Juneteenth Event Commemorates End of U.S.Slavery

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Pictured (left-right) Sylvester Stokes, BLSA member; WMU-Cooley Professor Stevie Swanson; WMU-Cooley Professor Renalia DuBose; Edward Keith DuBose, Sarasota County Bar Association president and partner at Matthews Eastmore Trial Lawyers; Tamike Laroque, BLSA vice president; Jazmin Shorter, BLSA president; and Joe Cline, BLSA treasurer

“Slaves in Texas were not freed until June 19, 1865, even though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, that freed all slaves in the Confederate States of America on January 1, 1863,” said WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Stevie Swanson, during the law school’s annual Juneteenth celebration.

On June 16, the Black Law Student Association at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus hosted the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth.

The featured speaker during the celebration was Edward Keith DuBose, Sarasota County Bar Association president and partner at Matthews Eastmore Trial Lawyers. He spoke to students on how to best demonstrate professionalism and what steps an attorney must take to become a partner at a law firm.

“It’s necessary to uphold your professional reputation, be involved in the community, and manage client trust carefully,” said DuBose. “There is no substitute for hard work, which will bring success.”

DuBose earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law. DuBose is the current president of the Sarasota Area United Way and is the first African American president of the Sarasota County Bar Association.


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Sarasota County Bar Association president talks to WMU-Cooley students

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