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.
We've been very pleased that Bar leadership has been receptive to us, and has given us the time and support to keep the section going during its early years," EOLS
Chair Harley Herman said of the section that was created in 2000.
Dietz acknowledged that EOLS
does not have a major problem with the current OSCA grievance procedures, but said they should be posted and more widely disseminated.
Walker said the EOLS
can take the diversity message to the minority community in ways the Membership Outreach Committee can't.
holds that through increased diversity, "the legal profession can more effectively address societal and individual needs by the consideration of varied perspectives, experiences, and understanding in the administration of justice.
Ray Abadin chaired the symposium, and several other EOLS
members served as panelists.
In addition to the annual joint luncheon, diversity initiatives, and minority mentoring picnic, we continue working with other sections, voluntary bar associations, and other outside groups to increase the focus on diversity issues as well as impress on members to apply for judicial openings and seek Bar leadership positions and become members of EOLS
The next step EOLS
will take, Dietz said, will be on the legislative front.
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.
For the fourth year in a row, EOLS
members John Kozyak and Detra Shaw-Wilder and their law firm of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton led the way with the October 27, 2007, law student mentoring picnic.
Chair Harley Herman said Angones often refers to his presidency as the year Latimer would have been president and has tried to stay true to Latimer's commitment to diversity.
In that vein, in the coming year, EOLS
has committed to offering through its members, expertise to assist small bar associations whose grant writing experience might otherwise be an impediment to their securing future diversity grants.