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December 2018

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

Keynote to Share Key to Leading Happy, Healthy and Successful Lives

Looking for the tools to overcome stress, focus your mind and improve relationships at work and home? Then attendance at the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference to hear keynote speaker Mark Eiglarsh is a must for your 2020 agenda. Eiglarsh, a formerly unhappy guy, made a career out of solving everyone’s problems but his own.  Now,…

New Years Resolution – Attend VBLC 2019 in Tampa!

The venue for the 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in downtown Tampa. The city is undergoing a major transformation, blending the then and now and the Marriott Waterside is right in the heart of it all. The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee is already busy planning a great…

Applicants sought for Leadership Academy

The Florida Bar Leadership Academy is accepting applications for the incoming 2019–20 Academy, which will be Class VII. Deadline to submit an application is Jan. 15. The mission of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession,…

Jan. 15 is deadline for Committee Preference Forms

The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect John M. Stewart are available at and are due no later than Jan. 15. Stewart will make about 500 appointments to more than 70 committees and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from which to…

Women lawyers influence strengthens

The Seminole County Association for Women Lawyers launch mixer on Dec. 4 was successful with a record turnout! Nothing speaks to the vibrancy of FAWL like the formation of new chapters and the opportunity to effect change even more!

Adding sparkle in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association hosted a party for low-income seniors at Centennial Towers on Dec. 13.  Gifts were delivered to residents for the “Gems for Golden Guys & Gals” project with JWLA Member Judge Gary Flower. Many residents enjoyed the festive occasion made possible by a holiday grant from the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Helping patients in need

Proceeds from a golf tournament hosted by the Jacksonville Bar Young Lawyers Section provided a generous holiday gift to the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership – a check for more than $43,000. The NFMLP is a nationwide network of projects in which professionals from the medical and legal communities combine resources to produce positive outcomes for…

No better way to end the year

The Paul C. Perkins Bar Association’s favorite way to end the year is a annual holiday mixer.  The group uses the occasion to generate excitement for events planned for the first quarter of 2019!

Celebrating the judiciary in Miami

Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer joined colleagues and friends of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers for a special afternoon celebrating the judiciary on Dec. 12. A highlight of the legal community each year, the reception is especially festive when hosted during the holiday season.

A new place to call home

The Clearwater Bar Association Young Lawyers Division teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County to help build a local family’s forever home on Dec. 15. The future will be brighter for the family that will have a new place to call home.

More joy filled get together’s

The Dec. 5 Holiday Party at Dragonfly celebrated the end of a successful year for the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association.  Past presidents of the organization joined the fun.

Foster children celebrated in Palm Beach County

The Young Lawyers Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted a holiday party for 75 Palm Beach County foster children. The children were serenaded by Palm Beach County Bar Association Past President John Whittles and his band, while Santa and his elves handed out gifts, and took photos. Pizza and snacks were also…

Gifts for foster care youth

The South County Division of the Sarasota County Bar Association celebrated with a holiday party at the courthouse on Dec. 14. Thanks to generous donations from sponsors, lunch and dessert were provided between 11:30 am – 1:30 p.m. with guests stopping by to partake at a time that fit their schedules. Many members brought unwrapped…

Coming together to help others in Citrus County

Citrus County Bar Association President Melisa Militello hosted a holiday open house on Dec. 13, where numerous members of the local legal community donated toys and money to benefit Citrus County families in need. The Citrus County Bar Association donated everything collected to the Citrus County Family Resource Center & Citrus County Blessings.  

Holiday luncheon in Port St. Lucie

Florida Bar President-elect, John Stewart was the guest speaker at Port St. Lucie Bar Association’s holiday luncheon. Stewart joined PSLBA President Sara Fairbrother Davis in spreading good cheer as members filled a table with toys to benefit Voices For Children of Okeechobee & The Treasure Coast Inc.

A little respite from a busy time of year

New and prospective members of the Federal Bar Association – Orlando Chapter gathered for a kickoff reception on Dec. 4 at Shutts & Bowen LLP. Reports from those attending – great spirits, yummy apps and amazing company!  

Walton County Holiday Luncheon

A fun time was had by all at the Walton County Bar Association holiday luncheon Dec. 12 at Flemings Prime Steakhouse in Sandestin.  Two-term President Amelia Beard was recognized along with the 2018 board. The new 2019 board, led by President Lori Ward, was also introduced.

Holiday Soirée at historic estate

Bundling a holiday party with CLE was successful for members of the Association of Corporate Counsel North Florida Chapter. The group gathered Dec. 12 at Epping Forest, formerly the Alfred I. duPont and Jesse Ball duPont estate, for a seminar and seasonal soirée. An insightful program on legislative changes emanating from the #MeToo Movement was presented by…

A jolly good time in Martin County

The Young Lawyers Division of the Martin County Bar Association hosted a “Jolly Good Time” holiday party at Talk House on Dec. 17. The evening provided a good blend of laughs and conversation to celebrate the season.

Holiday election party in Miami

Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association past presidents attended the annual holiday party and elections held on Dec. 6 at the Ferraro Law Firm in Miami. In the photo left to right, Doug Eaton, Rob Boyers, Manny Dobrinsky, Art Garcia and Dan Dolan.

Clothing drive for debate students

Voluntary bar associations in Broward County joined together to help students in need who participate in the Broward County school debate program for a week-long clothing drive.  The drive was held on Dec. 17-20. Helping to collect were members of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association;  the B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207; Broward County Women…

Judge Rothenberg retirement celebration

Members of the Dade County Bar Association and the Third District Court of Appeal bid farewell to Judge Leslie Rothenberg at a special retirement ceremony on Dec. 14 at the Florida International University College of Law in Miami. Many who spoke were thankful to have been a part of her devoted and triumphant journey. Rothenberg…

Spirit of Giving in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s annual “Spirit of Giving” awards recognize those who have made notable contributions in service to others. Among those recognized at the 12th annual awards ceremony at The River Club were the staff and volunteers of the Guardian ad Litem Program First Coast for their willingness to go into…

Toys for Tots

Hillsborough County Bar Association members dropped off toys at their holiday open house Dec. 6. The items were delivered to Toys for Tots the following day.

Service with a smile

Members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service reported a jolly old time working the Ask-A-Lawyer phone bank.  On Dec. 6  at Fox 13 News in Tampa, HCBA members volunteered their service with a smile.

Girls Inc. gifts in Sarasota

The Sarasota Florida Association for Women Lawyers and Sarasota County Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee came together for a holiday party Dec. 5.  Toys and supplies were collected for Girls Inc. Sarasota.

Getting to and through law school

The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and the Malcolm F. Cunningham Bar Association kicked off a five-week speaker series Dec. 11 on the importance of pursuing higher education.  Speaking to Latinos in Action students at Forest Hill High School, attorneys Victoria Mesa and Shayla Waldon shared stories about their paths to law school.

Jury Improvement in Palm Beach County

On Dec. 7, the Palm Beach County legal community had the opportunity to honor jurors and to learn from them how the justice system and jury duty can be improved. Attorney Stephen Susman, executive director with the New York University’s Civil Jury Project, discussed vanishing civil jury trials along with four recent jurors who shared…

Judicial Jaunt in Broward

Gaining insight into the operations of a judge’s courtroom was the focus of the Dec. 14 “Judicial Jaunt” series of conversations hosted by the Broward County Bar Association. Judge William Haury and Matthew Fornaro moderated the seminar.

Season Spirit

It was a great night at the Itsy Bitsy Jingle Bell Joint Committee happy hour on Dec. 12. Orange County Bar Association’s Family Law Committee spearheaded the party for their committee as well as the Business Law, Immigration Law, ADR, In-house Council, Tax Law and Real Property committees.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Generosity and helping those in need is a holiday tradition for the Jacksonville Bar Association. Again this year, JBA teamed up with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to help deliver gifts to more than 250 seniors. Each year, the association partners with Aging True and Meals on Wheels to provide local shut-in seniors with holiday cheer. More…

‘Tis the Season to be Tacky

The Ugly Sweaters were in full bloom at the Manatee County Bar Association’s annual holiday party. And what a contest it was! The ugliest sweater winner won a gift certificate to O‘Bricks and the raffle winner won two tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning Game – center ice!

10-year partnership with Pace Center

Palm Beach County Women Lawyers had much to celebrate during the holidays. December marked a decade-long partnership with the Pace Center for Girls Palm Beach, including the Breakfast and Books book club program and the annual holiday party. PCB FAWL generously provided gifts to all the girls; and CarltonFields sponsored the lunch and cake.

Senior tech training in Orlando

The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association teamed up with the Youth Enrichment and Senior Service Center for the seniors holiday party.  At the event,  GOAABA board member Avita Samaroo spoke to more than 60 senior citizens regarding personal injury issues and how to use a smartphone.

Deck the Chairs

‘Twas the season to add holiday cheer and lifeguard chairs! Jacksonville Beach Bar Association decked a chair with decorations and helped spread the holiday spirit! The chairs brought color and fun to the beach during December.