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April 2012, Issue 67
FJA’s 2012 Annual Convention – Mark your calendar! The Florida Justice Association will host its Annual Convention on June 12–16, at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa. For more information, contact the Florida Justice Association at (850) 224-9403.

VCBA 2012 Professionalism Symposium – The Volusia County Bar Association and the Seventh Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee will co-host their 2012 Professionalism Symposium on May 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Willie Miller Center, ERAU Campus. The keynote address will be delivered by Federal District Judge John Antoon. Join the VCBA for a spirited discussion on professionalism and ethical issues in the daily practice of law. The Symposium will include breakout sessions on civil, family, criminal and appellate law. The cost to attend is $25 for VCBA members and $45 for non-members. For more information or to attend, visit

TWL hosts annual Rookie Camp – The Tallahassee Women Lawyers recently hosted their Annual Rookie Camp at the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. The full-day event, funded through The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Association Diversity Leadership Grant and an Affiliate Outreach Conference Grant from The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, attracted nearly 50 law students, young lawyers, and seasoned legal professionals, and was geared toward assisting newly minted attorneys in their first years of legal practice. Rookie camp participants were provided with a pamphlet compiled by Terry Dariotis outlining “10 things every new attorney should know.” Included were words of wisdom regarding behaviors to avoid in the courtroom, a topic on which Administrative Law Judge Thomas Crapps shed light as a panelist in the segment on the do’s and don’ts of court appearances.

MCBA president named county attorney – Manatee County Bar Association President Mitchell O. “Mickey” Palmer has been named the new Manatee County Attorney. He will replace Tedd N. Williams, Jr., who will retire at the end of April 2012. Congratulations Mickey!

SPBA presents the 2012 Beach & Bar Seminar – The Criminal Law Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association will present the 2012 Beach & Bar Seminar on May 25, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in the 2nd Floor King Palm Room of the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach. The seminar will feature “Practical Tips for the Typical Practitioner” and “What You Need to Know if You Practice in the Sixth Circuit.” 4 hours of General CLE credit has been applied for, including 1 hour Ethics credit. The cost to attend is $75-135. For more information or to attend, e-mail or visit

SCBA to hold annual meeting – The Sarasota County Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting and Annual Law Day Luncheon on May 17, at noon at Michael’s on East. The guest speaker will be the Honorable Milton Hirsch from the 11th Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division. Judges from the 2nd DCA who will be holding oral arguments in Sarasota will also be in attendance. For more information or to attend, contact the SCBA office at or (941) 861-8180.

BCBA to host annual family law seminar – The Broward County Bar Association will host Raising the Bar: Family Law Seminar, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. There are 7.0 CLE credits available. The cost to attend is $125 for members of the BCBA, $150 for non-members and complimentary for judges who are members of the BCBA. Self parking is free and valet parking is $5.00. For more information, go to

CBA Annual Oyster Roast a success – On March 24, the Clearwater Bar Association hosted its 66th Annual Oyster Roast. More than 600 attendees enjoyed oysters, spirits, and food from 13 food stations, all sponsored by Bar members, on the grounds of the Florin Roebig law firm in Palm Harbor. The event may have started even earlier than 1946, as one of the CBA members reports his mother attended her first oyster roast in 1939. The oyster roast is thought to be one of the longest running local bar events in the state and maybe the Southeast. CBA President Kimberly Campbell served up shrimp and grits at the Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil food station sponsored by CBA members M. Faehner Esq., LLC, and Steven Hitchcock of Special Needs Lawyers, P.A. The annual event has already been scheduled for March 23 of next year.

WBBA to host golf tournament – The West Broward Bar Association will host the West Broward Bar Inaugural Golf Classic May 12 at Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club in Ft. Lauderdale. This partnership between the WBBA and Seminole Middle School will help raise funds to buy computers and materials for law students in the Division of Enhanced Communication and Law program, where students are put through a rigorous curriculum offering up to seven high school credit classes that include speech and debate. Law studies is taught in the eighth grade year in which the students participate in mock trials, interaction with law professionals, and a trip to the main Broward County Courthouse. The tournament will kick off with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by shotgun start at 1 p.m. After the tournament, guests will enjoy cocktails followed by an awards dinner, silent auction, and a raffle. Tickets are $100 per golfer, and sponsorship levels are available starting at $250. For more information, go to

Benefit for CABA’s Pro Bono Project – The Cuban American Bar Association will host its Inaugural “Lawyers on the Run” on June 2 at 7 a.m. in Tropical Park to benefit CABA’s Pro Bono Project. Lawyers on the Run is a family friendly 5K run/walk with a dual purpose: raise funds to provide pro bono legal services to those who need it most in the community and to raise awareness of the importance of health and well being in the legal profession. This event will allow law firms to bring together families, team-build within each firm, and raise funds to ensure that access to justice remains a reality for all in South Florida. For more information on sponsoring the run or to volunteer on the 5K committee, contact Isabel C. Diaz at or Yara Lorenzo at


Registration opens for NCBP, NABE and NCBF annual meetings – Registration has opened for the 2012 annual meetings of the National Association of Bar Executives (July 31–Aug. 2); National Conference of Bar Presidents (Aug. 2–4); and the National Conference of Bar Foundations (Aug. 2–4). (More).

Nomination period opens for Spirit of Excellence Awards – The ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession is accepting nominations for the 2013 Spirit of Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate the accomplishments of lawyers who promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. For more information and to access the nomination form, click here or e-mail Nominations are due by July 16.

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Certification awards nominations sought – The Board of Legal Specialization & Education is now accepting nominations for its 2012 certification awards: The Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award for Florida Bar Board Certified Lawyer of the Year and the Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification. The Anstead award recognizes exemplary professionalism, excellence, character, and commitment to The Florida Bar’s certification program and to the practice of law. The excellence award recognizes excellence and creativity by a Florida Bar board certified lawyer or a law firm in advancing the public’s knowledge of and appreciation for legal board certification. Applications are available at and are due May 25. Contact Lindsey Blomberg at (850) 561-5850 or for more information.

Bar produces free, online e-filing CLE – The Florida Bar is offering a free on-demand e-filing CLE as part of its Law Office Management Assistance Service/Lawyers Helping Lawyers seminars. It can be accessed at This presentation covers: What is an accessible document?; electronic filing of court documents and digital accessibility of e-filed court documents; summary explanation of Rule 2.525(g) and Rule 2.526; necessary software; how to prepare and convert your document; and resources for troubleshooting. Supplemental material is included as a PDF download. The video presentation also includes approximately 90 embedded slides. The one-hour presentation is available to all Bar members at no charge as a 24/7 CLE on-demand seminar. It is the 13th seminar in the complimentary Lawyers Helping Lawyers series. Each of these programs is featured in The Florida Bar CLE 24/7 On-Demand catalog and on the Lawyers Helping Lawyers page of the Bar website.

The Vote’s in YOUR COURT. Judicial merit retention – The Florida Bar will lead a statewide voter education program on merit retention in advance of the November 2012 election when three Supreme Court justices and 15 District Court of Appeal judges will be on the ballot. Themed “The Vote’s in YOUR COURT. Judicial merit retention. Know the facts,” the program will provide voters with information on the merit retention system and encourage their participation in the election. Research conducted for the program revealed that 90 percent of respondents did not know what the term merit retention meant. The Bar will employ multiple strategies to achieve the program objectives, including: printed materials and a dedicated webpage with public information and links to additional resources, distribution of a voters’ guide with frequently asked questions, reporter briefings and editorial board meetings, presentations at civic and community groups and developing partnerships with other grassroots and advocacy groups. The program kick-off will be held during Law Week which begins on May 1. Additional information on the program will be in upcoming issues of The Florida Bar News and the program will be on the agenda for the upcoming Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference.

Annual Convention online registration now open Then, Now, Always… A Heritage of Leadership is the theme for the 62nd Annual 2012 Florida Bar Convention to be held June 20 - 23 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando/Kissimmee. Participate in your choice of 14 CLE courses, 12 luncheons and special events, committees and section meetings, General Assembly and more. Make your hotel reservation early before rooms sell out. Review the convention website for updates.

The LREC seeks nominations for Justice Teaching Awards – The Law Related Education Committee will name a Justice Teaching volunteer and a select committee judge of the year during the Bar’s Annual Convention in June. These awards will be given to the nominees who have most exemplified the spirit and purpose of Justice Teaching; that is, dedication to the bringing of civic education to the children of Florida. The nomination form can be accessed at Deadline: Tuesday, May 1.

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In Other Legal News

Nova establishes veterans law clinic – The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University has established South Florida’s first Veterans Law Clinic, located in Ft. Lauderdale, to provide pro bono resources to the thousands of U.S. veterans and military personnel living and working in the tri-county area. With more than 100,000 active duty military personnel in South Florida and over 1.6 million veterans in Florida — 280,000 of those veterans in South Florida — NSU faculty and administrators recognized that a large number of people are not being adequately served in their legal matters. The NSU Law Center Veterans Clinic will assist veterans with cases that will have the greatest impact on the stability and success of its clients, such as landlord-tenant cases, consumer matters, domestic relations, and state/federal misdemeanors, among others. The clinic will work in tandem with other university efforts dedicated to empowering the veteran population, such as NSU’s Veteran’s Assistance Center. Additionally, the clinic will work with community partners such as Legal Aid, the public defender’s offices, and various military service agencies to spread the word and collaborate on initiatives. NSU’s Law Center is seeking commitments from South Florida law firms and individuals to create an endowment fund that will allow the clinic to run in perpetuity, as well as create opportunities for future clinical expansion. The Law Center also will seek grant funding from the federal government and private foundations to help support the project. For more information, visit

Pro bono summit set for Miami – In conjunction with Florida’s One Campaign promoting Pro Bono efforts across the state, the Miami Pro Bono Roundtable and The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono are sponsoring a Pro Bono Summit May 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Akerman Senterfitt offices in Miami. The event will follow an agenda including plenary and breakout sessions focusing on growing and fine-tuning pro bono opportunities in Miami and building a community that supports pro bono in new and innovative ways. The program will also focus on recruiting more firms and attorneys to perform pro bono work and highlight critical areas of legal need for Dade County’s most disadvantaged residents. The Summit will be followed by a pro bono reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will give people an opportunity to talk with the various public interest organizations aiming to recruit pro bono talent. To register, visit

Lewis takes Justice Teaching across state lines – Justice R. Fred Lewis recently introduced the Justice Teaching program — that teams local attorneys and judges with schools to teach students about their constitutional rights and responsibilities — to the Oklahoma Bar Association, which has committed to replicate the program in that state’s public schools. Now that Justice Teaching has achieved full coverage for Florida’s public schools and a significant number of private schools, Justice Fred Lewis has been requested to continue expansion of Justice Teaching to other parts of the country. Law Related Education Coordinator Jane McConnell said the Oklahoma Bar Association has begun matching each school in Oklahoma with a local judge or attorney. Justice Lewis said he is pleased that Oklahoma has embraced Justice Teaching and hopes other states will consider Justice Teaching as a conduit to deliver civic education. If you would like to become part of the team of Justice Teaching judges and attorneys who bring civic education to Florida students, visit

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Jeff Doran
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar

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