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ADL honors three lawyers for contributions to the profession and public

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Honorees Wifredo Ferrer, past U.S attorney for the Southern District of Florida, chair of Holland & Knight’s global compliance and investigations team, and the executive partner of the firm’s Miami office); and Hilarie Bass, founder and director of the Bass Institute, immediate past president of the ABA and former co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

The Anti-Defamation League’s 2019 Miami Jurisprudence Award Luncheon recently honored three lawyers “who made outstanding contributions to the legal profession and to the community at large, while exemplifying the principles upon which ADL was founded.”

This year’s honorees included:

• Hilarie Bass, president and founder of the Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion and former president of the ABA. She currently serves as the chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, and founded Greenberg Traurig’s Women’s Initiative, and led the creation of a task force at the ABA about the damage of implicit bias in the workplace.

• Wifredo A. “Willy” Ferrer, the chair of Holland & Knight’s global compliance and investigations team and the executive partner of the firm’s Miami office. Wifredo is a former United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, having served from 2010-2017. Before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney, Ferrer served in various roles with the federal government. He gained experience as a White House fellow and special assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and later as deputy chief of staff and counsel to the late Attorney General Janet Reno.

• Randall (“Randy”) C. Berg, Jr., (1949-2019), co-founder and executive director of the civil rights nonprofit Florida Justice Institute since its establishment in 1978.

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