William M. Holland
This annual signature luncheon is named after the first African-American attorney in Palm Beach County and civil rights pioneer, William H. Holland. The event enables the Cunningham Bar to award Florida Bar examination course preparation scholarships to well deserving 3rd year law students. Former guest speakers include US Attorney General Janet Reno, nationally acclaimed motivational speaker Dr.Na’im Akbar, law professor Bryan Stevenson, Super Lawyer Attorney H.T. Smith and Appeals Eleventh Circuit Judge, Charles R. Wilson.
Honorable Isiah Courtney (I.C.)Smith
The 3rd Black lawyer in Palm Beach County, Judge I. C. Smith joined William Holland in legal practice in 1954; together handled cases that helped change the Palm Beach County: integrating public schools, municipal golf course and eliminating separate eating and bathroom facilities on Florida’s Turnpike. In 1984 he was appointed to the county court Bench by Gov. Bob Graham. I.C. Smith and William Holland pioneered the process of black attorneys coming to Palm Beach County to practice their profession – law. In an interview, he once said …”Nothing separate can be equal”.