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The Harry Gulkin Award is the Highest Honor Presented by the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Pompano Beach Attorney Johnny L. McCray, Jr., will be the 2018 recipient of the Harry Gulkin Award. The Harry Gulkin Award, named for the late Broward County criminal defense lawyer and judge, is the highest honor presented by the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (BACDL).  

Since its inception in 1991, each year, the award recognizes a member of the bar chosen by the Board of Directors of the BACDL who embodies, integrity, gentility, and is of the highest quality. According to the BACDL, “the recipient is widely viewed in the profession not only as a mentor, but a friend. The recipient raises the standard, and the defense bar is made better because the honoree is a member.”

A native of Pompano Beach, Attorney McCray has been in private practice for over 35 years, following a short tenure in the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office. He has been involved in a number of high-profile criminal cases and civil rights matters in South Florida. He is a 1981 graduate of Howard University Law School and a 1978 graduate of Bethune-Cookman University.

Attorney McCray will be the second African-American recipient of the Harry Guilkin Award. The award will be presented on April 26, 2018 at Pier 66 Hotel & Marina during the Annual BACDL conference.

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