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February 2018

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

First Wellness Town Hall in Tallahassee

The Florida State University College of Law, welcomed The Florida Bar and Florida Bar President Michael Higer for a town hall on lawyer mental health and wellness. FSU Law Professor Larry Krieger, who is internationally recognized as an expert on the well-being of law students and lawyers, was guest speaker. The event was also supported by the Tallahassee…

Interactive Town Halls Focus on Health and Wellness

It’s no secret The Florida Bar has gone ALL-IN on the mental health and wellness of our members. Several town-hall sessions are scheduled over the next few months and we are reaching out to all voluntary bars to help promote this opportunity. The Bar has also devoted a section to health and wellness issues on…

Wellness is the word in St. Pete

Life balance was the take-home message as the St. Pete Bar Association hosted an interactive Mental Health and Wellness Town Hall on March 2.  Florida Bar President Michael Higer spoke to the crowd of 150-plus attorneys, judges and law students before opening up the floor to hear from the participants. The forum provided a trusted environment that encouraged…

Running to finish breast cancer!

St. Johns Association of Women Lawyers completed the DONNA half marathon on Feb. 11 to support those living with breast cancer. DONNA Marathon Weekend attracts nearly 10,000 runners and supporters from all 50 states and more than 20 countries. The Donna Foundation has supported more than 10,000 families in need and dispersed more than $5…

Conference Registration is Open!

Online registration is now open and hotel accommodations can be reserved for the 2018 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. The event is planned for July 13-14 at the Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa.  The fare for both hotel accommodation and registration has been reduced to encourage more voluntary bar leaders to participate and bring others along….

Get recognized for Healthy Hour events

Healthy Hour is the new Happy Hour! In support of The Florida Bar’s Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers Initative, 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…

Diversity Leadership Grants – Apply Now!

The application for the 2018 Diversity Leadership Grants is now available online. The purpose of this voluntary bar association grant program is to support initiatives and programs that encourage diversity, diversity training and dialogue among lawyers in Florida through financial support of conferences, seminars, summits and symposia planned and hosted by local and specialty bar…

Bars join together for special luncheon

The Orange County Bar Association and Paul C. Perkins Bar Association have a long tradition of joining together during Black History Month for a member luncheon! This year’s event featured Rep. Bobby Dubose who currently serves as Democratic Pro Tempore in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 94th District. Rep. Dubose spoke about his sponsoring…

Black Lawyers Make History in Broward County

The 17th Judicial Circuit and The Broward County Bar Association co-hosted “Broward’s Legal First,” A Celebration of Black Broward on Feb. 16. The event was held to recognize legal pioneers in the black community as part of Black History Month. The Hon. Thomas J. “TJ” Reddick, the first black male circuit judge was honored. His son,…

Black History Celebrated in Sarasota

In recognition of Black History Month, the 12th Judicial Circuit and the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee displayed reproductions of 15 historic markers of the Newtown community. These markers celebrate the development, history, architecture and legacy of activism of this community.  The Newtown Historic Marker program is a part of the larger Newtown…

Together We Rise Celebration in Miami

The Dade County Bar Association recognized Black History Month with a celebration dinner on Feb. 1. Together We Rise honored two black attorneys and a member of the judiciary.  Award recipients were: Trailblazer Award, Hon. Melvia B. Green (Ret.); Icon Award, Don L. Horn, chief assistant state attorney; Rising Star Award, Loreal Arscott, Assistant city…

Diversity Networking Social in Hillsborough

Law firms, voluntary bars and governmental agencies joined together on Feb. 10 for the 2018 Diversity Networking Social. Hosted by the Hillsborough County Bar Association Diversity Committee, the event showcased what the Tampa Bay area offers by connecting law students with attorneys, judges and members of local legal organizations in a casual, friendly and low-pressure environment.

Orange County Bar Association Recognizes Professionalism

On Feb. 23, the Orange County Bar Association awarded its most prestigious awards for professionalism in a ceremony held at the Orange County Courthouse. These awards recognize a practicing attorney or judge whose service to the profession and the community demonstrates consistently high ethical conduct, courtesy, and professional behavior that transcends the mere standards and rules….

Celebrating Hispanic Culture in Broward

The Salsa Havana Nights event on Feb. 9 at the Broward County Bar Association  featured dance lessons, paella, dominoes, mojitos and more. The event was co-hosted by the Broward County Bar Association Hispanic Lawyers Committee and the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association. A fun night to baila, baila, baila . . . dance, dance, dance!

Miami area bars welcome Josh Doyle

Shout-out to Miami law firm Greenspoon Marder for an awesome welcome reception for new Florida Bar Executive Director Josh Doyle. The event was hosted and sponsored by Greenspoon Marder and supported by a host of Florida voluntary bar associations, including the Dade County Bar Association, The Caribbean Bar Association, the Haitian Lawyers Association, Dade Legal Aid & Put Something Back, Legal Services…

A Hot Time in Tallahassee!

The Tallahassee Bar Association and Legal Aid Foundation hosted their 22nd Annual Chili Cook Off, benefiting LAF, on Jan. 24. The event featured chili and margarita teams from law firms, state agencies and area legal support staff. Contestants competed in a variety of categories. The Most Unusual Chili: Fasig Brooks -“The Grateful Red”; Best Bedecked: Max…

Bar President visits Inns of Court

Members of the Honorable Peter T. Fay American Inns of Court heard from Florida Bar President Michael Higer about issues facing the legal profession, as well as many of the important happenings in the Florida legal community. Higer was the guest speaker at the group’s meeting in Miami on Feb. 21.  Founded and dedicated to promoting…

New officers for Treasure Coast Justice Association

Kicking off the new year with new officers! On Feb. 15,  the Treasure Coast Justice Association met in Stuart for a swearing-in ceremony. The new board was sworn in by Judge Lawrence Mirman. Pictured here are Lauren Baer, guest speaker (center); Amanda Kawecki, vice president; Todd Norbraten, President; Taylor Hoskins, treasurer and Joshua Heller, secretary. 

Charity Benefits from Foundation Barbecue

A fun-filled evening best describes the Collier County Bar Foundation’s Backyard Barbecue, which took place on Feb. 24. Guest enjoyed a pub crawl, Rock and Roll hits from the 60s, barbecue and then a Naples Beach Brewery and Whiskey Park venture aboard the Trolley. This year’s event benefited The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida and its…

Chili, Charity and Community in Jacksonville

With a record breaking 49 teams, Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2018 Charity Chili Cook-Off was a blazing success!  Using the famed Riverside Arts Market under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge, JBA YLD cooked up more than just a good time! Participants sampled the spiciest, meatiest, most original, and best fixins’! The “most…

Civility in practice in Tampa

On Feb.7,  the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar hosted an intimate and lively lunchtime panel discussion and CLE on practicing with professionalism in the Hillsborough County legal community. The “Got Civility?” panel of local Judges and practitioners included: The Honorable Elizabeth G. Rice, the Hon. Darren D….

Ready, Set, Accelerate!

Want to know what’s happening with the Young Lawyers Division these days? Just ask the Highlands County Bar Association. This group hosted Zack Zuroweste on Feb. 21 for a up-close look at YLD’s Legal Accelerator program. This program is a virtual mentor resource for lawyers of all experience levels.  To access the newly launched Legal Accelerator,…

Voluntary Bars prominent at Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic

The Palm Beach County Bar Association was one of many voluntary bars in full force at the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic on Feb. 3 at Zoo Miami. The annual picnic has been the premier event for the Kozyak Minority Foundation since 2004. This year’s outing was attended by judges, lawyers and law students from every school…

Women lawyers in Hillsborough honor judges

Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers had its annual Judicial Reception on Feb. 1 at Le Meridien in downtown Tampa. Nearly 150 attendees participated in the event! Pictured here are the two committee chairs, Lexie Larkin and Kim Hamill.

Legal assistance for U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican Bar Association has formed and launched a non-profit law firm certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a legal services provider. The new firm is qualified to hire displaced attorneys licensed in Puerto Rico to service clients in Florida courts under the tutelage of the clinic’s attorneys, who are Florida licensed. The Legal…

Tech Tips for Eighth Circuit Judicial Bar

Florida Bar President-elect Designate John Stewart was the featured speaker recently at the 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association member luncheon. A great crowd was on hand to learn about Technology Challenges and Opportunities.

Federal Judicial Reception in South Florida

The Federal Bar Association South Florida Chapter’s Annual Judicial Reception continues to grow in popularity. This year’s more than 600 attendees, including more than 30 federal judges, enjoyed a casual evening with no speeches and no sit-down dinner, just meeting and talking with the federal bench and bar over food and drinks. Each year the event…

Law firm recognized for LGBT legal clinic

Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association held its first mixer of the year on Feb. 15. A large turnout of attorneys shared the evening honoring area judges.  The group used this time to recognize HBH Law for its leadership in handling CFGALLA’s pro bono legal clinic at LGBT+ Center Orlando – The Center. Following Hurricane Irma,…

Fashion show in Clearwater!

The Clearwater Bar Association’s February luncheon was all about style. Brooks Brothers and Talbots sponsored a Fashion Show, featuring professional wardrobes to add even more flavor to the mid-day fare!

Women lawyers give back!

Local chapters of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers were busy giving back to their communities in 2017. They captured everything on a video and are now sharing it. Yes, it’s gone viral and you can help by watching and sharing it, too. Help Florida win the National Association for Women Lawyers video contest! Lots…

Destigmatizing substance abuse and mental health issues

On Feb. 16, the Martin County Bar Association hosted a CLE luncheon to focus on substance abuse and mental health issues.  Scott M.Weinstein, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and the clinical director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. was the featured speaker. In keeping with the MCBA’s and Florida Bar President Michael J. Higer’s 2017-2018 goals of bringing members health and wellness programming, attorneys…

ORANGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION RECEIVES 2017 LAW DAY AWARD

On Feb. 2, the Orange County Bar Association received the American Bar Association Law Day 2017 Outstanding Activity Award for Best Student Program at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The OCBA’s program was singled out for its “engaging programming for students, including the mock trials, judge shadowing, teach-ins, speech contest, 5k medal…

Nominations open for 2018 Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year

The Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee is accepting nominations for an award that recognizes excellence, character and commitment in the practice of consumer protection law. These are the attorneys who help Floridians fight to save their homes, re-establish credit and push back against unfair and deceptive trade practices. The Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year…