Six prominent Miami Law graduates were honored by the Law Alumni Association on Oct. 21 at the annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception. The Honorable Stanford Blake, JD ’73, the Honorable Kevin Emas, JD ’82, and Abigail Price-Williams, JD ’84, were each presented with the Alumni Achievement Award, while Sandra Ferrera, JD ’99, the Honorable Mayra Peña Lindsay, JD ’93, and the Honorable Lisa Walsh, JD ’92, received the Alumni Leadership Award.
Judge Stanford Blake, an adjunct litigation skills professor at Miami Law, is an Associate Administrative Judge with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. He is currently assigned to the Family Division and was a former Administrative Judge for the Criminal Division. He has received numerous awards since being on the bench, such as the Justice Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award, the Thomas Davison III Memorial Service Award and The Dade County Bar Criminal Justice Award. Judge Blake is active with the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club and the Transplant Foundation.
Judge Emas has the distinction of being appointed to the judiciary by three different Governors. Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Judge Emas to the Miami-Dade County Court in 1996. Five years later, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Judge Emas to the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit. In 2010, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Judge Emas to the Third District Court of Appeal. While serving on the Circuit Court bench, he was an active leader in the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. Since 1998, Judge Emas has been a faculty member of the Florida Judicial College, teaching newly-elected and newly-appointed judges prior to their taking the bench. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at both Miami Law and Florida International University College of Law.
Abigail Price-Williams was recently appointed Miami-Dade County Attorney. She previously served as First Assistant County Attorney from 2007 to 2015 and held the position of Acting County Attorney in 2007. Ms. Price-Williams is also active in the community. Since 1997, she has served as a board member for Voices for Children Foundation and is also a member of the United Way Women's Council. Price-Williams has been recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide as a Top Government Attorney. She has received the Donor Next Door Leave A Legacy Award, the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award and the Put Something Back Pro Bono Award from the Child Advocacy Project.
Sandra Ferrera is a proficient transactional real estate attorney and focuses her practice on the development, acquisition, financing and construction of projects throughout the state of Florida. She is past president of the Cuban American Bar Foundation. Ferrera is a member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers of Miami-Dade County and a member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, as well as a member of the Dade County Bar Association, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Hispanic National Bar Association. Ferrera is a board member of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Mayor Peña Lindsay is the mayor of the Village of Key Biscayne. After graduating from Miami Law, she has devoted virtually her entire career to public service. She managed the Case Management Unit of the Family Law division of the 11th Judicial Circuit, where she developed and was the first leader of the award-winning Self-Help Program that continues to provide resources for citizens to be able to handle their own uncontested divorces and other non-complex family issues. After ten years with the court, and a short sabbatical to raise her two daughters, Peña Lindsay was hired by Carlos Martinez, Public Defender of Miami-Dade County, where she manages the PD's special programming and community outreach.
Judge Lisa Walsh is a sitting Circuit Court judge, currently presiding in the civil division, and is the President of the National Association of Women Judges. From 2008-2011, Judge Walsh served as a County Court Judge in the civil division. Before becoming a judge, she practiced law for sixteen years, in both the trial and appellate state and federal courts, and also served as a Special Master for the City of Miami Beach. Judge Walsh was the President of Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Vice-Chair of a Florida Bar Grievance committee, was a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, and was a member of the Florida Bar Criminal Executive Council and the Appellate Rules Committee.
The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni nationally who have excelled in their chosen profession and in service to Miami Law. The Alumni Leadership Award recognizes excellence, specifically in the area of leadership. The award often recognizes Bar leaders or directors and presidents of service organizations.