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June 2, 2016

VOLUNTARY BAR LEADERS CONFERENCE
VOLUNTARY BAR LEADERS CONFERENCE
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July 15-16 * Naples
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$159 - Resort View Run of House - Code: GXOGXOA
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

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    Friday, July 15 @ 4:10 p.m.

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    Whether you’re a large or small Bar, there are always tasks that are outside the realm of CLE/event planning, member care and feeding, membership promotion, meetings and administrative tasks. Learn best practices for working with a consultant to complement the day-to-day responsibilities of voluntary bar associations, and move your organization to the next level. Join Joann Gore, executive director, Tallahassee Bar Association, and Lisa McKnight Tipton, APR, PR Florida, for real-life advice to help free you up to do what you are best at doing!
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    Powered by Clio, the InSession: Transforming Practices through Technology one-day conference is scheduled for June 15 with The Florida Bar Annual Convention. This year's conference will feature the latest trends and insider insights on a range of technology topics from a group of industry leaders, including:
    • John Suh, CEO of LegalZoom, the keynote speaker
    • Allen Rodriguez & Eva Hibnick, Cofounders of ONE400
    • Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase
    • R. Amani Smathers, Legal Solutions Architect at Davis Wright Tremaine, De Novo
    • Nehal Madhani, CEO Alt Legal
    • Jack Newton, CEO Clio

    This special
    InSession includes light breakfast and lunch and is eligible for 8 hours of General CLE credit (Course #2186R). Register for the day or make it the first session of your convention experience.

    One day tickets for the above seminar are $100 inclusive of all sessions and meals.


    “A Respected Judiciary” at Florida Bar Annual Convention will examine balance between judicial independence and accountability

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    On June 16 at The Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando, judges, legal scholars and a former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives will take the stage in a discussion to explore the various avenues for achieving the balance between judicial independence and accountability. Questions raised by this intriguing seminar include:
    • What is the best way to select and retain judges?
    • How do we ensure that judges are independent but also accountable to the people they serve?

    “A Respected Judiciary – Balancing Independence and Accountability” will also provide an overview of the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission, which could put amendments on the 2018 ballot regarding the judiciary, as well as review the selection and retention methods used both in Florida and other states.

    The Florida Bar Annual Convention is being held in Orlando at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek from June 15 -18. “A Respected Judiciary” will take place on Thursday, June 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Flagler/Gilchrist Hall. Registration is available through The Florida Bar website at www.floridabar.org/annualconvention. The seminar offers two hours of General Credit and two hours toward State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice certification.


    “Guide for Florida Voters” available for 2016 election



    • Copies are available from The Florida Bar.
    The Florida Bar is distributing its “Guide for Florida Voters” statewide, as part of an initiative to educate Florida’s voters about judicial elections.

    This year’s ballot will have more than 30 contested county judgeships and 25 contested circuit judgeships, in addition to merit retention votes on 28 District Court of Appeal judges and three Florida Supreme Court justices.

    The Bar has printed 150,000 copies of the “Guide for Florida Voters,” which will be available at supervisor of elections offices throughout the state and through local chapters of the League of Women Voters of Florida. The guide, which answers many questions voters might have about judicial elections, is available to civic groups upon request; email pubinfo@floridabar.org or call (850) 561-5834. The Bar also will publish merit retention pamphlets for each District Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, with biographical information provided by the judges and justices who will be on the ballot.

    The Bar’s “The Vote’s in Your Court” web page (www.floridabar.org/thevotesinyourcourt) is a go-to source for information on judicial elections. There, voters will find English and Spanish versions of the “Guide for Florida Voters” plus links to more information, including the Code of Judicial Conduct and biographies of the judges and justices up for merit retention. This summer, the Bar will add links to its judicial self-disclosure statements and the merit retention poll of Bar members.

    On July 11, the Bar will post judicial self-disclosure statements, which have been sent to all candidates for contested county and circuit seats. The 10-page statement includes basic biographical information, legal experience and community work as well as a short essay on why the candidate feels he or she would be a good judge. Forms that have been completed by candidates by the deadline will be available at www.floridabar.org/judicialcandidates.

    In August, the Bar will send in-state members the 2016 Merit Retention Poll. The poll’s questions seek to find whether attorneys who know the most about the jurists up for retention believe they should continue in their jobs. Results of that poll will be released in early September.

    Election dates this year are Aug. 30 and Nov. 8. All county and circuit judicial races appear on the primary ballot, with runoffs in November. The merit retention vote is in November.

WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE BARS . . .
    Local bar leaders gather in Tampa
    Fifteen voluntary bar association leaders from nine different Tampa area bars got together on May 20 to collaborate and connect. The meeting of the minds was such a success, the group intends to make it an annual event.
    Holding court in Martin County
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    The fun factor dominated the Martin County Bar Association Tennis Tournament on April 30.
    Keeping Brevard beautiful

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    Brevard County Bar YLD was on beach cleanup duty on May 21. The gorgeous morning found members outside together as a group, doing something to help the community and -- most importantly -- ‪#‎LiveWell‬!
    A jam-up Judicial Reception
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    The Caribbean Bar Association, Haitian Lawyers Association, TJ Reddick Bar Association, Broward County Hispanic Bar Association, and Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association joined together on April 14 for the Annual Judicial Reception. Many judges and members from all organizations participated in the event.
    Health and Wellness Month in May
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    Hillsborough County Bar Association young lawyers recently organized a paddleboard outing in association with The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s second annual “Health and Wellness Month” in May, designed to bring awareness to the mental and physical issues that affect lawyers’ quality of life.

    Art and essay contest on display in Tampa

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    In recognition of Law Day, the Hillsborough County Bar Association sponsored an art and essay contest for local middle and high school students, who submitted entries to commemorate the Miranda decision anniversary. HCBA displayed them at the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Courthouse and at the group's Law Day luncheon on May 24.
    Volusia Flagler FAWL spotlight on PACE

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    The Volusia Flagler Association of Women Lawyers held its Second Annual Tea and Fashion Show to Benefit PACE Center for Girls on May 1. Attendees enjoyed high tea, beautiful harp music and a live performance from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s women's singing group the Acabelles. A fashion show followed with each model sporting a hat to complement their outfits. Attendees were also invited to wear their own hats for a hat competition followed by raffle ticket drawings. The event itself was focused on helping PACE continue to offer an alternative and successful program for girls at risk.
    Sarasota Bar loves Siesta Key
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    Sarasota County Bar Association hosted its Second Thursday Social-Volleyball and Picnic at Siesta Key on May 13. Attorneys and families played spirited games of volleyball and enjoyed a beachside picnic.


    Law Day in Tallahassee

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    Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF), in partnership with the Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association, hosted a reception to honor pro bono attorneys in recognition of Law Day. National Bar Association President Benjamin Crump honored more than 800 area attorneys for their contributions to pro bono legal services . Michael Utterman, shown here on the left, was honored with the Capital City Bar Presidents Council’s Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award.
    Fun time in Tallahassee lifting up the United Way
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    Law Week blends service with success in Palm Beach
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    Palm Beach County Bar Association packed Law Week with loads of activities. The five-day affair included Shadow A Judge, Dial A Lawyer, Mock Trials, Guest Speakers and a Law Suit Day Clothing Drive!

    Law Day in Collier County includes check for charity
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    The Collier County Bar Association, observed Law Day on May 5 with a luncheon featuring David Lee Windecher, author of "HisStory in the Making: The American Dream". The CCBA also presented the Medal of Honor Award to Doug Campbell, board chairman of Friends of Foster Care of Southwest Florida. Campbell is a Guardian ad litem, helping to identify the unique needs of each child and doing what he can to help.

    In addition to presenting the Medal of Honor at the luncheon, the CCBA granted a check for $10,000 to the Neighborhood Health Clinic, its primary beneficiary for the year.

    Law Day‬ Banner Contest attracts students in Monroe County

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    The 16th Judicial Circuit and Monroe County Bar Association recently announced the winners of their ‪‎Law Day‬ Banner Contest that was held district-wide for kindergarten through 5th grade. The theme this year was, "Miranda: More than Words." Entries were judged on creativity, originality, and adherence to the theme. Shown here is the first place winner in the Kindergarten category. 
    Celebrating the accomplishments of women lawyers

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    Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson received the Tallahassee Bar Association’s inaugural Martha Barnett Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers from Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit. The award honors an outstanding lawyer who has achieved professional excellence and who has been an advocate or mentor for the advancement of other women lawyers. The award was presented by Martha Barnett on April 13 at the Tallahassee Women Lawyers/Tallahassee Bar Association joint membership meeting.
    Guardian Ad Litem Foundation gets Gainesville boost

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    The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association hosted a golf tournament recently and raised $11,000 for the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation! The group's May luncheon featured Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin discussing the state of the legal profession.
    Gala supports Jamaican education and healthcare

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    The Caribbean Bar Association hosted the American Friends of Jamaica Charity Gala on April 23 in Miami. The event raises funds for education and healthcare charities in Jamaica while honoring outstanding individuals. Among those honored was CBA past president Marlon Hill, Esq., this year's Lignum Vitae Vanguard Honoree. In the photo, CBA Vice President Niyala Harrison and Secretary, Nikeisha Pryor took time to pose for a photo with Peter Bunting, National Security Minister of Jamaica.
    New U.S. citizens saluted in Jacksonville

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    Jacksonville Bar Association and the lawyers and judges of Jacksonville commemorated Law Day with a Naturalization ceremony on April 28.
    Tech conference a winner at Sawgrass

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    The Jacksonville Bar Association's Tech Conference combined a top-notch seminar with a fun networking event during The Players Championship at Sawgrass on May 11. Attendees gave above par ratings for the quality presentations and the all day access to Dye's Pavillion on the 16th fairway of the famed course.
    Dive Bar fun in the sun

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    Just ask any Dive Bar member - There is nothing like a bow bar social once on the surface after a day in the sea.
    Legal clinic offers veterans free advice
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    Congressman John Mica helped the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society kick off its free legal advice clinic for veterans at the Seminole County Public Library in Casselberry. The partnership between legal aid and the library provides staff and pro bono attorneys to answer legal questions veterans may have in areas such as family law, housing or veterans' and other government benefits on the second Thursday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m.
    Baseball benchwarmers greeted by Chewbacca

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    The Jacksonville Bar Association Armada Benchwatchers Social Event on May 4 didn't have to travel far to find a galaxy far-far-away. Participants got to sit on the team bench during pre-game warm-ups, be greeted by the players and rub shoulders with Chewbacca.

    Pictured from left to right: Cynthia Trimmer, Bar Bulletin Editor; Jamie W. Karpman, JWLA Public Relations; Kelly A. Karstaedt, JWLA secretary, and a guest visiting with Chewbacca.
    Dedicated leaders of Broward's past and future

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    Broward County Bar Association past presidents, current executive board members and members of the BCBA staff gathered at the Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale on May 13 for a grand time. The past presidents were recognized for their steadfast dedication that has inspired the future leaders to continue the great work of the BCBA.
    Pasco women recognize Judge Shawn Crane

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    Women Lawyers of Pasco held their second annual Judicial Reception on April 19 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club. Judge Shawn Crane was presented the 2016 Judicial Professionalism Award.
    Another awesome Ask-A-Lawyer event in Tampa
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    Hillsborough County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service continued their monthly phone bank at Fox 13 News in Tampa Bay on May 5. The dedicated attorneys answered phones and provided legal support during an early morning call in show.
    A wellness work-out in Jacksonville
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    Yoga on the Lawn of the Duval County Courthouse is just one way Jacksonville Bar Association members are practicing health and wellness. The event was held on April 29 below on green grass and below blue skies.



    Looking good pro bono coordinators!

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    Be on the watch for Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association's new logo and display. The group just unveiled the colorful partners circle at the recent AAML conference!
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    Pro bono featured at Law Day in Marion County
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    Marion County Bar Association gathered on May 6 for its annual Law Day Luncheon in Ocala. Marion County lawyers last year worked more than 600 pro bono hours hours through Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. Their service is roughly equivalent to 25 around-the-clock days and an $160,000 worth of work.
    Boot camp basics of Family Immigration Law
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    The Family Immigration Law Practice Boot Camp hosted by the Orange County Bar Association was held on May 10 in Orlando. The class was developed by as a major CLE seminar by the Immigration Law Committee.
    Campaign season underway in Jacksonville
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    Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association members learned what it takes to run for public office at their recent event. The "Nine in 15" presentation included a self assessment quiz to determine what it takes to be an elected official.

    Achieving great things in Hillsborough County

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    Kristen Norse was honored recently wth the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers Achievement Award. The award was presented on May 18 at the organization's annual scholarship banquet and awards luncheon. In addition to her accomplishments with HAWL, Norse has served as president of FAWL for the past 12 months.
    Derby Day in South Florida benefits pro bono

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    Palm Beach County FAWL supported Legal Aid Society's 28th Annual Pro Bono recognition evening and auction on May 7. Hats and dresses were the scene as it was Derby Day in Palm Beach.

    Judge Hirsch brings Law Day message to Miami
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    Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers - MDFAWL celebrated Law Day on April 16, 2016. MDFAWL hosted the Hon. Milton Hirsch. for an insightful analysis regarding the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution; how these rights are safeguarded by the courts; and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.
    Bowling with young lawyers in Palm Beach

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    Sharing attorney stories with high schoolers in Orlando
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    Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association members talked about experiences as attorneys for local area high school students at the "Pathways in the Legal Profession" presentation at the Y.E.S.S./Asia Trend Center. The event was made possible by a grant from Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.
    Hotline honors for Caribbean Bar

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    The Caribbean Bar Association has been recognized by Broward Lawyers Care for the work of CBA members volunteering on the Advice and Counseling Hotline.

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