Florida Bar President Francisco Angones Shares Views With UF Law Students
Francisco Agones As part of SALSA’s Hispanic Heritage month, the University of Florida welcomed Florida Bar President Francisco R. Angones on his first visit to the Levin College of Law Thursday, Oct. 18. Angones met with students, faculty and staff as he shared his views on professionalism and diversity within the legal profession, as well as his love for his country, his appreciation for his Cuban heritage and his pride in being a legal practitioner in the State of Florida.
After sharing stories on his childhood, his upbringing, his motivations for pursuing a legal career and his passion and utmost respect for the legal profession, Angones answered questions and attended a reception in his honor.
“As someone who identifies with the hardships that accompany immigration, I found Mr. Angones’ speech encouraging, insightful and inspirational,” said Elora Andrade, a second-year law student who emigrated from Brazil in 1998. “It is refreshing to hear that as Florida Bar President, Mr. Angones aims to improve diversity within the legal profession.”
Following his discussion, Angones graciously greeted and shared personal one-on-one time with each student in attendance. “Mr. Angones is not only friendly and approachable, but he is also willing and eager to share his vision and the direction he wishes to pursue this year as President,” said Cristina Fernandez, another second-year law student in attendance.
“As a future lawyer, he encouraged us to take pride in our profession, reminding us of the special role all lawyers have to protect and advocate for the rights of others, particularly on behalf of minorities,” SALSA treasurer Carmen Manrara said.
Since being admitted into the Florida Bar in 1976, Angones has attained a number of accolades, including becoming the youngest attorney ever to assume the presidency of the Cuban-American Bar Association and the first Hispanic to be elected President of the Dade County Bar Association. Angones has also served as a member in a number of organizations including the Dade and Broward County Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, the Cuban-American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Spellman-Hoeveler American Inn of Court, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is also on the Board of Directors of U.S. Century Bank.
Angones arrived in the United States in 1961, after his parents sent him from Cuba through Operation Peter Pan, a program coordinated in 1960, which sought to assist Cubans and expatriates in getting their children to Miami. Angones received both his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Miami.