MLK 2017 Scholarship Breakfast features Attorney Eugene K. Pettis as keynote speaker
Eugene K. Pettis, Esq., made history in 2013 when he became the first African American sworn in as President of The Florida Bar.
Submitted by Charles Moseley
The 2017 MLK Scholarship Breakfast featuring keynote speaker, Eugene K. Pettis, Esq., will be held Monday Jan. 16, 2017, at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 8 a.m. A $25 Donation per Person will go towards benefiting the G.E. Weaver Scholarship Fund.
Eugene K. Pettis, a co-founder of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, focuses his practice in the areas of medical mal-practice, personal injury, commercial litigation, professional liability and employment law. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1982 and graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 1985. He co-founded Haliczer Pettis and Schwamm in 1996.
Pettis, in June 2013, was sworn in as President of The Florida Bar, becoming the first African-American to serve in this position. His role at the helm of The Florida Bar, which governs nearly 100,000 attorneys, is clear evidence of his impressive leadership abilities and his passion for giving back to his profession and his community.
Pettis supports higher education, serving on the University of Florida Foundation’s board of directors for eight years and currently on the board of trustees at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.
In recognition of his commitment to community service, he was recognized in 2012 by the Urban League of Broward County with the Margaret Roach Humanitarian Award. He received the South Florida Business Journal’s 2014 Ultimate CEO Award which recognizes Miami-Dade, Bro-ward and Palm Beach County’s top executive for their expertise, leadership and community involvement.
Pettis lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife and two daughters.