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New FMBA Board for 2012-2013

FMBA members have elected their new officers for the 2012-2013 term. The new officers are:

President: Saman Movassaghi
Vice President: Carmen Vizcaino
Treasurer: Yasir Billoo
Secretary: Imran Siddiqui

At-large Board members will be appointed by the incoming officers.

Last Updated (Thursday, 21 June 2012 03:04)


New FMBA Facebook Page

Due to updates and changes by Facebook, the FMBA Facebook "group" will be deactivated and archived. Therefore, we have created a new Facebook "page". Please visit the page and "like" it to receive updates about events and activities. Feel free to share with others, post on the wall, etc. to help promote FMBA and its mission. Thank you.

Last Updated (Friday, 02 March 2012 00:18)


New FMBA Board of Directors


FMBA held its annual meeting on June 21, 2011 and elected its new officers. The new officers are:

President: Christopher Benjamin
Vice President: Carmen Vizcaino
Treasurer: Saman Movassaghi
Secretary: Open

The new officers have also appointed the following at-large Board members:

Taghrid Hassan
Rashad El-Amin


Last Updated (Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:21)


FMBA Among Recipients for Florida Bar Diversity Grants

Local Bars Apply for Diversity Grants
Source: Florida Bar News

A new Bar grant program to encourage local voluntary bars to have diversity programs has received 30 applications.

Board of Governors members Arnell Bryant-Willis and Dori Foster-Morales, co-chairs of the Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, reported at the board’s January meeting that the grant requests totaled $56,000. The Bar has budgeted $50,000 this year for grants to local bars for diversity-related programs.

Foster-Morales told the board that the committee would carefully evaluate the requests and hoped to be able to grant the entire $50,000.

Passing out the money is only the first step, she added. “We want the committee and the Bar to get out and go to the programs,” Foster-Morales said. “We want feedback. What was the program like? Was it effective?”

She added the committee hopes that at least one of its members and one board member can be at each funded local bar event.

At its February meeting, the committee reviewed the grant requests and approved most of them. For a few, the committee contacted the local bar sponsors for additional information. The committee now expects to spend the full $50,000 appropriation.

Among the programs tentatively approved:

• The Tampa Bay and Central Florida Bankruptcy Bar Associations will provide transportation for minority law students at FAMU’s College of Law to attend a panel discussion on insolvency law during the 2011 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges 85th Annual Conference to be held in Florida.

• The Clearwater Bar Association is holding a two-hour CLE-diversity symposium following its monthly luncheon meeting. The seminar features the Pinellas County Human Rights director as moderator and panel/audience discussions on diversity and inclusion. With the grant funds, CBA members and judges will be able to attend the symposium free of charge.

• The Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association, its Young Lawyers Section, the Josiah T. Walls Bar Association, and the Third Circuit Association of Women Lawyers will co-sponsor the seven-county, North Florida area’s first diversity initiative, which will include a CLE with a panel discussion to increase knowledge and awareness of diversity and cultural competency.

• The Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Townhall Meeting during Black Caucus Week in Tallahassee will highlight the importance of a diverse judiciary and will explore ways to increase the numbers of minorities on the county, circuit, and federal benches.

• The Florida Muslim Bar Association will provide a continuing education seminar for judges in the 15th, 17th, and 11th circuits on the unique cultural and religious practices of Muslim lawyers and litigants with examples of actual problems attorneys and American Muslims have encountered in the court system.

New FMBA Board of Directors

FMBA held its annual meeting on January 5, 2011 and selected its new Board of Directors. The selected board members are listed below.

President: Khurrum Wahid
Vice President: Christopher Benjamin
Treasurer: Saman Movassaghi
Secretary: Mohammad Faruqui

At Large Members

Yasir Billoo
Rashad El-Amin
Bilal Faruqui
Carmen Vizcaino
Shahzad Ahmed
Tark Aouadi

Last Updated (Friday, 07 January 2011 02:53)

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