The evening will begin at 5:30pm with the traditional Red Mass celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski at
Saint Anthony Catholic Church 901 Northeast Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
We hope you’ll join us as we pray for God’s blessing upon the members of the Bench, Bar, Legislature, Law Enforcement and Governmental agencies, all protectors and administrators of the Law.
Immediately following the Mass there will be a reception where our distinguished speaker Chief Justice Carlos G. Muñiz will address the audience and The Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award will be presented to a member of the legal community who typifies the moral principals espoused by St. Thomas More.
6:15pm to 7:45pm
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Laud., FL 33316
Guest Speaker Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos Genaro Muniz
Chief Justice Carlos G. Muñiz was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Ron DeSantis on January 22, 2019, becoming the 89th Justice since statehood was granted in 1845. Prior to joining the Court, he served on the staff of Secretary Betsy DeVos as the presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed general counsel of the United States Department of Education.
In addition to working as an attorney in the federal government and in private practice, Justice Muñiz had an extensive career in Florida state government. He served as the deputy attorney general and chief of staff to Attorney General Pam Bondi; as deputy chief of staff and counsel in the Office of the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives; as general counsel of the Department of Financial Services; and as deputy general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush.
Justice Muñiz is a graduate of the University of Virginia and of Yale Law School. After law school, he clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Judge Thomas A. Flannery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Justice Muñiz lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Katie Muñiz, and their three children. He grew up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he attended St. James Catholic School and Bishop Ireton High School.
The 2023 Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award Winner
Judge Elijah Williams entered the University of Florida at the age of 16 and earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and Juris Doctorate degree. From 1984-1990, he served as a captain (JAG Officer) in the United States Air Force. He became the Chief of Military Justice at the largest tactical fighter wing. Judge Williams authored the landmark article “DNA Fingerprinting-Into the 21st Century”. After serving as a Broward assistant state attorney (1990-1992), he was hired by the Law Firm of Whitelock, Soloff and Rodriquez, PA. Where he was made a named-partner in 1995. He has served as legal counsel at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. In March 2002, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Elijah Williams to Broward’s Circuit Court, where he initially presided in the adult felony division. He currently presides in the juvenile delinquency division.