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December 2020

Ugly Sweater Virtual BINGO Set for Dec. 17

Which ugly sweater will take the fruitcake? Here’s your chance to be a judge and have a night of (virtual) fun and games. Your tame or crazy ugly sweater is the only admission requirement …

Exploring Creative Opportunities for Women Lawyers

Working from home to juggle childcare no longer raises a cloud of suspicion, and Zoom is giving women easier access to the board room …

Want to serve on a Florida Bar Committee?

The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointment for the upcoming 2021-22 Bar year will be available December 1 at floridabar.org …

Thankful for Young Lawyers

Thankful for its Board, The Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar had fun with a holiday tribute on their Facebook post recently …

Diversifying Your Income Streams

Running a successful side business while practicing law was just one of the many nuggets women lawyers got from participating in the 2020 FAWL Virtual Conference …

Families treated by Polk Women Lawyers

Members throughout the Tenth Judicial Circuit donated non-perishable food items to the Polk Association for Women Lawyers Food Drive to benefit …

Showing Gratitude for Sponsors

Sponsors of the Lee County Bar Association were treated to a special lunch in mid-November at Izzy’s Fish & Oyster in downtown Fort Myers …

Chief Justice Issues New and Amended Pandemic Administrative Order

Chief Justice Charles Canady issued two new and two amended administrative orders late on November 23 addressing court operations during the pandemic …

Pleading Naughty or Nice?

Forty decorated lifeguard chairs in the heart of downtown Jacksonville Beach is a holiday season inspiration.  Since 2013, the iconic and sustaining presence …

Look, Swirl, Smell, Taste!

Putting a spin on wine tasting, Sarasota County Bar Association members enjoyed an evening out, while staying in. Michael Klauber, co-owner of Michael’s on East …

Restoring Drivers License in the Eighth

The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association is calling on its members to help locals get their Florida drivers licenses restored …

Game On As Sections Battle in Broward

Who knew Zoom Trivia could be so fun? It was West vs. North Sections of the Broward County Bar Association that battled to the bitter end …

Lawyer Friendly Virtual Family Feud

Family Feud can be a fun fight between two voluntary bar groups. Just ask the members of the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar and the Pinellas Association for Women Lawyers …

MENTORING TIPS COME TO LIGHT AT TOWN HALL

The challenges to mentoring have been elevated during the pandemic as physical distancing has placed an even greater barrier to connecting personally and professionally …

Raising Crucial Support for Legal Aid

The Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association hosted its 13th Annual Breakfast of Champions event on Nov. 19. It was a virtual celebration this year …

Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling

A new series is underway for the members of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association. On Nov. 10, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling …

Focus is on Jury Selection in Fort Lauderdale

Facing a surging pandemic and a projected backlog of nearly 1 million cases this summer, South Florida judges are urging lawyers to reconsider their opposition to remote jury selection …

Meeting Multiple Mentors in Miami

Law students had the opportunity on Nov. 17 to meet potential judges and attorney members from the Miami Legal Community. Hosted by Miami Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers …

Bench and Bar Western Style

The St. Petersburg Bar and Clearwater Bar joint Bench and Bar Conference held Nov. 16-20 was virtual this year. The week-long series of breakouts and plenary sessions …

Running for Hunger in Lee County

They ran, walked, jogged, strolled or danced and all for a good cause. Members of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers participated recently in RUNGER – a Virtual 5K …

Coffee With The Court

A cool morning makes a cup of joe even more enticing.  Working with Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria, it’s community partner, the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association hosted …

Managing Your Digital Life

Learning about passwords from Microsoft senior premier field engineer Sean Greenbaum has its rewards. How to make your passwords stronger and the future of cyber security …

Open Air Cinema in Orange County

Keeping safety at the top of the list, members of the Orange County Bar Association took advantage of the cool Fall evening on Nov. 14 to attend a drive up movie event …

Practicing and Parenting in Palm Beach County

On Nov. 12, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers hosted a “Table of 10” discussion on Lawyering and Parenting in the Pandemic. The virtual event …

Hispanic Bar Lends A Clean-up Hand in Tampa

Adopting a road is one way to give back to the community and bring members outdoors. Members of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association  report a great turnout for the clean up event …

Forward Thinking Bar Leaders in Miami-Dade

The heart of any bar association is the volunteers who give countless hours of service. For the Dade County Bar Association it’s the committee chairs who plan and implement programs to enhance …

Celebrating Exemplary Judicial Leadership

Nov.12 was a special day for the Palm Beach County Justice Association. Members gathered albeit virtually to celebrate and honor Chief Judge Krista Marx as the PBCJA Jurist of the Year!

A Taste of Seminole County

Members of the Seminole County Association for Women Lawyers celebrated a fun, intimate evening at the waterside eatery, St. Johns River Steak & Seafood …

New officers for Fed Bar Palm Beach County

Taking the oath as officers of the Federal Bar Association Palm Beach Chapter are Ashley Drumm, president; Chelsea Koester, vice president; Rob Glass, secretary; Penny Birch, treasurer and Andrew Kwan, national delegate …

A Virtual Wine Tasting With One of the Best

Learning to taste wine from one of the best Master Sommeliers in the world sounds like a dream. For members of the Orange County Bar Association, it was an experience unlike any other …

Afro Latinx Identity within the African Diaspora

The T. J. Reddick Bar Association and the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association have launched a three-part series of events designed to engage and promote a dialogue among all communities regarding the history …

A Timely CLE for Women Lawyers in Tallahassee

The Tallahassee Women Lawyers hosted a CLE on Nov. 12 for a look at the importance of public access to public records and freedom of the press. Three experts provided insight on the Free Speech, Free Press, and Open Government panel …

Giving Struggling Veterans a Second Chance

On Veterans Day, Judge Mose Floyd (chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association Veterans and Military Affairs Committee) talked to WJXT4 The Local Station / News4JAX about Veterans Treatment Court …

Veterans honored in Tampa

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Hillsborough County Bar Association honored several veterans of Tampa’s legal community. Thank you to those who served and continue to serve …

Poker for a Purpose

Leave it to Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers to come up with another winning Remote Rendezvous virtual event! This time around, their members had a blast at the “Poker for a Purpose” Tournament …

New Networking Opportunity in Fourth Circuit

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association has started a new program so members can get to know fellow members and develop mentor relationships with other attorneys and judges …

COVID-19 Impacts and Resources

Home life/work life balance is among the top challenges Bar members report facing during the pandemic. In this episode of “On the Docket with Dori,” hear from Florida Bar President-elect Mike Tanner on …

A View From the Bench Series

A statewide judicial panel from the circuit criminal/juvenile benches on Nov. 9. was the second in a series presented by Broward County Bar Association Mentorship Committee …

North Tampa Bar Prepares for Great Year

President-elect Angelica DelosReyes Roselló led a planning retreat on Nov. 7 for leaders of the North Tampa Bar Association. Great things are in store, report those who participated.

Lawyer Talk Prohibited in Pasco

The Women Lawyers of Pasco have started a book club. On Nov. 6 they gathered with hosts Jenny Sieg and Dineen Wasylik with their favorite beverage to discuss …

In-person Luncheon in Collier County

Yes, this is really an honest-to-goodness in-person event. Members of the Collier County Bar Association gathered on Nov. 5 at Vineyards Country Club in Naples for their November luncheon …

Bike Challenge Benefits Dade Legal Aid

More than 50 lawyers, law students and judges along with voluntary bars, a law dean, a law professor, and others participated in Dade Legal Aid: Put Something Back’s annual pro bono project, “Speeding Lawfully.”