The theme for this year’s Gala was “Le J’ouvert: A Caribbean Diaspora Celebration.”CBA honored individuals and entities who have brought pride to and empowered the Caribbean-American community through excellence in their respective fields. Craig Aquart, AIA, RID, CSI—Principal, at McHarry Associates; Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP;FIU Law PATH Program; and Tricia “C.K.” Hoffler, Esq., President-Elect of the National Bar Association were this year’s honorees. In delivering her rousing and inspirational key note address, Ms. Hoffler recounted her early experiences as a black litigation associate in a big law firm.She urged attendees to recognize that, although we see many more women and persons of color, in big law firms,much more work needed to be done to remove thevestiges of the then prevailing mindset that women or people of color were less qualified. During the Gala, attendees participated in a raffle to win a variety of prizes with all proceeds going towards Hurricane Dorian Relief. Attendees also made cash and cheque donations towards the relief effort.
The event was attended by Judges,attorneys,elected officials, judicial candidates and community leaders from across the tri-county area, and featured entertainment by “Steel Away” and DJ Mark Swaby.
The Honorable Judge Lisette Ride, Magistrate Judge, US District Court, Southern District of Florida swore in the Caribbean BarAssociation2018-2019 Executive Board:
Tricia-GayeL. Cotterell, President–LitigationAssociate at Kim VaughanLerner, LLP inFort Lauderdale, FL.
Hilary Creary,Vice President–PrincipalatHilaryCreary, PAinPlantation, FL.
Nnamdi Jackson,Treasurer– Principal at The Law Office of Nnamdi S. Jackson, P.A. in Weston, FL.
Johanne Larosiliere,Secretary–Litigation Associate at Rogers, Morris & ZieglerLLP in
Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Loris Gayle,Board Member–PrincipalatLoris Gayle, P.A., Plantation, FL.
Ashley McKenzie,Board Member–Commercial Litigation Associate at Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach, FL.
Tshai Wright,Board Member–Partner, Nizahon-Wright Law Firm, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Charise A. Morgan-Joseph,Immediate Past President–Trial Attorney, Zurich, North America, Hollywood, FL.