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April 2018

The Bar-to-Bar E-News provides monthly highlights of the incredible work of Florida’s voluntary bars.

Register now for VBLC ’18

The biggest voluntary bar leaders conference ever is scheduled for July 13-14 at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. The conference will provide opportunities for voluntary bars at all levels.  Presidents, presidents-elect, vice presidents, secretaries, treasurers and other officers will discover clutch moves that can lead to growth and success as bar leaders. In addition to breakout…

Sponsorships available – deadline is June 15

Sponsorship of the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is  a great way to reach the voluntary bar community. This year two different options are offered that will give you a chance to be an exhibitor and totally immerse your company or organization in the mix with more than 100 voluntary bar leaders. Check out the opportunity…

Fitness Challenge Underway in Orange County

The Orange County Bar Association has announced its first-ever Health & Wellness Challenge happening throughout May! And interested parties don’t need to be a runner to participate! Interested OCBA members must:  1. Have a tracker device or app, such as Fitbit, Garmin, iOS (watch or iPhone), Fitbug, GoogleFit, Jawbone UP, Misfit, MovesApp, Runkeeper, or Strava;…

May is Health and Wellness Month

During The Florida Bar and YLD Health and Wellness Month — which begins May 1 and lasts throughout the month — we hope you’ll bookmark our #HealthAndWellness page that is FULL of everything you need to keep up with this important initiative. From daily health tips, to humorous stress breaks, to regular wellness challenges, to health and…

Get recognized for Healthy events – deadline is July 2

Healthy Hour is the new Happy Hour! In support of The Florida Bar’s Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers Initiative, the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee is asking voluntary bar leaders to host health-and-wellness-related events and share the success. Got a 5-K planned? Or what about a yoga session or paddle board outing? Let us…

College students converse with law leaders in Palm Beach

Palm Beach County FAWL was proud to co-host the panel discussion “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” on May 3 with Palm Beach State College, the Informed Voters, Fair Judges Project, and Palm Beach County Bar Association at Palm Beach State’s Gardens campus. Panelists included Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, Judge Cymonie Rowe, Sia Baker-Barnes and Dr. Shari…

West Pasco Bar honors law enforcement

West Pasco Bar Association hosted a great Law Week Luncheon  on May 3. The Hon. Robert Morris from the 2nd DCA gave a perspective on “The Separation of Powers” and participants celebrated two of Pasco County’s finest examples of law enforcement officers. 

Law Week A Success in Collier County

Law Week 2018 for the Collier County Bar Association ended with a great luncheon event on April 13. The featured speaker was Florida Bar President Michael Higer who discussed the challenges and rewards of practicing law in Florida today. The association also chose this time to present its Law Week Medal of Honor to Sgt….

Law Week Naturalization Ceremony in Jacksonville

Forty-eight people from 28 nations were sworn in as U.S. citizens in an event that’s a tradition leading up to Law Day in Jacksonville.The group renounced allegiance to their countries of birth and then swore an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution and laws of the United States. In less than 60 seconds,…

Justice Polston visits Circuit 19 for Law Day

Saint Lucie County and Port Saint Lucie Bar Association joined together to host a Law Day Luncheon on May 1. Florida Bar President-elect designate John Stewart reported a great keynote by Justice Ricky Polston and a great turnout including  St. Lucie Clerk Joe Smith and staff.  

Student art depicts Law Day for Highlands County

Volunteers from the Highlands County Bar Association were busy hanging posters from the group’s Law Day contest at the Highlands County Administration Building in Sebring. The community was invited to check out the efforts of local students who did a fantastic job depicting the theme: “Separation of Powers, Framework for Freedom.” 

Art contest features Law Day theme drawings

Posters depicting the 2018 Law Day theme “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom,” created by students at West Riverside Elementary School, were exhibited for two weeks in the lobby of the Duval County Courthouse. The annual project began when members of the Jacksonville Bar Association Law Week Committee visited four art classes at the school to explain to the students…

Seminole County Bar Association Law Day

Seminole County Attorney Rhett Butner presented a Law Day program to junior high students at Wewoka School in conjunction with the theme, Separation of Powers. The Seminole County Bar Association also hosted its annual CLE and Law Day Luncheon to commemorate the event.

Indian River County celebrates Law Week

On May 3, Indian River County Undersheriff James Harpring spoke to St. Helen’s School students about Law Week, Indian River County Bar Association helped make this happen in honor of #LawDay and #LawWeek. Great work, everyone!

Gift to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid in late jurist’s honor

The jury assembly room at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse in Jacksonville was filled on April 24 with assistant U.S. attorneys, federal public defenders and private sector attorneys who attended the 15th annual Hon. Ralph W. “Buddy” Nimmons Federal Practice Seminar. Participants earned five hours of CLE credit and the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar…

Orange County Bar welcomes new citizens

It was a busy day on April 12 at the U.S. Naturalization Center in Orlando when the Orange County Bar Association hosted a special Law Day naturalization ceremony. Thirty-nine new citizens were sworn in and given a rousing Orange County and Florida welcome by members of OCBA and the Girl Scouts. Liz McCausland, OCBA president,…

Jacksonville legal leaders featured in Daily Record

For three Jacksonville area voluntary bar association leaders, Law Week gave the chance to share information front and center. The Daily Record featured a legal column on Law Day 2018 and the “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” theme. The print piece featured Tad Delegal, Jacksonville Bar Association president; Gregory Redmon, D.W. Perkins Bar Association president-elect; Jennifer…

First time out champs

Jacksonville Women’s Golf Association Golf Academy grads made their debut at the Jacksonville Bar Association tournament on May 3. And yes, they took home a first place trophy! Congrats ladies! #myjaxbar #myfloridabar #healthandwellnessmonth The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division

Beach clean-up in Brevard County

Helping to keep the area beaches beautiful is a quarterly project of the Brevard County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. The beach clean-up project is a family affair and often involves kids of all ages.

Puerto Rican Day in Orlando

The Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida leadership joined with legal clinic volunteer attorneys from Tampa at the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival Orlando 2018. The Florida Supreme Court has certified PRBA as a legal services provider and allows it to use Puerto Rican Lawyers who have been displaced to Florida to work with…

‘We Are Sarasota’celebrates diversity

Several Florida Bar leaders participated in the “We Are Sarasota” event held on April 30 in Sarasota. From left, The Florida Bar Diversity Initiatives Manager Arnell Bryant-Willis, Florida Bar President Michael Higer, Florida Bar Board of Governors member and Communications Committee Chair Scott Westheimer and “We Are Sarasota” Chairwoman Charlie Ann Syprett. “We Are Sarasota” is a partnership…

Edgecomb Bar raises $100K-plus for Moffit Cancer Center

  In partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center,  the George Edgecomb Bar Association raised more than $100,000 in cancer research funds to address cancer health disparities in the community. The video message promoting the campaign and great work of the Center features two GEBA members, Lanse Scriven, a prostate cancer survivor; and Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy, a breast cancer…

Trivia for young lawyers in St. Pete

St. Pete Bar members enjoyed a night of trivia hosted by the St. Petersburg Bar Association Young Lawyers Section at Ferg’s Sports Bar on April 4! Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association members joined in the competition and helped sponsor the event.

Record amount generated from Chili Cook-Off in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s ninth annual Chili Cook-Off in February set a record for the number of teams participating and another for the $10,400 donation that was presented last week to local nonprofit Rethreaded. From left, JBA President Tad Delegal, Rethreaded Director of Marketing Ansley Busch, Rethreaded Director of Business Development Jodi…

Ashley Hardee selected for court leadership program

Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee Chair E. Ashley Hardee has been accepted into the Class of 2019 Institute for Court Management Fellows Program through the National Center for State Courts.  This intensive program’s overall purpose is leadership and professional development that enhances the knowledge, skills and abilities in judicial administration in state courts. Hardee…

Mental Health and Wellness focus in Palm Beach County

It’s easy talking about a broken arm or cold, but it’s not easy talking about mental health. With the importance of mental health and wellness for attorneys, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, along with several local bars, recently hosted a Mental Health and Wellness Luncheon at Admirals Cove Country Club in Jupiter. The event…

Tallahassee Bars host Bar President

Florida Bar President Michael Higer shared the important goals of The Florida Bar and  “why” we get up every day focused on serving Floridians and our members at a joint meeting of the Tallahassee Bar Association and Tallahassee Women Lawyers Association. The event was held in Tallahassee on April 10. Higer is seen here with Tallahassee Bar President-elect Eric Miles…

Judicial Reception in Miami

The Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar Association hosted area judges for a special night on April 19. The 52nd Annual Judicial Reception was attended by several Florida Bar leaders including Florida Bar President Michael Higer and President-elect Michelle Suskauer.

Monroe County Bar has special April guest

Members of the Monroe County Bar Association are seen here with Florida Bar President Michael Higer on his recent visit to Key West. At the April member luncheon, Higer shared his State of The Florida Bar address, as well as touched on the progress of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, mental health and wellness in the…

Matrimonial Lawyers in Orlando for Institute

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Chapter’s 40th Annual AAML Institute kicked off in early May in Orlando. Many of the speakers are members of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar! Best wishes to all on a successful event!

Joint legal clinic in Coconut Grove

The Caribbean Bar Association took the lead in Miami recently to work with other area bars in hosting a legal clinic in the Coconut Grove community. Members from Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers…

Lunch and Learn in Orlando

On April 20, the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association teamed up with the Business Law Committee of the Orange County Bar Association for a Fourth Friday Lunch and Learn – “How to Win a Case, From a Judge’s Perspective.” The moderator was James Wagstaffe  and panel members included, the Hon. Roy B. Dalton, the…

Brevard County FAWL hosts judicial reception

A wonderful event was the word on the street after the Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers held its 18th Annual Judicial Reception! The special night honored the judiciary in the 18th Judicial Circuit and 5th DCA.

Federal Bar event in Broward honors judge

The Federal Bar Association Broward County Chapter had the honor of hosting U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart at its monthly luncheon. Judge Reinhart discussed a number of topics of interest to federal practitioners, including the importance of Rule 1 and anticipating issues associated with ESI discovery. Judge Reinhart’s chambers also attended the event (Tanya McClendon,…

Career winner in Dade County Bar’s softball tournament

The Dade County Bar Association hosted a softball tournament last month. For the third year in a row, the Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman team won the annual classic. This is the team’s fourth title in the past seven years.

Fun night in North Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County Bar Association North County Section members enjoyed dinner and playing casino games on April 12. Members gathered at the beautiful Admirals Cove in Jupiter and a good time was had by all.

Broward Bar/Legal Aid team runs in 5k

  Team Broward County Bar Association/Legal Aid participated in early April in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Fort Lauderdale. The race is held each year to promote health and wellness in the work place. This year’s event drew more than 25,000 runners and walkers!