A group advocating for diversity on the South Florida bench expanded amid growing frustration with Gov. Rick Scott’s judicial appointments.
The Judicial Diversity Initiative, a coalition of the black bar associations, announced Wednesday the addition of the Charles B. Morton chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association.
The new member joins the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Caribbean Bar Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, Haitian Lawyers Association, F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association and the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer Association.
“It is important that the judiciary reflect the community which it serves, and the lack of diversity currently on the bench in South Florida can no longer be ignored,” said Maryam Adeyola, president of the NBPA’s South Florida chapter.
The coalition formed last June in response to what the group called a “glaring lack of black judges on the bench in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.”
“The growing number of organizations joining the JDI is a strong indicator that the issue of judicial diversity is important and the lack of black judges serving on the bench is not acceptable,” JDI media chairwoman Loreal Arscott said.