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July 2019

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

Back to School Giving

The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association was one of 147 donors who participated in Vinny Cuomo’s 9th annual Back to School Bash. Truckloads of school supplies were collected for the children of Palm Beach County, where the underserved students in the community were provided with backpacks full of what they will need to begin the…

Voluntary bar leaders invade Tampa

It was Anchors Aweigh! when the 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference set sail in Tampa on July 12-13 with more than 130 voluntary bar leaders, 61 speakers and 23 sponsors contributing to the successful voyage. The Hillsborough County Bar Association had the single largest number attending from the 63 different voluntary bars participating. Special thanks…

Lawyer LIFE symposium in Walton County

Members of the Walton County Bar Association took advantage of the CLE and networking opportunity at a symposium on June 14 in Destin. This year’s theme was The Game of Lawyer Life. Topics included a Post-Hurricane Michael discussion of its impact on the legal community, a local judge panel to discuss professionalism in the practice…

A Heart for Service

Connie Bookman is the recipient of  this year’s Liberty Bell Award from the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association. Bookman was recognized for her work with Pathways for Change, a faith-based addictions treatment program she founded in 2005. PFC provides mental health counseling, case management and vocational and educational training that assures 100 percent employment upon graduation….

Dive Bar is back!

DiveBar, the Underwater Bar Association, the first of its kind in South Florida and the nation, has relaunched. At a group event on Augst 3 at Shipwreck Park in Pompano Beach, Dive Bar hosted a two-tank dive to promote awareness about coral reefs and the marine environment.

Edgecomb Bar is recognized

One of the highlights of this year’s Henry T. Latimer Diversity Luncheon at The Florida Bar Annual Convention was the presentation of the Virgil Hawkins Affiliate Chapter of the Year Award to the George Edgecomb Bar Association. As President, Valeria Obi accepted and acknowledged the committed GEBA members who made it happen! Congratulations!

Judicial luncheon in Sarasota

More than 20 judges, magistrates, hearing officers and judicial assistants attended the 11th annual Sarasota County Bar Association YLD Judicial Luncheon on June 21. The event offered an excellent opportunity for young lawyers to socialize in a less formal environment with the local judiciary and their assistants.

Networking in West Pasco

Members of the West Pasco Bar Association gathered for Networking and Happy Hour at Ordinance One, on July 18 in New Port Richey. Members enjoyed the fellowship and a good chance to take advantage of  The Lobster Truck!

Sunshine in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association welcomed Melanie S. Griffin, attorney and founder of Spread Your Sunshine, to speak at its May luncheon. She focused on building resiliency and finding joy, an important topic for Health and Wellness Month. During the luncheon, Joni A. Poitier was recognized as the 2019 Woman Lawyer of the Year.

Reddick Bar proud of namesake

The T.J. Reddick Bar Association joined the Broward County Commission and Broward Vice Mayor Dale Holness is a special dedication ceremony on June 19. The group joined together to celebrate the naming of the Broward County Courthouse North Wing the Judge Thomas T.J. Reddick Jr., North Building. The naming honors the late Circuit Court Judge,…

Salsa, Soul & Sass in Tampa

Hernando Bernal Jr., President and Patricia Candamo, President-elect of the Tampa Hispanic Bar, are ready for a fun night of networking with members of the George Edgecomb Bar Association and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. The three groups joined together for the annual night of Salsa, Soul & Sass on August 1 at American Social Tampa.

Lynn leads St. Pete Bar

The new president of the St. Petersburg Bar Association is Tara Scott Lynn. Lynn was installed as the 95th President on June 6.

St. Johns Women Lawyer leaders

Members of the St. Johns Women Lawyers Association are excited about their new leaders. Newly installed officers for the organization include: left to right, Caitlin Polly, president-elect; Kaitlin Fallon Wildomer, secretary; Ingrid Suarez Osborn, president; and Nina LaFleur, treasurer.  

Yang leads Hillsborough Bar

It was a day for celebration! The Asian Pacific American Bar Association is proud of Grace Yang who has been sworn in as the first Asian Hillsborough County Bar Association president. Joining Yang for the special ceremony on June 6  was APABA-TB President Zarra Elias-Wong, Board Member Steve Berlin, and members Jeanie Kang and Alicia Whiting-Bozich.  

Summer interns social in Sarasota

The Summer Intern Social at Aloft Hotel on June 13 was a hit as Sarasota County Bar Association members, judges, interns and law clerks mixed and mingled! The Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar sponsored the event.

Perkins Bar leaders installed

The Citrus Club in Orlando was the setting for the Eleventh Annual Scholarship & Installation Luncheon hosted by the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association. In addition to the 2019-2020 PCPBA Executive Board being installed, scholarships were awarded  to students of Florida A&M University College of Law and Barry University – Dwayne O. Andreas School of…

Orange County Bar Wellness Challenge Recognized

More than 150 participants took the Orange County Bar Association Health and Wellness Challenge in May 2019. This single event that lasted an entire month was recognized as the most well-attended wellness event among voluntary bars. The challenge encouraged physical exercise, wellness, and camaraderie amongst the OCBA members. Participants were required to sign up on…

Joint mixer on Treasure Coast

When the Palm Beach County Justice Association and Treasure Coast Justice Association get together it’s a grand time. This year’s event offered excellent food, a large turnout and at a great location at the Woods Jupiter provided the perfect space to begin the weekend early on a Thursday summer night!

Callow in charge in Palm Beach County

It was an extraordinary evening on June 1 when Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted its officers and directors at the 97th Annual Installation Banquet. Chief Judge Krista Marx (right) presided at the Breakers Hotel as Dean Xenick, president-Elect (left); Jessica Callow, president (center); and the executive officers and board took the oath.

Most Creative Wellness Event Recognized

The Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyer Division took home the Most Creative Event Award in the Voluntary Bar Healthy Hour Challenge for its first annual Health and Wellness Bingo Challenge held throughout May.  The Challenge promoted healthy choices, active lifestyles and mind-body practices through a bingo challenge and two workout events.  The Challenge kicked off…

Reporters sought for annual workshop

Nominations are now being accepted for reporters to attend the 30th Annual Florida Bar Reporters’ Workshop, which will be held at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee on Oct. 28 and 29. This intensive two-day course is designed for 24 print, online, TV and radio journalists new to the courts and legal beats or new…

Big gavel, big job for Martin County Bar prez

The traditional symbol of power for the Martin County Bar president is a giant hammer of justice. Here, outgoing MCBA President Barbara Cook presents the oversized wooden mallet to newly elected commander in chief Jason Berger during the Annual Meeting.

North Tampa’s link to Tallahassee

Time ran out when Rep. Fentrice Driskell shared information on a variety of topics as guest speaker of the North Tampa Bar Association’s June membership luncheon. Driskell, a first-term legislator from the area, knows how to work with others and build coalitions. A shareholder at Carlton Fields, Driskell defeated a Republican incumbent to win the District 63…

Manatee County Bar elects new officers

The Manatee County Bar has a colorful heritage and a bright future. At the Annual Meeting on June 27, Judge Gilbert Smith shared the organization’s distinguished past before the new officers were installed. Pictured here are Steve Dye (president-elect) and Charlie Telfair (president).

Getting crafty in Lee County

Trying something new, the Lee County Bar Association hosted a brunch social at the Board & Brush in Fort Myers. The morning event called for muffins and mimosas while members created unique wood decor projects from scratch. Lots of hands-on fun with a carry-home custom-made wood item for all participants.

Celebrating Jacksonville Women Lawyers

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association members were out in force at the Florida Association for Women Lawyers gala in June to celebrate Past-President Jennifer Shoaf Richardson’s year as FAWL president and four members who received Leader in Law awards: Cine Cianflone Palmeri, Kelli Herring Lueckert, Kelly Karstaedt, and Ingrid Suarez Osborn. All were recognized promoting women lawyers and the legal profession.

Lake County Bar celebrates year

A casual end of the year bash set the tone for the Lake County Bar Association’s officer installation in Tavares on June 7. The group chose a new style for the traditional event and made the function a Friday night social instead of a formal dinner. Pictured at center right is Stephanie Modica the new president….

Shortening the learning curve in Jacksonville

It’s important that bar association insiders know how their work contributes to the overall work of the organization. So important, that Jacksonville Bar Association set aside time on July 30 for committee chairs to see how their time, energy and resources will make the Jax Bar even better in the year ahead. The committee leadership…

Competition fun in Central Florida

For Caribbean-American Floridians, a night of dominoes offers a relaxed reminder of their heritage. But for lawyers in the Orlando area, the annual Domino Tournament is serious fun to help the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida raise financial support for organization’s scholarship fund and legal education programs. This year’s event was held at Florida…

Time to plan for 2020

Voluntary Bars are busy planning their new fiscal year. Here, Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee Chair, Vivian Cortes Hodz is pictured with board members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association at the group’s officer and board retreat in Sarasota.  The HCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in Florida with a membership close to 4,000…

Restoring rights and second chances

The Haitian Lawyers Association co-sponsored a successful Seal & Expungement Redemption Workshop on July 20 at the Avant School of Excellence in Florida City. Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez, Representative Kionne McGhee, and the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. sponsored the event.

Free professionalism CLE available for voluntary bars

The Solo & Small Firm Section is offering a one-hour professionalism CLE course at no charge to voluntary bar associations. “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 and suggests possible…

Providing essentials for homeless teens in Pinellas

Just WOW! The Pinellas Florida Association for Women Lawyers Board of Directors assembled 40 bags of clothing and toiletries for homeless female high school students. The effort is part of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division charity project for this year.

Hillsborough Women Lawyers plan year

Great things happen when you plan ahead! And leaders in the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers can attest to that. The group took time on July 20 at their Board Retreat to carefully outline the events and programs that will fill the remaining five months of 2019 and the 2020 calendar.

Hinkle at the helm for Women Lawyers

Kyleen Hinkle, standing right, is the new president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She succeeds Jennifer Shoaf Richardson, who passed the gavel during the FAWL Annual Installation and Awards on June 26 in Boca Raton. Hinkle also serves as a member of The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee and was recently appointed…

Outstanding work Miami-Dade FAWL!

The girl gang was all there to accept the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Chapter of the Year Award on June 26 in Boca Raton. Miami-Dade FAWL members and leaders posed for a proud group photo just moments after the big event.

Costantino leads FLABOTA

Scott Costantino of The Costantino Law Firm in Jacksonville has been sworn in as incoming president of the Florida American Board of Trial Advocates board of directors. The installation took place in late July at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Orlando. Pictured here with Costantino (center) is right, Michael Freed, Fran Peacock Coker Community Service…

Luncheon popular in Palm Beach County

More than 40 attorneys and summer interns turned out for the Federal Bar Association – Palm Beach County Chapter summer brown bag luncheon. The event was hosted by Magistrate Judge William Matthewman. Magistrate Judges David Lee Brannon and Bruce Reinhart and U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra also participated.

Cunningham Bar leaders installed

The F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association installed its 2019-20 officers. Danielle Sherriff, front right is the newly elected president. Standing with Sheriff is Hershley Oge, president-elect; Carla Erskine, secretary; Back row, Jason McIntosh, immediate past president; the Hon. Cymoine Rowe, adviser; David Prather, adviser; and Cheo Reid, treasurer.

Celebration season in Gainesville

The 2019 Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association was held on June 13 at the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Gainesville. The program featured the installation of new officers including Cherie Fine, president, and Philip Kabler, president-elect.

Squires leads Dade County Bar

The 103rd Installation of Dade County Bar Association officers and board members was celebrated on June 15 at the Alfred I. DuPont Building in Miami.  President Gilbert K. Squires, a proud Panamanian, was sworn in during the colorful, cultural ceremony. Squires plans to make DCBA=MC2. Here, the “M” is Members, “C” the Courts, and the…

Morning Brew with Clearwater Bar Crew

Great ideas start over a good cup of coffee!  Stir in some time to chat with colleagues of the Clearwater Bar Association and life is sweet.  The breakfast networking event each month at Belleair Coffee Company continues to be the perfect blend of flavor and fun.

Attracting Millennial Members

As strategic planning season is upon the voluntary bar community, membership recruitment and retention is on every organization’s radar. The Collier County Bar Association recently shared a link to a worthy read on what motivates millennials?  Check it out!

Connecting Cultures in Orlando

New officers of two Orlando area bars were together recently to pledge their support in working together for the legal profession and their community. Pictured here from the right are Leia Leitner, president, Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association; Onchanto Am, president-elect, GOAABA; Natalie Quinonez, president-elect, Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida; and Christina Alvarez,…

Hot Fun in the Summertime

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers rocked a summer evening with a Table for Eight hosted by President Jamie Billotte Moses and President-elect Mary Walter. Homemade pizzas, a Cacti Craft, cannolis, “Who Am I?” and lots of camaraderie and laughter added the perfect topping to the summer outing.

South Florida minority bar leaders meet

The presidents and presidents-elect of Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, Caribbean Bar Association, T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Haitian Lawyers Association and Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association got together on July 31 to bond and get to the business at hand. Great things are ahead! The future is now and it’s definitely female!

Legal Aid gets help from Broward women lawyers

Members of the Broward County Women Lawyers Association volunteered for the Telephone Advice and Counsel Hotline in July. The hotline offered free advice through Legal Aid to low-income residents of Broward County. In this photo, Madeleine Mannello and Beth Finizio give their time to the cause.

Inclusion and Involvement for 30 years

Broward County Hispanic Bar Association’s Anniversary Gala included more than a swearing-in of officers and board members. It was the organization’s chance to also celebrate 30 years of service. All set to an evening of music, food and entertainment, the evening included awarding scholarships to deserving students and honoring notable members of the legal community. The…

Staff of Broward County Bar recognized

On June 22, multiple bar organizations joined together to present the first-ever “Presidents Award” to the staff of the Broward County Bar Association for their outstanding service to the Broward Legal community. Broward County Hispanic Bar Association, Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, The T.J. Reddick Bar Association Inc., The Caribbean Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, American Pacific…

Induction time in Broward

The Broward County Bar Association 2019 Annual Installation Dinner & Gala was held June 22 at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. Members and guests enjoyed casino games, dinner, dancing plus swearing-in of President Michael Fischler and recognizing outgoing president Winney Kessler. The induction also included the officers and board of both the Broward County Bar Association…

North Tampa Bar members golf for Suicide Prevention

North Tampa Bar Association members and past presidents Randy Reder, Paul Riffel and James Loper participated in the first annual Rob Wallace Golf Legacy Golf Classic at the Carrollwood Country Club on May 13. The Tournament raised more than $10,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Tampa Bay in the name of Rob Wallace, who…

Corn Hole tourney benefits United Way

The 4th Annual Corn Hole For A Cause tournament was hosted by St. Johns County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division on June 15 at St. Augustine Beach. The event benefitted United Way of St. Johns County who posted “it was an amazing event!”