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June 2, 2015

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2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

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!
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Make your hotel reservations online and take advantage of the Eau's special $179 rate for this meeting! Room reservation cut-off is June 20. 
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Scholarships offered to attend VBL Conference

Go Get That Grant

    The Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents is offering two partial scholarships to those voluntary bar association leaders who would like to attend the 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, but payment of the $199 registration fee is a hardship. Download the grant application by clicking below. The deadline is June 19 at 5 P.M.

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A chance to shape the future of the legal profession

Ray Abadin
Town Hall with Ray Abadin
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Participants at the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference are in for a real treat. On Friday, Florida Bar President for 2015-16 Ray Abadin will describe the revolution taking place in the delivery of legal services, how resulting changes can be opportunities for lawyers, and how The Florida Bar and voluntary bars can inform and assist members in navigating the new professional landscape. Saturday morning, Bar leaders will have a chance to dialogue in a town hall meeting with the Bar president.

InSession: Transforming Practices through Technology Powered by Clio

Charting A Course for the Future

    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

FAWL-Pasco claims top prize for speaker recruits

Women Lawyers of Pasco
    Thirteen Voluntary Bar Associations have received incentive checks for recruiting 121 new speakers for The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. In addition, The Florida Bar recognized FAWL-Pasco, one of Florida’s newest VBAs who recruited the largest percentage of their members (13 of 29), with an additional $500 reward.

    “We are thrilled that our chapter won the challenge," said Jenny Seig, president. “Women Lawyers of Pasco is one of the newest chapters of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and part of our mission is to provide support for our members in the local community. We encouraged our members to sign up with the Speaker Bureau to help with any community requests about our profession or an area of law. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of this challenge.” she said.

    Other organizations that recruited new speakers during the contest included: ABOTA-FL Chapter; Clearwater Bar; FAWL- Pasco; Flagler County Bar; Hendry-Glades Bar; Jacksonville Bar; Marion County Bar; Palm Beach County Bar; Port St. Lucie Bar; St. Petersburg Bar; Tallahassee Bar; Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar; and Volusia County Bar.

    For more information on The Speakers Bureau visit

Amazing donations from VBAs in Orlando

Orange County Bar Association volunteers

    Thank you to the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association for the amazing donations to Yellow Brick Road. We were able to provide the Peds Cardiac ICU at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with much needed swings, rockers, mobiles, toys, mats and a lot more.

    GOAABA is proud to be one of the four voluntary bar organizations that organized the annual Holidays All Year Long event in January. It's great to see the results of everyone's hard work. YBR was one of the four beneficiary organizations from the event.
Yellow Brick Road
Mixing and mingling in Tampa

Tampa Bay Inn of Court member at Justice Games
    Tampa Bay Inn of Court Justice Games 2015 was held in mid-May. As the photo attests, members of the group went all out to support pro bono organizations.

    Justice Games is a joint meeting of all of the Tampa Inns of Court. The games are held at the beautiful Floridan Hotel. The competition features rounds of questions to test participants' legal knowledge including legal trivia and local legal history.

Jax Bar hosts 2015 Professionalism Conference at The Players Championship

The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass
    The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass was the site for the Jacksonville Bar Association's Professionalism Conference on May 6. This event combined a top-notch professionalism seminar with a fun networking event set with the backdrop of The Players Championship.
Jacksonville Bar Association
Law Day Suit Clothing Drive in Palm Beach

Women's clothes for clothing drive in Palm Beach
    Closets were cleaned and dressers were emptied when Palm Beach County Bar Association invited members to donate gently used clothes for the annual  Law Suit Day Clothing Drive. The event was organized to benefit the Public Defender's Boutique and The Lord's Place.    Both ladies and men's items were donated including dresses, suits, pants, purses, belts, shoes and ties.  
    Palm Beach County Bar Association
Meeting and mentoring in Tampa

    To become better prepared for the practice of law and help transition from law school to law practice, WMU Cooley's student chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) joined the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers' (HAWL) on May 6 for the award-winning mentoring program. Through the program, law students are matched with a lawyer or judge as a mentor for the program year and invited to participate in group events designed to facilitate professional development.

    Hillsborough County Women Lawyers Association
Chic Booth is the bomb in Jacksonville

Women in chic booth in Jacksonville
    Past presidents of Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association had a blast posing for fun photos in the Chic Booth during a reception in May.

    Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
New Bar Association hosts first Judicial Reception

Women ofPasco Executive Committee
    On Tuesday, April 21, Women Lawyers of Pasco hosted its inaugural Judicial Reception in New Port Richey. More than 70 judges and lawyers attended the event and the attendees enjoyed a fun-filled evening socializing and learning about Women Lawyers of Pasco, the Pasco County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. WLP was overwhelmed with all the positive comments and looks forward to making this an annual event in Pasco County.

    At the event, President Jenny Sieg presented the Judicial Professionalism Award to Judge William R. Webb, a circuit court judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.  The purpose of the award is to recognize a judge who best exemplifies service to our community, profession and legal system.

    Executive board members are from L-R: Teresa Fitzpatrick, Linda Braithwaite, Dineen Wasylik, Jenny Sieg, Amanda Colón, Mischelle D’Angelone and Michele Whitfield.

    Women Lawyers of Pasco logo
Manatee County Bar Association freshens up Children's Home in Bradenton

Members in Manatee with paint brushes
    Fifteen volunteers using an assortment of paintbrushes and rollers, tubs of spackle and paint (LOTS of paint) recently took on the task of painting seven rooms at the Manatee Children’s Services Group Home & Shelter in Bradenton. The facility provides assistance, safety, housing, clothing, personal hygiene items and transportation to children ages 6 to 17 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment and/or neglect.

    Manatee Children's Services

Special ceremonies honoring judges and attorneys in Tallahassee

Judge Nikki Clark and Karen WalkerMia McKown and Joy Aukema
      During the nationally celebrated Law Week, Legal Services of North Florida Inc., Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association and the Tallahassee Bar Association, jointly hosted a Law Day celebration where U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (D-2nd) helped recognize attorneys and judges for their dedication to providing no cost legal services to clients who would otherwise not be able to afford legal representation. Here, TBA President Sunita Smith with the 2015 Capital City Bar President's Council Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award recipient First DCA Judge Nikki Ann Clark and Karen Walker. In photo two, Mia McKown and Joy Aukema Taps - 2015 Children’s Advocate of the Year Award.

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