A portrait was unveiled of former Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. “TJ” Reddick at the Broward County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 24. In attendance at the event were numerous judges, elected officials and students studying to be lawyers. Many people spoke, including family members of the late Reddick, a pioneer in justice. Following the unveiling, attendees took part in a reception in the West Wing of the Courthouse. Member of the TJ Reddick Bar Association, named after the late Judge, also attended the event.
The Broward County Commission unanimously approved Broward County Vice Mayor Dale V.C. Holness’ item to name the north wing of the 17th Judicial Court of Florida after Reddick, at the Nov. 14, 1982 commission meeting. Judge Reddick died on July 28, 1993, but his legacy lives on with the TJ Reddick Bar Association, established in 1982, which works to increase the enrollment of minority students in college and law school, promote the professional excellence of Black lawyers in Broward County, and provide economic scholarships to students at local law schools.
The TJ Reddick Bar Association was formed on Nov. 12, 1982 by a group of attorneys because minorities were not being afforded equal access into law firms as attorneys, partners, court appointments in civil or criminal cases, appointments to judgeships, and did not receive respect as attorneys in Broward County, Florida.
The attorneys named the Association after Reddick, who was the first Black attorney to open an office and practice law in Broward County, the first Black attorney appointed to the Broward County Court of Record, and the first Black person elected to serve as Circuit Court Judge in the state of Florida.