|Miami-Dade leads diversity initiative
The summit provided bar leaders with valuable tools to promote inclusion. Miami-Dade FAWL Accessibility Committee Chairs Courtney Engelke and Stephanie Moot, as well as David Baghdassarian, shared protocols and practical tips for facilitating participation:
The summit was the first of its kind and marks an important step toward advancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities in bar-related events. Voluntary Bar leaders can ensure that their event follows ADA guidelines by using the Accessibility Checklist now posted on the Voluntary Bar Center web page. Additional resources, including the video of the Miami Call to Action Summit will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
|Lawyer Referral Conference is set for Jan. 23, 2015
The purpose of the conference is for local LRS staff and executive directors to meet and discuss issues concerning their LRS such as marketing, training for staff and other items to help improve this service for both the public and attorney members. Back by popular demand will be Jane Nosbisch with the American Bar Association. Nosbisch serves as staff counsel at ABA for its Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Services. She is well-versed in the many issues facing lawyer referral programs, large and small. She will share innovative procedures and services that are being successfully used around the country to increase the number of calls and requests for the service.
An email notice will be forwarded to all voluntary bar associations by mid-December. Please save the date and plan to join us in Orlando for this important event.
|Magna Carta -|
Law Day theme
Leading up to Law Day, ABA sections, state and local bars and other entities are being encouraged to hold substantive programs on Magna Carta themes throughout the United States and abroad. For more resources on law day, please visit the ABA website.
Additional resources, including a Magna Carta flash timeline, are available at the official website of the celebration - magnacarta800th.com .
|Free pamphlets for |
2015 Law Week
As planning is underway for the legal profession's biggest public relations event of 2015, The Florida Bar is offering 100 each of eight consumer pamphlets for voluntary bar leaders to share in their community. The pamphlets include the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendments and Declaration of Independence. The consumer pamphlets provide information for the public on certain general areas of law as well as specific legal issues. They are not a substitute for hiring an attorney but they provide basic legal information about the topics they cover.
If you would like to include consumer pamphlets in your Law Week program, please use this form to place your order. The pamphlets will be shipped to you free of charge within two weeks.
THE FLORIDA BAR
|Professionalism Awards nomination deadlines approaching
|Committee Preference Forms must be completed by Jan. 15||
Some of the factors Abadin will consider when making committee appointments are:
BETWEEN DEC. 1, 2014 and JAN. 15, 2015,
PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING
If you are not currently serving on a standing committee, and wish to be considered, please complete the form and return it prior to Jan. 15, 2015. Your comments concerning your participation in Bar-related activities, your qualifications and interests will be particularly helpful to me in making these choices.
If you are currently serving on a standing committee, please check The Florida Bar’s website to determine when your term on the Committee expires. If your term expires in 2015, you must complete and submit your Committee Preference Form to be considered for reappointment.
If you are serving on a substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you must complete and return the Committee Preference Form by Jan. 15, 2015, to be considered for reappointment.
WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE BARS . . .
|Two voluntary bar leaders recognized in Miami|
Jane Muir Alison Smith
In its search for the top South Florida emerging leaders, the Herald looked for those “working in any field — technology, law, nonprofit, medicine, education, entrepreneurship, tourism, real estate or any other field — whose innovative approaches, business acumen or community focus mark them as leaders.” The nominees had to have high ethical standards and be influential in their own spheres, be it in their companies, their industries or communities, according to the search criteria published by the Herald.
Jane Muir, a sixth generation attorney, is a partner with the business law firm Gersten & Muir. The young lawyer promotes professionalism in the legal field as a member of the Dade County Bar Association, where she is serving her second term on the board of directors and her fourth term on the Executive Committee. She is also vice president of the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association for Student Affairs and past president of the Coral Gables Bar Association. Her leadership in the legal profession has been recognized by her receiving the University of Miami Law Alumni Association’s 2011 Spirit of Achievement Award, 2013 Alumni Leadership Award, and the Coral Gables Bar Association’s 2014 President's Award. In addition, Muir makes it a practice to give back by supporting organizations that provide free legal aid to the poor.
Alison Smith is a Fort Lauderdale labor lawyer who is a partner at Weiss Serota Helfman. Her legal acumen and professional involvement earned her a position as the first black woman named partner in her 25-year-old Hollywood firm. A natural leader, Smith has influenced the legal community as president of the Caribbean Bar Association of South Florida. She also sits on the board of directors for Legal Aid, serves as vice-chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s liaison committee and is a member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She designed and developed a mentoring program called “Aspire to Inspire,” which partners with Miami Dade College to host a monthly panel featuring professionals who discuss their career paths with students. Smith personally recruits the presenters — often immigrants who had a difficult start and have gone on to career success.
|Justice Labarga swears-in|
Godinez-Samperio to practice law
in Florida at THBA gala
Godinez-Samperio's petition for a law license was rejected by the Supreme Court in March of this year, which said that a federal law prohibited non-citizens from receiving certain state benefits. But justices noted that states can opt out of that law, and they urged the Legislature to intervene in the case to remedy what they called an "injustice." Both houses of the Florida Legislature agreed on May 1, 2014, that the state Supreme Court should allow a noncitizen to practice law in the state for the first time.
With his law license, Godinez-Samperio said he will continue to help Spanish-speaking families at Gulfcoast Legal Services in Clearwater, west of Tampa, where he has worked as a paralegal.
|Helping the hungry |
during the holidays!
A donation of $25 will feed a family of four a traditional holiday meal. Donations can be made to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank at this link.
|Pink Party in |
Palm Beach County
|Cybersecurity and data theft protection tips offered |