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January 2019

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

Sponsorships Available for VBLC ’19

The 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference SPONSOR-SHIP is ready to set sail! Conference Chair, Vivian Hodz is calling on all bar leaders to reach out to vendors, contractors and service providers and help land supporters. Five levels of sponsorship are offered for the July 12-13 event. Help your contacts find what fits their business here.  A brochure can also be…

Ahoy Mates! Book your room at the Waterside

The online reservation portal is open for the 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. For planning purposes, the conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12 and end at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.  The $165 rate is offered three days before and three days after the conference for…

Free Twitter Webinar set for Feb. 28

Do you want to connect better with your members? Do you need a quick refresher on using social media? Tap into tried-and-true tips and learn the ins and outs of using the Twitter platform. Join us for a one-hour webinar exclusively designed for Voluntary Bars! Thursday, Feb. 28 @ Noon. The webinar will be a Skype session…

Keeping it fun in Miami Lakes

What could be more relaxing for officers of a voluntary bar at their swearing-in than a photo booth? Check out these Miami Lakes Bar Association leaders striking a pose at their Jan. 11 Installation Celebration. A Kodak moment!

Undeniably cool women lawyers

Tallahassee Women Lawyers “Dames of Thrones” were proud to bring home “best bedecked” and second place “people’s choice award” at the Jan. 17 Chili Cookoff hosted by the Tallahassee Bar Association. The event is held annually to generate support for Legal Aid and featured 11 teams competing for several top awards and all for a great…

Spotlight on Criminal Justice

A crowd of nearly 350 people attended the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Diversity Membership Luncheon  Jan. 9 at the Tampa Hilton Downtown. Members enjoyed a thought-provoking presentation from guest speaker Adam Foss, a nationally known advocate on criminal justice reform. Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer also offered remarks on the Bar’s activities and the Criminal…

New Year, New Ways to Network

Imagine a lunchtime makeover and a professional photo to start the New Year! Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers January 25 networking event, provided this opportunity. And for BCAWL member Wendy Fisher, who also serves on The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, this is what it looks like to be a working mom. I had…

Ready Up for Law Day 2019

Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. The American Bar Association promotes this annual event, which this year will focus on Freedom of speech and the press. To celebrate Law Day, some local bar associations have…

Appreciating Judges in Broward

To mark the start of the legal year, Broward County Bar Association held its annual “17th Circuit Judiciary Appreciation Day.” The Jan. 25 event in Fort Lauderdale, featured a Judicial Procession, Chief Judge’s Circuit Update, Introduction of New Judge, and Recognition of the Friends of the Bar Awardees.

Ferguson Bar supports community celebration

The passage of Florida Amendment 4, restoring voting rights for felons, was celebrated with a Voters Registration Drive and Family Fun Day on Jan. 12 at Miami Carol Park. Hosted by the ACLU of Florida and the City of Miami Gardens, the event received support from several Miami area voluntary bars. Here, members of the Wilkie D….

Clearwater Bar welcomes President Suskauer

Friends and colleagues of the Clearwater Bar Association turned out in big numbers when The Florida Bar president came to town. Michlle Suskauer was the luncheon speaker at the CBA member luncheon on Jan. 10 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. From left, board member Josh Chilson, Immediate Past Florida Bar YLD President Zack Zuroweste, Fifth Judicial Circuit County Judge Tommy…

Women lawyers champion lactation room

In early March, the  Pinellas County Courthouse in St. Petersburg will be equipped with a new lactation room, thanks in large part to the Pinellas County Women Lawyers. In addition to a January Bingo fundraising event at Hamburger Marys, members and local businesses have donated items to ensure the rooms are comfortable, relaxing, and practical through an…

Enhanced Lawyer Referral Service Launched

The Florida Bar has launched a newly enhanced online Lawyer Referral Service designed to provide users with a modern, easy-to-navigate conduit to more than 600 participating Florida attorneys across 120 practice areas. The service, which is free to use, utilizes artificial intelligence categorization to help guide users from their computer or mobile device and instantly connects them…

Celebrating Mandi Clay!

Mandi Clay is the epitome of a volunteer. She helps her neighbors, serves her communities and shares her expertise. And like many in the voluntary bar community, she steps up to make a difference despite a demanding personal life and professional career. We all like to work with people who meet deadlines and do what…

Off to a good start in Port St. Lucie

Port St. Lucie Bar Association brought in a little sunshine for its January member luncheon. Melanie Griffin was the keynote speaker to kick off the year with a warm and positive vibe. Griffin, left is shown here with Sara Fairbrother Davis, President, Port St. Lucie Bar Association.

Martin County Bar hosts Judges

The Martin County Bar Association welcomed judges of the 19th Judicial Circuit and the 4th District Court of Appeal at its Annual Meet-and-Greet. The event took place Jan. 18 in conjunction with the January CLE membership luncheon at the Kane Center in Stuart.

Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast

George Edgecomb Bar Association was proud to support the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs at their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast at the Hilton in downtown Tampa.  Pictured are Norman Harris, Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy,Howard Williams, Valeria Obi, LaKisha Kinsey-Sallis,Jessica G. Costello, Jemima Pierre and Diversity Access Pipeline.

Collier County Bar welcomes the Bar President

On the eve before Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer spoke to the Collier County Bar Association members about the state of the Florida Bar,  CCBA Board members hosted a dinner with her in Naples. On Jan. 30, there was standing room only at the membership luncheon, where Suskauer was the featured speaker.

Justice Lawson speaks in Sarasota

Sarasota County Bar Association members turned out in full force Jan. 31 to hear Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson, who delivered his “Four Oxen and a Lion” speech to a sold-out crowd at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Pictured are Justice Lawson, center with L-R: Renee Thompson, Erin Itts, Nancy Cason and Scott Westheimer.

Justice Association has new leaders

There are new roles to play in Palm Beach County as officer installations for the Justice Association are in the books. The association inducted new officers for the 2019 Board of Directors and Young Lawyers Board on Jan. 17.

Justice Quince honored by Tallahassee Barristers

Tallahassee Barristers Association celebrated the New Year with one of its favorite moments from 2018!  The group honored Justice Peggy Quince for her contribution to the Florida legal system as the first African American woman to sit on the Florida Supreme Court and the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of the…

Florida women lawyers on the national stage

Florida Association for Women Lawyer leaders took their mission to the national stage on Jan. 26-27 in Las Vegas. President-Elect Kyleen Hinkle attended National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations meetings and FAWL President, Jennifer Richardson, attended National Conference of Bar President’s meetings as a Diversity Scholar. Other FAWL members were instrumental in the passage of an ABA…

Addiction recovery advocated in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Bar Association turned a spotlight on mental health, suicide, depression, addiction and substance abuse at its January luncheon.  Attorney Brian Cuban spoke candidly about the struggles of addiction and mental illness in the practice of law and how they can be overcome. The themes were: if you are struggling, please ask for help;…

Interacting in Walton County

The Walton County Bar Association Membership Pop-Ups are designed to foster professionalism by giving members the opportunity to spend casual, unstructured time together. Veteran and rookie members all came out in January for the socializing events held in Santa Rosa Beach, Defuniak Springs and Freeport.  

Connecting in Broward County

On Jan.17, the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association hosted its “Broward Connect” Mixer at Tarpon River Brewing in Fort Lauderdale. Participants reported a great night of relaxed networking at a unique venue.

Young Lawyer Superstars!

The Young Lawyers Division Affiliate Outreach Conference drew several voluntary bar rock stars to St. Augustine, including a contingency from the 305! The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers-MDFAWL was recognized as the Small YLD Affiliate of the Year and the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section claimed the award for Public Service Project of…

CABA celebrates 45 years at Miami Gala

The 45th Annual Cuban American Bar Association Gala on Jan. 26 at Ice Palace Studios in Miami was a great success. The evening celebrated CABA’s commitment to the community by raising support for scholarships and pro bono legal services. The new officers and board were also installed in grand fashion. Said one member, “If the…

Full house for JNC luncheon in Dade

The house was packed on Jan. 29 when the Dade County Bar Association  hosted the Judicial Nominating commissioners of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and Third District Court of Appeal. DCBA members learned more about the Judicial Nominating Commission process and heard from members of the commissions covering Miami-Dade County.  

Joint bar luncheon in South Palm Beach County

South Palm Beach County FAWL joined forces with the South Palm Beach County Bar Association for an annual joint luncheon at Morton’s on Jan. 8. Florida Bar President and South Palm Beach FAWL’s 2018 Woman Lawyer of the Year Michelle Suskauer was the guest speaker. Showing their support were fellow Circuit 15 BOG peeps!

Fostering relationships with the judiciary

On Jan. 8, Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted another Coffee and Bagels with the Judges event at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach. These fun, casual events are meant to foster relationships and dialogue between the judiciary and members of the bar. A bonus for attending is that those who have a Uniform…

Mixer in the North

Members of the North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association enjoyed a networking mixer at the Twisted Trunk in Palm Beach Gardens. The Jan. 25 event was well attended and enjoyed by all.

State of the Bar for women lawyers in Palm Beach

Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer was the featured speaker for Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL’s State of the Bar event on Jan. 15. Many judges and Bar leaders joined Suskauer for the festivities, including Florida Bar President-elect Designate Dori Foster-Morales, Ellen Malasky and Jeanmarie Whalen. 

New leaders for Hispanic Bar

The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association Board’s 2019 installation of officers on Jan. 29 brought lots of smiles! Here, Victoria Mesa-Estrada, the new president, is joined by Kelsey Burke, president-elect, and Olga Patterson, paralegal member.

Orlando area young lawyers rock!

The Young Lawyers Division Affiliate Outreach Conference held in St. Augustine, Jan. 11-12 drew a large crowd, especially from the Orlando area. Representatives from Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association; Paul C. Perkins Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association; Hispanic Bar of Central Florida and others attended seeking grant support for community projects.

Women lawyers support Access to Justice

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers turned out big for past president Mary Ann Etzler, who was honored recently with the  Jake Stone Pro Bono Award from the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. Judge Alice Blackwell was keynote speaker for the Access to Justice luncheon!

Ask-A-Lawyer Action

The Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Clerk of Courts hosted a free question-and-answer session with a panel of attorneys experienced in estate planning, wills and small claim issues. The Ask-a-Lawyer event was held Jan. 23 at the Winter Park Library in Orlando.

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. As it has for the past eight years, The Florida Bar’s Consumer Protection Law Committee wants to honor a top-flight attorney for not only…

State of the Circuit Strong in Gainesville

Judges, magistrates, lawyers and friends of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association packed the Wooly Event Hall in Gainesville for the State of the Circuit event. Chief Judge James Nilon covered many topics including judicial assignments, pro bono activities, technology and circuit-wide communications. EJCBA President Cherie Fine and Florida Bar Board of Governors representative Stephanie Marchman also provided…