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 FEATURING:

Harold F. Pryor, Broward State Attorney; and

Gordon Weekes, Broward Public Defender

MODERATED BY:

Catalina Avalos of Tripp Scott

WHEN:

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Networking: 11:30 am

Program: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

WHERE:

1555 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Member Only Event
Lunch will be served

You don’t want to miss the next Serving Up Leadership with both Harold F. Pryor, Broward State Attorney, and Gordon Weekes, Broward Public Defender on February 9th.

About Harold F Pryor

Harold F. Pryor was elected Broward State Attorney (Florida’s 17th Judicial Circuit) in November 2020. He leads a staff of 462 employees, including 213 prosecutors, whose mission is to make our community safer while working to ensure justice, equity and fairness for everyone affected by our criminal justice system. He is the first Black state attorney in Broward and the first Black man to be elected state attorney in Florida.

Pryor is a fifth-generation Floridian. He is married to an attorney and they have two young children.

Pryor attended and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He received the Department of Political Science’s Multicultural Scholar of the Year award. Due to his exemplary service in student government and his work with the Center for Leadership & Development, Pryor was inducted into Florida Blue Key, the state’s oldest and most prestigious leadership honor society. Pryor graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law where he was a member of the Nova Trial Association and junior staff editor for the International Law Students Association’s Journal of International & Comparative Law. His law school classmates chose him to deliver the graduation commencement address.

Pryor’s legal career includes experience as a prosecutor, a civil attorney in private practice, and as a corporate lawyer. He started his legal career serving as a Broward assistant state attorney, prosecuting serious criminal offenses in the Felony Trial Unit. He also worked for prominent law firms and for a telecommunications company, specializing in business litigation, the Federal Communications Commission, consumer-related issues, employment law, and commercial transactions. He earned a reputation as a skilled trial lawyer who is tough but fair. He believes in compassion for victims. Pryor strongly believes that securing a guilty verdict should never be a prosecutor’s primary goal but that the pursuit of truth, fairness and justice should be paramount.

Pryor is a past president of the historic T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Broward County’s Black bar association. Pryor also campaigned to persuade the Broward County commission to rename the North Wing of the courthouse in honor of the late Judge T.J. Reddick, Jr., the first Black attorney to open an office and practice in Broward County and the county’s first Black judge.

Pryor’s passions include mentoring young people and attorneys. He is an active member of the Broward County Bar Association; a volunteer with the Broward County School District’s “My Future Is Now” program; and a member of the Urban League of Broward County’s Young Professionals Network.

As the county’s chief law enforcement official, Pryor is committed to seeking justice and standing up for what is right. He is committed to making sensible reforms to our criminal justice system. He is dedicated to serving the people of Broward County and making our community safer and better for all who live, work and play here.

About Gordon Weekes

Gordon Weekes is the elected Public Defender for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit for Broward County, Florida. With 1.9 millions people, Broward County is the second-most populace county is the State of Florida and 17th-most populous county in the Unites States. Fort Lauderdale is the county’s seat, the largest city in the Broward County.  Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination about 25 miles north of Miami, Florida.

Born and raised in South Florida, Gordon Weekes is the youngest of three siblings. He attended public school in South Florida and graduated from North Miami Senior High School. While in high school, he also attended a trade school where learned he learned to work with his hands. He studies to become an aircraft mechanic at George T. Baker Aviation. Upon graduation, Gordon attended Miami-Dade College and then went on to attend Florida Memorial University.  In 1994, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Control. Mr. Weekes then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate in 1997 from Nova Southeastern University School of Law.

For over twenty years, Gordon Weekes has dedicated his life to public service and the pursuit of justice. In 1997, he began his career as an Assistant Public Defender at the Broward County Public Defender’s Office where he proudly represents the poor, the mentally ill and children of our community. For a brief period, Mr. Weekes entered private practice and was the managing partner in the Law Offices of Gelin & Weekes. After practicing in the area of civil litigation and employment law, he then returned to his passion – public service at the Public Defender’s Office.

Mr. Weekes was the first Assistant Public Defender within his office to specialize in representation of children charged as adults. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Weekes was appointed as the Chief Assistant Public Defender in charge of the Juvenile Division. Gordon embraced the task reforming the lives of children and families who found themselves embroiled in the juvenile justice system. Mr. Weekes has been instrumental in implementing civil citation for first-time nonviolent offenses, diversionary programs and addressing the schoolhouse-to-jailhouse pipeline to reduce the number of young people entering the system.

As Chief Assistant, he has tackled head-on abusive practices in adult jails and juvenile facilities. His efforts highlighted and supported the enactment of legislation to protect pregnant incarcerated women while in labor. As a result of his efforts in juvenile facilities, Florida ultimately cut ties with one of the nation’s largest for-profit prison contractors. He also spearheaded a campaign to shed light on the deplorable conditions within foster homes and mental health facilities. He moved for policy reform that would prohibit the excessive sedation of mentally ill children and successfully shuttered abusive residential commitment facilities. His expertise has been recognized statewide in the areas of conditions of confinement, prison privatization and the reduction of the school-house-to-jail-house pipeline.

In addition to his work with children, Mr. Weekes is a tireless advocate against police misconduct and the use of force. He has championed community efforts to address predatory policing. He continues to work on reducing minority over-representation and disparate treatment in the justice system. He was also at the center of the push to stop reality television shows like COPS and the Police Women of Broward County from exploiting our community and its residents for ratings. Mr. Weekes has also been a watchdog for wrongdoing and has uncovered a number of issues that directly impact the public’s confidence in the judicial system.

Mr. Weekes has appeared as a panelist and moderator for a number of community forums and has lectured throughout the State on various topics ranging from ethics, scientific evidence, and community / police relations. He currently serves as a community stakeholder on several boards including the Delta Education and Life Development Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Broward, Circuit Seventeen Advisory Board, FPDA Juvenile Subcommittee, Disproportionate Minority Contact & Zero Tolerance Committee and Broward Schools – Prison Pipeline Committee.

On January 2, 2021, Mr. Weekes was sworn in as Broward County’s Public Defender. He is humbled and honored to be the first man of color elected as Public Defender in the State of Florida. As the head of The Law Office of the Public Defender in Florida’s Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, he will carry forward his life’s work and passion to improve the criminal justice system for all of Broward County.

THANKS TO OUR PREVIOUSLY INVITED SPEAKERS

 

GINGER MARTIN

Chief Executive Officer 
American National Bank

KENNETH STILES

Chief Executive Officer 
Stiles

 

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JEANETTE NUNEZ

Lieutenant Governor of Florida

 

GINO SANTORIO, FACHE, MPA

President/Chief Executive Officer 
Broward Health

GREGORY ADAM HAILE

President 
Broward College

 

DR GERMAINE SMITH-BAUGH

President & CEO
Urban League of Broward County

 

SAM ROBBIN

President, CEO & Board Member
National Jets Inc.

 

CHANTAL LECONTE

Administrator and CEO
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Services for Memorial Healthcare System

 

ROB CERAVOLO

Chief Executive Officer
Tropic Ocean Airways

 

KIRILL TATARINOV

Chief Executive Officer
Citrix Systems, Inc.

 

HOWARD SALTZ

Publisher & Editor-In-Chief
Sun-Sentinal

MIKE BEEDLES

Global President
SATO Global Solutions

ANDREW DUFFEL

Chief Executive Officer
Research Park at Florida Atlantic University

 

LISA LUTOFF-PERLO

President & CEO
Celebrity Cruises

 

FRANK SACCO

Former Chief Executive Officer
Memorial Healthcare Systems

 GERARD VAN GRINSVEN

Chief Executive Officer
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

 

ABDOL MOABERY

Chief Executive Officer
GA Telesis

 

JOHN P. ‘JACK’ SEILER

Mayor
City of Fort Lauderdale

 

KELLEY SHANLEY

President & Chief Executive Officer
Broward Center for the Performing Arts