The Florida Bar

Bar-to-Bar E-News banner
This electronic digest of voluntary bar news is dedicated to the interaction of local, special interest and substantive bar associations. It will serve as a forum to share information and highlight the many activities of the voluntary bar associations of The Florida Bar and will be published at least once a month or as needed. You can view past and current issues by going to the bar's website, Submit articles, pictures or general comments to Jeff Doran, the Bar-to-Bar E-news editor and your voluntary bar liaison, or 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Photos sent by e-mail should come in jpg and gif format.

August 2011, Issue 61

It was great to be able to meet and talk with so many of our state's local and specialty bar leaders at the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference in Sarasota last month. Your commitment is both admirable and vital to the advancement of the profession.

In a continued outreach effort, I am inviting the area voluntary bar leaders to attend a Thursday breakfast with the Executive Committee as part of The Florida Bar Board of Governors meetings in 2011-12. The breakfast is intended to provide a venue for Florida Bar leaders to hear about the important work you are all doing and to ask for your assistance in supporting The Florida Bar's efforts. Key to creating this opportunity for dialogue was encouragement by 1998 Florida Bar President Howard Coker, who is an ardent advocate of the voluntary bars.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the July 28 breakfast in Palm Beach: Laura Lee Mall, president of Christian Legal Society - Palm Beach County Chapter; Sara Cortvriend, president of FAWL - Palm Beach County Chapter; Lynn Denise Solomon, president of F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association; Jennifer Alcorta Waters, president of Justice Major B. Harding American Inn of Court; Daniel Zuniga, president of Hispanic Bar of Palm Beach County; Susan R. Healy, president of FAWL; and Cornelia SháRon James, president of Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter, National Bar Association.


CBA CLE@SEA 2012 - The Clearwater Bar Association is extending an invitation to all bar associations to CLE@SEA 2012, departing Tampa on the Norwegian Star on Jan 29. The seven-day cruise is offered at a very reasonable rate with two days of CLE planned for six credits (including two ethics credits, applied for) at a cost of $150! There is a rebate in store! Local and specialty bar members who sign up for the CLE will earn a $50 rebate for their bars. CJE credit has also been applied for. This is the third year for the Clearwater Bar Association CLE@SEA and is a great way to earn CLE credit while mingling with other lawyers and judges. Contact Kris Gray at Ship-N-Trip, Inc., (727) 736-1318 to reserve your stateroom. For more information and to register, call (727) 461-4869 or go to

Howe sworn in as PBCBA's first African American president - The Palm Beach County Bar Association made history during its annual installation banquet recently held at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. With more than 400 lawyers, judges and special guests in attendance, this historic event was in honor of John Howe, who serves as the Bar's first African American president and the 89th president. Howe is an attorney with Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC in West Palm Beach.

HCBA says goodbye to Pruitt and welcomes Kynes - Connie Pruitt retired from the Hillsborough County Bar Association after 18 years as executive director. Her 30 plus years of service spanned three bar associations and many leadership positions within the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the National Association of Bar Executives. She will be greatly missed. John F. Kynes has joined the HCBA as executive director. He was raised in Tampa and brings to the position more than 17 years of public affairs and administrative experience at the federal, state and local levels. Welcome aboard, John!

OCBA to present Diversity Summit - On Aug. 31, the Orange County Bar Association's Diversity Committee will present "Diversity Summit: Providing a Roadmap to Implementation" from 1 to 4:45 p.m. at the OCBA Center. A reception will follow. The seminar offers four hours of CLE credit, including one hour ethics credit. Topics covered will include public and corporate requirements for legal representation, strategies to diversify the law firm and ethical considerations in creating a diverse culture within the law firm. To register, contact Marie West at or (407) 422-4551, ext. 233. For seminar details, see the OCBA website at

Palm Beach County FAWL to host legislative initiatives effect on the judiciary - The September luncheon of the Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL will focus on the effects of current Florida legislative initiatives on the judiciary. The panel will include Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga, Florida Bar President Scott Hawkins, Rep. Maria Sachs and will be moderated by Michael Napoleone, immediate past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. The luncheon is $22 for chapter members and $35 for non-members; members of the judiciary are complimentary. RSVP to and send payments to P.O. Box 3102, West Palm Beach, FL. CLE credit has been applied for.

BCJA meet and greet - Join the Broward County Justice Association and the Florida Justice Association as they present the annual "Meet and Greet/Sponsor Showcase" on Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 8th floor of the Riverside Hotel. Attendees will enjoy networking, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a sponsor showcase. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. For more information, contact Laura Silverman at (954) 522-1662 or

Ridgely President's Award presented - Sharon L. Langer, executive director of the Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid, was awarded The Johnnie M. Ridgely President's Award by Steven W. Davis, president of the Dade County Bar Association at the 95th Installation Banquet.


Attorneys and judges can learn how to teach civics at The Florida Bar Midyear Meeting - Attorneys and judges attending The Florida Bar Midyear in Orlando in September will have a chance to learn how to teach various topics involving civics to adult community groups while earning CLE credit for free. The seminar -- "Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education" -- is sponsored by the Bar’s Judicial Independence Committee and will introduce attendees to presentations they can make when they are invited to speak to community, civic and religious groups. The presentations are interactive and lay out the structure of government and the courts. Each Benchmarks activity has an overview that guides attorneys on how to deliver the presentation and are available on The Florida Bar website at There is no cost to attend the seminar, which offers two CLE credits, but registration is required. Email to register or call (850) 561-5669. Attorneys who make Benchmarks presentations after taking the training can also earn CLE credit.

2011 Midyear Meeting of committees and sections - Plan to attend the 2011 Midyear Meeting Sept. 21-24 at the Hilton Walt Disney World Lake Buena Vista. Join your section or committee meetings, attend multiple CLEs and network with your colleagues. Hurry to book your hotel room to take advantage of the group discount.

Media Awards - Aug. 30 is the deadline for the entries in The Florida Bar's 2011 Media Awards competition. The awards are presented in recognition of outstanding journalism. Qualified entries consist of a story or stories that highlight the system of law and justice as it affects the people of Florida.

Deadline approaches for certification areas - Florida Bar members interested in board certification must have applications postmarked by Aug. 31 for 12 of Florida's 24 legal specialization areas. Applications are due Aug. 31 for the following specialties: Admiralty and Maritime Law, Adoption Law, Appellate Practice, Aviation Law, Civil Trial, Education Law, Elder Law, Immigration and Nationality, International Law, Labor and Employment Law, Marital and Family Law and Tax Law. Certified attorneys are the only Florida lawyers allowed to identify themselves as "specialists" or "experts" or to use the letters "B.C.S." to indicate Board Certified Specialist. For more information, contact The Florida Bar's Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842.

Hoeveler Award nominations now being accepted - The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism is now accepting nominations for its William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award. The Hoeveler award is for “a judge who best exemplifies strength of character, service, and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant. Nominees should be judges who have communicated their pledge to the ideals of justice and diligence in inspiring others to the mission of professionalism,” according to the committee. The nomination form is available on The Florida Bar’s website at From the home page, hover over “Professional Practice,” on the fly out menu, click on “Awards” under Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism heading, then click on William Hoeveler Judicial Award link. Forms for the Hoeveler Award must be received by The Bar no later than Dec. 1, 2011. Mail nominations to: Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300. Nominations for the Hoeveler Award may also be e-mailed to The Hoeveler Award will be presented at The Bar's Annual Convention in June 2012.

JNC Vacancies:

Fastcase Webinars - In 2011, Fastcase will offer web tutorials to teach Florida Bar members how to better make use of this free benefit. The webinars cover "Fastcase Research Tips"; "Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview)"; and Searching for Statutes (Overview)".


National LGBT Lavender Law Conference - The National LGBT Bar Association will host the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair to bring together the best and brightest legal minds in the LGBT community. This year's Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair will be held Sept. 8 to 10 in Hollywood, Calif. at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. The National LGBT Bar Association wants as many professional students to attend all of the workshops, plenaries and events featured throughout the conference. New to Lavender Law this year, the National LGBT Bar Association is launching a new Corporate Counsel pilot program. For more information, go to

Bar School (Webinar): Project management tools - Whether you are planning a conference, publishing a book or overhauling your website, many bar association staff work on projects that have a lot of moving parts – and people! On Sept. 12 at 1 p.m., learn about project management methodology and some tools to help you keep track of your progress. Tools like Basecamp, Microsoft OneNote and even GoogleDocs can help team projects at any price-point (including free!). Hear the pros and cons of each, and see examples of how to keep your projects on time and under budget! Register Now!


Parks leads the NBA - On August 3 in Baltimore, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince swore in 43-year-old Daryl Parks as the 69th president of the National Bar Association, where he has served as general counsel, vice president of finance, director of Region XI, and president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the NBA.

Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation to host pre-picnic reception - The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation is hosting a pre-picnic reception for Black Law Student Association members from the local law schools, picnic sponsors, mentors and people who want to learn more about mentoring, meet and support black law students and just have some fun. It is a great opportunity to find a good student to mentor before the picnic. The reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton at 6 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, visit

Cooley Law School to open Tampa Bay Campus - The American Bar Association's Council on Legal Education and admissions to the Bar accepted the recommendation of the of the Accreditation Committee to acquiesce in the Thomas M. Cooley Law School's application to open a Tampa Bay-area campus in Riverview, FL. The Tampa Bay campus will be offering evening classes in May 2012, followed by morning classes in September 2012, and afternoon classes in January 2013. All Cooley students will be eligible to attend classes at the Tampa Bay Campus. Tampa Bay comprises a little more than 4,000,000 residents, but is home to only one law school. Florida represents Cooley's largest alumni location outside Michigan, and Florida provides about 6 percent of its applicants and 5 percent of its incoming students each year. Cooley Law School is the largest law school in the nation.
# # #

Jeff Doran
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar

[Revised: 06-18-2013]