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.
March 2011, Issue 59
FYI. . .
As a reminder, all voluntary bar officer information is being retrieved from your main Florida Bar member profile using your member number. Non-lawyer officers who do not have a member number have been issued a customer number with their current contact information. This change will improve the efficiency of our mailing and e-mail correspondence to you. We still need your help to keep our bar association officer information updated. When your bar association installs new officers, please let us know so that we have the most current information on hand for mailings, e-mail blasts and other notifications. You can view and update your officer contact information www.floridabar.org/voluntarybars or e-mail me, Maria S. Johnson, Voluntary Bar Liaison at email@example.com.
WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE BAR. . .
The Dade County Bar Association's Legal Line, a free legal advice monthly call-in program, continues on the First Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Residents of South Florida are invited to call the DCBA at (305) 371-2220 Inside Dade County or (866) 596-0399 Outside Dade County. Volunteer attorneys will answer simple legal questions, give brief legal advice or refer the call to the appropriate social service agency for further assistance. Interested in volunteering? Please call the DCBA, (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. Please see the schedule below for the remaining classes:
March 24 – Bankruptcy - Arts Auditorium
March 31 – Family Law Panel - Social Sciences Building
April 7 – Immigration Law - Social Sciences Building
April 21 - Contracts & Construction Law - Arts Auditorium
April 28 – Identity Theft & Closing Ceremonies - Arts Auditorium
All classes are in the Arts Auditorium (AA) or Social Sciences Building (SS). Visit www.clearwaterbar.org/law for a complete class schedule and room assignments. Reasonable accommodations can be requested for individuals with disabilities by calling 727-791-2628 V/TTY.
ADR Seminar - The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section will present a seminar entitled "Ethics Issues in Mediation and Arbitration" on April 6, at Hyatt Place Sarasota from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The seminar will include a roundtable discussion of current issues in mediation and arbitration ethics, including selection of mediators/arbitrator mediators/arbitrators, conflicts of interest and disclosure obligations, impartiality, self-determination and confidentiality. Included as well will be a review of current MEAC opinions. Speakers will include professional mediators, arbitrators and litigators from multiple areas of practice. It is anticipated that the seminar will qualify for 1.5 hours of CLE and CME credit, including ethics requirements. Mark your calendars now. Additional information will follow as the event date nears.
LASCC's 3rd Annual Barrister's Bash - What is the 'Barrister's Bash?' It is Legal Aid Services of Collier County's (LASCC) annual Fundraiser Dinner and Awards Ceremony. All members of the legal community -- as well as friends, business and community leaders are cordially invited. LASCC will host it's 3rd Annual Barrister's Bash from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Naples. Attending the Barrister’s Bash is a great way of demonstrating your support for Legal Aid, while honoring those who will be receiving awards for their outstanding pro bono service to the community. Legal Aid welcomes your support during these challenging times! For more information, call Jeff Ahren at (239) 298-8130, or visit www.legalaid.org/collier. We have also created a webpage for the event – www.barristersbash.org . There are wonderful sponsorship and advertising opportunities available. You can order tickets online, or by contacting Ana De La Cruz at (239) 298-8143, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCBA hosts RMFMP Conference - The Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) hosted a meeting of Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation (RMFM) program directors and service providers from throughout Florida at a half-day conference in Orlando on Friday, Feb. 18. The OCBA was appointed program manager by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for residential foreclosure mediations in Orange County. Kim Homer, the OCBA’s RMFM program director, facilitated the meeting of 18 participants, including program directors and staff from the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association Foundation, Tallahassee Bar Association, Jacksonville Bar Association, the Seventh Judicial Circuit and the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. The conference focused on borrower outreach efforts, the use of technology in case management, the differences among each district's administrative orders, the impact timelines have on bringing borrowers and lenders to mediation and statistical reporting requirements. Conference participants also discussed RMFM program technology issues, including entering borrower information, training attorneys on how to use program software, recording and exchanging documents, scheduling mediations and tracking case statuses.
Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL Receives Diversity Leadership Grant - Palm Beach County FAWL is proud to announce the receipt of The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Association Diversity Leadership Grant. The Florida Bar has implemented a new program that provides grant money to further organizations diversity involvement and recognition. Our organization was chosen to receive an award of $1,500 to fund the Seminar on Diversity in Legal Leadership. Palm Beach County FAWL will be hosting this half day seminar with a key note speaker on the subject of diversity and leadership in the legal community in the upcoming year. Further, the seminar will offer CLE credits, breakout sessions and a happy hour following the event, providing excellent networking opportunities for all who attend. The Seminar on Diversity Leadership will be hosted by Palm Beach County FAWL in conjunction with the Hispanic Bar, Cunningham Bar and the Palm Beach County Bar. Please refer to FAWL’s website for more information on this event, including the date and location of this highly anticipated Seminar.
FAWL's Annual Legal Aid Bookfest - FAWL held its 8th Annual Bookfest and Luncheon at Barnes and Nobles in City Place to benefit the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. More than 130 people donated over 100 books and gifts for Legal Aid's silent auctions to be held on Saturday evening May 7, 2011 at the Palm Beach Convention Center as part of the 23rd Annual Pro Bono Recognition Evening. The event honors those attorneys and other professionals in our community who performed outstanding volunteer work in 2010. The Bookfest was hosted by the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers; Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC; F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association; Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association; and Jones, Foster, Johnson & Stubbs, P.A.
Cheffy Passidomo, P.A., selected as "Law Firm of the Year" by LASCC - Legal Aid Services of Collier County has proudly selected Cheffy Passidomo, P.A., as Legal Aid's Law Firm of the Year for 2010. Cheffy Passidomo, P.A. has loyally and generously supported Legal Aid in Collier County over many years, and this dynamic support has been invaluable in bolstering our ability to further the mission of providing high quality, free civil legal services to the underprivileged population in Collier County. The firm will be honored at LASCC's Third Annual Barrister's Bash Fundraiser event and awards ceremony on April 28 at the Hilton Hotel in Naples.
PBC FAWL supports chapter development - The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers has a chapter development grant available for eligible female attorneys. The grant targets new members underrepresented in the chapter. All applicants must meet the grant's diversity requirement, which is targeting female nonmembers based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, mental disabilities and part time mothers. For further information, please visit FAWL's website at www.pbcfawl.org.
HNBA Hosts Tennis Tournament; Raises more than $23,000 for the HNBA Legal Education Fund - The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) recently hosted a Tennis Tournament for attorneys, judges and law students on Feb. 5, at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne – Home of the Sony Ericsson Open. The HNBA’s inaugural tournament was attended by more than 200 attorneys, judges and law students from South Florida and across the country. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships benefitted the HNBA Legal Education Fund, which distributes scholarships for Hispanic Law Students. The HNBA Tennis Tournament concept was developed by Teresita Chavez Pedrosa, HNBA Florida Region President and Partner with Yoss LLP. Many events and fundraisers use golf tournaments as the driving force for guests and sponsors, but the tennis format allowed all players to play against (or with) many of the other players competing and was more inclusive of women. The tournament was a Round Robin, Team Tennis format with six players of mixed gender and skill levels on each team. The teams were randomly formed by the Florida Section of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Guests who did not play in the tournament were able to compete in various other activities including a Wii tennis tournament and dominos. The event also included a cocktail networking happy hour and an awards dinner for the players and guests. For more information, contact Ian C. Torres at Ian.Torres@JBGcommunications.com or (305) 663-4227.
Judges, lawyers speak at free public seminars in Viera - The Space Coast Community Law School offers free legal seminars to the public. The seminars meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through March 24 in the Viera Government Center, Building C, in the Atlantic Room. The nonprofit Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers organizes the seminars and invites local judges and attorneys to speak. Registration is required. For more information, call (321) 269-6833 or e-mail email@example.com.
YWCA Court Cares - It's that time of year again for the YWCA Court Cares Cocktail Party Fundraiser to maintain the daycare centers at the Criminal and Family Law Courthouses. Unfortunately, funding issues threaten the ability to continue protecting children from the trauma of the courtroom. The event will be held on April 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the 30th Floor of the Sabadell Financial Center. The event will be hosted by Sabadell United Bank, Miami-Dade FAWL and Gerald I. Kornreich. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Event Chair, Gerald I. Kornreich, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LCBA relocates in Fort Myers - Attorney Michael D. Randolph, President of the Lee County Bar Association, announces the relocation of the LCBA office to 2077 First Street, Suite 207, in Fort Myers. The building is located at the juncture of First, Monroe and Bay streets in downtown Fort Myers. The new office is currently open for business. All other information remains the same, including the phone number and hours of operation. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1387, Fort Myers, FL 33902-1387. "We are very excited about our new office location and welcome all LCBA members and nonmembers to stop by for a fresh cup of coffee or to take a tour of the new office," said Nanci DuBois, Executive Director of the LCBA. For more information about the Lee County Bar Association, contact Nanci DuBois at (239) 334-0047 or visit www.leebar.org.
T.J. Reddick Bar to host 20th Annual Awards and Scholarships - The T.J. Reddick Bar Association will host their 20th Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala on March 26, from 6-9 p.m. at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach. The theme will be "United We Stand: Building on a Legacy of Service." For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (954) 804-3280.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
ABA Section presents Trying Children as Adults. . . - Transferring children out of the juvenile court system and into the adult criminal courts has become common practice throughout our nation, but is used more frequently in some states than others. Florida's law allows prosecutors wide discretion in deciding which children are tried as children and which remain in juvenile court. This panel will discuss the crime prevention and community safety goals of directly filing a child into the adult criminal system while taking into consideration scientific evidence about adolescent development and the lasting effects a criminal conviction has on a young person. Our panelists will discuss these questions in an open discussion examining whether the impact of a transfer is what was intended by those who put our laws in place. The panel includes leaders from prosecution, defense, the judiciary and a clinical psychologist who will consider both sides of the issue and will also debate the question of whether these decisions should be left in the hands of prosecutors or should be made by judges. The event will be held during the ABA Litigation & Criminal Justice Joint Annual Conference, April 15, from 3 - 6 p.m. at Morton's Steakhouse in Miami Beach. For more information and to register for this complimentary training, contact Cathy Krebs at Cathy.Krebs@americanbar.org or (202) 547-3060.
2011 ABA Annual Meeting - Mark your calendars for the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting, Aug. 4-9, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
ABA Second Annual Legal Symposium - The American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries presents "From Hollywood to South Beach: The Second Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports." The Symposium will be held April 27-29, 2011 at the W South Beach. For full details, please see the brochure.
THE FLORIDA BAR
FLMIC and YLD sponsor an essay contest for Florida law students - Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (FLMIC) is cosponsoring an essay contest with the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of The Florida Bar. The writing contest is primarily intended to help future lawyers increase awareness of legal malpractice and professional liability issues that can arise in the practice of law and to become aware of loss prevention practices. This year's topic will solicit discussion of risk management practices to avoid a legal malpractice claim due to the integration of cloud computing into a law practice. For more essay contest information and rules visit www.flmic.com or www.flayld.org.
Does your community or civic group need a speaker for an upcoming meeting? - Consider contacting The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. Around 4,000 Florida attorneys are ready to speak to civic and community groups on a variety of topics related to the role of lawyers, the Constitution, the U.S. justice system and many more. There is no charge for these presentations. For booking details and additional information, visit www.floridabar.org/speakersbureau.
Certification Awards applications available at floridabar.org/certification - Download the forms to nominate a certified lawyer or judge for the BLSE's 2011 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. You or one of your colleagues could be among the distinguished group of lawyers who are previous recipients of these awards. Applications are due May 20, 2011. Contact BLSE Consultant Lisa M. Tipton at (850)561-5769 for more information.
Law Day YouTube contest planned - With the recommendation of the Program Evaluation and Communications committees, the Bar Board of Governors has approved $1,000 for a Law Day YouTube contest for high school students. Communications Committee Chair Murray Silverstein told the board in October that students will be invited to post to the online video service a clip based on the Bar's Legal Guide for New Adults. The program will be run by the Law Related Education Committee. The winner will get $500 and an invitation to a Bar event.
Media Law Conference - The Florida Bar's 2011 Media Law Conference is set for Friday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Stetson University College of Law - Tampa Law Center. To register electronically, visit www.law.stetson.edu/conferences/2011medialaw.
LAST CHANCE for Education Law Certification Exam Waivers - Education lawyers with more than 20 years of experience: Apply for education law certification by Aug. 31, 2011, and take advantage of the last opportunity for attorneys who have been substantially involved in the practice of education law for a minimum of 20 years as of Dec. 31, 2011, and who otherwise fulfill the standards, to request exemption from the examination. Applications for 2012 education law certification are available online and the filing period for 2012 certification is July 1 - Aug. 31, 2011. Not sure if you qualify? Review the standards in Rule 6-27; contact the Legal Specialization & Education Department at (850) 561-5842 for a current printout of your approved education law CLE hours, and contact education law certification specialist Julie Coiro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 561-3143 for application information or questions.
Nominate an attorney for Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award - The Consumer Protection Law Committee is seeking nominations for The Florida Bar's inaugural Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize the hard work and dedication of a Florida lawyer who has shown success, commitment and passion in the practice and advancement of consumer protection law. Nomination forms are available at FloridaBar.org. All nominations must be submitted in writing. The nominations may be mailed to Susannah Lyle, Assistant Director Public Information, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300; emailed to email@example.com; or faxed to (850) 561-5733 if the form is fewer than five pages. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday, April 1. The award will be presented at The Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando in June. Questions: Please call (850) 561-5669 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee will meet on Friday, June 24 from 8-10 a.m. at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, during the 2011 Florida Bar Annual Convention. Room location TBA. Visit the 2011 Annual Convention page on the Bar website for hotel information, room reservations and sponsorship opportunities.
IN OTHER LEGAL NEWS
Save the Date! - The 8th Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at the Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. For more information, visit http://www.kmmfoundation.org/.
Senior judges seeking service renewal - Any persons having knowledge bearing upon the fitness or qualifications of any of the senior judges on this list to continue service as a senior judge should send, on or before April 15, written comments to Thomas D. Hall, Clerk, Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399, or by e-mail at email@example.com, or by telephone to the chair of the appropriate review board as noted.
Miami-Dade Judiciary celebrates 100th - To celebrate 100 years of the Miami-Dade Judiciary, there will be a symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse Courtroom 4-2 on March 25 to discuss fascinating and historical trials in South Florida -- going all the way back when Giuseppe Zangara attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt at Miami's Bayfront Park in February 1930. Featured speakers include John Hogan, Mark Seiden, Roy Black, Joseph H. Serota, Bob Levenson, Kendall Coffey, David Markus, Brian Tannenbaum -- and special "appearances" by the writers of the legal "blawgs" The Justice Building Blog and South Florida Lawyer. The moderators will be Robert Kuntz and Timothy Ravich. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FBF selects Equal Justice Works Fellows - The Florida Bar Foundation selected its 2011-13 class of Equal Justice Works Fellows, (EJW) whose two-year projects will address identified needs at Foundation-funded legal aid organizations. The EJW Fellowship Program was established and is operated by Washington, D.C. – based Equal Justice Works, which provides partial funding. Since 1999, The Florida Bar Foundation has provided matching funds for 65 Florida Equal Justice Works Fellows. The Foundation’s funding partners The Florida Bar and the law firm of Greenberg Traurig also provide matching funds for the fellowship. More than 30 percent of Florida Equal Justice Fellows become legal aid attorneys, often continuing the work of their projects.
Law Day 2011 -- The Legacy of John Adams from Boston to Guantanamo is the theme for this year's Law Day. All voluntary bar associations are asked to send the name of their Law Day chair(s) and a summary of planned activities to Maria S. Johnson, email@example.com. Law Day chairs are listed in the statewide press release announcing Law Day. Visit www.lawday.org for resources, lesson plans and program materials.
FBF Legal Aid Summer Fellows - THE FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION is pleased to announce its 2011 Legal Aid Summer Fellows. Since it was established in 1995, the Legal Aid Summer Fellowship program, which runs from May through August, has provided law students with real-world training in handling a variety of cases that will impact the lives of Florida’s poor and disadvantaged. Find out which Legal Aid Summer Fellows are working at your local legal aid organization. The Foundation selected 21 law students from 10 of the 11 Florida law schools and three from out-of-state law schools. Law firm Fowler White Boggs is sponsoring summer fellow Jhenner Hines of Stetson University College of Law by covering the $5,500 cost of her internship at Bay Area Legal Services in Tampa. By sponsoring Hines, Fowler White Boggs enabled the Foundation to place 21 fellows, rather than the 20 that were originally funded.
Maria Simmons Johnson
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar