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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, Submit articles, pictures or general comments to Jeff Doran, the Bar-to-Bar E-news editor and your voluntary bar liaison, or 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Photos sent by e-mail should come in jpg and gif format.

April 2013, Issue 69

Voluntary Bar Leaders:

This annual conference is designed specifically to provide bar leaders with the educational resources they need in order to develop benefits for their members, boards of directors, staff and even the community – through affinity programs, partnership opportunities, services and more. The 200 plus voluntary bar associations in Florida represent more than 94,000 attorneys. Registration begins on Monday, June 3. For information on the 2013 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, contact Maria Simmons Johnson at (850) 561-5648 or A schedule of events will follow in the next few week on the Voluntary Bar Center.

What's Going on Around the Bars

National LGBT Bar Association seeks nominees for 2013 Awards - The National LGBT Bar Association celebrates LGBT and ally legal professionals whose work has made a positive impact on the LGBT legal community. To learn more about nominating an individual for an award, or submitting an entry for consideration, visit or e-mail

CBA presents new CLE series on:"Ethics: What Every Lawyer Should Know" - The Clearwater Bar Association will be hosting a new CLE series presented in partnership with St. Petersburg College, College of Policy and Legal Studies. The first presentation of the series on "Lawyers Trust Accounts in Florida: How to Avoid Traps for the Unwary," will be held on May 13. The second part of the series "Attorney/Client Confidentiality and Privilege: Critical Differences Between the Two Concepts," will be held on June 10. The speaker for both will be Joseph Corsmeier, with the Law Office of Joseph A. Corsmeier, P.A. Each session includes 1 hour Florida Bar CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics credit (applied for). Each presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 104 of the Ethics and Social Science Building of St. Petersburg College, Drew Street Campus, in Clearwater. For more information, view the flyer or visit

CABA and the DCBA to host 4-hour joint CLE - The Cuban American Bar Association in conjunction with the Dade County Bar Association will host the 4-hour CLE "My Shingle - The Ins and Outs of Opening Your Own Practice" on May 9, from 2-7 p.m. on the 30th floor of the Sabadell United Bank in Miami. The CLE will benefit the Miami-Dade County Legal Aid and CABA Pro Bono Project. The cost to attend is $25 for bar association members and $15 for government attorneys and law school students. For more information, contact Diana Powell at

WDFJBA to host special guest at membership meeting - At its May 23 General Membership Meeting, the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association will have special guest speakers, H.T. Smith, WDFJBA past president, and the Hon. Orlando A. Prescott, 11th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Division. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Raymond James Reception Room, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., in Miami. For more information or to RSVP attendance, contact Bryan Paschal at

TWL continues 2013 Luncheon CLE Series - As part of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers 2013 LUNCHEON CLE SERIES, TWL will present, "Professional Conduct in the Real World," on May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee. This 2-hour interactive seminar will review the Florida Ideals and Goals of Professionalism and the Rules of Ethics focused upon advocacy. The seminar will provide practical suggestions for responding to difficult adversarial situations involving judges, counsel, clients and firms. The panelists who will moderate the discussions are mediator Thomas H. Bateman, III (retired circuit judge), and seasoned litigators Carrie M. Roane and Kimberly A. Driggers. The registration fee ($35 for TWL members/ $45 for non-members) includes lunch and 2 hours of Professionalism CLE credit. For more information or to RSVP, contact Tracy P. Moye, CLE chair at, (850) 224-6693 or

Children’s legal services projects need your support - The Florida Bar Foundation Children's Legal Services grants support legal assistance to poor children in critical areas that affect their safety, well-being and future development. Children's Legal Services include help for foster children and children in need of health benefits or special educational assistance. Bar members can support Children's Legal Services by adding a donation to their bar fee statement total. Last year lawyers contributed $206,000, enough to serve roughly 286 low-income children. This year's goal is to raise $350,000, making it possible for Bar members to fund legal assistance to 486 children, or 200 more than last year. Because of the significant drop in IOTA revenue, which has reduced funds available for Children's Legal Services, contributions are more important than ever. Donation of $100 — or any amount — will help support children in need. in your community and in communities across the state. Learn more about each region's Children's Legal Services grantees, how much support they are currently receiving from The Florida Bar Foundation, and how they have helped local children. For more information, contact Andrea Horne at

Seliger recognized at LCBA luncheon for non-profit support - Bonita Springs attorney Shawn Seliger was recognized April 19 at the Lee County Bar Association’s April luncheon by Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit agency supporting Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit’s Guardian ad Litem program. Seliger was presented with a plaque in appreciation for six years of community service as a board member from 2006 - 2012, concluding as its president in 2012. Seliger is a member of The Florida Bar, Lee County Bar Association, and the Association of Family Law Professionals. He serves on the board of directors of several organizations including Hope Clubhouse, where he serves as vice president, the American Cancer Society of Lee County, and The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida.

OCBA to hold final 2013 Leadership Law class - On May 3, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) will hold its 2013 Leadership Law class on jury selection, small claims and traffic court, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the OCBA Center in Downtown Orlando. Leadership Law, a learning experience developed specifically for business managers and leaders of community-based organization by some of Central Florida's most highly regarded judges and attorneys, provides opportunities to network with and learn from the best local and state legal leaders. In addition to interactive, seminar-style classes at the OCBA center in downtown Orlando, the program includes exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of the Orange County Courthouse, the Federal Courthouse, the Juvenile Justice Center, and (by special invitation) the Medical Examiner's office. For more information, contact Sheyla Asencios, Marketing Manager, at (407) 422-4551, ext. 244.

Miami-Dade FAWL to host CLE Lunch & Learn Series with Ervin Gonzalez - On May 8, the Miami-Dade Chapter of FAWL will host the CLE, "Total Impact: The Art of Closing Statements," presented by Ervin Gonzalez, Board Certified Civil and Business trial attorney, partner at Colson Hicks Eidson. The CLE will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Fleming's, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. The cost to attend this 1-hour CLE is $45 for the CLE, lunch and materials. For more information or to RSVP, contact Marisol Gomez-Decena at

Check out other voluntary bar events on the Voluntary Bar Events Calendar.

The Florida Bar

2013 Annual Convention - Online registration is now available. Join your colleagues during the 63rd Annual Florida Bar Convention June 26-29, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Register by June 12th to receive the discounted registration fee of $225. Review the schedule and make your hotel reservation now.

Lawyer Advertising - New lawyer advertising rules go into effect May 1, 2013. The updated handbook and other information is available in the "Advertising Rules" section of The Florida Bar website.
ABA News

ABA 2013 Annual Meeting - The American Bar Association will host its 2013 Annual Meeting Aug. 8-13 in San Francisco. For more information, visit the event website

NCBP Diversity Scholarships available - The National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) is currently accepting Diversity Scholarship applicants for attendance at the 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Aug. 8-10, 2013. Leaders from bars of all sizes and types attend NCBP meetings to exchange ideas, network and discuss issues of importance to the legal profession. Scholarships cover the NCBP registration fee, and include a $600 stipend for the cost of travel outside of the San Francisco metropolitan area. NCBP will award up to 10 scholarships. Applications will be accepted now through May 20. Please visit the Diversity Scholarship page for scholarship qualifications and to download the application.

Bar School: 60 Minutes of Skill Building - The ABA Division for Bar Services presents a series of monthly continuing education webinars for bar staff and leaders on a variety of topics such as social media how-to's and policies, leadership and governance, communications and technology. The next class, The Perfect '10: Getting the Most out of an Improved Office, will be held on May 20 at 1 p.m. CST. Join Michael Ward, DBS communications specialist and presenter of last year's 37 Office Tips in 60 Minutes, to learn how to unearth Office 2010's true power. Each webinar is 60 minutes including Q & A and will focus on technology issues. Please contact Joanne O'Reilly with any questions.
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Jeff Doran
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar

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