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October 2017

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Board of Governors nominating petitions due December 15

Nominating petitions for the 2018 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., Dec. 15. All board positions are two-year terms. Additional nominating procedure details and a list of current BOG members and forms can be found in the…

Path to Inclusion set for November

The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is hosting its statewide symposium, Path to Inclusion, on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. A day-long agenda is planned with multi-track programming on gender bias, multiculturalism and implicit/explicit bias. Many speakers will participate including Joseph K. West, chief diversity & inclusion…

ABA Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession will soon be accepting nominations for the 28th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award was established in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. Each year, this award honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence…

Jacksonville Bar Association members gather

Coping with domestic tragedy in urban America was the focus at Jacksonville Bar Association’s Membership Luncheon. Mayanne Downs, city attorney of Orlando and managing partner at GrayRobinson, P.A., Orlando Office, gave a compelling speech about the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Downs said she learned from the experience that “senseless acts remind us that nothing is promised” and…

Statewide public education program on Constitution Revision underway

With a recent survey showing that 9 of 10 Floridians are unaware of what the Constitution Revision Commission does, The Florida Bar launched Protect Florida Democracy: Our Constitution, Our Rights, Our Courts, a statewide public education program to increasee Floridians’ awareness of constitution revision and engage them in this important work. The Bar intends to…

Preparing Sarasota lawyers for CRC

The Constitution Revision Commission occurs once every 20 years and this is the year. F. Scott Westheimer, Florida Bar Board of Governors member and Communications Committee Chair, made sure Sarasota County Bar Association members became aware of the process and what they can do to help Protect Florida Democracy at the group’s October membership meeting. In…

Four bars and one big check in Palm Beach County

Paint it pink! On Oct. 12,  Palm Beach County FAWL, the F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and the North County Section of the PBC Bar hosted another successful event benefiting the Smiley Wiley Breast Cancer Foundation (L to R) North County Section president W Mason, FAWL president Katie Kiziah…

Dade County Bar Association times two

  Seeing the bench and bar outside of court in a social setting is always a great thing! The Dade County Bar Association made this possible with an officer and board installation on Saturday, Oct. 21 and a Hurricane Irma fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the J.W. Marriott in Miami.

Law students arrive from Puerto Rico

A reception to welcome five law students from the University of Puerto Rico who have joined Florida State University’s community for the fall 2017 semester, was held in Tallahassee on Oct. 23. The students began arriving earlier this month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. The outpouring of support from students, faculty members and alumni…

Date & Location of 2018 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference Announced

The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee met in Tampa at The Florida Bar’s fall meeting. Plans are now underway for the 2018 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference July 13-14, 2018, at the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa on Hutchinson Island.  The annual conference provides useful information, tips, and a forum to exchange ideas on specific topics of interest…

Bar leaders speak at MDFAWL luncheon

Miami Dade FAWL hosted a meet and greet luncheon presentation with Florida Bar President Michael J. Higer on Sept. 28. Higer spoke on The Florida Bar’s initiatives. He was joined by Board of Governor member Dori Foster-Morales, who presented the Bar’s Health and Wellness program, and President-elect Michelle Suskauer, who updated members on the Bar’s efforts…

Tech road show hits Tallahassee

More than 30 Tallahassee lawyers attended a Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Tech Road Show CLE held at the FSU College of Law on Oct. 27.  The 4 hour technology CLE hosted by Tallahassee Bar Association and the TBA Young Lawyers Section, kicked off with lunch from a gourmet taco food truck, followed by sessions on: Understanding…

Workout time for Asian Pacific Bar members

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association experienced a Pure Barre workout to recognize the importance of a health and wellness lifestyle recently.  The group exercise event was held on Oct. 14 with a certified instructor, the group’s own Social Chairperson, Allyn Ginns Ayers! The group enjoyed food and drinks after class at the Fort Lauderdale…

The St. Pete Bar embraces wellness

The St. Pete Bar is actively promoting health and wellness as this year’s theme. Activities include: Four wellness speakers at membership luncheons; Reading of Nora Riva Bergman’s book, “50 Lessons for Lawyers: Earn More. Stress Less. Be Awesome”; Wellness Wednesday Walking sessions at Crescent Lake; Weekly wellness tips; and Articles in Paraclete Magazine.

Scenic West attracts retreaters

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – AAML – Florida Chapter leaders ventured out west for the 2017 Retreat! News of a great week with fabulous colleagues and friends was shared on their Facebook page, with several photos of the group sight-seeing at many of the wonders of the West!

Eighth Circuit Bar enlightened on threats to legal system

Friday the 13th did not scare away attorneys from the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association member luncheon. A large crowd  heard investigative journalist Keith Long discuss what happens when social media tries to define American Jurisprudence. He also offered an enlightening perspective on the jury verdicts in the Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson trials.

Tampa Hispanic Bar hosts judicial panel

On Sept. 27, the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association hosted a free member luncheon & panel discussion on: “Myths of JAWS … An Ethics CLE Special Event.” The panel was comprised of judges and their judicial assistants from the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Hillsborough County. The judicial panel included The Honorable Rex Barbas, The Honorable…

Students inspired by Marshall movie

The D.W. Perkins Bar hosted hundreds of Jacksonville-area high school students to view a private screening of the “Marshall.”  Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Thanks to the generosity of various sponsors, the students were inspired by the story of Marshall’s towering legal career.  Judge Rashean Mathis, and…

Flavorful Pro Bono fundraiser in Miami

Tastings, libations, art, music and an evening of fun! That’s how members of the Cuban American Bar Association described their 13th Annual Art in the Tropics event. The Oct. 14 celebration took place at History Miami Museum. Proceeds went to support CABA Pro Bono Legal Services.

Clearwater Bar preps for the future

Post hurricane, there was much to talk about. On Oct. 12, Clearwater Bar Association turned to first responders: Deputy Eric Gandy, Commander Micah Acree and Assistant Chief James Warman to discuss:  “How We Fared During Hurricane Irma and What We as a Community Could do Better in the Future.” The luncheon topic was helpful with…

Best year yet in focus for Corporate Counsel group

  On Sept. 23, the ACC South Florida Board of Directors met for a strategic planning meeting for 2017-2018 fiscal year. The theme for the year is “We are all ACC South Florida Ambassadors,”a reminder that each board member plays a significant and important role, empowering, engaging and doing so enthusiastically! The leaders hope to…

Collier County Bar Association hosts DCA Dinner

On Oct. 12, the Collier County Bar Association hosted the District Court of Appeals annual dinner at the Port Royal Club.  Federal, Circuit Civil and Family Mediator Tara Miller Dane was presented with the Lion of the Law award bestowed by the local judiciary.  The award recognizes excellence in legal skills, professionalism and public service. …

Courtrooms honor civility

The role of civility in the legal profession is the focus the entire month of October by the American Inns of Court. Florida is in on the action, as witnessed in this post by Judge Bill Burgess in his Sixth Circuit courtroom in Pinellas County.

Hillsborough County Bar addresses implicit bias

  Exploring how implicit bias can manifest itself inside and outside the courtroom was the focus of Hillsborough County Bar Association’s 21st Annual Bench and Bar Conference on Oct. 25. On hand to take part in the luncheon was Hilarie Bass, President of the American Bar Association. She is joined here by leaders of the…

Broward County Pro Bono Recognized

Federal Bar Association – Broward County Chapter held its monthly luncheon at the Tower Club Fort Lauderdale. A packed house of over 80 lawyers heard about the great pro bono work done by the chapter, by Legal Aid Service of Broward County, by MISSION UNITED, and the Southern District of Florida (civil and bankruptcy). Chief Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Isicoff,…

Summit brings services together

More than 200 legal aid attorneys, human services providers and other advocates gathered in Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 2-3 for a first-of-its-kind statewide LGBTQ Summit. The event was sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation and organized by Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF). “As legal services providers, we recognize…

JNC on panel in Broward

Broward County Bar Association partnered with Federal Bar Association/Broward County Chapter to host the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission Panel and Reception on Sept. 26. Five members of the JNC, including its chair, answered questions about the five federal district court judge positions and two magistrate judge positions being considered.

Orange County Bar supports Pride event

The Orange County Bar Association and Legal Aid Society of the OCBA participated in “Come Out with Pride” during an Orlando event on Oct. 15. Current OCBA President Liz McCausland proved to be quite the rock star at the organization’s booth.

Tallahassee Bar Association presents Diversity Award

The Tallahassee Bar Association recently presented its 2017 Champion for Diversity in the Legal Profession Award to the Hopping Green & Sams law firm. The award recognizes attorneys or law firms that facilitate inclusion and serve as role models by influencing and inspiring others in the legal profession to understand challenges and barriers that some…

Tallahassee blends attorneys, judges and students

The Young Lawyer’s Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association‘s 3rd Annual Diversity Networking Symposium was held Sept. 28 at Florida State University College of Law. The event is a “speed-dating” style networking opportunity for law students to meet Tallahassee-area attorneys and judges. Many Tallahassee Bar Association members helped make the symposium a huge success!

Voluntary bars join hands for Irma relief

Storm victims in the Keys and the Caribbean received much-needed supplies when T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Broward County Bar Association, Haitian Lawyers Association and the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar collected items on Sept. 16 in Fort Lauderdale. The event and the day was a success with boxes of canned goods, flashlights,…

Coral Gables Bar holds gala

Members of the Coral Gables Bar Association enjoyed gathering for the 2017 Annual Installation Gala at the Biltmore on Sept. 23. Florida Bar President Michael J. Higer was keynote speaker and the oath was given by the Hon. Robert J. Luck, Third District Court of Appeal.