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February 2021

Voluntary Bar Leaders Prepared to Help Each Other

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 …

Save the Date – July 16-17, 2021

As you plan for 2021, reserve July 16-17 for the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. You want to be there when we find that lost shaker of salt at Margaritaville Orlando Resort …

Deadline for Committee Preference Form is Jan. 15

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 and are due no later than January 15, 2021 …

January is Big Month for Officer Changes

In the voluntary bar world, the new calendar year signals a big changeover for officers. With that event, updates will need to be made with The Florida Bar so we have the most current information and contact info …

New Stimulus Package Includes Some 501(c)(6) Organizations

The Florida Bar recognizes the extreme financial hardships endured in 2020 by associations, particularly our voluntary bars. The COVID-19 stimulus package that has been passed by Congress …

Apply By Jan. 31 for Leadership Academy

The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Class IX. The program is a multi-session training initiative to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers …

Oh, What Fun for Voluntary Bar Leaders

The Ugly Sweater Bingo event for Voluntary Bar Leaders on Dec. 17, was by all accounts a jolly good time. Not only was it fun, we discovered some favorite drink recipes and after hour …

A Florida Celebration of Women’s Suffrage

The Florida Supreme Court’s 19th Amendment Centennial Ceremony on Dec. 18 featured voluntary bar leaders among its speakers. Several Florida women legal leaders …

“What A Lawyer Looks Like” Campaign Underway

Right in line with the #YLDisME campaign comes THIS from our friends at the Palm Beach County Bar Association!
The PBCBA’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion …

Affiliate Outreach Conference Goes Virtual

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division is hosting their annual Affiliate Outreach Conference (“AOC”), where local voluntary bar associations from across the state send representatives …

Holiday Magic in South Palm Beach County

On Dec. 22, members of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association held its virtual magical holiday party. The party was filled with festive backgrounds and attire. The event included …

Holiday Parade in Polk

The Polk Association for Women Lawyers (PAWL) held a holiday parade on Dec. 17 benefiting the Women’s Care Center of Bartow. Several members, local law enforcement, the fire department, and Santa drove by …

DAVIS, LESSER VIE FOR BAR PRESIDENCY

Board of Governors members Steve Davis of Miami and Gary Lesser of West Palm Beach have qualified to run for Florida Bar president-elect in the Bar’s 2021 elections …

Spreading the Joy in Miami-Dade

The Miami Dade Association for Women Lawyers, Dade County Bar Association and Dade Legal Aid co-sponsored a socially distant holiday gift drive benefitting the Guardian Ad Litem program …

Reddick Bar Members Give Generously

For the T.J. Reddick Bar Association the holidays were about giving.  Despite 2020 being a trying year, members and partners of the organization donated more than $250.00 to multiple families …

Martin County Bar Supports SafeSpace

On Dec. 17, President, Gloretta Hall and President-Elect Elizabeth Hunter of the Martin County Women Lawyers Association dropped off members’ donations to SafeSpace. The generosity of the membership provided abundantly …

Feeding Families in North Tampa

On Dec. 20, the North Tampa Bar Association volunteered with the Community Food Pantry – Carrollwood / Northdale to help hand out food to those in need. The organization distributed boxes of fresh produce, meats, and pantry goods …

More Support Than Ever Before

Last year the members and friends of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers sponsored 101 children from Rock Lake Elementary for its annual Angel Tree Project. This year …

Fulfilling Holiday Wishes in Hillsborough

Members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association led by the Community Services Committee supported Elves for Elders again this year. The committee donated gifts, toiletries and other items on the wish lists …

Honoring The Arts in Hillsborough County

On Dec. 17, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in partnership with the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, recognized art students from Blake High School …

Seniors Get Gifts from Jax Bar

The Jacksonville Bar Association sponsored the 2020 Holiday Project for the benefit of senior citizens in Duval County. Members purchased gifts and dropped off items …

Families Blessed By Women Lawyers

Through the generosity of members and friends, the Tallahassee Women Lawyers raised enough support for Brehon Family Services to fulfill Angel Tree requests of all six residents and their families …

Making Holidays Brighter For Foster Children

Members of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association dropped off toys collected for A Kids Place through the group’s Toy Drive. The gifts were gathered at a socially distanced holiday party on Dec. 10 …

A Virtual Holiday Celebration in Broward

Getting creative during a pandemic to keep members engaged just comes natural to the Broward County Bar Association. On Dec. 16, BCBA celebrated the holiday season while members enjoyed ….

Community Food Pantry Gets A Helping Hand

On Dec. 13, the North Tampa Bar Association volunteered with the Community Food Pantry – Carrollwood / Northdale to hand out food to those in need. The organization distributed boxes …

Virtual Champagne Tasting Evening

The South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Real Estate Committee hosted a Virtual Networking and Champagne Tasting Evening on Dec. 10. Andrew Lampasone of WineWatch provided …

Making Holiday Meals Happen in Tampa

The Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is one of more than 1,000 organizations that partner with Metropolitan Ministries each year. The YLD Board …

Crafting With The Court in Tallahassee

The Tallahassee Women Lawyers had a fun, festive time “Crafting with the Court” for its 2020 holiday party on Dec. 9. Judge Rachel Nordby (First District Court of Appeal) led a macramé plant hanger …

Just Add Frosting and Sprinkles

Tis the season for festive holiday treats! Members of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers seasoned their skill set on Dec. 8 with a virtual cookie decorating and recipe exchange …

Spirits High in Hispanic Bar

The Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida & Foundation Holiday Installation was merry and bright. Members donned ugly sweaters and appeared with festive virtual backgrounds …

Great Fun While Making A Difference

On Dec. 5, the Martin County Bar Association partnered with the Palm City Chamber of Commerce for a Drive-In movie night. MCBA members, their families and the public …

A Holiday Hybrid Celebration in Clearwater

Great food, giveaways and fun – all for a Great Cause. On Dec. 8, members of the Clearwater Bar Association gathered in-person at Pour Yours for an open-air event and virtually on Zoom …

Cappuccino and College Football

For a stimulating early morning conversation, just add caffeine. That’s what members of the Palm Beach County Bar Association do when they gather virtually for Coffee Talk …

Weathering the Storm in Dade

Finding the silver lining in this pandemic is the purpose of the Dade County Bar Association’s webinar series “Weathering the Storm.” Three veteran legal professionals ,…

Great Outdoor Family Event in Naples

The Collier County Bar Association has the answer for a kid-friendly, socially distanced and festive event that pleases both the young and young at heart. CCBA hosted a holiday themed drive-in movie …

Joint Virtual Ask-A-Lawyer Event

Members of the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association and the St. Petersburg Bar Association volunteered their time and knowledge to answer questions from the community in the first joint virtual Ask-a-Lawyer Event …

Zoom Variety Hour for Government Bar

The Florida Government Bar Association’s annual Judicial Reception and Silent Auction looked different this year with a Zoom variety hour featuring crafts, cocktails, and holiday decor …

Law Week Planning Underway

Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Law Week Committee is hard at work. The committee is busy planning programs for May 3 – 7, including Dial-A-Lawyer; educational programs …

Protecting the Constitution in Miami-Dade

The South Miami Kendall Bar held its monthly CLE Luncheon on Nov. 20. Guest speaker was State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, who provided a presentation on …