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28th Annual Recognition Luncheon

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28th Annual Recognition Luncheon



Miami, FL- October 3, 2019- On Friday, October 25th the Dade County Bar Association will host its 28th Annual Recognition Luncheon. The Awards Luncheon will recognize Dade County Bar’s new life members (any person who has been a member of the Association for a period of twentyfive (25) years and has either reached the age of seventy (70) or has honorably retired from The Florida Bar), Legal Aid/Put Something Back Pro Bono Service Awards, and Committee Chairs & Vice-Chairs Special Service Awards.


In addition, the Dade County Bar will be presenting three honorees with a Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Awards in honor of outstanding jurists; Judges Mario P. Goderich, Alan R. Schwartz, and Robert L. Shevin. As well as a Criminal Justice Award, honoring a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the Miami-Dade County criminal justice system at the state or federal level.


This year the Mario P. Goderich Legal Ethics Award recipient will be Justice Barbara Lagoa, the first Hispanic woman and first Cuban American appointed to the Florida Supreme Court and Trump’s recent pick for the federal bench. Before rising to the judiciary, Justice Lagoa was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida, and had spent eleven years in private practice in Miami. “She has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to apply the law to reach fair and just outcomes,” said Florida Bar President John M. Stewart. Justice Lagoa’s ethic are also reflected in her civic and community involvement. She serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Miami and Dade County, the Film Society of Miami, Kristi House, and the FIU Alumni Association. She was also a former member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.


The Alan R. Schwartz Judicial Excellence Award will be awarded to Judge Thomas Rebull for his dedication to the bench. Judge Rebull brings integrity, intellect (not only in terms of general honesty, but also as concerns intellectual honesty [sic]), temperament and work ethic,” says Rodolfo Sorondo, Partner at Holland & Knight.


The Robert Shevin Public Service Award will be awarded to H.T. Smith for being a trailblazer in his native Miami, FL. Mr. Smith being Miami-Dade County's first African-American assistant public defender, Miami-Dade County's first African-American assistant county attorney, and founding President of the Black Lawyers Association of Miami-Dade County (now known as the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association). H.T. Smith is the founding Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at Florida International University College of Law. “We are confident that wherever injustice and racism raises their ugly heads, H.T. will be there to raise his powerful voice of protest and resistance,” wrote the late President Nelson Mandela.


The Criminal Justice Award recipient will be Carlos J. Martinez. Mr. Martinez has spent the last 30 years serving the residents of Miami-Dade County. He’s the first Cuban American Public defender in Miami and he only elected Hispanic Public Defender in the country. “He has proven he is an effective leader; he las and continues to challenge injustice; he uses his position to champion our children and he fights for Equal Justice for all,” said his colleagues at the Disability Independence Group.





About Dade County Bar Association:

The DCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in Florida serving our community for over 100 years. 


Media Contact:

Dade County Bar Association

Jacqueline Kiviat

305-371-2220 Ext. 301










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