Greetings! I am humbled and honored to serve as your 2014-2015 President of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association ("VHFCNBA"), one of our nation's most accomplished and respected state-wide bar organizations!
This year's theme -"Continuing the Legacy"- is centered around the foundation of our organization, which began in the 1950s with a small group of African-American lawyers who traveled tirelessly throughout the state providing support and strength to one another. Their connection was not only invaluable to their own professional and personal development, but also served to advance, promote and lead new generations of minority lawyers who followed, obtained greater knowledge, and continued to make a difference in our profession. While much has been accomplished, we still have a greater obligation to CONTINUE THE LEGACY of support, empowerment and connectivity with each other for the benefit of our profession, our families and our communities, so that progress will not turn into regress.
In April 1949, Virgil D. Hawkins, a former faculty member of Bethune Cookman College, applied for admission to the University of Florida's law school. He was academically eligible and possessed appropriate life experience qualifications.
The Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association (“VHFCNBA”) (formerly known as “Florida Chapter National Bar Association”) has made great strides since its inception.
Friday, March 27, 2015 (time & location TBD)
3rd Quarterly Meeting - Tallahassee
Saturday, March 28, 2015 (in conjunction with Lobby Days and the Legislative Black Caucus' week)