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Stetson graduate named among National Bar Association’s top 40 lawyers under 40


Stetson University College of Law 2003 graduate Monica D. Barnes has been named one of the 2013 “40 Lawyers under 40” by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. Barnes will be recognized among the Nation’s Best Advocates during the association’s 88th annual convention on July 27, in Miami.

Monica Barnes.

Assistant City Attorney Monica Barnes.

Barnes is an assistant city attorney for the City of Miami Gardens, Fla. She was recognized in 2008 by the Miami Herald as one of the “10 Rising Voices in the South Florida Black Community.”

This honor recognizes young African-American lawyers age 40 and younger who have achieved professional and philanthropic prominence and distinction. Honorees include solo practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, elected officials and other lawyers chosen for their achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and community involvement.

The National Bar Association, founded in 1925, is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has more than 80 affiliate chapters throughout the U.S. and around the world.

IMPACT is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities.