F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association


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  • 09 Jul 2017 8:23 PM | Kathy Clark (Administrator)

     FMCBA was awarded as the 2017    Affiliate Chapter of the Year, by the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association. President Warren accepted the award during the Henry Latimer Diversity Luncheon at this years' Florida Bar Annual Convention, held in Boca Raton.

  • 10 Jul 2016 10:13 PM | Deleted user

    MEDIA RELEASE
    For Immediate Release
    F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association P.O. Box 153
    West Palm Beach, FL 33402

    West Palm Beach, FL. (July 8, 2016) – The members of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association (FMCBA) are deeply saddened by the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. These killings raise questions as to the use of deadly force in law enforcement detention cases.  We are equally saddened about the five law enforcement officers that were killed and seven others that were injured by ambush during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas.  We express our condolences to the families of all those lost.  Violence towards law enforcement is not the appropriate response to the justified anger and outrage over police killings of members of the black community. 

    We are an action-based organization and will be taking measures to repair trust and foster respect between law enforcement and the community.  We are calling for meetings  with law enforcement agency heads, elected officials, and community leaders throughout Palm Beach County and Florida to develop an action plan to make “community policing” a reality.  We will also demand the institution of proper police training and policies to deal with explicit and implicit biases towards our community.

    We call for peace and for our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, families, friends, and law enforcement officers to all make it home safely.  We encourage our community and law enforcement to work together to ensure that all law enforcement encounters are conducted with mutual respect with a goal of safety for all those involved.  We encourage our community to immediately report any police misconduct to the appropriate law enforcement agency. 

    We will continue our efforts to be advocates and promote improvement in the law and in the method of its administration within the community.

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    MEDIA CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Lawonda R. Warren, Esq., FMCBA President, at fmcbarassoc@gmail.com. 

  • 21 Oct 2015 9:35 AM | Deleted user

    MEDIA RELEASE
    For Immediate Release
    F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association P.O. Box 153
    West Palm Beach, FL 33402

    F. MALCOLM CUNNINGHAM, SR. BAR ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR A FAIR AND IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION FOR THE RECENT DEATH OF COREY JONES

    West Palm Beach, FL. (October 21, 2015) – The members of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association (FMCBA) are deeply saddened by the police killing of Boynton Beach resident Corey Jones. This killing raises justified questions as to the use of force in this instance. It is vital for public confidence, in light of heightened awareness across the Country of police shootings, that process be transparent and impartial.

    The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with investigating the death of Mr. Jones. We are aware that State Attorney Dave Aronberg has already made a statement that he is conducting an independent investigation, that he is sharing information with Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and that he is meeting with the family. Governor Scott has offered the assistance of FDLE. However, to ensure the public’s confidence in the investigation and resultant findings, FMCBA calls for a parallel fair and impartial investigation of the recent death of Corey Jones by Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the United States Department of Justice. We also insist that there be full transparency during the investigation, that facts be released quickly, and that the police agencies and Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office cooperate fully with Mr. Jones’ family and their attorney. We insist, that should the independent investigation reveal wrongdoing on the part of Officer Raja, that State Attorney Dave Aronberg pursue justice to the fullest extent of his authority.

    FMCBA will also be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Friday, October 23, 2015, 6PM at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 801 8th Street, WPB, FL 33401 for the community to voice their concerns, brainstorm ideas to foster more positive community-police relations, and formulate a plan of action to deal with this issue that is affecting our community.

    MEDIA CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Byrnes Guillaume, FMCBA President, at bguillaume@byrnesglaw.com or visit http://cunninghambar.org/

    Please send an email to fmcbarassoc@cunninghambar.org  if you have a disability that may require special attention or services. To ensure availability of appropriate accommodations, include a general description of your needs. We will contact you for further coordination. Requests must be made no later than 36 hours prior to the event.


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