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February 2019

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

Take A Peek at the Conference Program

Calling all treasure seekers! Vivian Hodz and her Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference crew are mapping a leadership excursion that will introduce and reinforce classic concepts and provide new tools to help you be the best voluntary bar captain possible. Take a peek at the fun and effective program that is developing for this year’s conference. …

Appealing sponsor packages are available now!

Please help spread the word! Five levels of sponsorship are offered for the 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. Vendors, contractors and service providers of the legal profession will find a captive audience of Florida attorneys attending the July 12-13 event. Sponsors will also benefit from pre and post-event marketing and PR buzz from the event…

Director Sought for Lawyer Regulation Division

The Florida Bar is seeking a qualified attorney for a highly responsible administrative and legal position directing the Lawyer Regulation Division. We are asking all voluntary bars to please share this information with your members. The job description and application process is described on the TFB employment page at this link.

In Case You Missed It – Webinars available online

If you missed the previous webinars on Facebook and Twitter designed especially for voluntary bar leaders, you can view them now or at any time. As part of the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committees quest to provide more information to assist leaders in member engagement, the sessions are posted on the Voluntary Bar Center Resources webpage….

Shoup is new ED for Jacksonville Bar

The Jacksonville Bar Association has announced that Craig Shoup is the new executive director, replacing Jim Bailey who is retiring. Bailey has served as CEO for the past 18 months and during his tenure the JBA has reorganized and expanded its presence. Shoup was the organizations chief of staff before being named the executive director….

Law Day 2019 Planning Guide Offered by ABA

The American Bar Association’s Law Day 2019 Planning Guide is now online. The Guide provides helpful resources such as: – 25 Free Speech and Free Press Moments in U.S. History – Programming Ideas and Planning Tips – Event Promotion Checklist – Lesson Plans – Talking Points – Product Options Lesson plan handouts are available online. While on…

A fun way to benefit charity

The Jacksonville Bar Young Lawyers Section Chili Cook-Off raised more than $15,000 for Best Buddies! The support came from the law firms and voluntary bar associations, like the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, that entered the cooking competition and contributions from event sponsors and the public. As a result, Best Buddies will be able to establish programs at…

Recognizing Pro Bono Service

The Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association is the recipient of the 2019 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award, which was presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady at a Feb. 7 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. The award recognizes a Florida voluntary bar that has demonstrated a significant contribution…

Food4Kids program supported in Eighth Circuit

Attorneys and judges of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association’s Mentorship program spent an evening preparing pallets of food for the Food4Kids program. The food will fill the backpacks of children in need in area schools. Lending a helping hand was University of Florida Levin College of Law student mentees.

Gala supports Orange County Bar Foundation

A festive Mardi Gras-themed evening set the tone for the 2019 Orange County Bar Association Gala at Winter Park Racquet and Country Club. The event featured delicious food and drinks, music, dancing and more, all to benefit the work of the OCBA Foundation.

Boys and Girls Club benefit from Gala

The Treasure Coast Justice Association Annual Gala took place Feb. 7 at the Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart. Members enjoyed a happy hour, appetizers, a CLE presentation by Keith R. Mitnik of Morgan & Morgan, and a silent auction with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club.

Number one in Circuit 19

Diamonds in the dirt! The Indian River County Bar Association softball team will tell you real quick they are the Circuit 19 Grand Champions. The IRCBA sluggers defeated the Martin and St. Lucie teams to earn that title.

Sixth Circuit Judiciary Recognized in St. Pete

The St. Petersburg Bar Association hosted its 2019 Judicial Reception on Feb. 21 at the James Museum in downtown St. Pete. Members enjoyed an evening with the 6th Circuit judiciary and fellow attorneys while taking in the vast artistic legacy of more than 400 works of art evoking the spirit of a wide-open frontier and the…

A Supreme Evening in Tallahassee

On Feb. 7, the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society hosted its annual Supreme Evening. A sold-out crowd enjoyed dinner at the University Club in Tallahassee followed by comments from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Chief Justice Charles Canady and guest speaker Ted Olson. Here, Christine Senne, president of the Highlands County Bar Association, catches up with the chief justice…

Lunar New Year Celebrated by Asian American Bar

It was a grand occasion and a reason to celebrate. Members of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida and National Association of Asian American Professionals in Miami recognized the Year of the Boar with fellow members on Feb. 16 at Gold Marquess in Pembroke Pines.

A Look At Labor Law in Collier County

The Collier County Bar Association hosted a Trial Law Luncheon recently with a focus on employment law. Damian Taylor, the immediate past president of the CCBA and labor law attorney, shared his expertise on the Department of Labor’s proposed rules on eligibility for overtime pay, the latest cases on non-compete agreements, and workplace rules under…

Trivia Competition in Clearwater

The Clearwater Bar Association hosted a night of friendly competition on Feb 28. Members and community friends had a good time at Trivia Night competing against each other with it coming down to the final question to decide the winner. All in fun, of course, to support the real winner –  the Clearwater Bar Foundation!

Being a good citizen in West Augustine

Kids Safe Zone in West Augustine had a group of special visitors on Feb. 20. Nearly 20 judges and attorneys from St. Johns and Duval counties spent the afternoon leading the students through civics exercises about government and what it means to be a good citizen. The collaborative event between the St. Johns Association for Women…

Nursing room opens in South Palm Beach County

South Palm Beach women lawyers officially opened a nursing room on  Feb. 27 during a ceremony at the south county courthouse in Delray Beach. The new lactation room has a comfortable chair, side table, desk and small refrigerator.. Several Florida Association for Women Lawyers groups have been lobbying for these lactation rooms. Similar facilities are…

Past Presidents Reunite in Palm Beach County

Dinner with past presidents of the Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL by all reports was an amazing night. And with an amazing group of women lawyers, including Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer who served as president of the organization in 2002-03.

Two for one in Walton County

Lunch and Learn – Expanded Edition was the clever way the Walton County Bar Association marketed its CLE session in Sandestin on Feb. 21. Members were offered two segments on Cyber Security and Bankruptcy Essentials. They could come for one hour or come for both with lunch included.

Workhorse® Seminar a success for FJA

Workhorses behind the successful Florida Justice Association Workhorse seminar on Feb. 19-22 in Orlando are the FJA staffers! Lee Phillips and Abi Bayer greeted registrants with a smile and GC Murray spread the word on membership. This live CLE event has consistently provided FJA members with advanced legal training from some of the best plaintiff’s…

Giving Back Has Never Been Sweeter

Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers loves its members and the members love giving back. Past President Barbara Leach and her company Bab’s Bakes donated supplies for the group’s charity cookie decorating party with all proceeds going to A Place for Children. Cookies and a good cause – Valentine’s Day doesn’t get better than that!

Asian Holiday Celebrated in Orlando

The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association hosted a Lunar New Year Event at Kona Grill on Feb. 5. A great crowd gathered to help the group celebrate the year of the pig! For the Asian community, the lunar new year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year.

Joint celebration honors Black History

Black History Month was recognized on Feb. 27 by the Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Caribbean Bar Association, and the T.J. Reddick Bar Association.  A celebratory luncheon welcomed State Rep. Dotie Joseph, who is serving her first term in the Florida House from Miami-Dade.

Coral Gables Celebrates the Judiciary

The Coral Gables Bar Association Judicial Reception on Feb. 28 was well attended with Florida Bar leaders, lawyers and many judges. Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer was also on hand for the occasion.

A meet and mingle night in Broward County

Making new friends was the focus of a joint Broward County Bar Association and Russian American Bar Association networking event on Feb. 28 in Hallandale. Those attending saluted the event as a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow attorneys, many they did not know before.

Interacting with the Judiciary in Tampa

The Hillsborough County Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers co-hosted a “Coffee at the Courthouse & Judicial Shadowing Day” on Feb. 5. The day began with members from both groups meeting with judges from the Thirteenth Circuit and the Second District Court of Appeal for coffee and breakfast. The remainder of the…

Women’s History Month Set in Motion in Polk County

The Polk Association for Women Lawyers kicked off Women’s History Month at a judicial luncheon on Feb. 26. The event honored the new women of the Polk County bench. Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer spoke on leadership in the legal profession and gender bias.

Coffee with the Court in Manatee County

The Manatee County Bar Association hosted Java with the Judges and a member luncheon on Feb. 27. The Bradenton event also provided a great opportunity for a Florida Bar update from President Michelle Suskauer.

Bar Presidents Converge in Broward County

All of Broward County’s voluntary bar associations united on Feb. 20 for a networking event at Tarpon River Brewing in Fort Lauderdale. Each of the presidents spoke about their respective organization and shared the evening with colleagues and Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer. The voluntary bars represented included: the Asian Pacific America Bar Association South…

A Great Day for FAWL Families in West Palm Beach

Take Your Child to Work Day on Feb. 1 at the Palm Beach County Courthouse was well attended thanks to the women lawyers of Palm Beach County FAWL. More than five dozen children of local attorneys, judges and court staff participated along with their parents. The activities included demonstrations with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s…

Up close with the Florida Bar President in Broward

The Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, B’nai B’rith Justice Unit, the Broward County Bar Association and U.S. Legal Support hosted a luncheon with Florida Bar President, Michelle R. Suskauer on Feb. 20. The Fort Lauderdale event provided an opportunity for a personal visit, including a one-on-one Q&A with event hosts.

100 years of Tallahassee Bar Association

The 100-year celebration of the Tallahassee Bar Association was put in motion on Feb. 5 at the general membership meeting. The main event at the meeting was recognition of the Past Presidents and a special “History of TBA” CLE presentation provided by local bar historian Sid Matthew. G.C. Murray, Jr. was also presented the 2019 Thomas…

Bench Bar Conference in Palm Beach County

The Palm Beach County Bar Association 2019 Bench Bar Conference was a success with more than 600 lawyers, judges, paralegals and staff attending. More than 20 sessions were offered and a sold-out luncheon featured Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer, as keynote speaker. Pictured here are co-chairs, Katherine Woods and Matt Ocksrider.

Diversity is focus of joint bar luncheon

In recognition of Black History Month, the Jones High School Master Singers kicked off the joint Orange County Bar Association and Paul C. Perkins Bar Association Luncheon on Feb. 28 in Orlando. The Hon. Mary Scriven, as guest speaker, focused her remarks on “The Importance of Diversity in the Judiciary.” Several voluntary bar leaders attended the event….

Probate review in South Kendall

Members of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association learned about the Probate Court Division of the fourth Largest Court System in the United States at their Feb. 22 CLE lunch. An update was provided by the Hon. Yvonne Colodny, Circuit 11 Probate Division. Judge Colodny also provided a review of Florida’s New Law Regarding Elder Abuse Injunctions.

Bagels with the Bench in Sarasota

Sarasota County Bar Association members report a great turnout for their Feb. 13 “Bagels with the Bench.” Local lawyers showed their love at this Valentines Day eve event. More events like this one are being planned throughout the year.

Hearts and crafts in Tallahassee

Tallahassee Bar Association Young Lawyers volunteered with the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division for its “Raising the Bar” event on Feb. 9. The young lawyers assembled and delivered Valentine goodie bags to residents of a local special care center for Alzheimer’s patients.

Past leaders honored in Pasco

Past presidents of the West Pasco Bar Association were recognized on Feb. 7 at a luncheon in New Port Richey. With a strong commitment to the growth and vitality of the WPBA, these individuals are honored to serve this organization.

Leadership Academy in the Capital City

Tallahassee welcomed Leadership Academy fellows in Class VI on Feb. 5-6 for many events. Seen in the crowd were several voluntary bar leaders. The group toured the Florida Supreme Court and met all of the justices, visited legislators and greeted lawmakers at The Florida Bar’s Legislative Reception, all while honing their leadership skills.

A Seat at the Sustainability Table in Dade

Linking people, information and ideas to elevate the dialogue on sustainability and resilience for developments, the Dade County Bar Association recently participated in a panel discussion with developers, designers, consultants and lawyers. The Feb. 7 event at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design attracted a large crowd. Participants had an up-close look at trends…

Nominate an attorney for Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year!

Consumer attorneys are the lawyers Floridians often turn to when they are in crisis, facing foreclosing or evictions, trying to restore their credit or dealing with deceptive and unfair business practices. The Florida Bar’s Consumer Protection Law Committee wants to honor a top-flight attorney for not only helping consumers but also educating peers about the…

Why Bar Associations Matter

The American Bar Association shared an article in their February Journal that resonated with voluntary bar leaders. What a current officer of a local bar has to say about being involved in a bar association is worth the read.  According to the author, “nothing can take the place of a bar association as a vehicle…