T.J. Reddick Bar Association

  • Ashley Gantt, Esq.


  • De'Anne Jackson


  • Janice C. Haywood, Esq.

    Immediate Past President

Our History

On November 12, 1982, a group of social engineers formed the T.J. Reddick Bar Association because Blacks were not being afforded equal access into law firms as attorneys or partners, court appointments in civil or criminal cases, appointments to judgeships, or respect as attorneys in Broward County, Florida. The group included attorneys W.George Allen, Alcee L. Hastings, Benjamin F. Lampkin, Jr., Henry Latimer, Raleigh R. Rawls, James Brown, William Hutchinson, Jr., Judge Zebedee Wright, and of course, Thomas J. Reddick, Jr. The attorneys named the Association after T. J. Reddick, the first Black attorney to open an office and practice law in Broward County, the first Black appointed to the Broward County.

Court of Record and the first Black elected to serve as Circuit Court Judge in the State of Florida. Although Judge Reddick passed away in 1993, his legacy remains. Today, the Association has broadened its purpose and is dedicated to promoting the professional excellence of Black lawyers in Broward County, increasing the enrollment of minority students in college and law school, and promoting the general welfare of all citizens in Broward County. The Association not only provides legal-advice clinics, its members also mentor minority law students attending local law schools. The Association also sponsors an annual toy drive, annually celebrates thanksgiving with the children of local child care centers, sponsors citizenship and voter registration drives, conducts educational seminars for various community organizations and provides academic scholarships to students at local law schools.