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SMITH FIRST BLACK WOMAN PRESIDENT OF BROWARD BAR

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SMITH FIRST BLACK WOMAN PRESIDENT OF BROWARD BAR

by  S. FLORIDA TIMES 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Alison Smith, a partner at the law firm of Weiss, Serota Helfman, Cole and Bierman, is the new president for the Broward County Bar Association (BCBA), becoming the first Black woman to lead the association in its 97-year history.

Smith, 42, who is of Jamaican descent, was elected president in 2021 and recently was sworn in to make it official during the group’s annual installation gala at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

Previously the president of the Caribbean Bar Association, Smith was joined by past presidents of the CBA to celebrate her appointment and milestone.

“I want to do the best job I can to make everyone proud that a woman is there, a minority, an immigrant,” Smith said. “I’m beyond excited and consider it to be a privilege and an honor to represent the BCBA. As the first woman of color to hold this position in our organization’s history, I take this position with the utmost seriousness and am humbled to lead BCBA.”

As the new president, Smith, who earned her law degree at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College…

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