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The Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association was founded in the 1950s by a group of

African-American lawyers who mercilessly fought against injustice in Florida.  Today, VHFCNBA consists of a network of nearly 1,000 attorneys statewide with sixteen affiliate chapters throughout the state of Florida.

“Our mission is ensuring access to the justice system; increasing economic parity for the less fortunate, underprivileged and disadvantage of our society; and educating the community (particularly, the Black Community) on the need for empowerment and self-determination.”

VHFCNBA has four quarterly meetings each year throughout the state of Florida, where members are provided with education and tools to expand and to enrich their practices. With hours of quality continuing legal education credits available each year, VHFCNBA is dedicated to empowering Black lawyers in the state of Florida. 

The goals of VHFCNBA are as follows: 

  1. To promote the administration of justice

  2. To preserve the independence of the judiciary

  3. To uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession

  4. To encourage economic empowerment for all American citizens

  5. To protect the civil and political rights of the citizens of the United States of America as guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Florida,

  6. To promote legislation and initiatives to further this mission.

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