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The SideBar August 2020

August 2020

The SideBar provides monthly highlights of the incredible work of
Florida’s voluntary bars.

TOWN HALLS, TASK FORCE TO FOCUS ON COVID RECOVERY

Following up on her inaugural address pledge to focus on rebuilding and listen to member concerns, Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales is planning a series of virtual town hall …

Bar President Is Available for Your Bar

President Dori Foster-Morales would like to join in on your bar’s virtual events either as a guest, to give opening remarks, and/or to provide a 25-minute update on The Florida Bar or …

Connecting is vital in challenging times

As the worldwide COVID-19 crisis continues, leaders of voluntary bar associations are feeling the impact on group meetings, finances and operations. Maintaining connection … 

Revamped support for children in Tampa Bay

The Young Lawyers Division of the Hillsborough County Bar Association is supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay in a whole new way. The group’s Annual Cornhole for a Cause …

Acquiring CLE For Your Next Event

Voluntary Bar leaders can now view the June 30 webinar on CLE programs at their leisure. A link to CAN I GET CLE FOR THAT and course materials are now available …

Voluntary Bars BINGO in South Florida

Voluntary Bar leaders in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade gathered on July 29 for a game of Quarantine Bingo! The event featured Vincent Updyke, a guest bartender from …

2020 Judicial Candidate Forums

The Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association has concluded the 2020 Judicial Candidate Forums. Seven different virtual events were held for an informative exchange between …

Broward Bar Exec Honored

Everyday People Make The World Go Round is a feature promoting business leaders in Broward County, sponsored by Latin Business Today. Braulio Rosa, Executive Director …

Retreat yields busy Bar year for Broward

It was a busy Saturday for the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar Association. The group met for a virtual retreat to plan some great things in their new bar year …

State’s Asian Bars Host Summit

On July 25, Coalition of Florida Asian Pacific International Affiliates met in a virtual summit.  Among those represented was APABA …

Orlando area bars ready to lend a hand

Working together on projects to help those in need, several Ninth Circuit law-related organizations met virtually on July 25. The Saturday work group consisted of …

Enlightenment through Engagement

The Broward County Bar Association has kicked-off a special series of virtual forums on the lawyers role in our society. Enlightenment Through Engagement …

Backpack Project – Back to School: 1990s Edition

Get ready to head back to school like it’s 1999! The young lawyers of the Orange County Bar Association and the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyer members have planned a night of virtual …

Finding Comfort in CFAWL Cookies

When asked what comfort food people are turning to during the pandemic, chocolate is always a top contender. So on July 21, 2020, Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers whipped up a batch of chocolate …

State Attorney Candidate Forum

On July 22, George Edgecomb Bar Association President Travis Coy had the opportunity to take part in a virtual State Attorney candidate forum. He was joined by the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense …

Voting Focus Makes the News

This year the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association implemented its inaugural Voter Initiative program consisting of the three “E”s: Engagement, Education, and Empowerment. On July 22, they highlighted …

Virtual Judicial Forum in Miami

On July 21, Miami-Dade Association for Women Lawyers co-sponsored and participated in a virtual judicial forum hosted by Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter.  One of the topics …

Voter education added to Volusia Bar website

The Volusia County Bar Association has added a new feature to their website. The 2020 Elections page provides candidate/incumbent information including a questionnaire and video interview. The website …

Applause for Jacksonville Bar leaders

Earlier this month, Jacksonville Bar Association put the spotlight on their new Board of Governors. Michelle Barnett, pictured center is the new president. She is surrounded by all of the JBA leaders …

Moving Forward Together

The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association held its 2020-2021 Board Retreat in mid-July. At the retreat, Onchanto Am, the group’s new president and other leaders planned a year’s worth of events and initiatives …

RESOURCES ON JUDICIAL CANDIDATES NOW AVAILABLE

Want to know more about the local judicial candidates appearing on your August primary ballot? Wondering about Florida’s merit retention elections for appellate judges? The Florida Bar provides …

Trial Advocates Applaud Court Technology

ABOTA Fort Lauderdale President Jeff Adelman and long-time ABOTA member Mitch Chester discuss on a YouTube video the tremendous progress that has been made in the Broward …

Women lawyers gain insight from Judges

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association presentation at the group’s July 16 virtual meeting was a look at what it takes to become a judge. The panel comprised …

CABA Cares Continues

The Honorable Jose Rodriguez and Tony Recio, Esq. led members of the Cuban American Bar Association on a midday guided meditation on July 13. The virtual MINDFUL MONDAYS …

Health and Wellness 24-7

The Orange County Bar Association offers as a member benefit, the opportunity to access a private online group geared toward living well and living longer. The OCBA Health and Wellness Committee …

Candidate Forum Underway in Orange County

The Paul C. Perkins Bar Association joined other community partners for a Virtual State Attorney Candidate Forum on July 16. The candidate forum was streamed live on Facebook …

A Virtual Mixology Mixer in Pinellas County

The Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers hosted a virtual “share your favorite cocktail recipes” on June 30. Each person got a few minutes to demonstrate …

Mental Health and Wellness Gains in St. Pete

Despite the cancellation of events, stay-at-home orders and skyrocketing alcohol sales during COVID-19, the St. Pete Bar bravely moved forward with the Alcohol Experiment, a book designed …

“The Art of Thinking Independently, Together”

The Lee County Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee presented “Diversity: The Art of Thinking Independently Together” last month. The virtual program featured a variety …

Adaptive and Creative in Collier County

Each year the Collier County Young Lawyers host a day at the zoo for some special kids in Collier County. For the past few years, CCBA has been fortunate to partner with the Sunshine Kids …

Virtual Wellness Event Set for Aug. 8

Join the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, South Asian Bar Association of Florida, and Doonya in a family-friendly, sweat-inducing virtual …

Candidates Forum in Tampa

The North Tampa Bar Association hosted a virtual forum, featuring candidates in contested races for circuit and county judgeship’s in Hillsborough County recently.

Useful Tips for Users

When the decision was made for The Florida Bar to pivot from an in-person 2020 Annual Convention to a totally virtual event, choosing an online platform for meetings, CLE workshops and events …

Passing the Gavel on Facebook Live

The traditional voluntary bar installation ceremony looks a little different this year. The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers-MDFAWL welcomed incoming …

Central Florida Women Lawyers Install Officers

At noon on July 10, Jamie Moses passed the gavel to Mary Walter Ingram in a virtual ceremony among Central Florida Women Lawyers Association members and friends. Joining Ingram as …

Tips for Trials During COVID-19

The Palm Beach County Justice Association hosted a free CLE webinar on “COVID-19 Impacts on Jury Trials”. The presenter was Keith Mitnik of Morgan & Morgan, PA. …

Playing it Safe

The July issue of  The Briefs magazine is now available! To keep its Executive Council safe and healthy, and to honor the fun Orlando brings, the Orange County Bar Association …

Broward Voluntary Bars Meet

Robert C. L. Vaughan, president of the Broward Bar, led the South Florida Voluntary Bar Leader Committee meeting to discuss  #EnlightenmentThurEngagement. Look for a series …

Brevard Bar hosts Remote Hearings CLE

“The Procedures and Practices for Remote Hearings,” a CLE offered by Brevard County Bar Association on July 9, was a popular event. More than 60 attorneys and judges …

COVID-19 Impact On Vote 2020

“Primary Elections – Voting 101” was a successful and informative webinar! Participants learned about the upcoming primary election, voter registration and vote-by-mail …

College Colors Good Mix for Virtual Happy Hour

The Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association hosted a Rep Your Favorite College Virtual Happy Hour on July 8! Of course, there was a little college sports …

Who’s Running for the Court?

The Tallahassee Bar Association, in partnership with the Tallahassee Women Lawyers and Tallahassee Barristers, presented its 2020 Second Judicial Circuit Candidate Forum …

Voting Goes ON, even during a pandemic

Under unusual circumstances because of COVID-19, several voluntary bars are offering information on the anticipated affects on the upcoming elections and the plans …

Orange County Bar reschedules Bench & Bar

The Orange County Bar Association is transitioning its signature Bench Bar Conference to a distance-learning format on Oct. 2! Attendees will have access to sessions taught by more than 100 …

GOABBA installs officers

The Hon. Judge Denise Beamer swore in the 2020-2021 Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association Board on July 1. Leia Leitner had an amazing year as president …

New Year, New Leaders for CFACDL

The Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ new board was sworn in on July 1. The Hon. Judge Luis Calderon, a past president, delivered the oath …

The numbers speak for themselves

Between March 18 and June 30 in response to COVID-19 and the change of the practice of law, a coalition of voluntary bars throughout Florida have provided much-needed …