The lives of five pioneering Florida lawyers are being lauded as the Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion launched its Path to Unity campaign recently in Jacksonville to highlight The Florida Bar’s journey to becoming more inclusive.

“We want to tell the story of the Bar’s journey from its segregated past to the rich, multi-cultural organization that it is today,” said committee Chair Charlie Ann Syprett. “Accordingly, we identified five ‘faces of change;’ five Florida lawyers who inspired by example, through personal recognition or prowess, and who made a significant, lasting contribution to changing historic misperceptions and thereby making an easier path for those who came afterwards.”

The committee commissioned five college student artists to paint formal portraits of the five lawyers. The portraits form a traveling exhibition that will hang in courthouses around the state. They will also be on public display in the Florida Supreme Court Library from January 10 – March 10, 2022, and then permanently reside at The Florida Bar Headquarters.