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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.

April 25, 2014
2014 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference - Save the date! This year's conference will be held on July 11-12 in Bonita Springs. Follow the event on Facebook! Like us on Facebook Registration will begin soon.

LinkedIn - The Voluntary Bars will soon have their own community group, specifically designed for Voluntary Bar Presidents and Executive Directors to share ideas and news about their bars. An email invitation will be sent in the near future.


F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr., Bar Association in West Palm Beach recently held its Third (3rd) Annual Seder on April 7. The F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association (FMCBA) co-sponsored "A Celebration of Unity, Freedom, and Humanity," a joint Seder presented by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) of Palm Beach (Gary Walk, President). This third annual event was held at the City Place Marriott and attended by a cross-section of the Jewish and African American Community. This year's Seder was led by Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein of Temple Israel in West Palm Beach and Rev. Robert Hendley III, M.D. of Greater Bethel Primitive Church in Riviera Beach. Other participants in the Seder included Bob Bertisch from the Legal Aid Society, Samantha Schosberg Feur of The Women's Foundation and Iola Mosely performed a very "jazzy" rendition of “Go Down Moses.” It was a very inspiring evening where all participants celebrated both culture's liberation from the chains of slavery and oppression and relived the experiences of our ancestors. Thank you to our event Chairs, Eunice Tall Baros and Tequisha Myles as well as their Host Committee for another successful evening. For more information regarding the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association, visit Pictured: Jean Marie Middleton, Tequisha Myles, AJC Attendee, Eunice Baros, Nadine White-Boyd, Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein, Rev. Robert Hendley III, MD, Salesia Smith-Gordon — at West Palm Beach Marriott Hotel.

Orange County Bar Association - The 2014 professionalism award recipients are Honorable Faye L. Allen and attorneys Rafael E. Martinez and LaShawnda K. Jackson. Together they embody the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, integrity, and community service from among the OCBA’s 3,000 attorneys and judges.

Also, Chief Judges the Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Ninth Judicial Circuit, the Honorable Terence R. Perkins, Seventh Judicial Circuit, and the Honorable John M. Harris, 18th Judicial Circuit, presented an engaging lunch and learn session as part of the largest and most amibitious Bench Bar Conference ever offered by the OCBA. Billed "A Day on the Islands," the April 11 conference was held at Loews Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal Orlando.

Palm Beach County Bar Association - The Palm Beach County Bar Association has renamed its Professionalism Award after Sidney A. Stubbs, an attorney with nearly 50 years of experience in corporate litigation. He is a shareholder of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, past president of the Bar Association, and served as special counsel to former Gov. Bob Graham in the 1980s. Scott G. Hawkins, a director of the same law firm and past president of The Florida Bar, became the first recipient of the Sidney A. Stubbs Professionalism Award at the March bar meeting.

Tallahassee Bar Association - Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis was the guest speaker at Tallahassee Bar Association Annual Meeting and Elections. Pictured: TBA Treasurer Elect Sean Desmond, TBA President Elect Sunita Smith, Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis, TBA Immediate Past President Melissa VanSickle and TBA President Stan Chapman.


Local Judicial Polls - The Florida Bar no longer conducts local judicial polls for voluntary bar associations due to security concerns. Mike Garcia, our director of research and evaluation, recommends that voluntary bars hire an unbiased, non-legal connected third party to conduct the survey (examples would include the FSU Communication Research Center, FSU Survey Research Lab, local or national polling companies, and Election Services Corp., which TFB uses for the merit retention poll and BOG elections). The survey research group should be able to perform all phases of an electronically administered judicial poll. If your bar conducts a local judicial poll and can recommend the company you use, please email the company contact information to and we will provide it to other bars when we receive inquiries.

General Emails - The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of The Florida Bar recently requested that all voluntary bar associations provide the Bar with a general email that can be used for electronic communications, regardless of the current President/Executive Director. Please let me know if your bar association is already using a general email or when a new account is established so I can pass along the information. Websites such as and provide free email accounts.
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Judicial Luncheon at Annual Convention - Join us in honoring the members of the judiciary when attending the Judicial Luncheon on June 26, with keynote speaker Chief Justice Ricky Polston delivering the state of the judiciary address with special guest, Fred D. Gray, who is a civil rights attorney and activist who practices law in Alabama. He served as the President of the National Bar Association in 1985 and the first African-American President of the Alabama State Bar. For more information on the Annual Florida Bar Convention, including registration, please visit the Convention webpage.

Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project -- The Florida Bar is pleased to announce its partnership with the Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project of the National Association of Women Judges. The project focuses on increasing the knowledge of citizens regarding the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente serves as state coordinating committee chairperson for the initiative. The Florida Bar is assisting Justice Barbara Pariente with promotions for the Informed Voters Project, sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges. The project has released its first radio PSA and is also looking for outlets to run its 5-minute video. If you are aware of attorneys in your area who host television or radio shows, will you please let me know and provide the attorney's name, the name of the show and the station


Law Day 2014 -
American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. See how the Bar's are celebrating Law Day around the state.

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Jeff Doran
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar

[Revised: 09-30-2014]