FLORIDA GENERAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014
HONORING ALL WHO SERVED
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014
|It's the Eau for the 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference||
Now that the venue is set, planning is underway for an informative conference featuring breakout sessions and networking opportunities. The planning subcommittee, chaired by Sarah Cortvriend, is using results from the pre-conference survey to help determine topics of interest and suggestions made by voluntary bar leaders.
The event, set for July 10-11, will be hosted by the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Plan now by saving the date on your calendar.
Check out the beautiful resort at www.eaupalmbeach.com.
|Join the conversation in the new LinkedIn group||
The Florida Bar Board of Governors Communications Committee is encouraging committees and sections to set up LinkedIn closed groups so that they may communicate and dialogue frequently. For those not familiar with LinkedIn, it is the No. 1 online tool for professional networking and marketing.
As the Public Information coordinator, Jeff Doran serves as the group leader. Sharing information is the central purpose of the new group. This private group board is used for discussion, exchanging association management advice and to engage members in "all-things" voluntary bars. Doran posts discussion items three times a week and encourages leaders to share information that is going to be valuable and useful to others in the group. The more generous you are in providing information for your fellow group members, the better the experience will be for all.
|New Leaders Handbook |
available at the
Voluntary Bar Center
One of the primary outlets for information is the Voluntary Bar Center. Here bar leaders can get the latest information on local, state and national bar associations and find valuable resources to enhance voluntary bar programs.
Among the resources available is the latest edition of the Voluntary Bar Leaders Handbook. Patience Burns has updated the Voluntary Bar Leaders Handbook to make it a quick reference for association managers and local bar leadership. Staff has affixed web links to make the document more real-time ready and a living resource for volunteers. The handbook is online at www.floridabar.org/voluntarybars .
In addition to the handbook, bar leaders can also find local lists, publications, update forms, view event calendar and submit activities and local bar achievements. It's the place to go for all the latest info on voluntary bars in Florida!
WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE BARS . . .
|Platinum Inn Award presented for Outstanding Accomplishments ||
Judge Stephanie Ray of the 1st District Court of Appeal presented the keynote address titled “The Cut to Hecuba — A Judge’s Perspective.” The theme for her presentation derives from the practice of shortening performances of “Hamlet” by cutting the long speeches in the first act and going straight to the reference to Hecuba in Act II, when the action in “Hamlet” takes off.
Drawing on this analogy, Ray encouraged appellate advocates in workers’ compensation cases to avoid flowery rhetoric, biased gloss and pugilism in the presentation of their cases. Instead, she advised that attorneys should serve as candid advisers to the court by squarely identifying and tackling the difficult legal questions at hand.
The E. Robert Williams Inn of Court includes attorneys, judges, mediators and law students who are significantly involved in the Inn’s mission, which is to promote professionalism, provide tutelage and mentoring to members while playing an active part in North Florida’s legal community.
PHOTO: Judge Stephanie Ray of the 1st District Court of Appeal was the keynote speaker at the annual banquet. Also pictured are 1st District Court of Appeal Judge Scott Makar (left) and Williams Inn of Court President Judge Ray Holley.
Enduring Legacy - 1215-2015
Traveling Exhibit in
Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 Brochure
To discuss hosting the exhibit in your community, please contact the Standing Committee at email@example.com.
|Martin County Bar Association |
helps stock the shelves
for Treasure Coast Food Bank
attorneys, judges, friends, and business sponsor TD Bank met at Hurricane’s Grill & Wings in Palm City to cheer for their team (UF vs. Alabama) and to collect food for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. More than 200 nonperishable collected food items help stock the shelves.
Treasure Coast Food Bank, along with other food banks in the Feeding America network, promoted Hunger Action Month in September by holding events throughout the country to inspire people to take action to help the 50 million people who are food insecure in the United States. For more information, visit www.treasurecoastfoodbank.org.
Check out the new website @ Lee County Bar Association
General information about the LCBA, its benefits and programs are online at leebar.org, along with useful links, reference materials, a Job Bank, photo gallery, staff directory, news, committee and practice section information and a host of other features. Lee County Bar President John Agnew said, “With the new website, the LCBA was able to check off every item on our wish list. The clean design imparts an image that matches this organization's commitment to professionalism. The functionality helps all members take advantage of their many benefits. Finally, the website - and particularly its member directory - serves as a bridge between the community and the legal services its citizens need. We consider it an important investment in the future."
|Palm Beach County Bar Association holds Thanksgiving |
Book & Bear Drive
Don't have time to shop? That's Ok! The group is also accepting checks for $50 and will buy the book and bear for you! Or, if you just want to donate, you can send a check to help with food, entertainment and gifts. Books are needed for all ages through high school, Please write on the check if you would like to buy bears, books or food.
Please donate no later than Nov. 1 to:
Palm Beach County Bar Association
c/o National Adoption Day
1507 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
|Leadership Law program provides behind-the-scene look at legal system||
Now in its fourth year, Leadership Law, recipient of the National Association of Bar Executives’ 2012 LexisNexis Community Educational and Outreach Award, is a unique educational experience developed specifically to provide business leaders and interested citizens a first-hand look at how the legal system works and how the law affects our everyday lives.
In addition to interactive, seminar-style classes led by some of Central Florida's most well-respected judges and highly regarded attorneys, Leadership Law includes exclusive tours of the Orange County Courthouse, the federal courthouse, the juvenile justice center, and, by special invitation, the Medical Examiner's office. Among many topics, participants hear about civil and criminal law, get updates on employment and bankruptcy issues, and learn about procedures in small claims and traffic courts. Class members often have the opportunity to see a jury trial, hear witness impact statements, and learn about alternative dispute resolution as a means of settling legal matters.
Leadership Law 2015 is now enrolling participants for classes that begin January 23, 2015. Classes meet at the Orange County Bar center in downtown Orlando. Transportation to all off-site locations is provided, and networking breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon receptions are held at each class meeting.
The program fee is $495 for enrollment by December 12, 2014. For more information or to enroll, visit the OCBA website at www.leadershiplaworangecountybar.org, or contact Amanda Nethero, marketing and sponsorship coordinator, at 407-422-4551, ext. 244.
|Bicycling in the |
Everglades National Park
*Kids under 16 years old must wear a helmet.
Car fee: $10.00/vehicle to enter park
Allow 30-45 minutes to get to the park from the Florida Turnpike
The Shark Valley entrance of Everglades National Park
36000 Southwest 8th Street
Everglades National Park, Miami, FL 33194
More Information at http://www.sharkvalleytramtours.com/index.html
|Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee |
sets plan in motion
Ileana Cruz, Chair
The next committee meeting will be scheduled for Jan. 23, 2015 at the Bar’s Winter Meeting in Orlando.
|The Florida Bar is accepting nominations for its 2015 Pro Bono Service Awards||
|Resources for Bar Associations||The American Bar Association is pleased to join the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth nations in honoring the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215. |
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