In observance of Black History Month, on Feb, 15, 2017 at 4:30, please join the Black Law School Association as we welcome Arthenia Joyner to our campus to speak on “Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession.” Arthenia Joyner is a 1968 graduate of Florida A&M College of Law and Civil Rights activist. While attending FAMU, Joyner was twice arrested for her role in the Civil Rights Movement for her protests in support of movie theater desegregation. After graduation, she worked as a legal assistant to State Representative Joe Lang Kershaw in 1969. Joyner was a founding partner in the law firm of Stewart, Joyner and Jordan-Holmes, and was the first black female attorney in Polk County and Hillsborough County. From 1984 to 1985, she served as the President of the National Bar Association, and was arrested for her role in a protest against apartheid during her tenure. In 1995, Joyner was appointed by then-President Bill Clinton to serve as the American representative at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
She served as a member of the Florida Senate for ten years, representing parts of the Tampa Bay Area from 2006 to 2016. She was the Senate minority leader during her last two years in office. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Joyner served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing an eastern Tampa-based district from 2000 to 2006.