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May 2018

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

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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…

Deadline is June 11 for room reservations

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is a new premier resort located near Jensen Beach in Martin County. It’s also the site of this year’s Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, July 13-14. The Florida Bar has negotiated a special rate for this conference. Run of House rooms are $164. Oceanfront rooms are $194. This rate includes a valet parking charge of…

A conversation like no other

2018-19 Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer believes that the most powerful mode of communication is still a face-to-face conversation. A great listener, she’s using her speaking time at the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference to hear from you. Having served as the past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Florida Association for…

Disguised lawyers share Law Day lore

The evidence is clear and convincing . . . Law Day is taken very seriously by the Coral Gables Bar!  Just ask President-Elect Gabriel Garay and Director PJ Mitchell about the trial of BB Wolf (a/k/a Big Bad Wolf) v. Curly Pig. The duo was joined by Judge Patti Marino-Pedraza and City Attorney Miriam Soler Ramos for a live performance…

Sunshine Kids treated special in Collier County

Sunshine Kids and their families had fun at the Naples Zoo in Southwest Florida getting to see monkeys, giraffes, lions and more! They were also showered with presents from the Young Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association. The Sunshine Kids Foundation provides children with cancer with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again do…

One less thing for working moms to worry about

Thanks to women lawyers and an advocate judge in Brevard County, working moms of infant children like Wendy Fisher will no longer have to find a place to discreetly nurse their baby. The new lactation lounge at the Moore Justice Center has put that challenge to rest. The courthouse recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting for the…

Tampa Justice Games delivers, again!

Dunking the judges was a crowd favorite at the Tampa Justice Games VI: The Olympics held on May 23 at Stetson Law. The annual celebration brings Tampa’s Inns of Court together to compete for bragging rights and a trophy. This year, the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Litigation Inns of Court took home the gold! The successful…

Hillsborough County Bar Association recognized

Hillsborough County Bar Association’s partnership volunteer reading program, Read to Dream: A John Germany Young Readers Initiative, is the proud recipient of the Hillsborough County Public Schools Shining Star Award! Since the programs inception in September 2016, Hillsborough County Bar Association attorneys have volunteered 352 reading hours for 167 children in six public elementary schools. The initiative is the…

Insights on Immigration in Miami Lakes

The Miami Lakes Bar Association presented the State of Immigration in 2018 featuring a panel discussion with lawyers who represent immigrants and the government.  The panelists shared their insights on immigration and what can be expected going forward in immigration proceedings and customs enforcement. And the crowd enjoyed some great social time as well.

End of year gathering for Asian American Bar

The final mixer of the bar year for the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association was a night of networking fun. Members gathered at Bulla Gastrobar in Winter Park for a happy hour to close out the 2017-18 membership year and get a head start on the next year. The event was well attended and…

Volunteers of the Year honored in Tallahassee

G.C. Murray, Jr. has been recognized by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of the volunteers of the year for working to make the capital city a better community a better place. The deputy general counsel for the Florida Justice Association was recognized as a volunteer who has donated food, clothing and school supplies for families and…

Judicial reception in Sarasota

Sarasota FAWL honored the Judges of the 2nd DCA and the judges of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit with a reception on May 3 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Guests met and mingled with the members of FAWL and the judiciary while enjoying a buffet and beverages. And as member Tonya Pitts will attest, it was also a…

Law Day observed by Clearwater Bar

The Clearwater Bar Association recently recognized 60 years of the timeless tradition of Law Day with its 57th annual celebration. The organization also used the luncheon to recognize individuals in the community for exceptional service to the public and legal profession. This was followed by the installation of the CBA’s board and officers. Here, outgoing President Kim…

Immigration lawyers learn about U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection provided a tour for American Immigration Lawyers Association members at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport recently.  With a goal of expanding community partnerships, CBP Florida provided a peek at airport operations, security and more. All individuals attempting to enter the United States must first demonstrate their admissibility to this agency. CBP…

Diverse Bars hosts judicial reception in Broward County

Member organizations of the Judicial Diversity Initiative joined together on May 17 to host the Broward Judicial Reception at Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale. The event was a great time to mix and mingle with the judiciary and other legal professionals. A special tribute was also given to the Hon. Illona M. Holmes and the…

Voluntary Bars support youth in courtroom dedication

On May 29, in front of hundreds of colleagues, friends, and major media outlets, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, L.L.P. donated its #HMBBrownsville Law Academy mock courtroom to the students and educators at Brownsville Middle School. The students presented a trial in front of the Hon. Marcia G. Cooke.  Attendees heard encouraging remarks from Florida Bar president Michael Higer, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, and Caribbean…

“RBG” is a hit in Miami

Several voluntary bar associations held “Movie Nights” on May 24 to see “RBG”, and early reviews were good!  Miami-Dade FAWL and Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association were two of many voluntary bar associations to hold special screenings and pay homage to the “Notorious RBG” by wearing dissent collars. At the age of 85,…

Legal Initiative gives students career view

The Dominican American Bar Association co-sponsored the fifth annual Legal Initiative this year bringing middle and high school students to St. Thomas University law school to learn about various legal careers and take a law school tour. Participants this year also were treated to an interactive session with Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince.

Annual Luncheon Honoring Judicial Assistants

The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter of the Florida Association For Women Lawyers (8FAWL) held their annual luncheon and social honoring judicial assistants and general magistrate assistants on May 25. Judge Donna Keim spoke of the dedication of the Circuit 8 team while Judge Sheree Lancaster and Trial Court Administrator…

Bar President visits Lakeland Bar

On the road again, this time a stop to talk about the State of the Bar with members of Lakeland Bar Association. President Michael Higer is seen here with  2017-18 LBA President Art Fulmer Jr., followed by Lakeland Board of Governors member Rick Nail and  President-elect Nick Troiano. As a parting gift, LBA leaders presented Higer with…

Tampa Hispanic Bar hosts Cafe Con Leche

Cafe Con Leche, Part IV was hosted by the Tampa Hispanic Bar on May 9. The event featured former Chief Judge F. Dennis Alvarez recounting the history of the local judiciary of the 1980s and 1990s followed by the Hon. E. J. Salcines passing the torch to Judge Alvarez.

New bar members welcomed in Tallahassee

Members of the Administrative Law Section and the Young Lawyers Section of The Tallahassee Bar Association joined together to toast and welcome the newest members of the Florida Bar with the “Welcome to the Bar Event.” Held on May 7 at a local watering hole in Tallahassee, both old and new members alike shared their…

Higer visits Manatee County

Florida Bar President Michael Higer’s list of invitations to voluntary bar events included the Manatee County Bar Association. The president spoke recently to the group at its May member luncheon about Llawyer health and wellness. One in every three lawyers face mental health disorders. Two Florida Bar special committees, Mental Health Courts and Health and…

Bars in Dade host Law Day celebration

Legal and community leaders gathered on May 11 at the North Dade Justice Center to recognize the rule of law in government at the Annual Law Day celebration. The event also included a middle school essay contest, guest speaker and reception. The Caribbean Bar Association is proud to co-sponsor this event along with several other volunteer bar…

Race Judicata in Indian River County

Saturday, May 12, got off to a great start in Indian River County. Race Judicata, a 5k run hosted by the Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary, started and ended at the Indian River Courthouse.  Florida Bar President-elect Designate John Stewart joined Mark Miller, former president of the Martin County Bar Association, for the fun. All…

Lawyers vs. Doctors ballgame benefits youth in Indian River County

The competitive spirit of doctors and lawyers continued this year at the sixth annual Sawbones vs. Jawbones softball game. Indian River County Bar Association hosted the event at Historic Dodgertown’s Holman Stadium. The game is played for charity with all proceeds split evenly between benefits Live Like Cole and the Jimmy Graves Foundation. Cole was…

Bar President visits Carrollwood Bar

As Florida Bar President Michael Higer’s time as president winds down, he’s still on the road visiting local voluntary bars. In this photo, he is greeted by Carrollwood Bar Association board member Andy Hamilton following his State of The Florida Bar speech. Higer has presented, met with or visited 70-plus voluntary bar associations during his…

South Broward Bar Celebrates Tenth Year

The South Broward Bar Association’s 10th Annual President’s Installation Dinner was celebrated earlier this spring. Amidst the fun and laughter, the group took time to recognize award winners and hear from Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson. The well-attended event included a swearing in of new officers by Chief Judge Jack Tuter.

A CRC briefing in Sarasota County

Members of the Sarasota County Bar Association were briefed recently on the Constitution Revision Commission. Lisa Carlton, former Florida State Senator and fellow CRC member, and Bill Schifino, a past Florida Bar president shared an update on their work with the CRC.

Cereal for Summer in Hillsborough

Hillsborough County’s 13th Judicial Circuit has collected 302 boxes of cereal in support of the communities “Cereal for Summer” campaign. Every box helps feed a hungry child or senior in the Tampa Bay area. Feeding Tampa Bay estimates that 700,000 people in the area are considered food insecure — people who don’t know when or where…

Just add coffee in Palm Beach County

“Coffee and Bagels With Judges” is such a great idea that many voluntary bars are doing it! This is a good time to have conversation and an up-close visit with the members of the Bench. Thanks for sharing, Palm Beach County Bar Association!

A break from Board business

Health and wellness month knows no bounds. Just ask the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association. Board members took a plank break from their meeting and struck a pose all in the name of exercise. According to sports enthusiasts across the globe, you get noticeable results from less than 10 minutes of…

#LawyerLife program in Walton County

The Walton County Bar Association, in conjunction with the First Circuit Bench and Bar Professionalism Committee, presented #LawyerLife – a program that addressed a myriad of topics affecting the daily lives of lawyers, such as Stress Management, Prioritizing, Work/Life Balance, Relaxation Tactics, and Using Technology to Work Smarter. Guest speakers included Judge Lori S. Rowe of…