The Haitian Lawyer Association, Florida Chapter, hosted its 18th Annual Scholarship GALA on March 12th, 2016. The event was inclusive, in attendance were various local and national attorneys, judges and professionals of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Among those in attendance was Garcelle Beauvais, the keynote speaker, a renowned Haitian-American actress who has been featured in various movies and sitcoms. During Ms. Beauvais speech, she analogized the work ethic that it takes to be successful as an actress and an attorney. She mentioned that both professions require a lot of sacrifice in order to hone the necessary skills to succeed, and to be persistent when repeatedly faced with rejection.To cap off the night, the well known Haitian band T-VICE played several of its famous compositions as the crowd danced the night away.
Samuel Rony is a second-year law student at St. Thomas University School of Law. He was born and raised in Haiti.