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Trayvon Martin's Parents, Attorney, Set for Tampa Town Hall Meeting

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The National Bar Association will present a town hall meeting titled, “Standing Our Ground for Justice” at noon Thursday, April 19. The public forum will be held at the Beulah Baptist Institutional Church,  1006 Cypress St.  in Tampa.

The meeting will provide an update on the Trayvon Martin case, as well as the legal and social effects that have been compounded by the case and led to a nationwide movement for justice.

The town hall meeting will feature  Otis Anthony (88.5 WMNF); Clinton Paris (Tampa Organization of Black Affairs);  State Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) ; Carolyn Collins (NAACP Hillsborough County); and Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen who was killed in February by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain.

The Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, as well as National Bar Association President-Elect John Page and Tanya Clay-House (Civil Rights Law Section Chair); will provide commentary. CNN’s legal analyst Sunny Hostin will serve as the forum’s moderator.

“As lawyers from around the country converge here at ground zero of stand your ground, victims and their families impacted by its application need to be heard," says Page. "We give voice to their concerns by examining the effects of this law, particularly the increasing justified homicide claims in its wake.”

The discussion comes days after Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Last month, the National Bar Association (NBA) wrote an open letter to U.S. Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr. calling for an evaluation of the “stand your ground” laws after Trayvon Martin’s death.

“Through this exchange of information, the organization also renews efforts to combat broader issues such as racial profiling," Page said. "Additionally, the NBA is in the process of drafting model language for police procedures specifically tailored to homicides to be presented to legislators across the country.”

The Martin Family is currently being represented by Parks & Crump, the law firm of NBA President, Daryl D. Parks.

  • WHO: National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges, was founded in 1925 by twelve African American pioneers. The NBA represents approximately 20,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. The organization seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession. For more information, visitwww.nationalbar.org.
  • WHAT: National Bar Association’s Town Hall Meeting, “Standing Our Ground for Justice”
  • WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:00 noon (Doors Open at 11 a.m.);
  • Press Conference immediately following the town hall meeting.
  • WHERE: Beulah Baptist Institutional Church located at 1006 Cypress Street in Tampa, Florida, 33606
  • PURPOSE: The meeting will provide an update on the Trayvon Martin case, as well its legal and social effects.
  • PANELISTS: Otis Anthony (88.5 WMNF), Clinton Paris (Tampa Organization of Black Affairs), Representative Chris Smith (D-FL) and Carolyn Collins (NAACP-Hillsborough County); and Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, the Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, John Page (President-Elect) and Tanya Clay-House (Civil Rights Law Section Chair) will provide commentary. CNN’s legal analyst Sunny Hostin will serve as the forum’s moderator.