Florida lawyer Jose Baez will present “Why Casey Anthony Was Found Not Guilty” during the Annual Luncheon to be held in conjunction with the OBA Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14 at noon.
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Mr. Baez appeared on the lecture circuit after successfully defending his client, Casey Anthony, in her high-profile 2011 murder trial. OBA President Jim Stuart chose Mr. Baez to speak after hearing his recent presentation to the Arkansas Bar Association.
“I found his speech to be thought provoking,” said Mr. Stuart. “He talked about his dedication to representing an unpopular client, and his professional obligation to present a vigorous defense for Ms. Anthony. He took a courageous stance; he knew he would be criticized in light of the significant media attention the case received. Yet he took the case, did his job despite threats and harassment and produced a successful outcome for his client.”
Mr. Baez’s presentation fits into this year’s Annual Meeting theme “Lawyers: Defenders of Liberty” precisely because he stood up for the rights of an accused person who was entitled to a fair trial under the law.
“The defense in the Anthony case reminds me of our Founding Father John Adams, who defended British soldiers after the Boston Massacre. Both men put their careers and reputations on the line to ensure the legitimacy of our legal system. Every Oklahoma lawyer has taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. The experiences of Mr. Baez remind all lawyers of our professional responsibility to our clients and to society at large to see that justice is preserved.
The principal lawyer with the Baez Law Firm of Coral Gables and Orlando, Fla., Mr. Baez's practice has a particular emphasis on representing clients in complex and high profile criminal and civil cases. He is also known for representing many victims of negligence and serious crimes. He also serves on the faculty at Harvard Law School, where he teaches trial techniques to second- and third-year law students. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is active in various charitable endeavors in the Hispanic community.
Make plans now to attend Mr. Baez’s address to the Annual Luncheon, one of the premiere events during each year’s convention. The cost to attend the luncheon is $35 with Annual Meeting registration. Seating is limited, so register now!