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September 2020

Restart. Rebound. Recover. Visit COVID-19 Resources for Voluntary Bars.

How Is Your Circuit Coping with COVID?

The virtual town hall meetings led by Bar President Dori Foster-Morales continue. At these forums, panels of attorneys, judges and voluntary bar leaders discuss how Florida attorneys …

Reach out if you need help

The Florida Bar Florida Lawyers Helpline (1-833-FL1-WELL) is a free and confidential service that connects members with professional counselors.  Members who call the Helpline may be referred …

Meet the Florida Bar President-elect

Florida Bar President-Elect and Gunster shareholder Mike Tanner is a high-profile business litigator with a long list of professional accolades and nearly a decade of service on the Bar’s …

Seeking Pro Bono Service Award Nominees

Nominations for the annual pro bono service awards, which honor lawyers, judges, law firms and associations that have contributed extraordinary pro bono service are open. The nomination deadline …

SEPT. 8 IS DEADLINE FOR RESPONDING TO FLORIDA BAR 2020 MERIT RETENTION POLL

One Florida Supreme Court justice and 24 appellate judges will be on the merit retention ballot Nov. 3 when voters go to the polls in the general election, and in-state members of The Florida Bar …

Diversity Leadership Grants Awarded

The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Association Diversity Leadership Grant Awards administered by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee have been announced. For 2020-2021 notifications are provided to …

The Chance to Tell an Immigration Story

The South Florida American Immigration Lawyers Association and American Immigration Council are sponsoring the 24th annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest …

Hispanic Bar Gets Court System Update

The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association hosted Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga for a Zoom update on The State Court System as it Confronts the COVID-19 Pandemic on Aug. 28 …

Lessons Learned is focus of September Zoom Event

The pandemic has affected Voluntary Bars in a myriad of ways.  Agility has been key to coping with the ebb, flow and unfolding of its impact. Join the Voluntary Bar Leader Town Hall on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. and learn from other officers and leaders …

BAR LAUNCHES RENOVATED COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCE WEBPAGE

One of the first priorities of the Bar’s COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force is complete with the launch of the Bar’s redesigned COVID-19 information and resource web page …

A Flavorful Evening for Reddick Bar

The August general body member meeting for the TJ Reddick Bar Association featured two black-owned small businesses, Class Soirée Steakhouse and Bouldrick Creative House. Members enjoyed a great time tasting …

Voluntary Bar’s Big Part of President’s Town Halls

As Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales navigates circuit-by-circuit to hear how members are coping with pandemic challenges and what The Florida Bar can do to help, she is working closely …

Financial management critical in taxing times

Budgets and finances are important factors in managing a membership organization and are especially important during a crisis. On Aug. 25, voluntary bar leaders got a good lesson in the mechanics of keeping a association …

Pack A Pack in Miami Dade

It’s that time again! The Dade County Bar Association and Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section have partnered up with Dade Legal Aid for a Back to School Supply Drive …

Cooking for a Cause

Creative engagement for members during the COVID-19 challenge has no boundaries. Members of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association took a tour of the Philippines Aug. 19 …

Centennial Suffrage Central Florida Style

On Aug. 18, members of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers had an amazing time at their Centennial Suffrage Celebration. Members toasted the anniversary of the #Ratification …

Primary Election Night in South Florida

Several South Florida black bar associations reported election results on Aug. 18 with a live broadcast as a part of the Judicial Diversity Initiative. The Primary Election Watch Party featured …

Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

Prominent women leaders in Florida’s legal profession reflect on the significance of the 19th Amendment – which established that women had the right to vote – in a video released today on social media …

Tips & Strategies for Zoom Jury Litigation 

On August 7, ABOTA Fort Lauderdale’s Eric Rosen provided a webinar on tips and techniques to make litigation presentations stand out in this new legal era where all of us have suddenly become on camera presenters …

Decision Fatigue is a Reality of Lingering Pandemic

Isolation and work/life balance are two major challenges brought on by the lingering public health crisis. “Decision fatigue” – having to make many small decisions …

PACE Girls Celebrated in Miami

Miami-Dade Association for Women Lawyers helped nine PACE Center for Girls students celebrate graduation recently. Members purchased item …

Litigating in New Normal focus of Lunch and Learn

The Okaloosa Bar Association brought members together virtually on Aug. 12 for a Zoom Lunch & Learn. The event featured Judge William Stone, Judge Angela Mason, and Judge Terrance Ketchel …

Legal Leaders in Broward Ready to Rock

Another virtual retreat and more great results! On Aug. 14 it was Broward County Bar Association’s turn to bring together its committee and section chairs to get the new Bar year unleashed …

Digital Challenges Addressed by Court Reporters

A resolution addressing the use of emerging technology in court proceedings from the National Court Reporters Association STRONG Task Force was sent to state bar associations.  The resolution draws attention …

Thriving Through the Chaos

It’s a wild ride out there for sure and has been since mid-March for members of the legal profession. So much so, the North Tampa Bar Association provided its members with …

“Remote Bailiffs” Key to Success of Fourth Circuit Virtual Jury Trial

Fourth Judicial Circuit officials say Florida’s first fully remote, binding civil jury trial was a milestone in moving the courts forward in the age of COVID-19 …

TOWN HALLS EXPOSE LAWYER STRESS AND ISOLATION DURING A PANDEMIC

Feelings of isolation and the accompanying stress of practicing law during a pandemic are recurring themes at the Bar’s Virtual Town Hall forums being held across the state …

Guidelines amended for statewide court operations

Chief Justice Charles Canady issued two new administrative orders August 12 amending guidelines for the four-phased timeline that will govern the return to normal statewide court operations …

New leaders for Pinellas Women Lawyers

Pinellas Florida Association for Women Lawyers welcomed a new Board via Zoom on Aug. 11. Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales was there as well as …

BAR EXTENDS CLE REPORTING DEADLINES

The deadlines for members scheduled to report their three-year cycle CLE reporting or Basic Skills Course Requirement in February through November have been extended to December 31, 2020 …

Hamil-Fun in the Eighth

Members of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association gathered (virtually) on July 12 for a group-watch of “Hamilton” (on Disney+). A discussion thread on the EJCBA’s Facebook page …

COVID-19 Changes Platform for Bench & Bar

The Palm Beach County Bar Association adjusted its annual in-person Bench and Bar Conference to a webinar held each Friday during the month of August. Although the format is much different than past conferences …

New leaders sworn in for Ferguson Bar

The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association chose Facebook Live to share its Annual Installation and Awards Ceremony online on Aug. 6.  Members watched as new President Trelvis Randolph …

Staying Social on the Suncoast

With in-person voluntary bar events on pause, 10 voluntary bar presidents connected via a virtual happy hour on Aug. 6 for cheer and chat in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. The Meet the Presidents and other local bar leaders …

Election Info for Southeast Florida

The Special Edition CABA Briefs is now available online on the Cuban American Bar Association website. The summer issue features the 2020 judicial candidates, spotlighting the judicial …

Back to School in Orlando

The Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association and Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers hosted its Annual Backpack Project – Back to School: 1990s Edition …

Online Oaths in Jacksonville

Continuing to fulfill its mission, the new Board of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association was sworn in on Aug. 4. Founded in 1982, JWLA provides support and networking for women lawyers …