VHFCNBAVirgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association
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Pouncy, an assistant county attorney in the Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office, said she is thrilled that VHFCNBA is able to honor all 392 Trailblazers this year.
"We pulled from many resources, including the collective memory of VHFCNBA members and friends, as well as from various court and bar association records.
Pouncy said VHFCNBA is still seeking funding to fulfill its goal to provide a copy of the new book to all Florida schools, libraries, and museums, just as it did in 2009.
At a recent Florida Bar Board of Governors meeting in Sarasota, Pouncy urged board members to attend an unveiling ceremony for Volume 2 at the VHFCNBA's Legacy Gala on June 16, at the Flilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando.
"These are the attorneys that inspired me to want to be a part of the legal profession," VHFCNBA President Ashlee Pouncy said.
With little opportunity to voice their particular views and concerns, the trailblazers formed many black bar associations that are now prominent in today's legal landscape and are VHFCNBA affiliate chapters.
"I am proud of the Virgil Hawkins Chapter for its continued commitment to ensure future generations know the history of black lawyers' contributions to improving our society," said Justice Peggy Quince, who enlisted the aid of VHFCNBA in producing the first volume, while serving as chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court.
"We are very grateful for the opportunity to carry out our mission of ensuring access to the justice system for the underprivileged and disadvantaged of our community," said VHFCNBA President Bruce Mount, Jr.
He described the Fellowship Program as a joint initiative between VHFCNBA, the FAMU College of Law legal clinic, The Florida Legislature, and Florida's Attorney General's Office.
The cost is $50 for VHFCNBA members and $75 for nonmembers.
"VHFCNBA feels privileged to truly build on our legacy by both identifying our history and making history.
The VHFCNBA's three living founding members--Judge I.C.