Alison Smith, a Jamaican-American lawyer, has been the first black woman who had been elected as the President of the Broward County Bar Association in Florida.
On July 2, Alison Smith has been elected as the President of the Broward County Bar Association. Before being elected as the President, she was an attorney at the Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Berman. According to the authorities, she would be taking the chair as President in 2022. Alison Smith would be the first black woman to serve as the president of the Broward County Bar Association in its 100 years history.
Smith was born in New York, but when she was 1 month old, her parents Donald Smith and Fay, took her to Jamaica along with her sisters. Donald Smith was an attorney who practised in the Black River St Elizabeth. She grew up with her sisters, Meisha Smith-Coulter, also a lawyer and Dr Jessica Smith, a doctor.
Smith, while giving her interview, said that she was excited about her new role and took it as a privilege and an honour to become the first black woman president of Broward County Bar Association and represent the BCBA. She said that she would be working for the position of President with utmost seriousness and would be humbled about the opportunity to lead the organization.
The time when she was not serving in the court during that time period, she served her community.
Alison Smith Said that she is extremely proud of her heritage, and everyone who knows her knows that she was an unofficial ambassador for Jamaica. She spends a lot of her time giving back to the community, and she has been especially concerned and interested in programming that benefits the Caribbean-American community. She was also past president of the Caribbean Bar Association and had created mentorship initiatives to help the minority student community.
BCBA executive director Braulio Rosa, while talking about Alison Smith, said that she is a smart, thoughtful and energetic leader. She knows that a bar association should manage a balance of business and service.