Moses to lead the YLD

first_img Moses to lead the YLD She plans to ‘break the myth’ that there are no benefits to being active with the Bar for a young, minority attorney Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Orlando attorney John Fisher said he was reminded of the “Sound of Music” when the nuns were trying to describe Maria and asked, “How do you capture a moonbeam in a jar?”“How do you capture the enthusiasm, effervescence, and drive of Jamie Billotte Moses in a few words? Impossible!”So Fisher took more than a few words to describe his 36-year-old law partner at Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, a single mother of two, and president of the Young Lawyers Division. Among his choice words: “hardworking; focused; intelligent; resourceful; always professional, courteous, and ethical; and constantly upbeat.”At the Bar’s Annual Meeting swearing-in ceremony June 24, when Moses outlined her biggest goal for the year, it is to use those qualities and the passion that defines the YLD to getting more minorities actively involved in The Florida Bar — before they graduate from law school.Recalling the tragic car accident in January that took the life of Henry Latimer, a former judge and Bar Board of Governors member, Moses said: “As we all know, Henry Latimer’s death was a great loss to the Bar. But what was uncanny about his death was the palpable disappointment felt throughout the state. Not simply because a great man and husband and father and Bar leader was lost, but because it appeared the dream of an African-American Florida Bar president had died with Henry Latimer.“Henry’s death should have been about the loss of a wonderful man, not about the death of a dream. Henry would have wanted someone else to fulfill his dream.”While applauding the diversity efforts of outgoing President Kelly Overstreet Johnson and President Alan Bookman, Moses said, “I believe, however, we must start this effort earlier. Law students are often told that they must choose between various student bar associations and are pushed toward minority bar associations, with the suggestion that only those groups can be helpful toward them and their career.”Once out of law school, those minority lawyers migrate to those minority bar associations, Moses said, but the choice is unnecessary because they can be active in both the Bar and minority bars.Moses appointed “four amazing young lawyers” — Maria Armas of Miami, Diego “Woody” Rodriguez from Central Florida, and Sean Shaw and C. Sha’Ron James from North Florida — to travel with her around the state to visit law students and young lawyers.Their mission is to “break the myth that there are no benefits to being active with The Florida Bar for a young, minority attorney,” Moses said.“Henry Latimer should not have had to carry the burden of the entire minority legal population upon his shoulders. We can and must take on the challenge that Henry has left. And this should be our new dedication to diversity.” July 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Moses to lead the YLDlast_img

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