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The SideBar – April 2021

April 2021

Conference Registration Is Open

The 2021 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is set for an in-person event on July 16-17 at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Join more than 150 voluntary bar leaders from small to large size bars for two days of educational sessions …

YLD To Foot Registration Fee For A Few

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) has provided a big splash of support for aspiring young lawyers who want to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. As many as 18 registration …

Sponsors – It’s Your Time to Shine!

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

COVID-19 Court Operations and Recovery Town Hall CLE Offered

President Dori Foster-Morales hosted a statewide town hall meeting, “Florida Bar Town Hall: COVID-19 Court Operations and Recovery,” on March 30, to provide Florida lawyers with court …

Bar President’s Leadership Has Been Exemplary

The pandemic has brought a time for us to grow, adapt and change. Probably no one knows that better than Florida Bar president Dori Foster-Morales.  Foster-Morales has demonstrated grace under pressure …

LESSER WINS BAR PRESIDENT-ELECT CONTEST

Fifteenth Circuit Board of Governors member Gary S. Lesser has been elected Bar president-elect for the 2021-22 Bar year. Lesser defeated 11th Circuit board member Steven W. Davis 11,817 to 6,922 in election results …

Legal Leaders Honored in Hillsborough County

The Hillsborough County Bar Association recognized five leaders in the local legal community at a special awards ceremony on March 25. The virtual event honored the following award recipients …

Voluntary Bar Leadership Coaching!

Trying to take your game to the next level? Or, maybe you just need a few tips to guide you to success in specific areas. Whether you’re a rookie or seasoned player, everyone can lean on the support offered the Voluntary Bar …

Knowing Your Value is Focus of Women’s Event

The Palm Beach County Justice Association featured Sia Baker Barnes as a presenter at the group’s Women’s Section Event: ‘Know Your Value’ on March 25. Baker Barnes chose this profession …

Beer Tasting Adds Fun to March Madness

Picking up beer growlers before the event was the beginning of a great time for Polk Association for Women Lawyers March Member Madness. The group hosted a social hour and virtual beer tasting …

Spring Soirée Enjoyed in Tampa

The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association reports that the The Spring Soirée on March 25 was a huge success. President Trish Cvejkus Candamo spearheaded the event that was held at the Palm Ceia and …

Making Students More Aware of Legal Issues

The Tallahassee Bar Association Young Lawyers hosted Adulting 101 for high school students on March 24. The virtual seminar focused on personal and civil rights, money management, employment and driving …

Virtual Ask-A-Lawyer Event in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association and Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc., a hosted a Virtual Ask-A-Lawyer event benefiting employees at Rethreaded on March 23 …

A Virtual Field Trip is Possible

If you’ve ever wanted an “inside look” at the Florida Supreme Court, you’re in luck: The Court offers virtual tours for school groups, civic organizations and leadership groups. The 45-60-minute tours …

“Demystifying the Florida Bar Board of Governors”

Events recognizing Women’s History Month continue. The Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association is hosting “Demystifying the Florida Bar Board of Governors”, a CLE …

Paralegal and Attorney Online Interaction

The Palm Beach County Bar Association Paralegal Committee presented The Impact of COVID -19 on the Interaction Between the Attorney and the Paralegal in Court or Mediation Hearings …

19th VBAs Join Together for Update

On March 23, three voluntary bar associations in the 19th Judicial Circuit hosted a town hall for Florida Bar members. A panel of bench and bar leaders provided updates including Dori Foster-Morales, President of The Florida Bar …

A Candid Conversation on Civil Rights

The T.J. Reddick Bar Association along with the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association presented Part 2 of The Unboxed Series: Civil Rights with award-winning author, oral historian & professor …

Legislative Advocacy Is Focus of Lobby Days

Florida Association for Women Lawyers had an amazing Lobby Days 2021! One day one, Justice Grosshans, Judge McKinney and Senator Berman participated in an engaging panel discussion on …

Blowing the Traditional Gala Out of the Water

Given the pandemic and the resulting state of the world, a traditional black-tie gala was impractical this year for the Cuban American Bar Association. So CABA reimagined and revamped the installation event …

Virtual Courtroom Settings In Focus In Miami

The Dade County Bar Association Law & Technology Committee hosted a webinar on March 23 focusing on professionalism in virtual courtroom settings. The webinar featured …

Man Up Mentoring in the Ninth Circuit

On March 20, the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association and Orlando Alphas – Delta Xi Lambda Chapter partnered for their first Kickball/Fish Fry. The event featured a Man Up Mentoring …

Exploring the Importance of Minority Involvement

The Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Get Involved Subcommittee will present “The Importance of Minority Lawyers’ Involvement With The Florida Bar” on April 15 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom …

HELP RECOGNIZE STELLAR LEGAL JOURNALISM

Nominations are now open for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida and the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. The entry deadline is A …

A Must Read Feature on Coping with COVID

Living during the pandemic has taught us all new ways of doing things. For Hershley Ogé, the president of F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association, her adaptable life was captured for all to see in the …

Giving Back in Palm Beach County

Members of our Board of Directors spent the morning volunteering with Feeding South Florida at the Palm Beach Outlets to help pack over 600 cars with fresh and healthy food. It has been more than a year …

Continued Use of Virtual Meetings Likely

Making adjustments was/is the new normal as we continue to live, work and socialize during a pandemic. For associations, the pandemic has caused the biggest transformation in governance in a century …

A Toast to Dori on Her Birthday!

A small group virtual Beer Tasting event was on the agenda at the Florida Bar Board of Governors and the YLD Board of Governors meeting on March 18. This happened to fall on The Florida Bar President’s Birthday! …

Virtual 2021 Officer and Board Installation

Welcoming its new officers and board members, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Tampa Bay installed Alicia Whiting-Bozich as the new President at a virtual installation on March 18 …

St. Patrick’s Night Fun in Jacksonville

Members of the Jacksonville Bar Association and Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association had a great night at the Jacksonville Icemen game. The members got to sit court side …

Time for Coffee With the Court

Great big smiles on March 16 during Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association’s Coffee With the Court! The group was joined by Ninth Circuit Judges …

Backyard Bash Is Outdoor Hit for OCBA

And the Orange County Bar Association does it again! Members report an awesome time attending the OCBA Spring Break Backyard Bash on March 13. Among the crowd favorites were …

Women Leaders Honored in St. Pete

In celebration of Women’s History Month, women leaders of the St. Pete Bar Association were honored with a special Facebook post on March 12.  Feeling proud of their accomplishments …

Women Who Have Made An Impact

Throughout March, the Florida Justice Association celebrated women in law by highlighting FJA members and sharing pieces of knowledge …

In-person Events Return in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Bar Association is ready to get back to in-person events. So much so, they have kicked off an entire series of events and have a webpage so members can keep up with the …

Latinas in the Law Celebration in Broward

The Latinas in the Law program commemorated Woman’s History Month 2021 for the Broward County Bar Association Hispanic Lawyers Committee and Broward County Hispanic Bar Association …

Her Accomplishments Get Noticed

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers commemorated Women’s History Month with a new initiative to put the spotlight on the professional accomplishments of women. Members were invited to …

On A Roll in Hillsborough County

Taking virtual fun to a new level, members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association are on a roll!  Teaming up with Zukku Sushi , HCBA hosted a virtual sushi rolling class on March 11 …

Celebrating Women’s History Month at the Bar

As part of of The Florida Bar celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, we were honored to sit down with former Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince for our latest “On the Docket with Dori” episode with …

Protecting the Rights of Youth

Navigating the Rotten Orchard: Know Your Rights is a virtual discussion forum hosted on March 10 by the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association. The focus of the discussion was on the importance …

Technology Tips Shared with Women Lawyers

Technology Tips to Help Automate Your Practice is a timely topic for attorneys. The Martin County Women Lawyers Association hosted a CLE to make sure their members were in step with the latest and greatest …

Minnis Bar Leads Effort to Honor Its Namesake

The leadership of the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association is proud to announce the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to rename the Pinellas County law library …

Taking Care of Yourself Is More Important Than Ever

The Broward County Bar Association West Broward Section and Broward County Hispanic Bar Association hosted How To Help Yourself –The Importance of Mental Health and Wellness in Your Personal and Professional Life …

Honoring Women of the Bench and Bar in Broward

Recognizing Women Legal Leaders was the way the Broward County legal community chose to celebrate International Woman’s Day on March 8.  The Broward County Bar Association …

Women’s Day Celebrated in Ninth Circuit

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers had an amazing time celebrating International Women’s Day with a virtual courthouse breakfast honoring women and the support systems that …

Miami-Dade Black Women Judges Recognized

Women’s History Month took center stage on March 5 for the members of the Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association. The Ferguson Bar used social media to mark the occasion by recognizing all of the African American women …

Finding Hidden Gems in “Failure”

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers Thomas M. Cooley-Tampa Bay Chapter celebrated Women’s History Month on March 2 exploring “Why Failures Are Your Hidden Super Power” …