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Sia Baker Barnes Selected to The Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40

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West Palm Beach, FL – (June 28, 2011) — On June 1, 2011, the National Bar Association and IMPACT announced selection of “The Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40,” recognizing talented individuals within the African-American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction. Awardees represent a cross-section of legal professionals – solo-practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsel, elected officials, and other lawyers who are demonstrating a strong commitment to empowering, uplifting, and advocating within the legal community. Included in the selection of the “2011 Nation’s Best Advocates” is Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. attorney Sia Baker-Barnes. Awardees will be honored at the NBA’s 86th Annual Convention to be held July 31, 2011, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The National Bar Association, founded in 1925, is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominately African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 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.


IMPACT is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 for the purpose of building a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment.

Searcy Denney ( is a nationally recognized trial law firm committed to protecting and defending the rights of people injured through negligence, improper conduct, deceit or abuse of power.  The firm has represented clients in courtrooms throughout Florida and across the nation, for over 40 years.

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