Born in West Tampa in 1938 to immigrants from Spain, Judge E.J. Salcines is widely admired for his professionalism and leadership in the administration of justice spanning almost fifty-five years.
Judge Salcines is a graduate of Florida Southern College and South Texas College of Law, where he began his career as an assistant state attorney. One year after becoming an assistant state attorney, he was was appointed assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
He was an elected prosecuting attorney for 16 years; first as County Solicitor and then later as a State Attorney. In those years, he hired the first African-American, first disabled, and first female assistant state attorneys. During these 16 years, he created and developed new procedures in the administration of criminal justice that became the standard statewide, particularly the award-winning pre-trial intervention programs as first pilot programs that have become a standard throughout Florida.
In 1998, Judge Salcines was appointed Judge of the Second District Court of Appeal where he served for ten years until age-mandated retirement and five years as Senior Judge. For 35 years (1974-2009), he taught trial advocacy to prosecuting attorneys from throughout the United States and Canada at Northwestern University College of Law where his Trial Manual on Predicate Questions was distributed annually. That Predicate Questions Manual has been published by the National District Attorneys Association and it is now in its third edition with the National Association of Attorneys General. It has been their best seller for 35 years. In addition, Judge Salcines served as Vice President of the National District Attorneys Association and President of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association Who awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award for his 50 years of exemplary service to the administration of justice.
The Hillsborough County Hispanic Heritage Committee in 2005 awarded him their first Lifetime Leadership Award for his tireless devotion and leadership opening doors, breaking barriers, instilling hope and allowing others to go forward. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Good Government Award from the Hillsborough County government and the “Champion of Justice Award” from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the George Edgecomb Bar Association Founder’s Award in recognition for his outstanding efforts in promoting diversity in the legal profession. In addition, Judge Salcines has been knighted by the King of Spain and holds two honorary doctorates.
From his State Attorney’s Office ranks have come forty-two federal and state judges, a member of Congress, two State Attorneys, two Chief Judges, and a President of the Florida Bar.
Judge Salcines is a recognized scholar, author, educator, and esteemed local historian. He is Tampa’s Man for All Seasons.
Lawyer Delano Smart Stewart was born on November 9, 1935 in Tampa, Florida to Beatrice Hill Stewart and Garland V. Stewart. He went on to earn his B.A degree in political science at
his father’s alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. From there, he attended Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., during which time he attended the
March on Washington in 1963. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. Upon graduating in 1964, Stewart returned to Tampa, Florida, where he became the first African American
board member for the Hillsborough County Young Democrats.
After graduating from Howard’s Law School, Stewart returned to Tampa to enter private practice with Francisco Rodriguez and S.J. Kenneth Rogers. Stewart also became the first
African American Assistant Public Defender for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. Stewart expanded his law practice to add fellow Howard Law graduate George Edgecomb and Arthenia Joyner, the first African American female to
practice law in Hillsborough County. Edgecomb became Tampa’s first African American assistant state attorney and county court judge. The local George Edgecomb Bar Association bears his name and awards the Delano Stewart Diversity Award annually. In
1970, Stewart became the first attorney to head an integrated law firm in Florida. His civil rights and activist clients included Otha Favors (Askia Muhammad Aquil) and Connie
Tucker. In 1967, Stewart played a critical role when the riots in Tampa ensued after the shooting of teenager Martin Chambers by a white police officer. After fifty years of practicing law, Stewart retired in 2015. Stewart had a stellar career as a criminal and civil trial lawyer. He served as the first president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association from 1982 to 1983. Stewart was elected as the first African American on the Hillsborough County Bar Association Board of Directors. He continued his community and political activism by running for the Florida
House of Representatives in 1966 and Tampa City Council in 1970. Undeterred by these unsuccessful races, he continued to spend his Saturdays registering African American voters. Stewart is a Founder of the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs (1980), and the first African American member of the Rough Riders civic organization, of which he is a life member. He is also a member of the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame.
Stewart is married to Carolyn House Stewart, who was the first African American female assistant state’s attorney in Hillsborough County. He has six daughters, eight grandchildren, and one great grandson.
On behalf of the HCBA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, we would like to spotlight two very special members of our legal community: Judge Emiliano Jose (E.J.) Salcines and Mr. Delano Smart Stewart.
Mr. Stewart and Judge Salcines were honored for their extraordinary leadership and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in Hillsborough County's legal community. Attending via Zoom, the HCBA Diversity and Inclusion Committee presented to them the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Awards for Justice and Diversity at this year's annual Diversity General Membership Luncheon.
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HCBA Diversity Committee - Lunch and Learn CLE (2.0 CLE) April 1, 2020 (12 pm)
The focus of this CLE will be to inform legal practitioners of biases in the workplace and strategies to make the workplace more accommodating for groups traditionally less represented in the legal community.
Intersectionality in Legal Workplace Biases
Monica Williams Harris, Of Counsel in the Tampa, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Trends in Diversity, A 360 degree view from the EEOC
LaKisha M. Kinsey-Sallis, partner at Fisher Phillips
Evangeline Hawthorn, Director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Tampa Office
Luis “Tony” Cabessa, partner is Wenzel Fenton Cabassa
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Community Law Program is offering an in-depth CLE on the subject of tenants facing eviction and ways that volunteer attorneys can help bridge the justice gap for those facing eviction. Learn how you can represent, or help negotiate an amicable resolution to either imminent or post-eviction suits. Help CLP to bridge the justice gap for those facing eviction in Pinellas County! RSVP to Mary-Lou Dickson: [email protected]
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