“The Honoree exemplifies the spirit of Civil Rights Activist Heman Sweatt”
Tallahassee, Fla. - Prominent Tallahassee Attorney Sean Pittman, accepted the a Heman Sweatt Award at the National Bar Associations Mid Year Conference on Friday, April 22, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale.
Pittman’s award is named after Heman Sweatt, a Houston man who sued the State of Texas after being denied admission into its racially segregated law school, and won his case in the Supreme Court. The case influenced the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka.
The award calls for recipients who manifest the pioneering spirit epitomized by Sweatt, demonstrate community leadership and concern for human and civil rights and model excellence in legal education and perseverance in the law, public policy and social activism.
“It’s an honor to win such a prestigious award, named for an amazing lawyer and civil rights activist,” says Pittman. “This honor is without parallel. I am humbled and accept it with deep gratitude.”
Pittman was nominated for the award by national civil rights attorney Ben Crump. It was Crump who gave him the good news that Pittman would be presented with the award.
“Sean has been a long time friend and colleague of mine. Community leader, philanthropist, husband, father….these are four descriptions of Sean, not just an attorney and lobbyist. Over the years, I have seen how much he’s done for his community and his alma matter, Florida State University,” said Attorney Crump. “It was an obvious nomination for me.”
A native of Riviera Beach, Florida, Pittman obtained his law degree from Florida State University. After graduating and being admitted into the Florida Bar, Pittman remained in Tallahassee to open Pittman Law Group, P.L.
“I felt it was an opportunity to have a positive effect on people’s lives and our community,” said Pittman. “Being an attorney isn’t just a job for me; it’s an opportunity that open doors for me to make a difference. Giving back and making a difference in my community is very fulfilling for me.”
Attorney Crump, said the award should make Tallahassee “very proud that one of its finest people” is being honored.