Thursday, October 23, 2014

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice To Speak At Membership Luncheon On Oct. 30

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will be the keynote speaker at the Hillsborough County Bar Association Membership Luncheon during the Bench Bar Conference on October 30.

Labarga was sworn in as the 56th Chief Justice of Florida on June 30, 2014, making him the first person of Hispanic descent to lead the state judicial branch.

At the Bench Bar Conference, he will discuss the development of the state court throughout the years, as well as the significance of diversity in an ever-changing field. As he explained in an article earlier this year in the Tallahassee Democrat: "[My parents] raised children who were taught firsthand the beauty of our constitutional form of government, and children who learned through the experiences of their parents, that for democracy to work, the concept of justice must be applicable, available and accessible to all citizens."

Chief Justice Labarga has been featured in articles in the Miami Herald and the Tallahassee Democrat and has been praised for his "work ethic, keen intellect, and sense of humor." He is a great storyteller, and the HCBA is honored to have him speak at the Bench Bar Membership Luncheon.

The Bench Bar Conference, Membership Luncheon & Judicial Reception will be from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. For a rundown of the day's event, check out this article. To register for this year's Bench Bar Conference, go to