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, www.FLABAR.org. Submit articles, pictures or general comments to Maria Simmons Johnson, the Bar-to-Bar E-news editor and your voluntary bar liaison, firstname.lastname@example.org or 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Photos sent by e-mail should come in jpg and gif format.
January 2012, Issue 65
Voluntary Bar Presidents and Executive Directors:
Florida Bar board certification is on the rise, and on behalf of The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education, we are reaching out to you to share information about several programming and educational opportunities we offer specifically for voluntary bar associations. Speakers, talking points, newsletter articles and a two-hour professionalism CLE course titled "Polish Your Practice" are available at no cost to you, and are part of our ongoing campaign to raise awareness about board certification’s merits and contributions to legal professionalism.
Next year we will celebrate 30 years of board certification in Florida. We are proud to report that the program has distinguished itself nationally as the specialization program that offers the greatest number of state approved certification areas – and the number of lawyers earning certification has increased every year since 2009. The Florida Bar now offers 24 specialty areas for certification, including three that are available only in Florida: intellectual property law, adoption law and education law.
Florida Bar President Scott G. Hawkins, a board certified business litigation attorney, has said, “Board certification has the potential to be transformative in our profession. Florida Bar board certification is synonymous with the terms ‘specialist’ and ‘expert’ because of its very high standards for professional excellence. Our board certification program is one of the finest in the country, and helps the public identify lawyers who have been evaluated by their peers for experience, competence and integrity. As a board certified business litigation lawyer, I am personally committed and encourage others to take this important professional step.”
Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. We would greatly appreciate the chance to share information with your members about board certification, or to schedule the “Polish Your Practice” CLE course.
Thank you for your consideration. For more information, please contact BLSE consultant Lisa Tipton at email@example.com or (850) 561-5769. We look forward to working with you and your bar association members.
Terry L. Fogel, Chair & Timon V. Sullivan, Vice Chair
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
What's Going on Around the Bars . . .
Congratulations to the St. Lucie County Bar Association - The St. Lucie Bar Association is the recipient of the 2012 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award. The award, which recognizes a Florida voluntary bar that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis, will be presented at a Jan. 26 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady.
JBA to put on CLE - The Jacksonville Bar Association will host a three-hour CLE program on "Running Your Own Firm - Essentials You Need to Know About Trust Accounting & Liability Issues". The program will be held on Jan. 26 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Florida Coastal School of Law. There will be a reception immediately following the program. For more information, visit www.jaxbar.org.
PFAWL's membership grows - Through active promotion and recruiting, the Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers has increased its membership by 72 percent-- from 29 members in 2010 to 50 members in 2011. The 2011 increase comes on the heels of PFAWL’s receipt in June of the 2010 Membership Recruitment Award from FAWL. PFAWL received the award for increasing its membership from 23 members to 29 members in 2010, totaling a 26 percent raise in membership. PFAWLS’ Jennifer Lynn Codding said as recently as 2007, PFAWL was all but defunct, having only one member — Elise K. Winters. “Despite being the only member, Winters maintained PFAWL’s bank account and kept up its corporate filing active in hopes that at some time the chapter would revive,” Codding said. In 2008, Winters was joined by current chapter President Brittany J. Maxey and immediate past President Robyn M. Featherston, who along with Winters, promoted PFAWL in an attempt to revitalize the chapter. PFAWL’s mission is to provide a networking opportunity and support group for women lawyers, as well as promote friendship among its members. PFAWL’s first meeting for 2012 was Jan. 3 at the Red Mesa Cantina in St. Petersburg.
2012 Dyer Professionalism Award - The Dade County Bar Association is accepting nominations of Dade County lawyers or judges for the David W. Dyer Professionalism Award. The deadline to submit nominations to the DCBA office is Feb. 15, without exception. The award will be given at the DCBA's Annual Installation Ceremony. The David W. Dyer Professionalism Award is the most important award given by the DCBA. It recognizes a lawyer or judge whose conduct reflects and honors the integrity, humility, compassion and professionalism of Judge Dyer himself. Nomination ballots are available on the association's website, www.dadecountybar.org, or contact the DCBA offices at (305) 371-2220.
People's Law School - The Clearwater Bar Association presents People’s Law School weekly, on Thursdays, at the St. Petersburg College, Drew Street Campus through April. Participants may attend as few or as many sessions as they wish free of charge and no registration is required. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for individuals with disabilities. For more information, contact (727) 461-4869 or (727) 421-0186. People’s Law School Schedule.
YLD Quick Chat is back - The Sarasota County Bar Association and Manatee County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will host their very popular Networking and Quick Chat Event at Square One Burgers, 5239 University Parkway, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1.Expert matchmakers will help introduce young lawyers from varying practice areas to one another with the idea of creating friendships and effective referral relationships. Attendees will be treated to tasty appetizers and drink specials. The “Chat” is free but space is limited, so reserve your spot early. For more information, visit www.sarasotabar.com.
OCBA hosts its inaugural "PREMIER" event - The Osceola County Bar Association will host its Inaugural Gala Ball & Banquet, "The Premier," on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Berlinsky Community House Lake Front Park. This formal event will feature entertainment, a charitable silent auction, art displays and more. The cost to attend is $50 per person. For more information or tickets, contact Eve D'Lugo or Nina DeFlora at (407) 870-5551.
GSCBWLA to partner with Ann Taylor - On Saturday, Jan. 28 Ann Taylor will partner with Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Assoc. (GSCBWLA) to host an exclusive private shopping party at its Aventura and Dadeland stores for law students from the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University and St. Thomas University law schools. The idea for the event actually came about because so many law students had questions about proper attire, now that they have embarked on a law career. GSCBWLA reached out to Ann Taylor because the company’s clothing provides an affordable option for the professional, modern, versatile and stylish clothing many of the women are looking for. On Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., the stores will welcome our student members and others to a private shopping experience, which will include expert styling tips, refreshments and more. The goal is to keep the enjoyment in shopping for a new career by taking the guess work out of it. Reassuring women, especially young women, that their wardrobe can have personality and be courtroom appropriate at the same time is very important to them. For more information, contact Kymberlee Curry Smith at KCurryEsq@aol.com.
TBA "Tables for Eight" - The Tallahassee Bar Association meeting featured “Tables for Eight” and guest speaker Scott Hawkins, president of The Florida Bar. Tables for Eight served as a forum where members of the judiciary and experienced lawyers could share their experiences and advice with young lawyers and third-year law students on such things as balancing career and family; managing overwhelming billable-hour requirements and other work demands; and the importance of engaging in pro bono service. Other topic areas focused on the many challenges that younger lawyers face as they progress in their legal careers, and how more experienced lawyers learn from the ways in which younger minds gain knowledge and communicate in this modern world.
PBCBA to host Bench Bar Conference - The Palm Beach County Bar Association will host its Bench Bar Conference on March 9 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The Bench Bar Conference is an opportunity for attorneys and judges to meet informally in a roundtable atmosphere to discuss issues of concern to both the Bench and Bar. Last year, 1,000 people attended throughout the day and unfortunately, due to space limitations, many attorneys were turned away. Be sure to register early and look for new sessions for attorneys this year. For more information, go to www.palmbeachbar.org.
CCBA supports Bay Area Legal Services - Bay area Legal Services received a donation of $1,000 from the Carrollwood Community Bar Association. The contribution was presented to Bay Area’s Executive Director Richard Woltmann and President Paul Elliott.
FSCHS 2012 Annual Dinner - You will not want to miss this year's Annual Dinner as the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society welcomes former Iowa Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker as the keynote speaker and honors W. Dexter Douglass with its Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society's biggest event of the year drawing hundreds of attendees from throughout the state. The dinner will be held on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Florida State University Center Club in Tallahassee. For more information or to attend, contact Kathy Arrant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CABA to host 2012 Installation Gala - On Feb. 4, the Cuban American Bar Association will host its 2012 Installation Gala and proudly announces the installation of the 2012 Board of Directors and Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz as president. The black tie gala will be held at the Fountainbleu Miami Beach at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Diana Powell at Diana@cabaonline.com or (786) 210-5984.
Marion County FAWL recently hosted Potter Civil Mediation - The Marion County Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers hosted David A. Henry of Henry / Potter Civil Mediation headquartered in Orlando at its January meeting. Henry provided an insightful and funny presentation on "Gender Issues in Mediation." Did you know that gender plays many roles in mediation and can be used to your advantage? Practical strategies were given so that regardless of type of client or case, a lawyer can achieve success at mediation and avoid impasse.
HAWL's mentoring program soars - The Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers' mentoring program at Stetson has grown to include 57 mentors and 84 mentees since its inception in 2005. HAWL’s mentors promote professionalism by offering answers to substantive, procedural, business, and ethical questions and by providing objective feedback on the mentees’ skills for success. “A mentor can give a behind-the-scenes view of the practice of law, help a new lawyer maintain a balanced perspective, and provide an invaluable support system to assist in successfully and ethically establishing a legal career,” said Judge Claudia Rickert Isom.
WDFJBA to host 34th Annual Awards Gala - The Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Foundation will host its 34th Annual Awards Gala on Feb. 25 at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables. Among the honorees, special recognition will be given to Eugene K. Pettis whose recent election as President-elect designate of The Florida Bar will make him the first African-American president of The Florida Bar. Moreover, WDFJBA is fortunate to have Albert E. Dotson Jr. partner at Bilzin Sumberg and National Chairman of 100 Black Men, as this year's gala speaker and Jawan Strader of CBS Miami as emcee. For more information, contact Nicole M. Ellis at email@example.com.
NABE/NCBP/ NCBF Midyear Meeting - The National Association of Bar Executives will host its Midyear Meeting Jan. 31 - Feb. 2! It's a great opportunity to get valuable content , great ideas and network with fellow bar staff from all over the country. Visit nabenet.org for more information. Also save the date for the NABE Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 31 - Aug. 2!
Patriot Act, Communications Surveillance Examined in New ABA Book - Reflecting on the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice has published "The Law of Counterterrorism." The book, edited by national security legal expert Lynne K. Zusman, examines recent pre-emptive measures taken by government agencies in response to transnational terrorism.
Lawyer's role in sustainable development addressed - A recent panel program cosponsored by the ABA Section of International Law titled, “Achieving Sustainable Development: The Lawyer’s Key Role,” discussed the importance of lawyers partnering with other professionals on projects and initiatives that support sustainability.
The Florida Bar
CALLING ALL 2012 LAW DAY CHAIRS! - Join us in sharing your Law Day 2012 activities throughout the state! Please send the name of your Law Day chair(s) and a summary of planned activities to Maria Simmons Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Law Day 2012 activities will be published in a statewide press release sent out by The Florida Bar on May 1. Law Day Planning Guides are now online and other Law Day materials are available also. For more upcoming information about Law Day and Florida activities visit www.floridabar.org/voluntarybars.
**2012 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is set - Mark your Calendars for the 2012 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference to be held July 19-20 at the ONE Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach. Watch your email and visit the Voluntary Bar Center for more details!**
Trial Lawyers' Section summit - From Jan. 25-28, 2012, the Trial Lawyers' Section of The Florida Bar will hold its Annual Summit at the J.W. Marriott Orlando. The program includes Annual Trial Certification Review Course, Medical Malpractice Legislative and Case Law Update and Mock Trial Competition for all Florida law schools.
THE FLORIDA BAR, TALLAHASSEE BRANCH Senior Attorney - The Florida Bar's Tallahassee Branch seeks to hire experienced counsel to handle bar grievances at investigative, trial, and appellate levels. The qualified candidate must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar with a minimum of three years experience in effective case management, discovery and motion practice, and trial work. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Position is hiring at $55,355, plus benefits. Send resume and writing sample to Human Resources, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300 or via email to: email@example.com. Please notify Human Resources in advance, if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in the employment process.
Mark your calendars! Annual Convention 2012 - The 2012 Annual Florida Bar Convention will be held at the Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center in Kissimmee, June 20-23.
Compliant filings - Visit the Florida Supreme Court website to find the requirements, recommendations and resources for accessible filing and judicial branch records.
Court funding forum receives CLE credit - The Court Funding Forum DVD sent to voluntary bar presidents and executive directors in early December by president Scott Hawkins and Communications Committee Chair Greg Coleman as a model for local programs has been approved for 1.0 General CLER Credits, including Ethics. The course number is 85491 and the approval period is through June 1, 2013. Feedback on this program would be appreciated to learn details of your bar's use of it in either the current DVD format from the West Palm Beach presentation or with local speakers. E-mail Francine Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments/reports.
Board to make appointment in March - The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the Supreme Court's Bar Admissions Committee vacancy to be filled during its March 23 meeting.
BOG seeks public member - The Florida Bar seeks a public member to serve on its governing board. Applications are due Jan. 31.
13th Circuit - Hillsborough County judicial vacancy. Applications due Jan. 27.
11th Circuit - Miami-Dade County Court judicial vacancy. Applications due Jan. 30.
9th Circuit - Circuit Court judicial vacancy. Applications due Feb. 9
2012 Judicial Nominating Commission nominations to be made by Feb. 22.
11th Circuit - Miami-Dade Circuit Court judicial vacancy. Applications due Feb. 17.
RPPTL Section fellowships designed to attract young lawyers to section work - The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is now accepting applications to its fellowship program aimed at recruiting young practitioners to the Bar’s largest and oldest section. The fellowship program — created in 2007 and modeled after the successful fellowship program of the ABA — allows individuals to be substantially involved in the section’s work, receive leadership training, and work closely with leading attorneys in their field. In its inaugural year, the program received more than 80 applications for the four positions. The fellowship program is open to all lawyers who are members of the RPPTL Section and have been admitted to the Bar for fewer than 12 years or are younger than 38 years of age. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that a substantial portion of their practice is focused in the area of real property, probate, or trust law. The deadline to apply is April 1. The mission of the fellowship program is to attract and retain young lawyers to the section. To assure these requirements are fulfilled, each fellow must submit a work plan to the fellowship committee by October of each year, which outlines the substantive work project they have chosen, and a report at the end of each year. The application is available through the RPPTL section website at www.RPPTL.org. All applications should be submitted to email@example.com or by mail to RPPTL Fellowship Program, ATTN: Yvonne D. Sherron, Professional Development, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.
In Other Legal News . . .
Weekly Session Update - The second weekly update on bills and matters that The Florida Bar is monitoring during the 2012 Legislative Session has been posted. Also on this page: the first week's update, legislation of interest to the legal profession and links to contact legislators.
Diversity Intern Program - The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Diversity Internship Program was formed in 2010 to provide students of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in legal work environments. Prior to 2011 the program had been run as the Minority Law Clerk Program, and was focused solely upon providing inroads into the legal work experience to students from historically disadvantaged minority groups. The program was expanded in 2010 to open the opportunity to a broader range of diverse groups that have experienced obstacles to securing legal employment. In providing such opportunities, the Palm Beach County Bar Association intends that the law students will gain valuable work experience, have opportunities at future employment, and decide to stay and live in Palm Beach County, with the end result to create a diverse bar that reflects the diversity of the Palm Beach County community as a whole. Law firms of many different practice areas and those classified as large, medium and small have participated in the program. The program has included opportunities for governmental and public interest employment. The program has also resulted in some of the law clerks being offered opportunities for future, permanent employment. However, future, permanent positions are not promised. Each of the Florida law schools is invited to participate in this year’s Diversity Internship Program. Students that are interested should contact their career counselors and/or voluntary law school organizations for applications and other details on participating in the program. The application packets are currently being given to Florida law schools for the 2012 Diversity Internship Program. Law students or law firms that are interested in participating in the program should call or email Edrick E. Barnes at (561) 616-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democracy at Stake Reception - Democracy At Stake, Inc. is a 501c(3) organization created to educate the public on the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary in Florida. On Jan. 26, the organization will host a reception from 5-6 p.m. on the 5th floor of the University Center Club, immediately preceding the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society annual dinner.
$5,000 presented to UM Law's associate dean - The Miami office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius hosted a cocktail reception for the South Florida Group of Regional Counsel, the professional association for inside counsel for multinational corporations with operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 70 people attended the reception, where Salvador Juncadella, the group’s chair, and Morgan Lewis Miami Managing Partner Mark Zelek presented a check for $5,000 to the University of Miami School of Law’s associate dean, Patrick Gudridge, to benefit the Rafael Benitez Scholarship Fund. That fund aids graduates of foreign law schools pursuing their international and foreign LL.M. degree. Those attending the reception included counsel from Avaya, Inc.; BAC Florida Bank; Caterpillar, Inc.; Bulltick Capital Markets; Chevron Global Downstream; Del Monte Fresh Produce Company; Diageo North America; HBO Latin America Group; MasterCard International; Microsoft Corporation; Spirit Airlines; Warner Channel; World Fuel Services Corporation; and Yahoo! Inc.
Maria Simmons Johnson
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar