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May 7, 2015



    Hit the Jackpot with other high-roller bar leaders!

    Fast-paced and loaded with information and plenty of networking time and events, the 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is set and ready to roll! Check out the 22 educational sessions and all the other special opportunities to be a big winner in the official registration packet!
    Come join other engaged and enthusiastic voluntary bar leaders from around Florida to:

    • Attend excellent sessions conducted by top speakers who offer information and ideas to enhance your voluntary bar operations and programming;
    • Take advantage of the best networking opportunity around with other voluntary barleaders and members of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy;
    • Get face time with Florida Bar leaders, President Ray Abadin, and President-elect BillSchifino and other members of The Florida Bar Board of Governors;
    • Enjoy an on-property buffet dinner and casino night with other conference attendees and members of the Leadership Academy;
    • Bask in the AAA five-diamond accommodations at the beach-front Eau Resort (includinga top-rated spa);
    • Obtain 4.0 CLE credits

    Best of all – the conference is meant to be a relaxed, casual and fun experience. That means no fancy dress except maybe a Hawaiian shirt on Friday night. Conference space and hotel rooms are filling up fast.

    Breakout Brief:
    Hero vs. Villain: How Good Crisis Communications Can Save the Day

    Ever felt like you needed help navigating through a crisis? Association leaders need to be better equipped to know what to do before, during and after a crisis so we are bringing in a PR expert who thrives on helping clients cruise through the challenge. Sandi Poreda, APR, a seasoned communicator, will speak on Saturday, July 11, at the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. She will give pointers on what to do when you see a crisis coming, practicing crisis management, what to do when one happens and how to evaluate the response post-event.

    As one of only a few thousand nationally accredited public relations professionals (APR), Poreda is always looking for new or better ways to connect with people and help them tell their stories. She likes to work under pressure, which comes in handy when she’s helping a client avoid a catastrophe. She says things get really clear and calm for her in these moments.

    Before her work in the private sector for the past two years, Poreda served the state of Florida in several capacities, including Communications Director for a state licensing agency and the Florida Attorney General’s Office. During her time in the Attorney General’s Office, Poreda helped define the office as a leader in the war on cybercrimes against children, which earned recognition from Oprah Winfrey. She was also responsible for managing the office’s national exposure on numerous multistate litigation efforts, including a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. These years of service gave Poreda valuable experience balancing the demands of precise legal strategies with public relations initiatives.

    In addition to her work in the public relations industry. Poreda volunteers with local animal rescue organizations, including Lost and Found Pets Florida and Last Hope Rescue, Inc. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University and is currently serving as the immediate past president for the Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

    This session will be moderated by The Florida Bar's top communicator, Francine Andia Walker, APR, CPRC, so you'll receive the benefits of her experience as well.

    InSession: Transforming Practices through Technology Powered by Clio

    Greg Coleman
    Gregory W. Coleman
    President of The Florida Bar, 2014-2015
    Voluntary Bar leaders are encouraged to register for the upcoming technology conference "InSession: Transforming Practices through Technology Powered by Clio" at The Florida Bar Annual Convention. President Greg Coleman worked to bring this special technology conference to The Florida Bar at this year’s Annual Convention with the help of Clio, a leader in cloud-based practice management software and a member benefit program. For any of you who have attended Clio’s annual technology conference in Chicago, you can attest that they bring their best resources to make their conferences special for attendees.

    This special technology conference will take place on Wednesday, June 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, and is approved for 8.5 general hours and 2.5 ethic hours of CLE credit. Space is limited on a registration basis. Conference tickets are $100, inclusive of all sessions and meals (yes, breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided during InSession), or as one of the 20 CLE seminars offered with your full convention registration. More information about this conference can also be found at or at
    121 New Speakers Recruited by Voluntary Bars

    The ROPES Speakers Bureau Challenge Roundup ended on April 30 with 121 new speakers for The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. Each organization will receive a $3 cash incentive for each new speaker recruited. After the final tally, FAWL-Pasco will also receive a $500 bonus for recruiting the largest percentage of its members - 13 of 29 - for the campaign! Congratulations!

    A special thanks to The following Voluntary Bar Associations for participating in the speaker recruitment effort:

    ABOTA-FL Chapter; Broward County Justice; Broward County Women Lawyers; Clearwater Bar; Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar; FAWL- Pasco; Flagler County Bar; Hendry-Glades Bar; Jacksonville Bar; Marion County Bar; Orange County Bar; Palm Beach County Bar; Port St. Lucie Bar; St. Petersburg Bar; Sumter County Bar; Tallahassee Bar; Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar; and Volusia County Bar.
    Send inquiries about speakers our way!

    We want to put the lawyers in the The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau to work! We are proud to offer more than 300 knowledgeable attorneys serving as speakers for Florida area groups, civic clubs and business organizations. This is a community service and there is no cost to book a speaker.

    We can organize FREE, informative and interesting presentations on a variety of legal topics to help individuals learn about their rights, the law, and the legal profession. When someone calls your local bar to provide a speaker, please direct them to We will process their request by reaching out to area attorneys to line-up a speaker for their event.

    The art of great staff and officer relations!

    Staff at the Orange County Bar Association kicked-off April with a special art project. "Painting with the OCBA 2015-16 President-elect" event was held at the OCBA headquarters with the OCBA staff and Jamie Billotte Moses- the Association's President-elect!
    Law in the Mall event in Lee County

    The Lee County Bar Association (LCBA) held its Law in the Mall event on Saturday, April 25, at the Edison Mall in Dillard's Courtyard. The event, sponsored by John Webb Legal Group P.L., paired volunteer attorneys with citizens to provide free legal advice, with no pre-qualifying or pre-registration necessary. In addition, the LCBA presented four free public seminars on various aspects of law. More than 130 people received free legal advice at this event. In this photo, Attorney Peter Dennis with a citizen at Law in the Mall.
    Collier County Bar Association kicks off Law Week on the importance of the Magna Carta

    On the day the Law Library of Congress turned 215, Deputy Librarian of Congress David S. Mao addressed the Collier County Bar Association (CCBA) on the importance of the Magna Carta and the role it played shaping the rule of law in the United States.

    Mao was the guest speaker for the CCBA's annual celebration of Law Day last Friday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. As the Law Librarian of Congress, Mao spoke about how the 800-year-old document is important as a symbol of "freedom under law" in this country.

    "Collier County Bar Association's Law Week celebrates the rule of law in daily life," said Sonia Diaz, President of the Collier County Bar Association and a partner in the law firm of Coleman, Hazzard and Taylor. "We are honored to have David Mao as our speaker to shine the light on the most iconic symbol in the world's legal history."

    Diaz also presented the Medal of Honor Award to Ita Neymotin, who was nominated by her peers for going above and beyond in her contribution to the community.

    Hats on for Gwen S. Cherry women in fun, fundraising event

    On March 29, , the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association had a "Fancy Hat Day at the Races" to raise funds for the organization's Fellowship at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. The event was held at Ten Palms Restaurant at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach.

    On Saturday, April 11, The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association hosted "The Real Deal: Real World Insights from the Bench & Bar." Approximately 25-30 young lawyers, law students and judges attended this breakfast aimed at providing practical tips from members of the bench on being an effective lawyer in the courtroom and practicing law ethically and professionally. At the end of the event, GSCBWLA awarded book stipends to two students: Ashley Gantt (Nova Southeastern University) and Diamond Zerework (University of Miami). The Book Awards are funded through the Annual "Bowling for Books" event, which takes place during the fall.

    Annual Rendezvous on the River
    Charity Fundraiser in Jacksonville

    The Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association held its annual Rendezvous on the River charity fundraiser at Fionn MacCools at the Jacksonville Landing on April 16. The event featured hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and raffle prizes, including a giclée of C. Ford Riley’s The Great Oak. Over $2,000 in proceeds were raised to benefit Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, which grants the wishes of terminally ill children in the community. This year's treat is a trip to Disney World! Pictured is Emily O’Leary, Co-Chair, and Shea Moser, Chair, Law Week Committee.
    Brevard County FAWL

    Brevard County Association of Women Lawyers ladies (& one gent) were all smiles at their recent Membership Drive. The team gathered at the Melting Pot in Melbourne for an evening of fun!
    Broward County Bar Association's Corporate Run
    April 2 brought Broward County Bar members to their feet! The 2015 BCBA Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run was a great event with BCBA Members to joining the Corporate Run Team. A fun time was had by all! 
    Cirque style beach bash for the whole family

    North County Section members of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and their families had fun during the 4th annual Beach Bash / Cirque Style. The event was held on April 14 at the Hilton on Singer Island.
    Miami-Dade FAWL Co-host Leading Women event

    Wonderful and insightful evening at the Miami-Dade FAWL / Wargo French Speed Networking with Leading Women event with The Honorable Sarah Zabel; Susan Kim, lead counsel of litigation, Assurant; Anabel Nemrow, associate general counsel, BankUnited; and Lisette Reid, assistant U.S. attorney.
Martin County Bar Association wins Challenge!

    Congrats to the Martin County Bar Association for its win at the 3rd Annual Legal Softball Challenge! The Challenge pitted Martin County Bar Association vs. The North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, April 11, 2015 at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart, Florida. The final score was MCBA-5 and PBCBA-0.

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