to the community, the federal bench, and the federal bar. Judge Marcus’ storied career led him to Miami in 1982, when he became U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. In 1985 he was confirmed as a District Court Judge for the Southern District, and in 1997 he was elevated and confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Judge Marcus’ remarks this evening were both humorous and poignant.
Bernie then had the pleasure of introducing the Chapter’s 2013-14 President, Assistant United States Attorney Ana Maria Martinez. After Chief Judge Federico Moreno swore in Ani, the other new officers, and the executive board, Ani introduced FBA President and U.S. District Court Judge Gustavo Gelpi, who shared some of the FBA’s goals and achievements over the past year. Judge Gelpi specifically commended the South Florida Chapter for its accomplishments and the several awards we received this year.
Numerous law students from our local area law schools were in attendance and Bernie highlighted their law student FBA divisions’ active involvement in the FBA over the past year. Ani ended the evening by expressing the Chapter’s gratitude for Bernie’s service throughout the last year, and presented Bernie with a plaque to commemorate that service on behalf of the Chapter.
- Category: Awards & Installation
- Date: October 25, 2013