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March 2012, Issue 66


OCBA presents three major seminars in April – The Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) will host three major continuing education seminars in April. All seminars will be held at the OCBA, 880 North Orange Ave., Orlando, Florida, 32801.

For information about other OCBA seminars, programs or special events, contact Marie West, Seminar/Events Manager, at (407) 422-4551, ext. 233, or visit the OCBA website at

The BCBA presents J. Cheney Mason – The Broward County Bar Association will present J. Cheney Mason on Friday, March 30 at the Broward County Courthouse 3rd Floor Jury Room from 1–3 p.m. The topic of discussion will be his representation in the Casey Anthony trial and his legal representation in other high profile cases. There is no charge to attend this event and all are welcome to attend. Free boxed lunch at Hugh's Tropic Café to the first 250 people who RSVP. Come and pick up your boxed lunch 12–1 p.m. for more information, call Traci Lewis at (954) 832-3618 or

TWL’s Second Annual Rookie Camp – The Tallahassee Women Lawyers will sponsor its "award-winning" second annual Rookie Camp on March 30 at the First District Court of Appeal beginning at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided and registration is free for law students and attorneys in practice two years or less. Rookie Camp, which recently won "Best Member Program" from The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, is designed to provide new attorneys and law students with an opportunity to meet local leaders in the legal community, receive tips on successful networking, learn practical tips on managing and building their careers, and listen to speakers give guidance for succeeding in the workplace. Speakers and panel members will include Justice Ricky Polston, Judge Stephanie Ray, Judge Lynne Quimby-Pennock, Judge Thomas Crapps, Trudy Innes Richardson, Terry Dariotis and Victoria Zepp. Don't miss the speed-mentoring session held after lunch where young lawyers and law students will have a chance to network with panelists as well as other distinguished members of the legal community (see attached agenda). Lunch will be provided free of charge to law students and lawyers in their first two years of practice. To register, please fill out the attached registration form and send it to Riley Landy, Guilday, Tucker Schwartz & Simpson, 1983 Centre Pointe Blvd. Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308 The Florida Bar provided most of the funding for this project through a Voluntary Bar Diversity Leadership Grant and an Affiliate Outreach Conference Grant.

The CBA YLD to host Annual Judicial Reception – The Clearwater Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will host its Annual Judicial Reception on Tuesday, April 24, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Eckerd Hall, Margaret Heye Great Room, in Clearwater. Lawyers and law firms are invited to sponsor this event for $300. Sponsors receive four complimentary reception tickets and appropriate recognition, including firm listing in the formal invitation mailed to all members and judges.

SPBCBA Civil Practice Committee to host lunch – On March 28, the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Civil Practice Committee will host a lunch at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center in Boca Raton. The speaker will be Michael Greenberg from The Florida Bar speaking on The Florida Bar Grievance Procedure. The cost to attend is $35 for members of the SPBCBA and $50 for nonmembers of SPBCBA. Registration will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the lunch and program will begin at 12 noon. For more information, email:

Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education – Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education will be presented by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Law Related Education Committee Thursday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the PBCBA office. The cost to attend is $35 for PBCBA members and paralegals and $45 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and CLE credit. Attorneys who undergo this training will be eligible to earn one ethics hour for each presentation that they give to adults in civic and community organizations for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period. For more information, call (561) 687-2800.

FJA’s 2012 Annual Convention – Mark your calendar! The Florida Justice Association will host its Annual Convention on June 12–16, at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa. For more information, contact the Florida Justice Association at (850) 224-9403.

CABA to host appreciation luncheon – The Cuban American Bar Association presents its 2012 Legislator Appreciation Luncheon honoring the Miami-Dade delegation for it's hard work and accomplishments. The luncheon will be held from 12–2 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. If you have any questions, please contact Jorge L. Piedra at (305) 448-7064 or Maria D. Garcia at (305) 984-8063.


Registration opens for NCBP, NABE and NCBF annual meetings – Registration has opened for the 2012 annual meetings of the National Association of Bar Executives (July 31–Aug. 2); National Conference of Bar Presidents (Aug. 2–4); and the National Conference of Bar Foundations (Aug. 2–4). (More).

Nomination period opens for Spirit of Excellence Awards – The ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession is accepting nominations for the 2013 Spirit of Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate the accomplishments of lawyers who promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. For more information and to access the nomination form, click here or e-mail Nominations are due by July 16.


Mark your calendars for Annual Convention – Join your colleagues at The Florida Bar Annual Convention June 20–23, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando. Plan to participate in multiple CLEs for one low registration fee. The convention also features section and committee meetings, luncheons and special events. Hotel information and the convention schedule will be available soon. Early bird, online convention registration begins in mid-April.

Board of Governors Appointments

· The Board Seeks Board of Bar Examiners and Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism Applicants - due April 2.

· Board to make appointments at its May meeting. Applications due April 12.

JNC Vacancies

· Federal - U.S. District judge, Southern District of Florida. Applications due March 26.

· 11th Circuit - Miami–Dade Circuit Court judicial vacancy. Applications due April 18.

· 3rd District Court of Appeal judicial vacancy. Applications due April 23.

Nominate an attorney for consumer law award Nominations are being accepted for the second annual Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award, which recognizes a Florida lawyer who has shown success, commitment and passion in the practice of consumer protection law. Nomination forms are available on The Florida Bar website. Deadline: Monday, April 2. Questions: (850) 561-5669.

Public Member Seat – Committee Seeks Public Member for Board of Bar Examiners Seat. Applications due April 16.


Stetson University accepting nominations for Hall of Fame – Stetson University College of Law is accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their professions and have affected a profound, positive influence on the law school. New members are inducted into Stetson Law's Hall of Fame each year in the fall. For biographies and videos about past winners, please see the Hall of Fame website. To submit a nomination, please use the 2012 Hall of Fame Nomination Form (PDF) and send by April 13 to Patricia Toups in the College Relations Office at Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. E-mails are also accepted at See Nominations for more information.

JAZZ FOR JUSTICE 2012 – Legal Services of North Florida's annual signature Benefit is being held on March 25 this year. The benefit celebrate 15 years of Jazz for Justice but also say thank you to Chez Pierre for all of their support over the years. Jazz Musicians are coming from New Orleans plus there will be a great silent auction and cooler weather! Please see the attached flyer. For tickets or more information, email Wendy Loquasto at or Renee Gordon at

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Jeff Doran
Voluntary Bar Liaison
The Florida Bar

[Revised: 06-18-2013]