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February 2020

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

Get Recognized for Health and Wellness

In support of The Florida Bar’s emphasis on mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers, the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee is encouraging voluntary bar leaders to host health and wellness-related events and share the success. If you need new ideas of what to do to bring Health and Awareness to the forefront in your bar,…

Seeking Sponsors for VBLC 2020

The 2020 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference at Margaritaville Resort Orlando July 10-11, is the voluntary bar leaders’ biggest event of the year! The two-day gathering of Florida’s top voluntary bar leaders also offers vendors of all things legal, the opportunity to be an exhibitor. At sponsor exhibits, bar leaders will get the chance to see…

Get Ready for Margaritaville

You are a voluntary bar leader. You dived in head first! Now, what? Soak up some of the best advice and training you can. Plan to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, July 10-11, at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. It will be time well spent. We’ve secured an incredible rate at $179 plus taxes and a $15 resort fee….

Wellness Webinar set for Feb. 25

As a new year begins, so continues the focus of The Florida Bar on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida lawyers. Sadly, rates of attorney depression, suicide, and substance abuse are on the rise. Voluntary bars can play an important role in engaging members and offering help. A webinar on Feb. 25  — Creating a…

Florida Bar Grievance Process CLE Offered to Voluntary Bars

About 50 Jacksonville Bar Association and D.W. Perkins Bar Association members got an inside look at The Florida Bar Grievance Committee process on Jan. 8 at the JBA offices in Jacksonville. Thanks to Craig Shoup, JBA executive director, this recorded CLE is now available for other voluntary bars to use as programming and as a…

Miami-Dade Women Lawyers honored

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers is the recipient of the 2020 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award. Miami-Dade FAWL President Elisa D’Amico accepted the award, presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a Jan. 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. The award recognizes a Florida voluntary bar…

Time is Now for Lawyer Wellness

Members of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers learned “Why We Need to Talk About Lawyers’ Mental Health,” from President-elect of The Florida Bar Dori Foster-Morales. The Jan. 10 luncheon provided a forum to discuss The Florida Bar’s mental health and wellness initiatives and how law firms can promote health and wellness practices within…

Help Recognize A Consumer Lawyer

The Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award is given annually by The Florida Bar’s Consumer Protection Law Committee. The award recognizes a legal service, public interest, or private attorney whose contributions to the practice of consumer law have strengthened and affirmed the rights of consumers in Florida. Last year’s winner was Janet Varnell of Lady…

Essay Winners Recognized in Sarasota

The annual Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion essay writing contest for high school students honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year the essay question related to the 19th Amendment and the conflict with the movement for the rights of African-Americans during the same period. Students…

Volunteering is a win-win

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou By Josephine J. Hardrick, Assistant Professor at The WMU Cooley Law School, Tampa A few years ago, a local bar association asked me to co-chair its scholarship banquet committee. I learned so much planning the banquet that…

Increasing Legal Aid in Tallahassee

The Tallahassee Bar Association held its annual Chili Cookoff on Jan. 29 at Goodwood Plantation. The 24th annual event was more than chili, margaritas, and a good time; the social gathering raised an unprecedented $10,000 for the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee. The money raised allows LAF to expand its resources for those who need legal assistance in fighting…

FL Bar Citizens Advisory Committee Reaching Out to VBs

Established in 1999, the mission of The Florida Bar Citizens Advisory Committee is to provide a vehicle for two-way communication between Florida’s citizens and The Florida Bar to inform and educate the public about significant legal-justice issues and to gain public understanding and support. Committee membership includes 12 nonlawyer Florida residents appointed by the Bar…

Lobby Days for Women Lawyers

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers were in Tallahassee, Jan. 28-30 to push FAWL’s 2020 legislative priorities. As shown here, their voices were also amplified at The Florida Bar’s legislative reception at Florida’s Historic Capitol Museum.

Orange County Bar’s Got Talent

The Orange County Bar Association’s Got Talent made a come back after over 20 years and it did not disappoint. All of the performances were very entertaining. Congrats to judge award winners Leia Leitner and Michael Andriano; audience favorite CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers; and definitely the most creative and energetic group, Young Lawyers Section of the Orange…

New leaders for Hispanic Bar

Kelsey Burke, pictured right center, was sworn in as the 2020 president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association on Jan. 30 in West Palm Beach. Burke became a lawyer only five years ago and has risen quickly in the legal community. Along with Burke, members also celebrated the installation of PBCHBAs 2020 Board.

Ultimate Paintball in Manatee County

Taking out 2019 frustrations and getting a healthy dose of a winning attitude in 2020, members of the Manatee County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division loaded up for a paintball competition on Jan. 25 in Bradenton. Te 2nd Annual Paintball event was a blast and, according to reports, everyone who participated made it back to…

Chinese New Year Celebrated in Tampa

The Hillsborough County Bar Association has many reasons to celebrate the Chinese New Year, with number one being Grace Yang! Yang is the first Asian American to serve as president in the Association’s 124-year history. Yang is shown here with the traditional Chinese lion spreading New Year cheer at the HCBA offices in Tampa. With…

Feeding Northeast Florida

The Second Annual Jax Legal CommUNITY Day! on Jan. 25 was even bigger than the first! The event united lawyers and judges from across the city for a day of service at Feeding Northeast Florida. Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, the D. W. Perkins Bar Association and others sorted more than 11,000 pounds of food for families…

Judicial Luncheon Sponsorships Offered

Florida’s Judicial Branch will be honored on June 18 at the 2020 Judicial Luncheon. Each year, the Luncheon is one of the most popular events at The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention, and sponsorships maximum exposure to groups through the luncheon’s promotional campaign. Voluntary Bars are invited to become a Judicial Luncheon Silver Sponsor for $500. The…

Lunar New Year Celebration

On Jan. 23, the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association hosted its signature Lunar New Year Event at Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi in Orlando. The event featured a Lychee Martini cocktail and tapas and assorted appetizers. A special treat was an Asian calligraphy artist who drew each attendee’s name in Chinese characters. Red envelopes filled with prizes and…

New Statewide Bar to Serve Hispanic Lawyers

There’s big news in the voluntary bar world! The Florida Hispanic Bar Association has been launched to organize under a statewide umbrella the local Hispanic bar associations in Florida. FHBA has a mission to support, promote and elevate the success of Hispanic lawyers and judges in business and leadership; to promote diversity and inclusion on the…

Bar President Speaks at Collier County Bar

The Collier County Bar Association was honored to host Florida Bar President John M. Stewart at its monthly luncheon on Jan. 10 in Naples. President Stewart discussed the state of the bar, the effects of ever-changing technology, and the role of the Bar in today’s legal environment. If you’re a member of a Florida voluntary…

Professionalism CLE Offered

The Solo & Small Firm Section is offering a one-hour professionalism CLE at no charge to voluntary bar associations and legal aid organizations. “This Really Happened: Taking the High Road of Civility and Professionalism” discusses actual examples of unprofessional and uncivil conduct that have occurred in the everyday practice of law, identifies potential rule violations…

Young Lawyers Give Back Statewide

At The Florida Bar YLD Affiliate Outreach Conference in St. Pete Beach on Jan.11, voluntary bar young lawyers shared stories of community outreach and bringing goodwill to Florida communities. Vying for grants to further facilitate their success in 2020, nearly 40 representatives of bar organizations, such as Pinellas County Chapter of FAWL, shared how they…

New FAWL Director on Board

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers has a new executive director!  Kari Hicks brings extensive experience with politics and legislative policy and event planning to the statewide women lawyers group. In addition, she is the mom to two toddlers. Welcome to the voluntary bar world, Kari!

New leaders in Lee County

The new officers of the Lee County Bar Association include President Matthew Roepstorff, pictured center; Tiffany Pereira, treasurer, pictured far right and  Lauren Baugh, executive director. Also pictured is Florida Bar Board of Governors member Renee Thompson. Members gathered on Jan. 24 for the swearing-in ceremony at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in…

Leadership in Law shared in South Palm Beach

South Palm Beach County Association for Women Lawyers and the South Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted a Joint Membership Luncheon on Jan. 14 in Boca Raton. Florida Bar President John M. Stewart provided an insightful program on Leadership in Law. Pictured here with Stewart are Ori Feistmann Silver, Pamela Higer-Polani and Holly Gayle Gershon.

Human Trafficking In Plain Sight

An important issue was brought to light by the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association and Broward County Hispanic Bar Association during a joint Jan. 15 luncheon in Fort Lauderdale. At the Human Trafficking in Plain Sight Luncheon, attorneys learned more about how they can detect and protect clients caught in these tragic situations. Participants were educated by a panel…

Meet the Judges in Martin County

A Jan. 17 meet and greet with the 19th Circuit, 4th District Court of Appeal judges and members of the Martin County Bar Association featured the group’s annual speed dating event. It was also a time to hear from the 19th Circuit Chief Judge Lawrence Mirman for his State of the Circuit address. The membership…

New members entertained in Broward

What could make a new member reception more than just another social event? Watching the board members, section and committee chairs and guest bartenders do the serving. Their participation and engagement was a great way to show that service and fellowship are the bywords of the Broward County Bar Association.

Voter registration important in 2020

Members of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association had a productive day on Jan. 25 passing out voter registration forms and providing information on how to register to vote in the upcoming 2020 General Election and the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary on March 17. The Voter Initiative project is a grassroots program designed to register…

2020 CABA Gala

It was a night of grandeur, flair and sophistication as members of the Cuban American Bar Association celebrated the installation of its 46th president, Frances G. De La Guardia and the 2020 Board of Directors.  The Roaring 20s style gala in Miami on Jan. 25 featured dinner, dancing and a charity casino. Proceeds benefitted CABA’s…

Diversity luncheon draws big crowd

What a way to start the year! The Hillsborough County Bar Association hosted its annual Diversity Membership Luncheon on Jan. 8 with nearly 300 members and guests attending.  Featured speaker Sherry D. Williams spoke on the importance of supporting and advocating for diversity in the legal profession. HCBA and its Young Lawyers Division also presented…

Judicial Spotlight On in Broward

The Broward County Bar Association and 17th Judicial Circuit presented the 2020 Judicial Procession and State of the Circuit on Jan. 24 in Fort Lauderdale. The event included a judicial procession, Chief Judge’s Circuit update and recognition of the Friends of the Bar awardees.

Golden legacy celebrated in Tampa

The trailblazing legacy of Sen. Arthenia Joyner’s 50-years of outstanding service to the legal profession was celebrated on Jan. 6 in Tampa.  In addition to being a 50-year member of ⁦The Florida Bar, Joyner was also the first African American woman lawyer in Hillsborough County. Joining members of the George Edgecomb Bar Association were representatives…

Ask-A-Lawyer continues for Hillsborough Bar

For years, members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service have participated monthly in the Ask A Lawyer program at Fox 13 News. This year will be no different. Here, members are shown at the Jan. 9 Good Day Tampa Bay broadcast.

Vulnerable Vendors event in Miami

The Dade County Bar Association hosted a Vulnerable Vendors event on Jan. 23 in Miami.  Jim Ballowe of Esquire Deposition Solutions, LLC, provided a comprehensive look at security capabilities that law firms and corporations should look for in deposition services providers to address cybersecurity risks. Kudos to the Labor and Employment Committee for making attorneys aware…

Bar Foundation Staff Helps Out

The Florida Bar Foundation staff volunteered at an IDignity monthly identification clinic in January. IDignity, one of the Foundation’s Community Economic Development grantees, helps low-income people obtain driver’s licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards and more.

New Year in Miami

This year is off to a great start for the Dade County Bar Association. A New Year Happy Hour was hosted by the DCBA Membership, Young Lawyers Section and Criminal Courts Committee on Jan. 9 at Astra Miami.

Minority Bars hosts Wills and Trust Workshop

  On Jan. 18, the T.J. Reddick Bar Association along with a host of sister voluntary bar associations, lawyers and businesses co-sponsored an all-day, free CLE training on “How to Set up a Successful Estate Planning and Drafting Practice: Introduction to Wills and Trusts Drafting.” More than 130 attorneys attended the event in Davie and…