TJ REDDICK BAR ASSOCIATION, INC
On November 12, 1982, a group of social engineers formed the T.J. Reddick Bar Association because Blacks were not being afforded equal access into law firms as attorneys or partners, court appointments in civil or criminal cases, appointments to judgeships, or respect as attorneys in Broward County, Florida. The group included attorneys W.George Allen, Alcee L. Hastings, Benjamin F. Lampkin, Jr., Henry Latimer, Raleigh R. Rawls, James Brown, William Hutchinson, Jr., Judge Zebedee Wright, and of course, Thomas J. Reddick, Jr. The attorneys named the Association after T. J. Reddick, the first Black attorney to open an office and practice law in Broward County, the first Black appointed to the Broward County. Court of Record and the first Black elected to serve as Circuit Court Judge in the State of Florida.
Although Judge Reddick passed away in 1993, his legacy remains. Today, the Association has broadened its purpose and is dedicated to promoting the professional excellence of Black lawyers in Broward County, increasing the enrollment of minority students in college and law school, and promoting the general welfare of all citizens in Broward County. The Association not only provides legal-advice clinics, its members also mentor minority law students attending local law schools. The Association also sponsors an annual toy drive, annually celebrates thanksgiving with the children of local child care centers, sponsors citizenship and voter registration drives, conducts educational seminars for various community organizations and provides academic scholarships to students at local law schools.
Become A Member
Membership is open to any person who has graduated from an accredited law school or is a member of the Bar of any state or the District of Columbia. Members of TJRBA share the common interest an objective of the furthering the following purposes of the organization:
Articulate and promote the goals and objectives of Black Lawyers in Broward County.
Foster and encourage professional excellence.
Promote a greater awareness of and commitment to the civil and political rights of the local black community.
Influence positive change in the American legal community to make it more responsive to Black lawyers and to the local and national Black communities.
Increase the enrollment of Black Law students.
Promote the general welfare of all citizens in Broward County.
Uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession, both on a local and national level.