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Members of the legal profession are welcome to join us at ACND Prep's 8th Annual Red Mass and Law Symposium.
This year our guest facilitator is 11th Circuit Court Judge, Adalberto Jose Jordan.
Chief Celebrant for the Red Mass is Father Chanel Jeanty, Chancellor of Canonical Affairs at the Archdiocese of Miami.
About the Red Mass:
Also known as the Lawyer’s Mass, the term “Red Mass” refers to the red vestments worn by the celebrants to signify the Holy Spirit, where participants pray for wisdom as they endeavor to seek justice. The celebration was first held in the United States in 1928.
Judge Jordan, the first Cuban-born judge to serve on the Atlanta-based U.S. appellate court, was nominated by President Obama on August 2, 2011 and was confirmed by the Senate on February 15, 2012 by an overwhelming 94-5 vote.
Last year’s Law Symposium facilitator, John De Leon (who graduated from Archbishop Curley in 1980 and is managing shareholder of the Law Offices of Chavez & De Leon, P.A. and President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Miami Chapter) suggested that his former high school friend and professional colleague lead this year’s event.
Past facilitators (all Archbishop Curley High School and Notre DameAcademy alumni) were: 2012 – John De Leon ‘AC ’80; 2011- Honorable Cecilia Maria Altonaga, J.D. NDA’80, Federal Judge Southern District of Florida; 2010 - Honorable Beatrice Avgherino Butchko, J.D. ,NDA’81, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida; 2009 - Dennis Ward, Esq., AC’69 Monroe County State Attorney; 2008 - Thomas Valerius, Esq., AC ’58, Defense Attorney; 2007 - Edward O’Donnell, Esq. AC ’62, Defense Attorney; and 2006 - Honorable Rosemary Barkett, J.D. , NDA ‘57, United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit.