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January 2018

The Bar-to-Bar E-News provides monthly highlights of the incredible work of Florida’s voluntary bars.

Leadership Grants for Voluntary Bar Associations

The grant application for the 2018 Diversity Leadership Grants is now available online. The purpose of this voluntary bar association grant program is to support initiatives and programs which encourage diversity, diversity training and dialogue among lawyers in Florida through financial support of conferences, seminars, summits and symposia planned and hosted by local and specialty…

Coming soon! VBLC 2018 Info!

Presidents, presidents-elect, vice-presidents, secretaries, treasurers and other officers don’t want to miss this year’s Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference at beautiful ocean-side Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa. This new venue is located in Martin County, east of Stuart on Hutchinson Island. The fare for both hotel accommodation and registration has been reduced to encourage more voluntary…

Attend a Town Hall Session

It’s no secret The Florida Bar has gone ALL-IN on the mental health and wellness of our members. Several town-hall sessions are scheduled over the next few months and we are reaching out to all voluntary bars to help promote this opportunity. The sessions scheduled include: February 20 – Florida State College of Law; Register:…

Nominations open for 2018 Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year

The Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee is accepting nominations for an award that recognizes excellence, character and commitment in the practice of consumer protection law. These are the attorneys who help Floridians fight to save their homes, re-establish credit and push back against unfair and deceptive trade practices. The Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year…

Law Day info, materials now available

SEPARATION OF POWERS: FRAMEWORK FOR FREEDOM is the theme of the 2018  Law Day. The theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity. Law Day is held on May 1st every year to…

George Edgecomb Bar honored for Pro Bono Service

The George Edgecomb Bar Association received the 2018 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award at the Jan. 25 ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court. The GEBA is credited with not only helping the community it serves, but also going into churches and community centers and seeking out people in need.

Florida Justice young lawyers lobby

The Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Section Lobby Days are hosted each year to offer new trial attorneys the opportunity to participate first-hand in the legislative process. This year the group came to Tallahassee in late January. The movers and shakers included: Chair Heather Freeman Jones, Immediate Past Chair Jon Gilbert, Past Chair Vanessa Brice,…

Healthy Hour Challenge Underway

Healthy Hour is the new Happy Hour! In support of The Florida Bar’s Mental Health and Wellness campaign, the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee is asking voluntary bar leaders to host health-and wellness-related events and share the success. Got a 5-K planned? Or what about a yoga session or paddle board outing? Let us know what’s…

Caribbean Bar members spiff up middle school

  Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, L.L.P. Day of Service at Brownsville Middle School was sponsored by local voluntary bar associations, including the Caribbean Bar Association. Past President Marlon Hill and the hardest-working volunteers are featured sprucing up the school.

Drag Queen Bingo

In January, together with the Women Lawyers of Pasco, Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers co-hosted Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s to raise funds for PACE Center for Girls. The fundraiser was a great success with more than $3,000 raised for PACE Center for Girls Pasco and Pinellas County!

Cuban American’s gather for Gala

“Oh what a night!” The Cuban American Bar Association hosted its annual Gala on Jan. 27 in Miami. Congratulations to CABA’s founders and past presidents for establishing such a memorable legacy, which includes scholar endowments through the CABA Foundation and free legal services through its Pro Bono project. Congratulations to new President Jorge L. Piedra…

Judicial Procession in Broward

The Broward County Bar Association brought the community together for a Judicial Procession and to hear from the 17th Circuit chief judge on Jan. 19 at the Judicial Procession and State of the Circuit. The event also included comments from the Vice Mayor of Broward County, the newly invested judges and the Friend of the…

Immigration assistance by Hispanic Bar members

Members of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association Board  volunteered in late January to assist members of their community with Immigration legal concerns.

Chef nite in Orlando for women lawyers

At a private cooking class just for members of Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Chef Rashaad of CHEF NITE Orlando, cooked up a fantastic program for members and friends recently. Guests learned quick and delicious 30-minute meals.

Women lawyers bring it to Tallahassee

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers led a strong contingent to Tallahassee for the group’s #LobbyDays2018. The amazing event had great programming, an intimate tour of the Supreme Court, and successful lobbying efforts. The Pro Bono Matters Act of 2018, which FAWL supports, passed in the Senate and is working through the House.

Collier County Bar Foundation Hosts Mock Trial Competition

The Collier County Bar Foundation hosted its annual mock trial competition for Collier County in which high school students competed against each other while learning about the legal system in a fun and challenging manner. Twelve teams participated in preliminary rounds with the top two teams competing in the final round. Naples High School (Team…

Jacksonville Vol Bars come together in unity

Members of the D.W. Perkins Bar Association, Jacksonville Asian American Bar Association, Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, and Jacksonville Federal Bar Association joined together for an inaugural Unity Day Luncheon in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 4. The event included an address from Michael Higer, President of The…

Feeling lucky in Orange County

Orange County Bar Association knows how to hold fun, charity-focused events that team their membership with local service organizations. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida was the big winner  in the 14th Annual Charity Poker Tournament, where participants chipped in canned goods for extra chips. A great time, for a great cause and at…

#JustAdulting Website/App Updated; new topics added

The Florida Bar’s Law Related Education Committee has updated the content of the #JustAdulting website and app.  Three new topics have been added to #JustAdulting 2018: medical marijuana, U.S. immigration and citizenship, and mental health and substance abuse. Voluntary Bars can help share the link with schools and teens in their communities. Visit   

Keeping the Dream Alive

The Sarasota County Bar Association sponsored the 3rd Annual Dream Big MLK Community Celebration last week, along with Sarasota County Schools and the Booker Law Academy. Keynote speaker Brook Bello spoke about “Keeping the Dream Alive,” Booker High VPA students performed, and Pine View School student Grace Hu presented her award winning essay. Pictured left to right: Grace Hu, Retired Judge Karimu…

Manatee County Bar Association, YLD, honored

Manatee County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division took home a first place honor at the Young Lawyers Division Associates Outreach Conference in St. Petersburg. The group won “Affiliate Public Service Project of the Year” for its Take Stock in Children panel discussion.

New Year Happy Hour

On Jan. 25, the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association hosted its first Networking and Membership Drive Happy Hour of the New Year. THBA members and friends connected and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Le Meridien. Among those enjoying the evening were (left to right) THBA President Jenay E. Iurato of Iurato Law Firm, PL; Maria…

Networking Event for Minority Law Students

The Florida Muslim Bar Association recently co-hosted with Carlton Fields’ Miami office a networking event for minority law students. The event drew a significant crowd of lawyers, judges, and law students and gave students the opportunity to seek mentors in the legal field. The FMBA is a leader in the legal community on volunteerism and mentorship of law…

UPDATE: 30 law students from Puerto Rico resettled on mainland

In 2003, Miami bankruptcy attorney Richard Robles helped create the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida. The organization now has about 200 members statewide. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Robles and his colleagues at the Puerto Rican Bar worried that law students on the island would fall behind or quit school amid the…

Manatee County Bar Makes an Impact For Food Bank

This past holiday season the Manatee County Bar Association raised more than $1,100 and donated two barrels of non-perishable food to Food Bank Manatee as part of its spirit of giving during the 2017 Holiday Party. In photo left to right:  MCBA Executive Director Graceann Frederico, MCBA Treasurer Charlie Telfair, MCBA President Elect Alix St….

Sarasota County Bar Provides Clean Water to Puerto Rico

  More than 750 water-filtration units were donated to assist Puerto Ricans by attorneys and judges of Sarasota County after Hurricane Maria and Irma ravaged the area. Through this generous donation, 405,000 gallons of clean water could be produced each day to those who received the systems. Air transportation was provided by Agape Flights of…

Dade Bar has new Exec

Jacqueline B. Kiviat has been named executive director of the Dade County Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in Florida. The selection followed a regional search and selection process by a committee led by past president  Jeffrey Rynor. Kiviat served as executive director and COO of TerraLex, a worldwide network of independent law firms, for 16…

Ask a Lawyer never gets old

The members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service were on the air and the phone again in early January as part of the monthly Ask-A-Lawyer program with Fox 13 News.