|See what's new at the site of the 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference and plan to join us July 10-11 in Palm Beach!|
|2015 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award presented to Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
The Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers has a history of providing pro bono legal services to people in need in the Tampa Bay area. That history began in 1981, when about 20 women lawyers who would meet regularly decided to organize into something more weighty than an occasional lunch get-together. The Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers was incorporated in 1991, and today it has nearly 300 members.
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|Busy agenda for Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee at Winter Meeting in Orlando|
Ileana Cruz, Chair
Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee
|Get paid for signing up new speakers||
Between now and Feb. 20, VBAs are asked to complete and submit the Challenge Commitment form, acknowledging their organization wants to participate. Once we receive the form, your VBA will be added to the list of participating associations in the Speaker’s Bureau Sign-up database.
Here’s how the campaign works! When someone registers to become a speaker and selects a VBA as the recruiter, that VBA will be paid $3 for every bar member that signs up as a new speaker! The number of new speakers is limited to the first 1,500 who register. New speakers must designate one VBA as their recruiter when signing up for the Speakers Bureau for the incentive to be paid.
Promotion packets will be sent to participating VBAs the week of Feb. 23-27. Beginning March 1, those participating VBAs can begin the Round-up by recruiting members to become speakers. The Round-up will end on March 31 or at a time when 1,500 speakers are recruited, whichever comes first. The Florida Bar will recognize the first VBA that has the largest percentage of its members to sign up with an additional $500 reward.
|Leader assessment of Bar is focus of new outreach task ||
Last month at Winter Meeting, the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee approved an action plan, which will begin with an outreach message to bar presidents. All VBA presidents are asked to consent to placing on their board meeting agendas a time to discuss three important questions:
A. What are the issues in the daily practice of law that The Florida Bar can help you with?
B. What would you like The Florida Bar do about these issues?
C. What is your VBA doing to address these issues?
VBAs are asked to respond by letting subcommittee members know they will participate and the date of their next board meeting when the items will appear on the agenda.
Subcommittee members will follow-up to assure all VBAs have the opportunity to participate.
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|Marketing Lawyer Referral Services a key focus of January conference
"The bottom line is a digital based strategy is what you must embrace with a focus on referral groups," says Jane Nosbisch, staff counsel for the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on LRIS. Nosbisch headlined the conference with a presentation on "Building Awareness through Referral Relationships." Research shows that consumers turn to friends, family and trusted professionals to choose a lawyer, she said. Developing and maintaining long term relationships with bankers, accountants, therapist, police, courts, medical professionals, social service providers, realtors and assisted living directors is a good place to start. Services should also focus on the issues that are most likely what consumers most relate to: estates, divorce, buying/selling property.
Nosbisch also discussed practical pointers on how LRIS leaders can collect the percentage fee money that is owed.
The conference was very valuable to those participating and the group hopes to continue the discussion at the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference in July.
According to a recent survey, pretty darn good.
Optimism about future business and profitability in a recovering economy outweighs dwelling on past financial losses, according to lawyers participating in The Florida Bar’s 2014 Economics and Law Office Management Survey. Furthermore . . .
What does all this mean? Explore these results and more in the Feb. 1 Florida Bar News.
|WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE BARS . . .|
| Justice Sotomayor wows Palm Beach crowd||
The first Hispanic justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Sotomayor offered her thoughts about TVs in the courtroom, judicial activism and even Billy Joel. Still, repeating a view she has held for at least two years, Sotomayor said cameras could fundamentally change the dynamics of the court. “Many senators say that collegiality ended when cameras came into legislative sessions,” she said.
Justice Sotomayor dismissed the notion of judicial activism, calling it “a ruling you don’t like.” People should read court opinions. Doing so, she said, would convince them rulings are based on legal precedents, not personal opinions.
She said her biggest surprise about serving on the court has been her unexpected celebrity. “My life has lost any sense of privacy,” she said.
But, she added, there are unexpected perks. She was seated next to Joel when the singer was recently honored with The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. “I admire how he can capture the spirit of entirely different segments of society,” said Sotomayor, who has had to do the same.
|Holidays All Year Long fundraiser hosted by the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division||
The Happy Hour event attracted members from YLS, Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association whose efforts made this endeavor a huge success!!
|Jacksonville Bar Association launching online lawyer referral service||
The site features two main areas: “Find an Attorney,” featuring attorney profiles by area of law, and “Legal Tool Kit,” where consumers can research legal problems. Attorneys can set up their profile pages in five areas: types of cases, qualifications, history, “get to know me” and fees. Along with the contact information, attorneys can include firm website addresses at no additional charge. Lawyers can also include up to three photos and five pages of content. Each subscription on Jacksonville Find a Lawyer allows attorneys to be profiled in several different areas of law.
With lawyer finder, consumers can narrow and compare their attorney search by area of the law, location and experience. Attorney listings are shown in random order and change every time a consumer logs on to the site. No subscriber gets preferential placement. Each subscriber gets the same high level of exposure to new clients for the same rate.
Consumers can choose up to three attorneys to compare side-by-side by checking the white box beside each name and clicking “Compare Results Now.”
For more information about the service, visit The Jacksonville Bar Association’s website (jaxbar.org) and go to the Attorney Resource Tab at the top of the page and click on “Jacksonville Find a Lawyer.”
|Lemon Sharks excursion a success for Dive Bar!||
|Broward County Bar recognizes legisltative leaders||
|Haitian children receive toys during the holidays||
|Dinner & Movie Night a hit for Palm Beach County Bar Association||
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