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April 10, 2016

    YLD offers Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference scholarships
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    As many as 20 registration scholarships are being offered by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for aspiring young lawyers who want 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 be held July 15-16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

    Members of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division* interested in being considered for a scholarship for the amount of registration fee for the Conference should complete the application here and email

    Applications must be submitted no later than May 1, 2016. Scholarships will be awarded by May 15, 2016. Priority will be given to young lawyer leaders in small bar associations or with government/solo/small firm employment

    *Not sure if you’re a member of the YLD? All members of The Florida Bar younger than 36, or lawyers who have been practicing five years or fewer, are automatically YLD members.

    For additional information about the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, visit

    President’s presentation on gender bias survey soon to be available as video CLE

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    The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) recently conducted a Survey on Women in the Legal Profession, to gain a better understanding of workplace issues and how our profession can do better to narrow the gender gap. Communicating the results of this important issue to members of The Florida Bar, continues to be a top priority of Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin.

    President Abadin is travelling and speaking with a number of FAWL chapters and voluntary bar associations statewide and engaging members on this issue. His presentation at the Tallahassee Women Lawyers/Tallahassee Bar Association on April 13 is being videotaped and will be offered as an online CLE video seminar. The Florida Bar has approved one CLE credit for this course. Voluntary bar leaders will be notified by email when the video is posted and available for promotion to your members.

    Law Day in Florida proclaimed by Gov. Rick Scott
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    Gov. Rick Scott signed a proclamation officially recognizing May 1 as Law Day in Florida. A copy of the proclamation is available on the voluntary bar web page, along with access to other resources to commemorate this year's celebration.

    The 2016 Law Day theme — Miranda: More than Words — goes beyond the familiar Miranda Warning and will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

    For your information and use, a Law Day 2016 Planning Guide can be downloaded here. The Guide is loaded with resources to assist in your organizations upcoming Law Day celebration. There are also other materials available on the ABA Law Day website at

    As in the past, we want to feature Law Day events in Bar-to-Bar E-News and share with other voluntary bar leaders through The Florida Bar social media networks. Please include us in any Law Day media distribution of your event.

    New Legal Guide offered, while supplies last
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    Just in time for Law Day ... a limited supply of the new JustAdulting Legal Survival Guides is here and available for your use. Please email with a number of copies desired and we will ship those to you or your voluntary bar as long as supplies last. The Guide can also be downloaded here.

    For all JustAdulting components - video, Powerpoint game, etc., visit

    YLD hosts webinar May 11 at noon to learn about Constitution Revision Commission

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    The new Benchmarks presentation “Every 20 Years” about the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission is the subject of a Young Lawyers Division webinar on May 11 at noon with Annette Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association.

    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.

    After being trained in the webinar, attorneys will be able to take the “Every 20 Years” 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.

    Nominate an attorney for 2016 Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year

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    The Consumer Protection Law Committee is accepting nominations for an award that recognizes excellence, character and commitment in the practice of consumer protection law.

    These are the attorneys who help Floridians who are underwater on mortgages, trying to re-establish credit and fighting back against unfair and deceptive trade practices.

    The Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year nomination form is streamlined this year, being only two pages in a form that can be easily submitted via email. It is best to save a copy to your computer before filling the form out.

    This is the sixth year the committee will bestow the award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 18. Questions: Please email or call Susannah Lyle at or (850) 561-5669.
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    With Laura Boeckman, holding 2015 Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award, in the center, are, from left to right, her husband, Cecil Boeckman, Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam and Florida CFO Jeff Atwater. In the front row are her children Alex, Ella, Abbey and Helen. The award was presented to Boeckman Sept. 1 during a Cabinet meeting in St. Augustine./Photo courtesy Attorney General’s Office

    Young lawyers in Collier County host Holidays in March
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    The Young Lawyers' Section of the Collier County Bar Association hosted a Holidays in March program on Saturday, March 19, at the Naples Zoo to benefit more than 50 foster and disadvantaged children and their families. In cooperation with the Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFC), the children spent a memorable day at the Naples Zoo and received gifts that are so often absent over the holidays. Lunch was also served and the kids enjoyed the wildlife show.

    The Collier County Bar Association Young Lawyers' section, with a grant from the Collier County Bar Foundation, has hosted the Holidays in March event for more than 10 years. It benefits children ranging from 1 month to 19 years of age. Children receive everything from Legos, stuffed animals and sports equipment to headphones, board games, Play-Doh and dolls. The Young Lawyers' Section also partners with the FCC on other events including the Back Pack School Picnic, where they distribute backpacks and school supplies to children.

    Habitat gets new house with lawyers help
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      Hillsborough County Bar Association members labored with love last month to build a Habitat House in Tampa. Another cool thing lawyers do!
      Judical elections video produced in Volusia County

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      The Volusia County Bar Association teamed up with the League of Women Voters & YLD to produce this video on judicial elections. The trio wants to educate the public on why judicial elections are different, why their vote is important and how to find information about the candidates and incumbents.

      See the YouTube video.
      Fashion night raises money for Dade Legal Aid

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      At the recent Fashion Night on Brickell it was not just about beautiful models wearing the latest designer looks and strutting style on the runway. It was all for a good cause — helping underserved children and families get the help they need from Dade Legal Aid.

      More than $20,000 was raised for Put Something Back, which benefits at risk, underprivileged children, women, immigrants and families," said lawyer Mayra Joli, who pioneered the event. And everyone involved, from models to fashion designers to hosts, volunteered their time to make the event a success.

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      Thunderdome Tallahassee, a hands-on legal group training program sponsored by the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee, held it second annual awards ceremony on April 1. Launched in September 2014, Thunderdome Tallahassee addresses a desperate need for equal access to justice for low-income families and children. Class Two was recognized at the event for completing its training program to provide education, camaraderie, networking, leadership and recognition to a new generation of lawyers serving the community.

      Host committee members welcomed more than 150 lawyers, judges, and community leaders. Keynote speakers addressed the attendees emphasizing the need for access to justice for low- and middle-income families, and how investing in legal aid benefits the community as a whole.

      Photo_Attorney Dina Foster (center) helped with an adoption process for Tanisha Washington and her wife Jayne Washington. Foster was awarded the Tallahassee Young Lawyer’s Section Outstanding Thunderdome Participation Award on April 1.

      Building community trust focus of Jacksonville Bar diversity program

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      The Jacksonville Bar Association Diversity Committee gathered a local panel of distinguished leaders and elected officials last month to discuss the foundational principle underlying the nature of race relations among law enforcement agencies, local government and the communities they serve. The panel included Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin, Mayor Lenny Curry, State Attorney Angela Corey, Chief Assistant Public Defender Refik Eler, Sheriff Mike Williams, Nat Glover, president of Edward Waters College; and FDLE Regional Legal Adviser Laura Coln.

      William Daniels, co-chair for the U.S. Attorney’s Civil Rights/Hate Crimes Working Group, conducted a workshop following the panel. The workshop provided participants with an understanding of how community partnerships are integral to achieving and maintaining public safety. Participants examined key strategies, tools, and practices proven to be effective by high-trust leaders and organizations. The workshop also examined the impact of diversity on organizations and the constituents that they serve. Senior instructors from the Leadership Institute for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Facility were also audience participants.
      Russian American Bar Association formed in South Florida

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      A group of South Florida attorneys have formed the Russian American Bar Association of Florida (RABA). The organization has elected their first board of directors including Anya Freeman, president; Yana Manotas, vice president; Galina Urman, treasurer; Irinia Rostova, secretary; and Luda Kogan, public relations director. The group's purpose is to establish a broad membership base to reflect the growing Russian-speaking population throughout the state and to connect those members to the Russian-speaking community in order to provide legal services; foster community outreach; and provide a forum for the exchange of information relating to legal, social, economic and political matters attecting the Russian speaking community.
      TBA Young Lawyers Host Healthy Lifestyles Event

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      More than 50 lawyers and Florida State University College of Law students gathered at the FSU Law School Rotunda on March 31 for a Healthy Lifestyles Event hosted by Tallahassee Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Upon arriving, participants were given a "swag bag" filled with items and information from local businesses offering health-related products and services. Healthy appetizers by LUXE Personal Chef & Catering were served prior to the keynote address given by Jim Alves, attorney and mental health counselor, and Yvonne Gsteiger, attorney and teacher of relaxation methods.

      The speakers discussed mental, emotional and physical health and offered valuable tips to incorporate into busy lifestyles.
      Female judges speak in Volusia
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      At Volusia FAWL’s monthly luncheon in March, a panel of women judges from the Seventh Judicial Circuit spoke on, “What They Wished They Knew Then That They Know Now.” The judges are from left to right: Judge Sandra Upchurch, Judge Margaret Hudson, Judge Kathryn Weston, Judge Karen Foxman and Judge Belle Schumann. Not seen in the photo is Judge Leah Case, who also spoke.
      JWLA luncheon features appellate judge
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      At the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association March luncheon, First District Court of Appeal Judge Scott Makar educated members and guests about the "ins and outs" of the district courts and what it's like to be an appellate judge.

      L-R: Judge David Gooding, JWLA President Joanne Fahkre, Judge Scott Makar, and Judge Michelle Kalil
      Past presidents recognized in Jacksonville

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      Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association (JWLA) Happy Hour on March 16 recognized the organizations' past presidents. Jacksonville's legal community is fortunate to have so many amazing women in the profession and who are supportive of JWLA. The esteemed group of past leaders shared stories during the event and everyone enjoyed the evening.

      Aquarium is venue for fun day in Clearwater
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      Pinellas FAWL hosted a family fun-filled day at Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) last month. In addition to hearing and seeing Winter the dolphin's remarkable rescue and recovery story, participants met with Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff to learn about what CMA has to offer and how volunteers can get involved. Boat and trolley tours were provided to see all the animals.
      Motown in Miami attracts women lawyers

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      In February, Miami Dade FAWL and the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association got together for an evening of fun at the Adrienne Arsht Center to see Motown: The Musical. The musical is the second show in Miami Dade FAWL's Broadway Series.
      Fun faces at Miami Dade FAWL foster youth event

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      On Feb. 14, Miami Dade FAWL's Young Lawyers Committee partnered with Lawyers for Children America to host the Second Annual Valentine's Celebration for Foster Youth at Tropical Park. More than 200 foster youth and foster parents attended the picnic as did many attorneys, law students and volunteers.

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