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October 2018

The SideBar provides monthly highlights of the incredible work of
Florida’s voluntary bars.

Helping Floridians recover from Michael

Hurricane Michael affected more than a million people, including members of the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee. As an outreach opportunity, the committee chair, Lillian Ewen, has created a recovery and rebuilding list of credible organizations in the Panhandle area. These are just a few of the groups recommended by committee members from the Panhandle. Please consider donating…

Florida Disaster Legal Hotline

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division needs volunteer attorneys for its FEMA Disaster Relief Hotline. Volunteers provide basic legal services for low-income individuals in non-fee generating cases. The most pressing need is for volunteers to return calls. You don’t have to live in North Florida to provide this service. To volunteer, complete this form and review the  FEMA Disaster…

Supporting Hard-Hit Hurricane Michael Areas

Florida Justice Association members Sen. Gary Farmer and Matt Foster delivered much-needed supplies to those affected by Hurricane Michael on behalf of the FJA Research & Education Foundation. FJA members and staff made multiple trips to the Panhandle with trucks stocked with generators, tarps, chainsaws, food and water to the hardest hit areas in Panama City….

Supporting school supplies in Orlando

Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association joined forces to raise support for Orlando area schools. Here, CFAWL president Arti Hirani and CFAWL Backpack Project Chair Amanda Sampaio Bova, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association and their President Jill Davis Simon, presented…

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association came together to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer. Not only did members walk with and in support of JWLA members who are fighters and survivors, but they walked with survivor Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente and Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince.

Hitting the links for literacy

Literacy Volunteers of Collier County was the beneficiary of this year’s Collier County Bar Foundation Golf Tournament. The tourney raised $2,500 for the local charity with attorneys and non-attorneys as player participants.  The firm competition was won by Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford.

Women lawyers support new lactation room

Court administrators, working with the Broward County Women Lawyers Association, opened a lactation room at the Broward County Courthouse to give nursing mothers the privacy they need without sacrificing cleanliness or hygiene. The official opening and pink ribbon cutting ceremony were held on Oct. 29 in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to numerous studies, breastfeeding…

Conference trail leads to Tampa

A 1910 warehouse that once housed broken-down streetcars was the gathering place on Oct. 17 for Bay area voluntary bar leaders to celebrate Tampa as the host city for the 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. The now modernized neighborhood hangout with hip bars and restaurants is one of many transformations underway on the waterfront in downtown Tampa….

Good cause, wicked fun

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Pro Bono Committee made it a special Halloween for women and children in a domestic violence shelter. For the sake of helping out a sister in need, members shared sweets and treats and made sure residents and their families enjoyed…

Served in Volusia County

On Halloween eve, Volusia County Bar Association sponsored  Spooky Science Night at Holly Hill School. More than 400 families were fed during the family night event.