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Sponsor Benefits Include Time With Bar Leaders

The 2021 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference at Margaritaville Resort Orlando on July 16-17 is the voluntary bar leaders’ biggest event of the year! The two-day gathering of Florida’s top …

Offering Everything Under the Sun At 2021 VBLC

Voluntary Bar Leaders attending the Bar Leaders Conference on July 16-17 at Margaritaville Resort Orlando can soak up the rays while enhancing their leadership and …

Reserve A Room at Margaritaville Today!

Accommodations for the 2021 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando are filling up and the reservation cut-off is June 22. Rooms are available …

Still Time to Apply for YLD Scholarship

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) has extended the scholarship application deadline until May 10 for aspiring young lawyers who want to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference …

Send Us Your Law Day Recap and Photos

Law Day is held on the first of May each year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. Voluntary Bars traditionally hosts …

FLORIDA FREE LEGAL ANSWERS PIONEERED REMOTE ACCESS

Long before Florida lawyers had heard of “COVID-19,” or imagined participating in a Zoom trial, Free Legal Answers was pioneering the remote access frontier. As the online legal clinic celebrates …

The Next Generation of Voluntary Bar Leaders

The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee family is growing! We are happy to introduce Natalie Leonor Narbona born on 3/27/21 to Kimberly Lopez-Narbona and Maurico Narbona, and big brother, Gabriel …

2021 In-Person Meetings Favored in Survey

In March, the Florida Society of Association Executives conducted a survey of Executive Members regarding their meetings this year. FSAE gathered data on 2021 …

Resuming Face-to-Face Outings in Sarasota

The Sarasota Yacht Club was the venue for a members-only live networking event for the Sarasota County Bar Association on April 29. Members enjoyed the spectacular …

NEW SUMMARY JUDGMENT ORDER WEBINAR

On April 29, the Florida Supreme Court released an administrative order changing the standard Florida State Judges are to use when ruling on Motions for Summary Judgment …

New executive director at Dade County Bar

Bret Berlin has joined the Dade County Bar Association as its new executive director. Berlin will report to the board of directors and is responsible for the strategy and operations for DCBA’s .

Combating Hate, Racism, and Xenophobia

Four voluntary bars came together on April 28 for the Combating Hate, Racism, and Xenophobia Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders virtual panel …

Black Lawyers Create New Scholarship

The T.J. Reddick Bar Association and Kaplan have developed a partnership to increase the number of Black attorneys by creating a scholarship for Black law students …

New #YLDisME Video Released

In the new release of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division #YLDisME video, Longwood attorney and Stetson Law School alum Onchantho Am, an attorney with …

Share The Revamped Legal Guide

The Law Related Education Committee has introduced a REVAMPED legal guide for Florida teens and young adults: “Legal Survival Guide: Florida Laws You Should Know.”

Young Lawyers Hosts Nutrition Webinar

The Federal Bar Association – Tampa Bay Chapter YLD, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers YLD, and Hillsborough County Bar Association YLD teamed up on April 22 …

Thanking Members on Taco Tuesday

April 27 was Taco Tuesday at the Palm Beach County Bar Association and for a good reason. As part of Member Appreciation Week, PBCBA provided a free taco lunch …

Virtual Coffee at the Courthouse

Middle District of Florida judges, practitioners, law clerks and staff connected for (virtual) Coffee at the Courthouse on April 27. The event was hosted by the Tampa Bay Chapter …

Scholarships, Awards at George Edgecomb Bar

Five deserving high school students were among those recognized at the George Edgecomb Bar Association’s 38th Annual Scholarship Banquet on April 26. More than 100 members participated …

Helping Families Eat Healthy in Miami-Dade

The Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers Community Outreach Committee has launched a donation drive to help fight food insecurity and limit food waste in Miami-Dade …

Take Your Child To Work Day

For years, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers celebrated Take Your Child to Work Day by hosting HAWL members and their children at the George Edgecomb Courthouse …

Pickleball Ready in Jacksonville

What do you get when you combine badminton, ping-pong and tennis? A paddleboard sport that is sweeping the nation! Members of the Jacksonville Bar Association gathered …

Running A Race At Your Own Pace or Place

More than 500 lawyers, judges and staff of the Orange County Bar Association came together during a pandemic to run, walk, or jog for a very worthy cause …

Hate Crimes -See Something, Say Something

Protecting yourself and others against hate crimes, xenophobia and racism was the focus of a webinar on April 22 hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islander community …

Dance Night Sizzles in Tampa

Members of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association enjoyed Baile dance night with Pablo Robles.  Learning to Salsa was the feature of the event. Both virtual and in-person options …

Live Pics! Live Event in Collier County

Nice to be back in-person was the sentiment expressed by members of the Collier County Bar Association during the group’s April 21 luncheon. The April Family Law event …

Virtual Scavenger Hunt for CFAWL

On April 20, members of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers had a BLAST teaming up with Alley Kat Adventures – City Scavenger Hunts, a woman-owned event …

Professionalism In a Changing World

The Pupilage group for George C. Young American Inn of Court presented on “The Art of Professionalism in a Changing World” at its April 20 meeting. Judge Lisa Munyon advised on …

Strengthening Speaker Diversity in Miami-Dade

In January 2021, the Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers Board of Directors unanimously approved memorializing the organization’s expectation …

Justice Unit Hosts Officer Installation

The B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207  is a 40-year old voluntary bar association consisting of attorneys and judges, located primarily in Broward County. On April 18 the group held its officer …

Watch Live Trials and Court Hearings

The Florida Supreme Court launched Florida’s Virtual Courtroom Directory on April 19. Watch live trials and court hearings across the state: https://courtrooms.flcourts.org …

Mental Health Focus in Osceola County

We have all learned during this pandemic that it’s equally important to exercise the mind just as much as the body. The Osceola County Bar’s Virtual Game/Trivia hour held on April 16 …

5K Race to the Courthouse

The Martin County Bar Association reports that April 17 was a beautiful day for the 5K run to the courthouse. The run drew 144 participants of all ages and skill levels …

Returning to Work Questions Addressed

Employment Law Issues in A COVID Era is a popular topic these days. The F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association provided the opportunity for its members to learn more …

A Primer on Civil Rights Law

The Federal Bar Association – Orlando Chapter, the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association, and the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association hosted a CLE for its members …

Members Enjoy Beach Social in Manatee County

The Manatee County Bar Association hosted its members to a Spring Social at The Beach on April 16. An evening of fun, food and sunset was experienced by MCBA members and …

A Food Truck Social (post COVID style)

A post COVID style Food Truck Social is the first in-person, outdoor, socially distanced event in more than a year for the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association …

Wellness Challenge Kicks-off Olympics

Members of the Polk Association for Women Lawyers had a great time on April 1-14 kicking off the YLD Olympics with the “Spring In Your Step” Health and Wellness Challenge …

Thomas recognized for Pro Bono Service

Tallahassee Women Lawyers presented this year’s Catherine Chapman Pro Bono Service Award to Brandi Joyce Thomas, Family Law Practice Group Leader at Akbar Law Firm, P.A. …

Hispanic Bars Host Path to the Bench

The Broward County Hispanic Bar Association joined  forces with the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida
and Tampa Hispanic Bar Association for Path to the Bench …

Estate Planning is Hot Topic in Martin County

Estate Planning took center stage on April 13 for the Martin County Women Lawyers Association. Some hot and some not-no-hot estate planning tips were shared. …

It All Begins With Effective Listening

The Broward County Trial Lawyers Association hosted a Trial Lawyer Tuesday “Build Your Business” program on April 13.  An interactive discussion on “Communication for …

Be Kind to Lawyers Day Recognized

Attorneys are essential to the workings of society and the justice system. Be Kind to Lawyers Day is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday of April to thank all lawyers for their hard work …

Bike Tour for Jax Bar Members

Members of the Jacksonville Bar Association enjoyed a historical tour of Downtown Jacksonville on bicycles. The three-hour tour began at the Duval County Courthouse …

Caribbean Bar Joins Food Giveaway

On April 10, the Caribbean Bar Association had the opportunity to serve with Farmshare Food Giveaway and the African-American Research Library &  Cultural Center. CBA members gave out bags …

A Virtual Trial Advocacy Workshop

Ready, Set, Grow! That was the Trial Advocacy CLE presented by the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association on April 9. Members heard several speakers discuss professionalism …

On the Heels of Women’s History Month

On April 9, the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers had an amazing time at its monthly luncheon celebrating Women’s History with guest speaker, Robert P. Watson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor …

Surviving 2020 & Thriving in 2021

The Dade County Bar Association hosted its Annual Bench and Bar event “Surviving 2020 & Thriving in 2021” on April 9. The keynote speaker was Mayor Francis Suarez. The virtual event featured …

Spring Social for North Tampa Bar

The North Tampa Bar Association celebrated the return to in-person events with a social on April 8. The law firm of Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace hosted the evening gathering outside …

FAWL President Visits Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association April CLE Luncheon was both In-Person and Virtual to accommodate member needs. Kimberly Hosley, President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers …

#fawlseesher Challenge Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the #fawlseesher challenge! The social media event was held to recognize Women’s History Month and celebrate women’s achievements …

Diversity Award Presented to Sia Baker-Barnes

At the Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench Bar kickoff on April 6 , Sia Baker-Barnes was presented The Judge Edwards Rodgers Diversity Award ten years after she had the privilege …

Health Nut Webinar for Better Work/Life Balance

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers Webinar Committee hosted, “Health Nut: Taking Care of Your Mind, Body, and Soul in the Thick of Everyday Crazy” on April 1 …

Wine and Charcuterie Sweeten Virtual Tour

The April 1 Virtual Happy Hour hosted by Hillsborough County Bar Association was enjoyed by many. The event featured Tampa lawyer turned vintner, Desiree Noisette, a former practicing attorney …

Family Law CLE Offered By Local Miami Bar

Another successful CLE event by South Miami Kendall Bar Association was held last month.  A View from the Bench on the Role of the GAL and Attorney ad Litem …

Great Outdoor Event for Lee County Bar

The Lee County Bar Association hosted its Annual Bench Bar-B-Q & Shrimp Boil.  The event featured Judge Robert Branning and LCBA member Jerry Von Gruben’s Low Country Boil …