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Benjamin L. Crump is a principal with the Tallahassee firm of Parks & Crump, LLC. Recently, Attorney Crump received the distinction as the first African-American to be named Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professions in recognition of his donation of $1,000,000.00 to the Legal Services of North Florida. Attorney Crump was distinguished amongst Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and awarded the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Bootstrap Award in tribute to his enduring pursuit of justice, his outstanding advocacy on behalf of many who are without means of redress and for leaving footprints on the sands of time that others can follow. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1992 in Criminal Justice from Florida State University, where he served as two-term Black Student Union President, President of the Order of Omega and the inaugural President of the Burning Spear. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the FSU College of Law in 1995 and will become the first African-American Chairman of the Law School Board of Directors for the 2009 administration.
Jeffrey Gurian (www.jeffreygurian.com ) is a Comedy Writer, Filmmaker, Cosmetic Dentist, Spiritualist, Healer, and Performer. He's written for the Friars Club Roasts for more than 25 years. Gurian is also a doctor, a professor at NYU in the Oral Medicine / Oro-Facial Pain Department, and has served on the Board of The Association For Spirituality and Psychotherapy for the last ten years. Having been involved for many years in the esoteric art of "Healing through Touch", and using a technique he created called "STAR" Therapy, Gurian treats stress-related illness and Depression.