Pompano Beach Attorney Johnny L. McCray, Jr., will be the 2018 recipient of the Harry Gulkin Award. The Harry Gulkin Award, named for the late Broward County criminal defense lawyer and judge is the highest honor presented by the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (BACDL). Since its inception in 1991, each year, the award recognizes a member of the bar chosen by the Board of Directors of the BACDL who embodies, integrity, gentility, and is of the highest quality. According to the BACDL, “the recipient is widely viewed in the profession not only as a mentor, but a friend. The recipient raises the standard, and the defense bar is made better because the honoree is a member.”
A native to Pompano Beach, Attorney McCray has been in private practice for over 35 years, following a short tenure in the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office. He has been involved in several high-profile criminal cases and civil rights matters in South Florida. He is a 1981 graduate of Howard University Law School and a 1978 graduate of Bethune-Cookman University.
Attorney McCray will be the second African American recipient of the Harry Gulkin Award.
The award will be presented on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Pier 66 Hotel & Marina during the Annual BACDL.