March 2009, Volume 13, Number 3

Alumni News

Invested in public interest

Three people at a podium
Bennett H. Brummer, Carlos Martinez and Yara Martinez

Miami Dade College was proud to host the swearing-in ceremony for alumnus Carlos Martínez, who became the first Cuban-American to hold the office of public defender in Florida and the first Hispanic to be elected to that office in the U.S. Former Miami-Dade Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer administered the oath at Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower.

The venue for Martínez’s investiture was significant because his personal history as a Cuban exile in the U.S. started at the Freedom Tower. His family was processed there immediately after arriving on a Freedom Flight in July 1969.

MDC salutes Martínez on this historic milestone. On April 16, Martínez, along with other prominent alumni, will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

— Staff Report

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