With The Florida Bar's decision to cease holding the Diversity Symposium, work has resumed in the EOLS
to recreate the symposium as it was formerly presented.
Our membership has dropped, but we are encouraged by the continued personal commitment and financial support of our hundreds of EOLS
2007 is the fifth in the series and was conducted by iCD Research, an independent, London-based research consultancy.
along with the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) and the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association (VHFCNBA) co-sponsored the annual joint awards luncheon.
immediate past president Harley Herman, who laid the ground work to recognize and honor Virgil Hawkins, celebrated this day at UF on September 19, 2007, and spoke about the life and legacy of Virgil Hawkins.
Another annual EOLS
event will take on an expanded role at the 2008 Florida Bar Annual Convention.
Freeman, chair of the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity, and EOLS
will present its Equal Opportunities in the Profession Award to Tony Cabassa and John Kozyak for their diversity efforts in organizing minority mentoring picnics.
The next step EOLS
will take, Dietz said, will be on the legislative front.
will also present our annual awards at the luncheon, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity in the profession and in education.
Both the EOLS
and the MOC are committed to building upon suggestions from the Diversity in the Legal Profession Final Report and Recommendations.
Matthew Dietz, a Miami lawyer who chairs the Disability Independence Group and is chair-elect of EOLS
, said the section did not know about Harrison's situation when it proposed a rule change, modeled after California's, that sets out procedures for accommodations in court to disabled participants, whether they are litigants, lawyers, or spectators.
Bethel, vice chair of the Member Outreach Committee of the EOLS