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March 2021

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Conference Registration Launch Delayed

Connecting and learning from like-minded leaders is a unique experience that elevates the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference to a level of its own.  In planning for this year’s VBLC, committee leaders want to preserve …

FOSTER-MORALES TO HOST STATEWIDE TOWN HALL MEETING MARCH 30

As the pandemic continues and recovery plans progress, President Dori Foster-Morales will host a statewide town hall meeting March 30 to provide Florida lawyers with court operations updates …

Help Recognize Extraordinary Service

The Marshall R. Cassedy, Sr. Award is presented each year to a voluntary bar executive or Florida Bar staff member who has provided extraordinary service to either a voluntary bar or The Florida Bar …

IT’S TIME TO VOTE! BAR ELECTIONS ARE UNDERWAY

From the Bar’s role in public advocacy, to online legal service providers and lawyer discipline, the two candidates for Bar president-elect expressed their views in a February 22 virtual forum. Hosted by President Dori Foster-Morale …

Virtual Start of Law Day is Set for March 3

Law Week is a week-long event centered around Law Day. Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law and the legal process that contributes to the freedoms that all Americans share …

How Will Your Bar Honor Women’s Month?

As the month of March begins, so do the events and activities honoring the contributions that women have made in history and contemporary society. National Women’s Month and International Women’s Day …

Four Bar Affiliates Win YLD’s Top Honors

The BIGGEST winners of the 2021 (Virtual) Affiliate Outreach Conference on Feb. 6 were four Florida Bar YLD affiliates that worked OVERTIME in 2020 to make a difference in their communities …

Share Your Wellness Events

The Florida Bar Committee on Mental Health & Wellness of Lawyers wants to help spread the word about voluntary bar events focused on all aspects of wellness. The committee’s Facebook page …

YLD Olympics – Register Now For a Healthier You!

The Young Lawyers Division Health & Wellness Olympics Sign Ups Are On! The “2021 Health & Wellness Olympics” -begins April 1 and last TWO months until May 27.
YLD is transitioning from raising awareness of stigmas …

The Year of Ox Will Bring Hope, Strength and Love

The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association celebrated he Lunar New Year virtually. Shally Wong shared her proud culture and linguistic skills to help members speak Lunar New Year greetings in several languages …

YLD OFFER SOCIAL MEDIA POCKET GUIDE FOR LAWYERS

Social media has made digital networking second nature to the modern lawyer, but the path is strewn with ethical hazards. That’s why the Young Lawyers Division is offering a free, easy-to-follow guide to avoid the potential pitfalls: …

Anti-Defamation League to Recognize Justice Giants

Sia Baker-Barnes, the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee Board of Governors liaison, and William Schifino, Jr., and Tod Aronovitz, two former Florida Bar presidents, will be honored on March 10 by the Anti-Defamation League …

A Virtual Celebration in Orange County

Two voluntary bars teamed up to honor Black History Month with an online luncheon on Feb. 25. The Orange County Bar Association and Paul C. Perkins Bar Association welcomed CK Hoffler …

Moving the Needle Forward for Change

An online joint bar event celebrating Black History Month was held via Zoom on Feb. 24  The Broward County Bar Young Lawyers Section, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers, the Caribbean Bar, T.J. Reddick Bar and the Haitian Bar …

Eating Heart-Healthy in Jacksonville

February is American Heart Health Awareness Month! Devoting a little time to make healthier habits can go a long way toward improving your heart health. on Feb. 24, the Jacksonville Bar Association hosted a 30-minute …

A Courts Update in Polk County

Members of the Polk Association for Women Lawyers received a virtual courts update from two chief judges who have helped navigate Florida Courts through the last year.  Chief Judge Nelly Khouzam, 10th Circuit and Chief Judge Ellen Masters …

The Importance of Black Bar Associations

In honor of Black History Month, the George Edgecomb Bar Association and Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association celebrated Back to Our Roots: The Importance of Black Bar Associations on Feb. 24 with a networking …

Past Presidents Share Local Bar Experiences

On Feb. 24, the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association assembled a panel of past presidents for a virtual networking session. Engaging with the experienced leaders, the participants learned what …

Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions

On Feb. 24, the Federal Bar Association – Broward County Chapter had another successful run of the virtual version of Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions program with students from University School of Nova Southeastern University …

School Integration Is Focus in Sarasota

On Feb. 23, Sarasota County Bar Association hosted an interactive panel discussion of the history and current status of efforts to bring racial equality to the Sarasota County school system. Personal testimony was provided from affected students …

Wise Words for FJA Workhorse Participants

“Get just two-percent better every day.” Those were the encouraging words from the 2021 Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar keynote speaker, Dr. Myron Rolle! Rolle spoke during the virtual luncheon on Feb. 24 …

Mock Trial Competition in Collier County

The Collier County Bar Association held its Mock Trial 2021 virtually on Feb. 19-20. Members helped out as coaches and judges from the comfort of their home or office to protect the health of the participants and volunteers …

Raising Awareness of LGBTQ+ Workplace Bias

For attorneys to help clients, you must understand them.  South Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and South Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted a seminar on LGBTQ 101 Proficiency and Workplace Bias …

Inn of Court honors Judge Jackie Powell

Judge Jackie Powell, County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit, has been honored as a 2021 Community Champion by the Stephen R. Booher Inns of Court. The public recognition took place during the group’s latest virtual meeting …

Judicial Cake Wars in Sarasota

On Feb. 18 members of the Sarasota County Bar Association were in for a real treat. Eight judges from the 12th Judicial Circuit showcased their cake decorating skills and members got to vote on the winning creations. The jurists paired off into four dessert-decking duos …

Virtual Learning Over Lunch in Miami

The Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers  hosted a virtual lunch on Feb. 17. The event topic was transitioning from a government entity to in-house counsel for a private company …

Trying A Case During the Pandemic

More than 100 members of the Palm Beach County Justice Association joined the Live Jury Trial in the Age of COVID-19 Experiment in Palm Beach County. The CLE webinar provided a behind-the-scenes discussion of a trial during Covid-19 …

So, You Want to Be a Judge in Palm Beach County?

The Palm Beach County Bar Association has a new Road to the Bench Academy program underway. The Academy is a non-partisan training and mentorship program to encourage diversity on the bench …

Honoring Then and Now Black Judges

A Judicial Affair Honoring Our Past and Present Black Judiciary was hosted by F. Malcolm Cunningham and Palm Beach County Bar Association on Feb. 18. The event gave the two voluntary bars a chance to remember past Black judges …

Celebrating Black Female Heroes of History

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers celebrated Black History Month on Feb. 18 with fellowship and action! The group hosted a virtual happy hour for members and friends to network over zoom and share stories …

Lee County Bar Honors Black History in Law

The Feb. 19 Member Luncheon hosted by the Lee County Bar Association honored Black History in Law. Members enjoyed hearing a panel of Lee County Bar members and moderator Adriannette Williams ,..

Students Learn About Their Rights

F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association was given the opportunity to speak to the high school seniors about “ Interacting with Law Enforcement.”  Destinie Baker Sutton, the chair of the Legal Action and Policy Committee …

Attorney Roundtable in North Tampa

Members of the North Tampa Bar Association gathered virtually on Feb. 18 for its Attorney Roundtable event. Discussing legal issues with other attorneys was the agenda for this monthly noon meeting …

Keeping Connected in a Virtual World

February 18 was a fantastic night of virtual socializing, beer tasting, and a virtual tour of Big Storm Brewing & Distilling Co. for members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Said Paige Greenlee, HCBA President …

SOME REMOTE CRIMINAL JURY TRIALS AUTHORIZED

Chief Justice Charles Canady has issued an administrative order authorizing some remote criminal jury trials as COVID-19 pandemic conditions persist around the state. This order extends a similar authorization issued in June 2020 for some civil trials …

New Program Recognizes Young Leaders

The Broward County Bar Association has announced the inaugural class of its 40 under 40 recipients. The program was created to recognize the dedication and service of young lawyers to the Broward County community and the legal profession.

Legendary Black Woman Lawyer Honored

On Feb. 17, The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association hosted a virtual celebration with the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida and the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association honoring the life and legacy of a leader …

Overcoming Obstacles As Black Legal Leaders

The George Edgecomb Bar Association hosted a special Zoom Black History Month CLE on Feb. 16. A panel of Black women pioneers in the legal profession shared their experiences as to how they overcame …

Saluting Frontline Medical Professionals in Broward

More than 110 people joined the Broward County Bar Association, the TJ Reddick Bar Association and the 17th Judicial Circuit Court for a Black History event honoring pioneer African American doctors …

Great parents, great lawyers

The Young Lawyers Division is offering law firms yet another tool for nurturing and maintaining talent: “A Practical Guide to Parental Leave for Employers: …

Heart-to-Heart and Legally in Love

February is the month of love and for the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association it is a reason to celebrate! Members of BCHBA gathered virtually for a heart-to-heart share hour with judges and attorneys about relationships, couples …

Trivia Night for Jax Bar YLS

Two teams competed head to head tonight at the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trivia Night on Feb. 10.  Bragging rights go to Team Trivia Newton John!!!

New Source Features Florida Court News

Court News Florida is a collaborative project of the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator, and the Florida Court Public Information Officers. The new publication offers the latest news and information …

Shop Local and Black-Owned To Celebrate

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, the Dade County Bar Association – in partnership with the @mia_dadechamber – invites you to shop local and black-owned. Check out these amazing small businesses and tag DCBA while you shop to be featured on the page! …

Brewpalooza! For North Tampa Bar Members

The North Tampa  Bar Association’s Beerpalooza (first annual?) was a massive success! Members served as hosts and brew guides for the evening, Tom and Katie Dorsey Nealon; emcee and event organizer, Jared Krukar …

Test Your Black History Trivia

Happy Black History Month! In the February issue of The Briefs, Orange County Bar Association President LaShawnda Jackson shared Black History Month trivia, which OCBA is sharing on social media …

A Vision for Change Underway In Tampa

The Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Hillsborough County Bar Association, George Edgecomb Bar Association and Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers are hosting a virtual book club …

New Diversity Policy for MDFAWL

Miami-Dade FAWL has implemented a new Policy on Diversity Among Speakers on Sponsored or Co-Sponsored Programs. The policy which was effective on Feb. 3 provides for diversity …

Women on the Bench

The Palm Beach Hispanic Bar Association, F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Palm Beach County joined the Women’s Foundation of Florida for Women on the Bench: …

Diversity Symposium is Feb. 11

The Caribbean Bar Association is recognizing both Black History Month and Reggae Month with events that inform, educate, and empower! February is also the month that the Caribbean Bar traditionally volunteers …