VOLUNTARY BAR LEADERS CONFERENCE
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn /
Walt Disney World Resort
|Keynote speaker will help voluntary bar leaders to Succeed Like a Mouse!||
★ Continuity of focus;
★ Customerization of his people approach; and
★ Confidence in his abilities and results.
In this motivating and uplifting presentation, our keynote speaker for the 2017 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference will share the details of this 4C success formula. His presentation will leave bar leaders inspired, exhilarated, and motivated to conquer the seemingly impossible challenges of the association world. He will show us how to create a magical career and life and how to succeed like a mouse.
|THE FLORIDA BAR|
|January 13 is deadline to submit committee preference form||The annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Michael Higer are now available at floridabar.org.|
As president-elect, Higer will make 500 or so committee appointments, and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from which to choose.
“It is a privilege to practice law in this state, and with that privilege comes a responsibility,” Higer said. “We need the active engagement of our membership to work together to address the many challenges facing our profession.”
In making committee appointments in spring 2017, Higer said several factors will be considered, including:
• Prior service to the Bar and voluntary bar organizations;
• The need to infuse new members into a particular committee;
• Diversity, which includes, but is not limited to, gender, ethnicity, geography, practice area, and firm size; and
• Previous committee participation and contributions in conjunction with the evaluation of committee chairs.
Higer said to provide more opportunities to serve on standing committees, members should not request more than one appointment.
If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check The Florida Bar’s website to determine when your term on the committee expires. If your term expires in 2017, you must complete and submit your committee preference form to be considered for reappointment.
If you are not currently serving on a standing committee and wish to be considered, complete the form and return it prior to January 13.
“Serving on a Florida Bar committee can be a meaningful and rewarding experience,” Higer said. “It will also provide you with the opportunity to enhance our profession and to improve the services we provide the citizens of our state and our fellow members.”
If you are serving on a Florida Bar substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you must complete and return the committee preference form by Jan. 13 to be considered for reappointment.
|Class V applications are due by Jan. 13||
The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession, in their chosen path, and while enhancing their leadership skills. Each year a select group of participants is selected to become Academy Fellows.
Download the application here.
|Jacksonville Bar Association to receive statewide award||
The JBA’s commitment to pro bono service has spanned decades; the association also received the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award in 1997 and again in 2002, and its good works continue. Most recently, the JBA joined with the Fourth Circuit Pro Bono Committee to organize and implement the first circuit wide pro bono attorney recognition event at the Duval County Courthouse.
|Fun seminar on civics education training to be held at Florida Bar Winter Meeting||
“Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Miami Room 3. To register, email Susannah Read Lyle at email@example.com.
Benchmarks is a Florida Bar program that gives adults a refresher course on civics so they can better understand how government works, particularly the judiciary. Benchmarks presentations are fun as well as informative – and this seminar will be co-led by nationally recognized civics educator Annette Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association.
Attorneys can receive CLE credit for making Benchmarks presentations: 1 ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period.
The Orlando seminar offers 2 General credits and .5 Ethics credits. At the intermediate level, the seminar course number is 1608936N.
The seminar is presented by the Constitutional Judiciary Committee. To register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 561-5669.
|Jan. 27-28 in Orlando|
Bar execs can earn free attendance to the all-new Tech Show
The Tech Show is a two-track technology CLE conference featuring nationally recognized legal technology experts who demystify tech purchases and explain simple ways that lawyers can use technology to strengthen their practices and free up more time to practice law. The Tech Show is approved for 10 technology CLE credits in 1.5 days, perfect timing for those lawyers who want to fulfill The Florida Bar’s new tech CLE requirements. Online registration is available.
Questions? Please contact Solo & Small Firm Section Administrator Ricky Libbert, email@example.com, or call (850) 561-5631 for more information. All Tech Show information, including the promoter form is available at www.FLSoloSmallFirm.org/techshow.
WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE BARS . . .
|Dade County Bar seeks Executive Director||
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least two references to:
|Fundraising goal for Haiti relief exceeded!
As a result of the support at CBA's 20th Scholarship and Installment Gala in October, enough funds were raised to build a home for a family in Haiti. The group also reports that they are very close to being able to build a second home to help another family that lost everything during the storm. A link is provided below for those who still want to help with that goal.
|Award named for Janet Reno presented to Miami-Dade FAWL||
Reno, who died last month after a two-decade battle with Parkinson's disease, helped launch Lawyers for Children America in Washington in 1995 during her tenure as the nation's first female attorney general. She also spoke at the organization's first Miami luncheon 17 years ago, bringing along her successor, Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
Rundle, now Miami-Dade state attorney, presented the Reno award at the Miami event.
|Tallahassee honors Justice James E. C. Perry||
|Judge Green honored by two bar associations||
|Holiday celebrated by minority bars in South Florida||
|Brevard women lawyers host benefit ||
|B'nai B'rith members celebrate the holiday in Broward||
|Lights aglow at Broward Bar's end of year celebration||
|Charity is holiday focus of Broward County Hispanic Bar||
|Broward Trial Lawyers honor retiring judges||
Hon. Arthur Birken
Hon. Eric Beller
Hon. Martin Dishowitz
Hon. Renee Goldenberg
Hon. Susan Lebow
Hon. Jack Luzzo
Hon. Thomas Lynch
Hon. Alan Marks
Hon. Linda Pratt
Hon. Mary Robinson
Hon. Dale Ross
Hon. Peter Skolnick
The group also used the holiday event to gather gifts for the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a not for profit organization serving children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
|A clinical look at health for the New Year||
|Bikes given to deserving students in Collier||
A trailer load of bikes was delivered to the schools on Dec. 16. Reports are there were many happy students when the principals handed them out!
|CABA shows their heart for the holidays||
|Recognizing latino attorneys in Miami||
|Angels for youth in Jacksonville||
|Two schools gifted with Eighth Circuit cheer||
|CFAWL enjoys fierce night of self care ||
|Shopping for cause in Jacksonville||
|Giving tree for PACE girls in Pasco||
|Tallahassee Women Lawyers help feed families in the Big Bend||
Thanks to the generosity of TWL and others, the fundraising goal set by TWL was reached! By reaching that goal, TWL helped triple the number of meals during this holiday season for thousands of children, families, veterans and seniors who otherwise would have had no celebration of their own. An incredible gift to the local community!
|Judge Hodges honored at reception in Gainesville||
|Government Bar recognizes attorney for service to Pulse victims||
|Surprise visit from Sen. Graham||
|Merry time for Young Lawyers ||
Elves for Elders event in Tampa
|Officer installation and holiday gala in one night||
|Packing it in for food drive||
|Loads of help from Lake County lawyers||
|Sobel Cup funds scholarships in Martin County||
|Installation of Miami Beach Bar board||
|Santa rocks with foster children in Palm Beach County||
|Books gifted by young lawyers in South Palm Beach County||
|Diversity Symposium a success in Tallahassee||
|Food, friends and festivity in Tampa||
|Weston Bar Association celebrates||
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