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November 2011, Issue 64
Are You Preparing For Law Day? - Join us in sharing your Law Day 2012 activities throughout the state! If your bar association has Law Day activities scheduled, please include your bar association name, activity descriptions, location and name of the Law Day committee chair to Maria Simmons Johnson at The Law Day 2012 activities will be published in a statewide press release sent out by The Florida Bar on May 1. Law Day Planning Guides are now online and other law day materials are available also. For more upcoming information about Law Day visit


CABA's Sixth Annual Toy Drive - The Cuban American Bar Association has partnered with various new organizations and is expanding its toy collection efforts for the upcoming Sixth Annual Toy Drive on Dec. 6. CABA, along with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to bring some much needed holiday cheer to some of this community's most disadvantaged youth. Specifically, CABA will be collecting toys for boys and girls, ages 1-17, belonging to the following organizations: Abriendo Puertas, Centro Mater, Children Victims of the State Attorney's Office, Chapman Partnership, Easter Seals South Florida, Kristi House, and Voices for Children. They will have various, centrally located drop-off locations for your convenience. If you would like more information, contact Isabel C. Diaz at (305) 373-9418.

9th Annual Holiday Bookfest and Luncheon - The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County will host its 9th Annual Holiday Bookfest and Luncheon presented by the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association.

SCBA Golf Tournament - The 2011 Sarasota County Bar Association Golf Tournament was a big success! Sixty-four guests enjoyed playing the Longboat Key Club's Harbourside Course. Golf Pro Terry O'Hara and Catering Sales Manager Cloe Drapkin went the extra mile to make sure everyone had a good time. The event raised more than $3,000 for the Richard Garland Diversity Scholarship Fund. Way to go, Sarasota Bar!

CCBF donates tournament proceeds to legal aid - The Collier County Bar Foundation donated the proceeds from its Annual Fishing Tournament to Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Legal Aid was presented with a check in the amount of $2,000 by Jeanne Seewald, President of the Collier County Bar Foundation, at the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club on Oct. 8. The presentation was made at the luncheon conducted at the conclusion of the tournament.

Miami ABOTA awards scholarship - The Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates recently presented the chapter’s annual law school awards to Nichole Geiger Geary of the University of Miami School of Law, David B. Williams of Florida International University College of Law, and William McHugh of St. Thomas University School of Law. Each year, ABOTA — Miami Chapter presents a $1,000 award to a nominee from each school to honor the students' achievements. The 2011 officers of the 130-member ABOTA Miami Chapter are: President Stewart Williams, President-elect Peter Spillis, Secretary Steve Kellough, and Treasurer Michael Mullen. Kenneth J. Bush is the membership chair; Kimberly A. Cook is incoming membership chair; and Jacqueline Hart is the executive director.

GSCBWLA to host intellectual property forum - The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association will host "Protecting your Ideas," presented by Leslie Lott and Carol Green at Greenberg Traurig in Miami on Friday, Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost to attend is $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $25 for judges. For more information, visit

OCBA reaches out - The Orange County Bar Association will inaugurate a new program, Leadership Law 2012, in January. A law-focused education experience for business and community leaders, Leadership Law will explore issues within the judicial system that influence business and business decisions. The leadership program is designed to allow participants in any industry to meet, network, and share ideas with colleagues, judges, and attorneys who practice in a variety of business-related specialties, while getting an inside look at the justice system. The curriculum will include topics such as: various civil and criminal issues; the judiciary: how judges are chosen, elected, and retained; contract negotiation; protection of intellectual property; the legal ramifications of crimes involving businesses and/or their employees; current issues in employment and bankruptcy law; resolving matters within the judicial system; the impact of jury trials on business decisions and operations; the juvenile justice system and intervention programs and their impact on businesses, employees, and families; and an introduction to various law related resources. Leadership Law will meet once monthly from January through May 2012. The cost of the program is $300. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 10. To apply online, go to, or visit the Orange County Bar Association’s website at For additional information, contact Mente Piccoli, OCBA marketing manager, at (407) 422-4551, ext.244, or

BCBA to host e-Filing Training - The Family Law Section of the Broward County Bar Association will host an e-Filing training in Dec. 12 from noon to 2 p.m at the Broward County Bar Association. The cost to attend will be $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, contact Traci Lewis at (954) 832-3618.

Tampa IOC recognized by Sotomayor - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recognized the Family Law Inn of Court of Tampa on Nov. 5, 2011 at an annual event that celebrated the accomplishments of several giants in the legal profession whose achievements epitomize the ideals of the American Inns of Court. This was no small feat as the Inn launched a campaign to become a Platinum Inn within a single year. Judge Caroline Tesche, president of the Family Law Inn of Court of Tampa, 2010, perceives this achievement as one that is of great benefit to the parties who appear before her on the bench, asserting that, “Family law is a contentious area of the law, so anytime you have lawyers and judges participating in Inns of Court, it’s of great benefit because it raises the level of the practice of law. We apply what we learn.” Monthly programs generally focus on practical legal skills with an emphasis on ethics, civility and professionalism in the practice of law. They may include demonstrations, presentations of principles, techniques, as well as relationships involved in the practice of law. According to the judge, she can often see a difference in lawyers who have participated in Inns of Court because they are not just focused on results for their client but the family, which is contrary to what an attorney would be focused on in a civil proceeding. Tesche remarked that the credence from this national recognition is worthy of noting because Tampa is the only city with three Inns of Court who have achieved Platinum Level success; the C.H. Ferguson-M.E. White American Inn of Court and the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court were among the less than two dozen Inns of Court who were also recognized for this achievement.


Children’s Law Specialty in the Works - At its Nov. 4 meeting, the BLSE voted to "conceptually" approve a new certification area for children's law, as developed by the Legal Needs of Children Committee and the Public Interest Law Section. Further discussion will follow about the standards, particularly whether a grandfathering provision will be included. The BLSE also voted to accredit the criminal law certification program offered by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Other NBLSC programs accredited by the BLSE are family law and civil trial. The impact of accreditation enables members certified in those areas by the NBLSC to advertise such status in accordance with Rule 4-7.6(c)(6)(B), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The BLSE has also accredited the programs for business bankruptcy and consumer bankruptcy offered by the American Board of Certification.

Bar adds counsel to help deal with mortgage related discipline cases - The Florida Bar will add a new grievance counsel specifically to help with mortgage related discipline cases, following action by the Bar Board of Governors. The Board, at its Oct. 21 meeting, unanimously approved a recommendation from the Budget Committee for the new position.

Florida Bar educational pamphlets for consumers. The Florida Bar offers pamphlets on a variety of topics that are available in any quantity for only 25 cents each. Topics include Family Law, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Transactions, Probate, Wills and Trusts, Immigration, Bankruptcy, Attorneys Fees, Legal Guide for New Adults, Divorce, and more. To order pamphlets and for more information, visit or contact Mirieth Valenciano at (850) 561-5773 or

Consumer pamphlet updates - The Florida Power of Attorney consumer pamphlet has been updated to conform to the new Florida Power of Attorney Act, which went into effect on Oct. 1. Several sections of the document were changed to reflect the rewrite of the statutory law applicable to both durable and nondurable powers of attorney for individuals. The rewrite was necessary to bring Florida's law into alignment with the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. The pamphlet includes the requirements for a valid power of attorney document, information about the appointment and qualifications of an agent, the fiduciary responsibilities of the agent, witnesses requirements, applicability of the new law to existing powers of attorney and exceptions, and more. The Florida Bar Public Information and Bar Services Department provides this consumer pamphlet for a nominal fee to attorneys and offers free copies to the general public. The text of the pamphlet, also available in Spanish, can be found at and downloaded at no charge.

Board Seeking Applicants - January appointment to be filled - Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors.

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Jeff Doran
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