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The SideBar – October2020

October 2020

Honoring the life of a legal legend

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, several voluntary bar associations joined The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, FJA Women’s Caucus Section and the Florida Hispanic Bar Association …

More Creative and Collaborative Than Ever

While the pandemic has altered the landscape for membership organizations, it has ignited a renewed spirit in leadership. For voluntary bars it further reinforced that we are all much stronger together …

Town Halls with Bar President Conclude

Covering 20 judicial circuits in 50 days, Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales engaged with the judiciary, voluntary bar leaders and Florida Bar members from Pensacola to the Keys …

Recognizing Hispanic Excellence

As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association hosted “The Florida Jurist: Recognizing Hispanic Excellence” …

Help Women Win in 2020!

Helping women get elected to office is the latest focus of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. As an incentive, FAWL is offering grant money to local chapters in this ambitious election effort …

Protecting Voter Rights in Palm Beach County

Several of the Palm Beach County Justice Association Board of Directors volunteered their time on Sept. 30 to work voter protection phone bank. As an association, PBCJA has a long-standing tradition …

VBs Working Together in Broward

The Broward County Bar Association has an umbrella committee that brings together the leadership of the local VBs to work together in a cohesive manner …

Fighting COVID in Lee County

Members of the Lee County Bar Association are helping United Way bag and box personal protective equipment kits to assist residents throughout the community …

A Healthier Canine Connection

Dogs are easily aware of our emotional state and can sense anxiety and stress and they need zen time too!  The Collier County Bar Association took stress-relief to a whole new level on Sept. 26 …

Rosh Hashana Gift Project

For its first Tikkun Olam project of the year, the B’nai B’rith Justice Unit # 5207 sponsored “Honey Cakes” delivered by the Chabad of Coral Springs. The special gift …

Perkins Bar Helps Restored Voters

The D.W. Perkins Bar Association hosted a virtual consultation via Zoom to help convicted felons register to vote. Attorneys from the Perkins Bar assisted returning citizens with eligibility checks …

Connecting With Colleagues in Polk County

On Sept. 3, the Polk Association for Women Lawyer members tested their trivia skills in a virtual night of fun and games. The event was hosted by Sporcle. Teams competed for prizes …

Zoom Yoga Inspires Wellness in Orlando

Orange County Bar Association members assembled virtually on Sept. 26 for Rebellious Warrior Yoga. The Zoom class included a five-minute empowering meditation that moved …

Voting barriers is focus of joint meeting

Meeting jointly, the Tallahassee Barristers Association and Tallahassee Women Lawyers enjoyed a presentation on present and historical barriers to the right to vote …

Meaningful Positive Change Is Focus In Broward

The Broward County Bar Association hosted a program on Sept. 25 with various leading countywide voices—including Sheriff Greg Tony and other Police Chiefs and leaders, police union counsel …

A Virtual Charcuterie Class in Jacksonville

What’s the secret to making a great cheeseboard? Just ask the members of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association.
Jennifer Richardson and Jen Smith Thomas …

Technology in motion for South Miami Kendall Bar

Bringing timely and impressive speakers to a voluntary bar event is much more efficient and easier through a virtual connection. Members of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association are taking advantage …

Community and Creativity for Families in Need

Making face coverings to be donated is the latest community service event hosted by the Miami Dade Association for Women Lawyers. MDFAWL President Ardith Bronson led …

Parenting and Schooling in the COVID Era

The Palm Beach County Bar Association Membership Committee hosted its first “Coffee Talk” program on Working Parents with School Aged Children on Sept. 23. Participants enjoyed the opportunity …

Leadership Series Impactful in Tampa

The Federal Bar Association – Tampa Bay Chapter hosted Staying in the Game, Resilient Leadership – Part 1 on Sept. 23. The webinar focus was on leadership, diversity and inclusion in an age of unprecedented change …

Pandemic Pen Pals

The Central Florida Women Lawyers Association’s Virtual Remote Rendezvous for Sept. 22 was “Pandemic Pen Pals.” The event provided the chance to write letters to the elder residents …

Homecoming for Hillsborough County Bar Members

More than 400 members attended the Hillsborough County Bar Association “Welcome Home” Virtual Membership Luncheon on Sept. 22. The featured speaker was Steve Davis …

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Music!

The Dade County Bar Association kicked off its lemonade Lemonade Series on Sept. 23 with Dan Spears and Grammy nominated songwriter, Tim James. James surprised the virtual crowd …

Tally Rock Stars Fight for Justice

Last fall, 15 lawyers, six Florida State University Law students, and other legal professionals became Thunderdome Tallahassee Class 6. After a season of fighting for justice for local families …

Connecting in a Disconnecting World

Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers held its first membership meeting of the 2020-2021 year on September 17.  Dr. Joanne L. Smikle presented strategies and wisdoms for creating and fostering …

Balancing Family and the Bench

The first podcast episode of NEVER CONTEMPLATED is now available on most platforms. In “Make No Apologies,” Judge Rachel Nordby shares her professional experiences …

Government Relations Virtual Updates

September 17 was a busy night for the Jacksonville Bar Association. JBA hosted a virtual happy hour with the Duval Delegation and our its Government Relations Committee …

HAWL Refreshes Its Look

Many public relations practitioners believe that a company’s logo is the single most important part of their identity. The Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers wanted a refresh …

Virtual Installation in Tampa

The Hon. Daryl Manning of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit led the installation of the George Edgecomb Bar Association’s 2020-2021 executive board on Sept. 15. The swearing-in ceremony took place …

Virtual Coffee with the Court

Members of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association shared more than java with the judges on Sept. 16.  Members were invited to pick up a Vietnamese Coffee Kit from Qreate Coffee + Studio …

Take A Walk With Your Pet

Wellness often begins with a walk! And pets need good health habits too! Join the Volusia/Flagler Association for Women Lawyers First Virtual Pet Walk Fundraiser. Take a walk with your dog, cat, horse, bird or any animal …

Miami-Dade Women Lawyers Help the Homeless

Providing a helping hand to the homeless is the focus of a Face Mask and Dry Goods Drive benefiting Lotus House in Miami.  Beginning Sept. 23, attorneys are encouraged to donate …

Law Student Member Virtual Social Event

On Sept. 9, the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyer Division partnered with the HCBA to host a Law Student Virtual Social Event for anyone that has been affected by …

Change In the Air in Indian River County

A new composite photo of members of the Indian River County Bar Association now adorns the Indian River County Courthouse. The leaders of IRCBA were also among attorneys on a Zoom meeting with seven local judges …

Behind the Gavel in Broward

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, two Broward County Bar’s joined together to recognize the area’s 17 Hispanic judges …

New lawyer training Pandemic Edition

Law school prepared them for the bar exam and now the Orange County Bar Association is preparing them to practice law …

Networking in South Palm Beach County

The South Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted a membership reception 2020 style on Sept. 10. Members and sponsors gathered …

Championing Pro Bono Work in Puerto Rico

Frances De La Guardia is the current president of the Cuban American Bar Association. She has focused much of her pro bono work on providing legal services …

Member benefits extended to law grads affected by 2020 Bar Exam delays

The Florida Bar has expanded its member benefit program to offer discounted insurance to recent law school graduates who have had to put their careers on hold …

YLD hosts webpage for Supervised Practice Program

Since the announcement of the Supervised Practice Program, the YLD has been creating a webpage where potential supervising attorneys can be listed …

Computers sought for virtual schooling

The Palm Beach County School District needs about 20,000 more computers for students. The shortage is having a disproportionate impact on minority children …

Election prep in Orlando

The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association hosted General Elections – Voting 101 – a virtual event on Sept. 9. Topics of discussion included  the importance of voting, voting trend …

New leader for Perkins Bar

The Paul C. Perkins Bar Association hosted its Annual Scholarship and Installation Virtual Soiree on Sept. 1.  Jared A Brooks was sworn in …

FAWL President Is A Guest “On the Docket with Dori”

In the September 7 episode of the new video series “On the Docket with Dori,” Bar President Dori Foster-Morales sits down with Florida Association for Women Lawyers President Kimberly Hosley …

New leaders for Trial Lawyers in Miami-Dade

Kendra Parks is the new Executive Director of the Miami Dade Trial Lawyers Association. Parks succeeds Yara Garcia who retired earlier this year. Parks says she is excited to meet and work …

Seniors In the Spotlight in Miami Lakes

The Town of Miami Lakes and the Miami Lakes Bar Association hosted a legal forum on Sept. 3 for senior citizens. The event was broadcast live on Facebook and featured a panel …

Asian Pacific Bars Hosts Pathways Event

The first Pathways to the Bench Event hosted by the Coalition of Florida APIA Affiliates was a tremendous success. Participants heard from inspiring panelists …

Special Treats for Behind the Scenes Crew in Orange County

Staff members and volunteers of the Orange County Bar Association were treated to pizza and dessert recently for their assistance …