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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.

September 2011, Issue 62

PBCBA will host Diversity Summit - The Palm Beach County Bar Association will host its Second Biennial Diversity Summit on Friday, Oct. 14. The purpose of the summit is to promote dialogue between managing and hiring partners, government and agency heads, associates and judges on ways to improve the diversity in our legal community. The luncheon will be followed by round table discussions over dessert and coffee. During the luncheon, Palm Beach County Bar President John Howe will present the “diversity statistics,” highlighting both areas of success and areas needing improvement. The statistics, together with the relative experiences of those attending the luncheon, will serve as the starting point for the round table discussion. The discussions are intended to generate ideas, goals and unique means of tackling this complex issue. Finally, the event will feature a panel discussion, which will include prominent local and national leaders. For more information or to attend, click here.

2011 Bench and Bar Conference - The St. Petersburg and Clearwater Bar associations will present the 2011 Bench & "Bar-B-Que" Conference on Friday, Oct. 21, from noon to 6:15 p.m. at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. The Bench Bar Conference is an opportunity to interact with the judges and lawyers of the 6th Judicial Circuit. For more information, contact the Clearwater Bar at (727) 461-4869 or go to

CABA Mentoring Kickoff Reception - The Cuban American Bar Association invites you to attend the Fifth Annual Mentoring Program Kickoff Reception on Oct. 12. on the 42nd floor of the Wachovia Tower in Miami. Squire Sanders is proud to host this complimentary reception for CABA's mentoring program, which seeks experienced lawyers willing to share their insight and knowledge with young lawyers and law students from the University of Miami School of Law, Florida International University College of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law and NOVA Southeastern University. CABA matches mentors with mentees based upon interests and the mentor's area of practice. The application for pairing at future events will be launched at the reception. For more information on this event or to register, contact Tania G. Cruz at (305) 577-7011.

PB FAWL September Membership Luncheon - On Sept. 1, the Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL hosted a luncheon featuring panelists including Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga, Florida Bar President Scott Hawkins, Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, and former Mayor Lois Frankel. The panel, which was moderated by Palm Beach County Immediate Past President Michael Napleone, presented a remarkable and informative divergence of views in their discussion of recent legislative initiatives in Tallahassee, including proposals to divide the Supreme Court, removing Judicial Nominating Commissions from the selection process for Supreme Court and appellate judges, eliminating the role of the Florida Bar in the judicial nominating process, increasing judicial retention standards, and removing rule-making authority from the Supreme Court.

Georgetown's Cole to address the JBA - Professor David Cole of Georgetown University will present "Lessons from a Decade of the War on Terror" during the Jacksonville Bar Association's Sept. 30 Members Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Riverfront Downtown. Reservations are required. Guests are welcome to attend. The fee is $40. For more information or to RSVP, call (904) 399-4486.

VHFCNBA President honored by Leadership Tallahassee - C. Sha'Ron James was presented the 2011 Leadership Pacesetter Award from Leadership Tallahassee. The award goes to an individual who is blazing a trail for others to follow by quickly engaging in community leadership activities as a relative newcomer to Tallahassee or at a relatively young age. James founded the United Voices Youth Enrichment Council, an innovative performing arts program for youth that is centered on life skills, enrichment and music. She is a founding member of the Oasis Center for Women and Girls and is a former member of the LT Board of Governors. James is the director of Rehabilitation and Liquidation with the Florida Department of Financial Services and president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association.


Mark your calendars for the GPSSF Comparative Law Symposium in London - The General Practice Solo & Small Firm Sections annual out-of-country trip will be held in London, England, May 20-26, 2012. Those in attendance will hear from British barristers on how their system compares to ours, and will also have several highly experienced Florida lawyers presenting on topics involving Florida law. Attendees will qualify for CLE and CJE hours. The trip will also include excursions to points of interest such as Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon. Voluntary bars are welcome to join in for a wonderful combination of learning, networking and exploring! View the brochure of events.

Become Board Certified - In 2011, almost 200 Florida lawyers earned Florida Bar board certification, the Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competence and experience, in one of the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Board certified attorneys are the only Florida lawyers allowed to identify themselves as “specialists” or “experts,” or to use the initials “B.C.S.” to indicate Board Certified Specialist. Board certification evaluates attorneys’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Any lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state’s Supreme Court, may become board certified in one or more of the certification fields. Only 4,534 of Florida’s 90,000 lawyers are board certified. Board certification is valid for five years. The attorney during that time must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have voluntarily taken the extra step to have their competence and experience evaluated. For more information, please visit The Florida Bar website, or 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. 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.

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Check out the ABA DBS - The services of the ABA Division for Bar Services are here to help during your time as a bar leader. DBS works to serve the needs of state and local bar association, to identify trends and inform bar leaders of issues of importance to the legal profession. Check it out!


Mark your calendar for the Minority Mentoring Picnic - The 8th Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. The picnic is the ultimate networking event for minority law students, lawyers and judges. Enjoy a fantastic selection of diverse foods, great music, a volleyball tournament and children's play center. More information coming soon about the new parking entrance to facilitate entry, tournaments and Leaders & Legends schedule. For more information, visit

UF names building for Miami lawyer - The University of Florida's law school will name a building after Miami attorney Stephen N. Zack at a dedication ceremony, following an $800,000 gift from him and his firm. Zack, a UF law school alumnus, immediate past president of the American Bar Association and a past Florida Bar president, recently set up an endowment fund titled with his name. Zack established the fund in concert with his firm, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, to promote diversity and to enhance academic programs at the law school. With a 70 percent match from Florida’s Major Gifts Trust Fund, the endowment's principal will come to $1.3 million. Zack was the first Hispanic president of the ABA and in 1988 was the youngest and first Hispanic president of The Florida Bar.
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Jeff Doran
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar

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