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May 6, 2016

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    Conference scholarships awarded

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    Twelve registration scholarships have been awarded by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) to aspiring young lawyers to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. The conference which is the single largest gathering of voluntary bar leaders from all areas of Florida, will include the following representatives:

    IDO ALEXANDER, Bankruptcy Bar Assn. FLSD
    LOREAL A. ARSCOTT, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Assn.
    ERIN HOPE CHRISTY, Sarasota County Bar Assn. YLD
    JOSEPH D’AMICO, Florida Trial Court Staff Attorney’s Assn.
    WENDY FISHER, Brevard County Assn. for Women Lawyers
    CARLA LITRENTA, Monroe County Bar Assn.
    VALERIA OBI, George Edgecomb Bar Assn.
    GEORGE ODOM, JR., The TJ Reddick Bar Assn.
    DARCIE OWENS, Highlands County Bar Assn.
    DAMARIS PERIERA, Miami Lakes Bar Assn.
    VANESSA VASQUEZ de LARA, Dominican American Bar Assn.
    ASHLEY WILSON, Palm Beach County Bar Assn. YLS
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    Follow-through: Transitioning from local voluntary bar leadership to Florida Bar leadership

    Get an insider's look at the important roles The Florida Bar and voluntary bars play within our legal system and what it takes to move from local bar leadership to Florida Bar leadership. These women will speak from experience as they share their path to enhancing leadership skills and taking advantage of opportunities to become a future Florida Bar leader.
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    The Florida Bar Launches Online Course on Gender Diversity

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    As part its on-going commitment to address gender equality head-on, The Florida Bar has created a new online continuing legal education (CLE) course – CARE to Improve the Conversation (Course 1602559N) -- addressing the issue of gender bias and discrimination in the legal profession.

    The course, based on a presentation delivered by The Florida Bar President Ramón A. Abadin to a number of voluntary bar associations and local chapters of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers statewide, aims to bring greater awareness to sensitive workplace issues and elevate the conversation on how the profession can do better to narrow the gender gap. The course can be completed in one hour. Participants will receive one CLE credit upon completion.

    All Bar members are encouraged to complete the online course, through The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute at The video also is available on the Practice Resource Institute’s YouTube channel.

    Free webinar offered on Constitution Revision Commission
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    The new Florida Bar Benchmarks presentation “Every 20 Years” about the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission will be presented in a free Young Lawyers Division webinar on May 11 at noon with Annette Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association.

    The webinar offers 1 General Credit and .5 Ethics Credit. To register, visit:

    In Florida, the CRC convenes every 20 years to hold public hearings and then put amendments to the Florida Constitution directly on the ballot for voters to decide. In 1998, the CRC put nine proposals before voters, who adopted eight of them.

    The public has a chance to get involved with the CRC by suggesting people to be appointed to the commission; attending hearings and offering ideas for amendments; and voting on proposals that make it to the ballot in November 2018.

    After being trained in the webinar, attorneys will be able to take the “Every 20 Years” Benchmarks presentation to civic groups in their communities wanting to learn more about the commission and its work.

    “Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” is a Florida Bar program offering civics education for adults in a fast-paced and engaging format. Questions: Email or call (850) 561-5669.

    Deadline is May 9 for Marshall R. Cassedy, Sr. Award nominations

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    Want to honor a voluntary bar, bar executive or Florida Bar staff member for their extraordinary service? Here's your chance. Nominations are open now through May 9 at 5:30 p.m. for The Marshall R. Cassedy Sr. Award. Established in 2012, this award honors and recognizes the legacy and attributes of Marshall R. Cassedy, Sr. who served with great distinction as executive director of The Florida Bar from 1961-1980. Mr. Cassedy died on December 5, 2011. Shortly thereafter, then-President Scott Hawkins appointed a committee to develop recommendations to honor him. In addition to the award presented at the Annual Convention, there is a permanent commemorative plaque in the lobby at Bar headquarters in Tallahassee.

    Nomination materials should include name of nominator, contact information of nominator, nominees name, nominees position and name of organization, mailing address, office telephone and email address of nominee. Also, please describe how the nominee provided extraordinary service to either a voluntary bar of The Florida Bar. Please email the nomination materials to no later than 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 9. Call Francine if you have any questions: 850-561-5722.

    Law Week activities to dominate the month of May

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    The Annual Dennis Koehler Attorneys vs Judges Law Week softball game found Palm Beach County Bar Association members ready to rumble. Some members of the judges' team shown here are ready to take the field.

    Bring it on! Law Day/Week/Month activities are in full swing. We're dedicating lots of space in the June issue to feature the events in your neighborhood. Please send blurbs and photos to by May 25! And please share on social media the day of the event.

    Change message presented in Jacksonville
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    Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin leads the way for effective change to gender bias and discrimination. On April 14, he made a presentation on gender bias to more than 150 members of the local legal community—men, women, attorneys, judges, leaders of voluntary bar associations, and members of The Florida Bar Board of Governors—at the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association luncheon.
    St. John's attorneys help rehab Habitat house

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    Local lawyers from the St. John's County Bar Association gather around the front porch after lending a hand to the Habitat for Humanity rehab of the 1908 Saint Augustine house.

    The Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association teamed up with Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, Inc. All enjoyed a night on the river with all proceeds donated to help make a local child's dream come true!

    Dog days of summer early in Palm Beach

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    FAWL Spring Meeting fun and productive

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    FAWL Guy, executive director Kevin Hudson, pictured here with FAWL President Kristin Norse take a break at the group's Spring Meeting at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

    Past presidents gather in Clearwater

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    It was an all-star cast! Past presidents of the Clearwater Bar Association gathered recently for an evening of dining and fun.

    Evening libations on the St. Johns River

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    Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association celebrated spring with a happy hour at the River City Brewing Company. Members and guests had an opportunity to network, socialize and enjoy food, drinks and an amazing view of the St. Johns River!

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    Students get close look at legal profession in Tallahassee

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    Tallahassee Bar Association's First Annual Leon County Public School Legal Initiative was held on April 14 at Florida State University College of Law Advocacy Center. The event introduced students to the diverse legal profession and featured a mock trial, arguments, lunch and guest panelists from the local legal community.

    Miami women engage in gender conversation with Bar president
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    At the April 6 luncheon in Miami, Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin got the conversation going with Miami-Dade FAWL members about gender bias in the profession.

    Cool courthouse tour in Martin County

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    Martin County Bar Association's young lawyers gave residents a cool tour of the local courthouse this week. Participants heard from the Martin County clerk, spoke to judges, toured holding cells and got a review of the courthouse security procedures.

    Suave and debonair in Dade

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    Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers hosted a Judicial Reception recently. By all accounts it was a stylish evening - the group's 50th annual!

    Followers like Miami Dade FAWL social media program

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    A snapshot of the University of Miami School of Law PREP Interns and Professor Jan Jacobowitz at the Social Media 2.0 CLE Program about social media and ethics. There were also many lawyers and judges in the audience!

    Ladies night in Palm Beach

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    Lots of mingling, networking and friendly conversation at the Palm Beach County FAWL event.

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    Martin County FAWL presented a program for Martin County Public Broadcasting regarding how to handle a police stop. FAWL board member Barbara Cook moderated the program and Carrie Lavargna put it all together.

    Great evening outdoors in Gainesville

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    Amazing spring weather attributed to the success of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association Spring Fling.

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    Great pic from Paul C. Perkins Bar Association's recent judicial reception.

    Voluntary Bars are focus of Orlando luncheon

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    Orange County Bar Association YLS Luncheon brought together the presidents of voluntary bars in Central Florida at the Citrus Club! It was a great discussion on why attorneys should get involved in voluntary bars!

    New citizenships a result of Caribbean Bar effort

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    The Caribbean Bar Association spent the day helping residents apply for citizenship at two citizenship drives in Lauderhill and in Miramar.

    Something we are keeping tabs on

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    Learn how to make sangria, dragonfruit martinis and blackberry mojitos while enjoying appetizers and networking. What better way is there to end the work week? A mixology class is coming in June as the Sarasota County Bar and Manatee County Bar Association come together for an evening of fun, networking and master mixology.

    Out at the ball game!
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    Sarasota County Bar Association members enjoyed an evening watching the Detroit Tigers battle the Baltimore Orioles at the fourth annual baseball outing at Ed Smith Stadium.

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