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March 2018

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

Web page enhanced for voluntary bars

Part of the redesign of The Florida Bar website includes a complete refresh in both design and content of the Voluntary Bar Center. Committee members on both the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee and the Board of Governors Communication Committee have worked to fill the pages with useful resources to assist officers and leaders of Florida’s voluntary…

Make a Splash – Register now for VBLC ’18

Everyone involved in planning this year’s Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is getting amped! That’s because we have found ways to give participants more bang for the buck at a reduced price and have landed some incredible talent to help make this the biggest voluntary bar year ever! The event, set to unfurl on July 13, will…

YLD offers Conference scholarships

As many as 21 registration scholarships are being offered by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for aspiring young lawyers who want to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. The conference, which is the single largest gathering of voluntary bar leaders from all areas of Florida, will be July 13-14 at Hutchinson Shores Resort…

Diversity Grant Apps due by May 11

Voluntary Bar leaders are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The application for the 2018 Diversity Leadership Grants is available online and are due by May 11. The grant program is intended to support initiatives and programs that encourage diversity, diversity training and dialogue among lawyers in Florida through financial support of…

Third Mental Health & Wellness Town Hall

A Florida Bar Mental Health & Wellness Town Hall was hosted on March 16 in Gainesville, by the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (EJCBA). Lawyers, judges, law students and special guests packed the room at The Wooly restaurant and listened to Bar leaders for almost two hours, including Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (EJCBA) President Meshon Rawls, University of Miami School of Law Mindfulness…

Rooftop mixer in Jacksonville

It was an evening of mingling and munching when the Catholic Lawyers Guild joined the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association at an event at Jacksonville’s newest rooftop Bar, Cowford Chophouse! All attendees also got to register for a chance to win two tickets to Dream Finders’ chalet on the 17th Green at Tournament Players Championship.

Judicial Pig Roast & 5K Run

A record number of runners, booths, sponsors and attendees participated in the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s 10th anniversary Judicial Pig Roast/Food Fesitval & Pro Bono 5K River Run. The March 3 event attracted 350 runners, more than 500 members and their guests and 33 exhibitors, who helped make a fun event for all.

Battle of the Boards in Tallahassee

The First Annual Battle of the Boards Corn Hole Tournament between the Tallahassee Bar Association Board and TBA Young Lawyers Section Board was held March 1 at Proof Brewing Company.  TFB BOG member Melissa VanSickle was the referee!  Congratulations to the TAB YLS for their BIG WIN . . .  although under protest!

South Palm Beach FAWL Honors Michelle Suskauer 

The Past Presidents’ Committee of the South Palm Beach County Florida Association for Women Lawyers honored  Florida Bar President-elect Michelle R. Suskauer with the organization’s Woman Lawyer of the Year Award on Thursday, March 29, during a ceremony at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Suskauer is a West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney and member of…

Bench Bar Conference in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County Bar Association held its Bench Bar Conference on March 13.  With 27 sessions, a luncheon, Professionalism and Diversity Awards, 23 exhibitors and a cocktail reception, combined with Co-Chairs, Judges, Panelists, Moderators, Session Chairs and attendees, this year’s event was another great success!

Sen. Hukill Honored

Florida Bar President Michael Higer recently recognized the legislative work of Sen. Dorothy Hukill. The “special recognition” was presented at the joint meeting of the Volusia County Bar Association and the Volusia-Flagler Association for Women Lawyers on March 28 in Daytona. Hukill was presented with a framed plaque featuring a Florida Bar News article written about all of…

Women of Distinction in Dade

  The Dade County Bar Association celebrated Women of Distinction on March 14, at the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne. Program Chairs: DCBA President Jordan Dresnick, DCBA Past President Jeffrey Rynor and WSVN-7 Diana Diaz led the program honoring women in law. The keynote speaker was the Hon. Kathleen M. Williams, U.S. District Court, Southern…

Fight Like A Girl

Sensei Carol White of White Tiger and Dragon Martial Arts taught an amazing self-defense class on March 11 for members of the Miami-Dade FAWL. The class focused on a series of safety strategies and physical techniques to successfully escape, resist and ultimately survive a violent attack.  The group learned how to be more aware, fight off an attacker,…

Eventful week for South Palm Beach Bar

  Several events were on tap for the South Palm Beach Bar Association during March. On the 13th, the group welcomed Florida Bar President Michael Higer to its monthly membership lunch to speak about the state of the bar. A CLE and Panthers hockey event on the 15th brought members together to listen to Panthers General…

Brevard Bar recognizes five for professionalism

Florida Bar President-elect Michelle Suskauer was the guest speaker at the Brevard County Bar Association’s Professionalism Luncheon on March 28 at the Rockledge Country Club. Recognizing this year’s Professionalism Award recipients was the main purpose of the event. Five individuals were recognized for their pursuit and practice of the highest ideals and tenets of the…

Bar President visits Great Northwest

Coffee with the judges and leaders of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association was a great way to start the morning while Florida Bar President Michael Higer was in Pensacola on March 15. From left, Steven Traylor, current vice president of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, and ESRBA President Jodi Cooke. Higer reports having a great meeting and an enjoyable…

Work continues on Legacy Gala

Ashlee Pouncy, president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter NBA, reported to The Florida Bar Board of Governors at its March meeting in Sarasota about the work underway for the Legacy Gala. The event will honor Florida’s First Black Lawyers of the 1980s and will be celebrated at the 68th Annual Florida Bar Convention in June.  A…

Bringing Nazi War Criminals to justice

B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207 joined the Broward County Bar Association and Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in co-sponsoring Pursuing Nazi Propagandist and Other Nazi Criminals.  The program was presented by Dr. Steven Luckert, senior program curator in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Luckert discussed…

Tips to becoming a judicial appointee

From the application to the interview and ways to advocate for your voluntary bar members. It’s a process.  The Palm Beach County Association for Women Lawyers and F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association presented a CLE panel discussion on Demystifying Judicial Nominations on March 29. Moderated by Kara B. Rockenbach, the featured panelists included: Meredith Sasso,…

A diversity initiative for public schools

The Tallahassee Bar Association and the Tallahassee Barristers partnered with Leon County Public Schools, the Florida State University College of Law, Discover Law Grant Program with the Law School Admission Council, the judiciary, and others to make the 3rd Annual Leon County Public School Legal Diversity Initiative a tremendous success.  On March 9, this innovative…

Judicial Assistant Luncheon in Palm Beach

The Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL held its annual Judicial Assistant Luncheon on March 15. The event celebrated the contribution and crucial support of the judicial assistants, magistrate assistants, and courtroom deputies in Palm Beach County. Keynote speakers were James Bain of the Innocence Project of Florida, an exoneree who wrongly spent 35 years in prison…

Spa night for Hillsborough Women Lawyers

Manicures, pedicures and bubbly was on tap for the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers YLD Spa Social. The first-of-its-kind event for the women, produced lots of smiles on March 22.

Sarasota County Bar Mock Trial Competition

The Sarasota County Bar Association held its Annual Mock Trial Competition on March 3. Six high school teams competed, and several SCBA member attorneys served as scoring judges. Sara Castro of Farr Law Firm, and Jamie Pasquali, Office of the Public Defender, served as the Mock Trial Committee co-chairs.

Second DCA Judges in East Pasco

It’s not every day you have the District Court of Appeal judges in your town. But when they are, special events follow. East Pasco Bar Association brought two school groups in to observe appellate oral argument, watch lawyers present three cases, and enjoy lunch and Q&A with the judges when the Second DCA judges came…

Local Caribbean Bar associations host reception

On March 2, the Caribbean Bar Association  and Florida International University College of Law (“FIU Law”) hosted the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (“OECS”) Bar Association and Organisation of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations (“OCCBA”) for their regional and planning meetings. The following day, the OECS Bar Association, led by its president, Thaddeus Antoine (St. Lucia), and OCCBA, led by its president, Liesel Weekes…

Immigration law update in Miami

By all accounts, the 39th Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association South Florida Chapter Immigration Law Update held on March 23 was a huge success! The event was held at Jungle Island in Miami. Planning is already underway for the group’s 40th anniversary event for next year!

Latina Leaders Summit in Tampa

On March 13, the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association held its inaugural “Latina Leaders’ Summit” with judicial, Florida Bar, corporate and media leaders. The event’s focus was to build an intimate dialogue on diversity and inclusion and a path forward for Latina leaders. The speakers included The Hon. Miriam Valkenburg; The Hon. Kim Vance; Isabel Dominicis…

Tea for judges in Orlando

The annual tea with judges honoring the Central Florida judiciary hosted by the Barry Law Women Lawyers was  a success. The limited seating event at the Orange County Courthouse was filled to capacity.

Scavenger Hunt in Manatee County

The Manatee County Bar Association held a scavenger hunt on March 16, raising more than $1,200 for the Veterans Treatment Court in Manatee County. Six teams participated in a two-hour tour of downtown Bradenton. Participants learned about Manatee County history, ate cookies, visited some of the area’s fine pubs, took photos and collected items from the hunt….

Legal Services for Puerto Ricans

The Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida has opened a nonprofit legal clinic focused on providing legal services to Puerto Ricans who have settled in Florida after fleeing Hurricane Maria — and the clinic is employing displaced Puerto Rican attorneys. The clinic’s two offices — in Orlando and Miami — opened last month.The Orlando location…

Clerk recruitment reception in Broward

The Broward Chapter of the Federal Bar Association recently hosted a Federal Law Clerk Recruitment Reception. The event was a huge hit bringing together several dozen law firms and federal law clerks actively seeking employment following the completion of their clerkship with federal judges.

Broward Bar Associations Unite!

Broward County’s voluntary bar associations gathered for a great night of networking on March 15. Bar presidents of each organization gave a quick snapshot of what makes their bar unique! Eighteen different associations united at Zanie’s Place in Fort Lauderdale for the successful event.

Thunderdome Tallahassee Awards

On March 29, the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee celebrated its 50th anniversary by announcing the winners of the fourth annual Thunderdome Tallahassee awards.  More than 200 distinguished guests gathered at the Florida State University Alumni Center for the awards recognizing an outstanding participant and mentor of Thunderdome Tallahassee Class 4. Hunter Hendrix received the “Elizabeth…

Leaders sharpen skills at Bar Institute

Several voluntary bar leaders attended the American Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute in Chicago March 15-17. Representatives from the Clearwater, Orange County, Palm Beach County, Broward County, Sarasota County and Hillsborough County voluntary bar associations posed for a group shot at a dinner hosted by Florida Bar President-elect Michelle Suskauer and Josh Doyle, Executive Director…

Tilton honored by Tallahassee Bar Association

The Tallahassee Bar Association awarded this year’s Thomas M. Ervin, Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award to Erin J. Tilton. The annual award honors a young lawyer who has demonstrated exceptional service to TBA, TBA’s Young Lawyers Section and the Legal Aid Foundation. Tilton currently serves as president of TBA’s Young Lawyers Section and was recently…

Summit brings together Tampa area voluntary bar leaders

Tampa area voluntary bar representatives continued their tradition of gathering for an annual leaders summit. On March 9 voluntary bar leaders from the 6th sixth and 13th circuits assembled at the Hillsborough County Bar Association for this year’s event.  Since 2016, Vivian Cortes Hodz, immediate past president of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, has organized…

Women honored by Russian American Bar Association

On International Women’s Day, the Russian-American Bar Association of Florida honored women who inspire others to reach goals in addition to a legal career and despite the challenges of the legal profession. Olesia Belchenko, Mamie Joeveer and Clarissa Rodriguez shared tips and techniques for maintaining work-life balance and facing challenges to reach goals.  

Carrollwood Bar has new board

Congrats to the Carrollwood Bar Association, which recently elected a new board of directors for 2018. Leading the board are President Adria Beenhakker Dickey, President-elect Heidi Bassett, Treasurer Robert Wise, and Secretary Sonya Colon. The board members include immediate Past President Michael Hancock, Robert Wise, Jeffrey Aman, Derek Usman, James Loper, Andrew Hamilton, Daniel Bubley, Paul…

Search is on in Martin County for Bar Executive

Martin County Bar Association long-time Executive Director Michelle Katzman is leaving at the end of August due to family health issues.  Anyone with the following qualifications should please email a cover letter and CV/resume to: [email protected] Executive Director:  This is a position for an independent contractor who is an organized, motivated leader and who personally wants…

Titans of Trial – a new podcast series by Florida Justice Association

Florida’s most prominent trial lawyers in the past half-century are featured in a new podcast series by the Florida Justice Association. The Titans of Trial series highlights the stories of men and women who’ve not only won the big cases, but created positive social change by the rulings they’ve secured.  Sometimes whimsical, often inspirational, but…