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CBA Organizational Profile
 
Founded in 1994 and based in Miami, Florida, the Caribbean Bar Association (“CBA”) is a voluntary bar organization that has grown from just over 25 lawyers at its inception, to well over 200 attorneys from the Caribbean-American community in South and Central Florida. CBA attorneys work in both the public and private sectors and practice criminal law, civil and commercial litigation, administrative law, family, immigration, business and corporate, insurance defense, medical malpractice, real estate, trust and estates, probate, maritime, international law, arbitration, personal injury, land use and zoning law, among other areas of practice.

In 2000, the CBA adopted the motto “Informing, Educating, Empowering” -- capturing the essence of its mission to inform, educate and empower all members of the Caribbean-American community in South and Central Florida. To live out its motto and in furtherance of its stated mission, the CBA has embarked on the following initiatives:
  • Developing a partnership with the local print, online, radio and TV Caribbean media.
  • Fostering a communicative partnership with the local Caribbean Consular Corps
  • Collaborating with the local U.S. Attorney's Office to develop outreach programs for the Caribbean-American community
  • Establishing a Scholarship Program through its Annual Fundraising Banquet that awards a stipend and paid judicial or legal services internships to law students with a demonstrated interest in Caribbean-American issues
  • Developing a program to acknowledge and honor outstanding Caribbean-American citizens for their charitable and/or community work
  • Launching the "Aspire to Inspire" program with Miami Dade College North Campus to introduce students to a variety of career options and professionals of Caribbean-American descent
  • Partnering with Broward and Miami-Dade County Libraries for an annual Caribbean Reading Day to provide books to children and expose them to Caribbean stories and culture
  • Developing programming to encourage greater diversity in the judiciary and legal profession, including an annual judicial reception with PNC Bank, and panel discussions on the Judicial Nominating Commission process
  • Joining a collective of minority bar associations to launch the Judicial Diversity Initiative to bring awareness to the lack of diversity on the bench and to advocate for greater diversity
  • Partnering in programming geared toward introducing law students and new attorneys to the legal profession, including co-hosting a professionalism roundtable with the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University, participating in the new attorney breakfasts hosted by the Broward County and Miami-Dade County Bar Associations and sponsoring the Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic by the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation
  • Fostering civic involvement in the community by partnering with The Broward League of Women Voters to complete voter registrations, with the cities of Miramar and Lauderhill to complete citizenship applications for eligible residents, and with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce to co-host political and judicial candidate forums for the purpose on engaging, educating and empowering voters
  • Hosting events geared toward encouraging professional growth and providing networking opportunities for Caribbean-American lawyers and paralegals in the South Florida area, including Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentations, and Voluntary Bar Association socials

To achieve some of these goals and initiatives, the CBA has collaborated with corporations and organizations such as PNC Bank, Miami Dade College North Campus, White & Case LLP, University of Miami, Hot 105FM – Rodney Baltimore's Community Spotlight, The Broward League of Women Voters, David I. Muir Photography, Broward County Bar Association, The T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Inc., Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Haitian Lawyers Association, F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association and others.

With its local base and international focus, the CBA continues to be uniquely positioned to advocate on behalf of the entire Caribbean-American community in South and Central Florida and to act as a bridge between law, politics and community awareness.

 

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