Florida BarSarasota County Bar AssociationSarasota Bar Promotes Diversity

June 15, 20110

SARASOTA COUNTY BAR PRESIDENT F. Scott Westheimer formally announced the renaming of its Diversity Scholarship Program as the SCBA/Richard Garland Diversity Scholarship Program, in memory of the SCBA president who was instrumental in creating the scholarship in 2007. The program, administered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, has brought nine law students of diverse backgrounds to Sarasota for a 10-week internship during the summer. The scholarship awards up to $5,000 per student in furtherance of his/her legal education. At the meeting, the SCBA received $20,000 from the Sarasota Film Festival. Over 1,000 persons attended the SFF April 14th screening of Through the Tunnel, a documentary on segregation, and the symposium which followed it, Diversity at the Crossroads of Law and Film. The symposium, funded through a grant from The Florida Bar’s Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, was a panel discussion on racial equality, diversity, and the rule of law. In the front from the left are Charles Clapsaddle of Manatee Education Television, a producer and director of Through the Tunnel; Chris Garland; Westheimer; Howard Williams, diversity intern from Stetson; Evelyn Moya, co-chair of the Diversity Committee; Charla Burchett, immediate past chair of the Community Foundation of Sarasota; and Roxie Jerde, president of the Community Foundation of Sarasota. In the back from the left are Judge Charles Williams, a writer, producer, and director of Through the Tunnel; Valeria Obi, diversity intern from Stetson; and Kathy Jordan, managing director of the Sarasota Film Festival.


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