Legacy Lecture: State Attorney Aramis Ayala
Each year, Legacy Week celebrates the accomplishments, power, strength and courage of black leaders in the community. Join us on February 12, 2020 from 11:30-1:30 p.m., in the Center for Health Equity for a keynote address from State Attorney Aramis Ayala, the first African American State Attorney in Florida’s history. Her powerful insights will address poverty, mass incarceration and other social justice issues.
About State Attorney Ayala
Aramis was sworn in as the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida on January 3, 2017. Prior to her election as State Attorney, she served as an Assistant State Attorney, an Assistant Public Defender, a Civil Litigator, Adjunct Professor of Law, and Legal Analyst. She now manages four offices an administrative team, nearly 150 attorneys, sworn police investigators, victim advocates and hundreds of support staff.
Aramis has prosecuted and defended a range of criminal cases from Misdemeanors to Capital Felonies, including Sex Crimes, crimes against children, and Homicides. She has always recognized the dangers of Domestic Violence and other violent crime and has been devoted to ensuring safe and healthy communities.
Aramis’ commitment to safety is supported by her unwavering commitment to criminal justice reform, integrity and accountability. While often being recognized as the first Black State Attorney in Florida’s history, she is most focused on the impact her unique vision and perspective have for the citizens of Orange and Osceola Counties.
Since taking office, Aramis has been recognized by many local and national organizations, including the Central Florida Victim Services Network and Florida Parents of Murdered Children. She received the NAACP’s 2017 Civil Rights Champion of Justice Award and Equal Justice USA’s Leadership Award. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, a JD from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law and an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.
The 2020 Annual Black History Month Legacy Week Lecture will be held at the Center for Health Equity.
This event is free and open to the public but registration is requested for an accurate lunch count.