Please be advised that the Haitian Lawyers Association will hold its Annual Election for Board of Directors on Saturday, December 9th, 2023.

We are now accepting nominations for the following positions: President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary,  Treasurer and three (3) Elective Directors.

The officers will serve a one-year term and the elective directors will serve a two-year term.

Active HLA members may cast their vote in person on Saturday, December 9th, or electronically. 

All paid members will receive a separate email containing the link to cast a vote electronically; the link will be active until 12:00 noon on Friday, December 8th, 2023. Thereafter, active members may cast their vote in person on election night. The ballots will be tallied, and the election results will be reported by the Elections Committee on election night.

An active HLA member is a person who has paid the annual membership dues or is a Lifetime member. The annual membership dues are $100 for lawyers who have practiced for over 5 years and $50.00 for lawyers who have practiced for 5 years or less. A member may become a Lifetime HLA member by making a one-time payment of $1000.00.

Below is the link to the membership application with additional information for your convenience.

Best regards,
Elections Committee



Geralda David developed a passion for law at a very young age.  After earning her B.A. degree with honors at Florida International University (FIU), she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an attorney.  She received her Juris Doctorate from FIU Law in 2013.  While attending FIU Law, Geralda spent a summer studying abroad in Seville, Spain.

Geralda worked for the Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at FIU as a Certified Legal Intern (CLI), representing low income immigrant clients in cases involving, but not limited to, political asylum, citizenship, cancellation of removal, and deportation.  She also worked for the Investor Advocacy Clinic at FIU as a CLI, representing small investors in securities arbitration claims. 

When Attorney David started practicing law, she found her passion in helping people who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. She enjoys helping people who are seriously hurt, and she helps them recover monetary damages for their injuries. Specifically, Geralda handles different types of personal injury cases such as automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, premises liability, defective products, slip and fall, trip and fall, nursing home abuse, wrongful death, dog bites, medical malpractice, food poisoning, prescription errors, inadequate security, pedestrian accidents, construction accidents, and drowning accidents.  Attorney David successfully handled a wrongful death case, as well as several 6-figure settlements, leading to her overall settlements exceeding 7-figures. 

Geralda David is a personal injury attorney who speaks French and Creole fluently. She’s a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, the Broward County Bar Association, and the Haitian Lawyers Association. 


Loune-Djenia Askew is currently the Secretary of the Haitian Lawyers Association. She has been practicing law and has been an active member of HLA for the past three years. In Addition, she is the founding attorney at Askew & Associates, P.A., a multi practice law firm & title company in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. In 2020, upon becoming a new FL bar attorney, Past President, Vladimir St. Louis, nominated her for a 2021-2022 Director position on the HLA Board of Directors.

Loune-Djenia hit the ground running as the chair of the Professional Growth & Development Committee. During this time, the committee focused on increasing the HLA’s reach to Haitian law students who would be future members of the organization. With that in mind, they hosted events such as “How to Study” at Florida International University College of Law and “How to Interview” at Nova Southeastern University College of Law. In addition, the committee hosted a Tet-a-Tet with Lorna E. Brown-Burton to discuss the future of the FL Bar leadership.

In 2021, Past President, Vladimir St. Louis nominated Loune-Djenia to serve as the 2022-2023 HLA Secretary as a result of her hard work and dedication as Director. Even while facing the challenges of being a new law firm owner, she humbly accepted the call to leadership. She continued to serve on the Professional Growth & Development committee while also chairing the Marketing & Public Relations Committee. During this time, the Professional Growth & Development committee hosted a Tet-a-Tet with Coral Springs Commissioner Nancy Metayer to discuss the importance of serving in local government elected positions and how that commitment supports the Haitian community. In addition, the committee was able to do a law school outreach event, “How to Study” at St. Thomas University College of Law.

Over the past three years, Loune-Djenia has volunteered at several HLA events, such as the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) Drives, Work Permit Drives, Consultation Drives, and Citizenship Drives. In addition, she has served as a panel member for various events on behalf of HLA such as the “Getting your House in Order” estate planning event, Immigration panels discussing issues such as the President Biden Humanitarian Parole Program, and the Small Business Legal Clinics in partnership with the Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce.

Loune-Djenia is dedicated to HLA and the Haitian community. She has a team player mindset, and go-getter attitude. As Vice President of the Haitian Lawyers Association, her goal is to serve the members of HLA and the Haitian community, serve as the right hand of the President, and support the Board of Directors to her fullest ability. Loune-Djenia is confident that based on her dedication and unique experience as secretary, she will put in the time and effort necessary to excel at the responsibilities of the Vice President position.


Narinah Jean-Baptiste has been practicing law and an active member of HLA for one year. She is an associate at Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman representing municipalities in complex land use and zoning issues.

As a member of HLA, Narinah participated in volunteering events, such as (1) the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and Citizenship Drive Events, during which she assisted eligible participants in renewing their work permits, petitioning for visas and sorting through federal issues; (2) Beach Clean-Ups, during which HLA facilitated the beautification of Fort Lauderdale Beach; and (3) the HLA Gala, during which she designed and prepared certificates for HLA scholarship recipients and further reached out to various media outlets for coverage of our amazing Gala.
As a current Sant La Class 8 Fellow, she has joined a group of fun, dynamic, intelligent, and thriving young Haitian-American professionals that dedicate their time and resources to learn more about the Haitian culture and what they can do to empower, strengthen and uplift the Haitian community, both in South Florida and abroad.
Lastly, as a the Community Engagement Chair for the Young Professionals Board of the Broward County Public Library Foundation, Narinah actively mentors young children and brings much needed awareness to the benefits of supporting our local libraries.
She is dedicated to HLA, our community, and putting in the time and effort necessary to continue building on the solid foundation past and current HLA leaders, directors and members have established.


Frandley Julien is a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor. He is also a prolific essayist whose writings on Haitian politics are regularly published by The Miami Herald, The Sun Sentinel, Jamaica Observer and Le National, a Haitian daily of which he is a partner. He currently practices criminal defense, immigration, personal injury and family law out of his office located North Miami Beach.

From 2001 to 2004, Julien published a slew of articles on the notion of social contract in Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste. These pieces were informed by his thesis that Haiti’s shortcomings stem from its elites’ failure to reach an arrangement that would benefit all social strata by ensuring equality of opportunity and inclusion. Through these articles, he attempted to provide an answer to three questions: (1) how to contain government’s propensity to dispossess the citizenry of the exercise of sovereignty, (2) how, through a consensual vision of the future, to integrate in the shaping of the collective interest, the interests of the different social strata, and (3) how to instill in the Haitian citizen the sense of allegiance to the nation without which no social cohesion can be reached.


At the same period, Julien served as the leader of Initiative Citoyenne (Citizens’ Initiative), a civil society organization based in Cap-Haitien, which was promoting values like accountability, human rights, peaceful political alternation and the shift from a cult of personality to a democracy of opinion. In this capacity, Julien attended two fact-finding missions at the United States Congress, the State Department and the Pentagon. He also made numerous media appearances on programs as diverse as NPR’s The Tavis Smiley Show, On Point, and Radio France International’s news bulletin. He also presented two lectures on Haiti in Washington D.C., one on poverty for Inter-American Dialogue, and the other, on the political process, for Haiti Democracy Project. Finally, he was part of a delegation comprised of different Haitian sectors which, two years in a row, travelled to Oslo, Norway and tried to reach a political agreement between former President Aristide and The Convergence Démocratique.


Around the same time, Mr. Julien participated in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Program.


In 2006, Julien immigrated to the United States. Shortly thereafter, he started publishing his views on ways the Haitian diaspora can contribute to a better Haiti. His writings, published in American media outlets like The Miami Herald and The Sun Sentinel aim at defining transnational ways in which the diaspora can better contribute to progress and democracy in Haiti by (1) defining a consensual vision amongst its heteroclite members, (2) breaking the culture of dependency and promoting a business mentality, (3) transferring knowledge, know-how and technology to Haiti, (4) finding concrete ways in which it can contribute to Haiti’s development, (5) effecting change in Haiti’s constitution so its members can assume important political roles in the motherland, with an eye on changing a system which is not conducive to productivity and democracy.

From 2010 to 2012, Julien worked as a case analyst at Miami’s State Attorney’s Office, in the child support division. From March 2012 through April 10, 2015, he worked as a communication officer for Carnival Cruise Line. In this capacity, he drafted training manuals, policies and procedures, and managed guest communication.

Julien has also written several pieces on the denationalization of 250.000 Dominicans of Haitian descent by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court. He also volunteered on this issue with Haitian Americans for Progress, a PAC based in Miami, Florida.

In 2017, Julien published a book, Les Non-Dits de l’Affaire Guy Philippe, in which he explains the intricacies of Haitian, American and international law in light of the concept of extraordinary rendition. He Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University’s Honors College. He was presented with FIU English Department’s “Outstanding Achievements in English” award. He obtained his law degree from that same institution and was presented with the “Outstanding Contribution to the Trial Team Award.” He is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Sigma fraternities.


Samuel R. Rony, born and raised in Haiti, has transformed his life’s journey from a teenager navigating political turmoil to a successful law practitioner in the United States. Emigrating with his family in pursuit of a better future, Rony faced the challenges of adapting to a new country. Despite the hurdles, he utilized his high school years to master English and excel in American football.

Post high school, Rony’s athletic dreams were halted when his parents discouraged him from accepting a sports scholarship, emphasizing the potential for a more promising future through academics. Motivated by personal experiences of rights violations within his family and his immigrant background, Rony chose the path of law to advocate for the marginalized.

Attaining his juris doctorate from St. Thomas University School of Law, Rony collaborated with the Internal Revenue Service in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, educating taxpayers about their rights. The emotional impact of assisting individuals in maximizing their returns at VITA fueled his decision to specialize in tax law. Subsequently, he earned his Master of Law (LL.M) in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Currently, as an attorney, Rony remains committed to empowering taxpayers with knowledge about their rights. With aspirations to merge his expertise in tax law and business acumen, he envisions helping others achieve their unique versions of the American dream.