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Aronovitz, Schifino, Baker-Barnes honored by ADL

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Tod Aronovitz

Tod Aronovitz

Two former Bar presidents and a current member of the Board of Governors are this year’s recipients of the Florida Region of the Anti-Defamation League’s Jurisprudence Award.

The winners are former Presidents Tod Aronovitz and William Schifino, Jr., and board member Sia Baker-Barnes.

The award recognizes, according to the ADL, “leaders in the legal community who have fought for civil rights across our state.”

The three recipients said the significance of the ADL and the award are heightened by the ongoing political discord and threats from extremists.

Bill Schifino

Bill Schifino

“It is an honor to be recognized by the ADL. My grandparents, parents, sons and I have respected and admired the work of the ADL for decades,” Aronovitz said. “In 1913 the ADL began fighting to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and has since fought to secure justice and fair treatment for all, regardless of the color of your skin, what country you hail from, and regardless of your gender. ADL fights against all forms of hate in the classroom, workplace, on the street, and on the internet. ADL has always defended American values of dignity, equality, and justice for all. I am humbled to be recognized for any assistance I have provided the ADL in fulfilling its mission.”

“It is unfortunate that organizations such as ADL are even needed in today’s age, but in light of recent world events, we know they are,” Schifino said. “It is an honor and privilege to be recognized by the ADL, along with Sia and Tod. Lawyers stand in a unique position in our society and have a responsibility to further the ADL’s mission of stopping hate and discrimination at all levels.”

Sia Baker-Barnes

Sia Baker-Barnes

“I am extremely proud and honored to receive the ADL’s Jurisprudence Award,” said Baker-Barnes. “The ADL for over 100 years has fought valiantly to secure justice for all people, standing up for all Americans living in jeopardy or fear. Now more than ever, it is clear that we must continue to fight against hate and racism of all forms. Silence is not an option. It is my sincere hope that all lawyers will support this event, the ADL, and join us as we continue to fight to eradicate hate and racism in this country.”

The awards will be made at a virtual ceremony on March 10 from noon to 1 p.m. For more information and to register for the event, go to https://web.cvent.com/event/d27337c4-8cc1-4264-83bd-f90902bee961/summary.

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