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, email@example.com or 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Photos sent by e-mail should come in jpg and gif format.
October 1, 2013, Issue 71
What’s Going on Around the Bars
BCBA YLS to host charity golf tournament – The Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section will host its 26th annual charity golf tournament Oct. 19 at the Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation. Proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth), which annually serves more than 1,300 at-risk children who participate in programs that focus on education, youth development and economic self-sufficiency. For more information, including opportunities for sponsorship, visit www.younglawyersgolftournament.com. There will also be a Tee-off Happy Hour to kick off the event Oct. 17 at American Social on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale.
CABA’s Annual Art in the Tropics Fundraiser – On Oct. 19, the Cuban American Bar Association will host its Annual Art in the Tropics Fundraiser to benefit the CABA Pro Bono Project Inc. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Nicole Mestre at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Powell at Diana@cabaonline.com.
De La Rosa-Monroe to lead GSCBWLA – Nexcy De La Rosa-Monroe of Hoffman & Hoffman has been installed as president of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers in Miami. Way to go Nexcy!
LAF of the TBA to host pro bono event – In celebration of Pro Bono Week, the Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association will host the 11th Annual “Law for All in the Courthouse,” on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Courtroom 1-C of the Leon County Courthouse. Volunteer attorneys will be available to assist clients for 30 minute counsel and advice sessions on civil issues. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Legal Aid Foundation Volunteer Coordinator, Jason Leong, at (850) 702-5009 or Jason@tallahasseebar.org.
CCBA gives $10,000 to sports group – The Carrollwood Community Bar Association recently presented a $10,000 check to Tyrone Keys, founder of All Sports Community Service Foundation. The two organizations have benefited from a 12-year partnership. The CCBA helps raise funds through an annual golf tournament. That money is used to give grants to teachers and youth coaches and to help support programs that guide students towards achieving higher education goals through compassion and character. This year, ASCS and CCBA alum Gilbert Perez returned to give grants in honor of his former teacher and youth coach. The winner of the CCBA 2013 Marcia Inman Memorial Teachers Award was given to Lucy Menendez, a kindergarten teacher at Alexander Elementary School. The winner of the Jose Marrero Memorial Coaches Award was given to Coach Samuel J. Brown, the golf coach at Franklin Middle Magnet School. For more information about All Sports Community Service Foundation, please visit the website at www.allsportscommunity.org.
Cunningham Bar to host legislative discussion – On Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association will host a non-partisan discussion on the matters of interest from the legislative session. The goal of the panel discussion is to inform and engage our legal community regarding legislative matters including Legislative Priorities for 2014 (Palm Beach County, School Board, Florida Legislative Black Caucus), and information regarding our Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation. For more information, contact Chioma Deere at email@example.com.
The CFTLA holds seminar – The Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association recently held its Eighth Annual Raising the Bar seminar, with more than 90 members and 20 sponsors in attendance. The CFTLA Board of Directors designated this event in support of the Great Oaks Village, a residential group home for children ages 6 to 18-plus who have been removed from their homes by the state of Florida due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. CFTLA members donated a carload of necessities from Great Oaks Village’s needs supply list.
MD-FAWL to host workshop – The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers will host its “Second Annual Trial Skills for Women Lawyers Workshop.” The workshop is scheduled for two days and will feature lectures, demonstrations, hands-on training and offers 19 CLE credits. The kick-off reception and panel will be held on Oct. 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Palm Court in Miami. The workshop will be held Oct. 4 and 5 at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days. The cost of the workshop, materials and lunches for both days is $250. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rebecca Ocariz at (305) 358-5171 or Ileana Cruz at (305) 375-5151.
BCJA to host dinner meeting and honor Fort Lauderdale High School – The Broward County Justice Association will host a dinner meeting on Oct. 8 at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale High School’s Mock Trial and Moot Court Team will be honored and will display their oral argument skills in a mock trial argument. The cost to attend $55 for members; $65 for non-members; $25 for students; and complimentary for members of the judiciary. For more information, call (954) 522-1662 or go to www.browardjustice.net.
The Florida Bar
2014 Pro Bono Service Award Nominations due by Nov. 12 – Each year, the Supreme Court of Florida and The Florida Bar give special recognition to lawyers, legal groups and a member of the judiciary who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor. The pro bono service awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Nominations must be received by Nov. 12, 2013. For additional information, contact public information coordinator Dorohn A. Frazier at The Florida Bar, (850) 561-5764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
President's Social Media – Follow the activities of The Florida Bar President on Facebook and Twitter including the president's schedule, attendance at activities on behalf of the Bar, and recent articles and announcements.
2014 Winter Meeting – Save the date for The Florida Bar’s Winter Meeting, to be held Jan. 22-25, 2014, at the Hilton Orlando in Lake Buena Vista. Check back on the Florida Bar’s website later this month for hotel reservation information.
Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award nominations sought – The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section is seeking Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award nominations, acknowledging outstanding contributions to Florida’s criminal justice system. This is the highest award given by the Criminal Law Section. Previous recipients include justices of the Florida Supreme Court, judges of the district courts of appeal and circuit courts, a former U.S. attorney general, state attorneys, public defenders, private defense lawyers and law professors. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 10, including the name of the candidate, a description of contributions to the criminal justice system, a biographical sketch or resume and the candidate’s contact information. Send nominations to Eugene Sherman, program administrator, Criminal Law Section, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399, (850) 561-5628, email@example.com.
Judicial Feedback Program – The Florida Bar Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee is seeking input to give judges feedback on their performance on the bench. It’s confidential and all you need is your Florida Bar user name and password to log in. Please take a few minutes to participate. The feedback form can be accessed at www.floridabar.org/judicialfeedback.
Magna Carta 2015 – The ABA will present a series of stellar CLE programs and plenary sessions on June 11-15, 2015 in London in conjunction with the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta. The ABA London Sessions will be the culmination a yearlong celebration of this historic charter. Many other activities, beginning in August 2014, are being organized by the ABA’s Magna Carta 2015 Committee, chaired by former ABA President Stephen N. Zack. Visit ABA Magna Carta Commemoration for more information.
ABA CoLAP to host National Conference – On behalf of the American Bar Association's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), the commission will host the 2013 National Conference in San Diego, California, Oct. 8-11. This year's conference theme is “Adjusting Our Sails in 2013: Lawyers Helping Lawyers.” The conference will have sessions of interest to judges, disciplinary staff, bar leaders, lawyer assistance program directors and staff, law school administrators and law firm managers, as well as abundant opportunities to network with LAP personnel and volunteers involved in lawyer assistance programs from across the U.S. and Canada. For up-to-date information about the conference or to register online, visit CoLAP's website at www.ambar.org/CoLAP2013Conference.
In Other Legal News
Stetson leads state in bar passage rate – Stetson University law students led Florida schools with a passage rate of 89 percent on the July examination for The Florida Bar. For South Florida schools, Florida International University placed fourth at 83 percent, Nova Southeastern University was fifth at 82 percent, University of Miami was sixth at 79 percent and St. Thomas University was eighth at 74 percent. Other results were University of Florida in second place at 88 percent, Florida State University in third place at 87 percent, Barry University in seventh place at 75 percent, Florida A&M University in ninth place at 72 percent, Florida Coastal in 10th place at 67 percent and Ave Maria University in 11th place at 58 percent.
Sanchez-Salazar is founder of youth rowing team – Barbara Sanchez-Salazar, a shareholder at Fowler White Boggs in Jacksonville, remembers watching the 1976 Olympics, the first year women were allowed to row, and thinking: “I can do that. I want to be like that.” While she never made it to the Olympics, in 1992 Sanchez-Salazar did win three gold medals in four events with the Junior National Team at the U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships; and, together with three young women and four young men, she went to Europe and won the Mixed Eight event. Now, she says she’s most proud of founding and directing the Youth Rowing Team of the Jacksonville Rowing Club, where she serves as counsel of the board of directors.
FAMU law students showing improvement on bar exam – Florida A&M University law school students continued a trend of performing better on the state bar exam, based on results from the July test released this week. More than two-thirds of FAMU’s students — 71.7 percent, with 109 of 152 passing — put the school’s students within 5.5 percentage points of the 77.7 statewide average, the closest FAMU has been in recent years. Administrators at FAMU, concerned about past passage rates for their students at the Orlando-based law school, have implemented a number of programs focused on the state bar exam.
FSU College of Law awarded $50,000 for resentencing project – The Florida State University College of Law $50,000 from the Emil Gumpert Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers for its Miller Resentencing Project, the latest endeavor of the center’s Children in Prison Project, led by Glass Professor of Public Interest Law Paolo Annino. As student attorney Eric Schab told those gathered for the check ceremony and reception on Sept. 11, “As it stands right now, there are 207 inmates in the state of Florida who are currently serving unconstitutional sentences of life without parole for sentences they received when they were under the age of 18. “Our mission is to ensure that every one of those kids gets a new sentence, based on a resentencing hearing that truly provides an individualized assessment of their case. The U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama, [132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012)] held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole in homicide cases are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. Still pending before the Florida Supreme Court is whether Miller should be applied retroactively to all 207 inmates.
Attorneys partner with local libraries for a good cause – Due to the lingering recession, legal problems from foreclosure to divorce continue to haunt low-income Floridians just as the resources of legal aid organizations dwindle, which is why volunteer efforts have become more innovative than ever during Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Oct. 20-26. Through a new outreach effort, lawyers from the Panhandle to the Keys will volunteer their time in local libraries educating librarians about free, online legal resources in Florida and how to access those resources to help patrons meet their legal needs. Lawyers will also talk directly with library patrons about free legal resources, how to find and choose a lawyer, tips for going it alone in court, and why access to justice is important to local communities. These events are free and open to the public in designated libraries statewide the week of Oct. 20-26. Event dates and locations are available at local public libraries. The Florida Lawyers in Libraries program is supported by Florida Legal Services, Inc., The Florida Bar Foundation ONE Campaign, Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of The Florida Bar, Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association, Florida Library Association, and the Division of Library and Information Services of the State of Florida.
Maria Simmons Johnson
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar