Ya'Sheaka Campbell-Williams, Esq.
Past Presidents: Our Legacy
Jeanine Williams, Esq.
Jacqueline Gayle Kelly, Esq.
Tamara Felton-Howard, Esq.
James Flynn, Esq.
Greg Showers, Esq.
Cheryl Smith-Khan, Esq.
Dyril Flannigan, Esq.
Senator Darryl Rouson
Judge Patrice Moore
Bridgette Lester, Esq.
The Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association strives to create a sense of community amongst its members. We believe that it is vital that we establish a personal bond within our organization. We are a close-knit society that aims to provide a strong support structure for minority attorneys practicing in Pinellas County. We hold monthly meetings and social events to ensure that attorneys will have an opportunity to network and consult with others regarding legal issues. Some of the social events that we held this year included our "Annual Holiday Party" to celebrate the holiday season, and the “Mentor/Mentee Spring Mixer” established with the Black Law Students Association at Stetson University College of Law to network and socialize with our members. The association is an excellent avenue to network and build business relationships for possible referrals. The association’s goals are to create a climate that is conducive to African Americans attorneys and an environment of unity.
While fellowship is a priority of the the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association, our other main initiative is to educate and uplift our local community. We strongly participate in the “Annual Lawfest Workshop”, which is an event that allows the local community to interact one-on-one with attorneys regarding various areas of law. We also host an “Annual Know Your Rights Symposium” which geared towards informing the local citizens of their constitutional rights and provide guidance on how to interact with police officers and law enforcement personnel.
One of our most important yearly initiatives is the Mentor/Mentee Program established with BLSA at Stetson University College of Law. This program is very active as we plan many events throughout the year to provide the law students with guidance, and equip them with the skills necessary to be successful during their law school years, and beyond.
From Past to Present: Continuing the Legacy
The Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association is named after the first African-American full-time lawyer in Pinellas County, Florida. Born in 1912, Fred G. Minnis, Sr. began practicing law in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1956 and was often known as the "grandfather" of African-American lawyers in Pinellas County.
Throughout his years as a pioneering attorney and community advocate, Mr. Minnis mentored and provided opportunities for clerkships to lawyers such as Frank Peterman, Sr. and James B. Sanderlin, Pinellas County's first African-American judge.
Fred G. Minnis, Sr.'s Legacy
Mr. Minnis headed the law firm that represented the Citizens Cooperative Committee, the NAACP and the NAACP Youth Council in their many legal actions in the 1950s and 1960s.
They persevered for equal job opportunity and equal access to the judicial system for African Americans. A graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., he passionately supported his alma mater.
Howard University awarded him an honorary doctor of Laws degree for his enduring support of the school and his work to improve life for African Americans in St. Petersburg.