Standout Attorney Keith Dubose First African American President of Sarasota Bar Association

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DID YOU KNOW? BY MWEZI DAKE write4living@yahoo.com

Attorney Keith DuBose is the first African American to serve in the position of President for the Sarasota Bar Association. DuBose is the first President to serve for two terms when his term begins in September 2016. The Sarasota Bar Association presented DuBose with the C.L. McKaig award in 1989 as a recognition for Dubose’s “extraordinary accomplishments”. DuBose began as President in November of 2015 when Governor Scott appointed then President Hunter Carroll to the Bench

Keith DuBose i s a humble and giving man who cares very deeply for his family, community and the future of those who live in the community. Dubose is actively involved in many organizations and initiatives in Sarasota and surrounding areas which includes tireless hours given to United Way, Paddock Foundation, Selby Foundation, Sarasota Bar Association, youth football, New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Booker Law Program and current president of the Sarasota Area Board of the United Way. As a young boy, he thought he would become a “Sports Great” so he got involved in sports at a young age. It was a moment in college, at Duke University while on the football team that won the A.C.C. Championship in 1989, DuBose realized he might not possess the ability to be a super star in sports and turned his interest to law, thinking he could become an agent or lawyer in the field of sports. From this epiphany of sorts, Dubose went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1993 and received his Juris Doctor degree from UF College of Law in 1996. Dubose speaks of that decision to go into law that to this day he has not been involved in sports in a legal capacity but remains dedicated and involved in coaching local youth teams.

DuBose is a shareholder in his law firm with his practice devoted to plaintiff’s personal injury cases. Dubose said of his career, “I’ve long since realized that working in the legal community, and on the Bar Association will spill over to the local community. I’m committed to family, strong families support our community and when family structure is broken it creates a myriad of problems. I believe we who have been blessed to achieve a professional career have an obligation to help others, to get people started in the direction of a career for them. I don’t look at myself as being extraordinary. I know success takes hard work and dedication and determination to help yourself and other to find their greatness.” He went on to say, “There are people who seem not to value hard work today but I look back at those who went before us in the African American communities. These are the people who lived pre-civil rights and didn’t allow being disadvantaged by the color of their skin and how society viewed us stop their struggle for equality or stop them from hard work, behave and act with civility and manners. These are the people who refused to bow to slander and racism and showed us what humility and pride in who we are looks like.

This is an example that needs to be in practice now. I want to be that example for young people to be able to follow.” DuBose added, “I believe we have a way to go in Sarasota still but we now have progress in government with Mayor and Vice Mayor, two Commissioners and Judge who are African Americans. We need to applaud the changes.” Keith and wife, Katrenia, reside in Sarasota along with their kids Noah, Leah and Brian.

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