The Florida Bar

The SideBar July 2020

July 2020

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

Dori Foster-Morales becomes Bar President

Dori Foster Morales of Miami was sworn in as president of The Florida Bar at the Bar’s Virtual General Assembly June 19. Citing the COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest …

Mike Tanner Installed as Bar’s President-elect

Michael G. Tanner of Jacksonville was sworn in as president-elect of The Florida Bar at the Virtual General Assembly June 19.
U.S. Senior Judge Paul C. Huck describes incoming …

Adam White leads the Young Lawyers Division

Improving diversity and inclusion, upgrading its online resources, and stepping up attorney professionalism are the three top goals of the Young Lawyers Division in the coming year …

Vivian Cortes Hodz Honored By President Stewart

President John Stewart has presented Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee Chair Vivian Cortes Hodz with one of his President’s Award of Merit. Addressing the 2020 Annual Convention via video-taped message …

MELISSA BYERS HONORED WITH MARSHALL R. CASSEDY, SR., AWARD

Melissa Byers, executive director of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, is the latest recipient of the Marshall R. Cassedy, Sr., Award.
In making the announcement …

JEAN-PIERRE COY HONORED WITH G. KIRK HAAS HUMANITARIAN AWARD

A Southwest Florida lawyer who fought for clients in court and performed countless hours of Bar service while suffering a life-threatening illness, is the latest recipient of …

Webinars, Town Halls Set for Voluntary Bar Leaders

Florida Voluntary Bar Associations of every size will benefit from a series of virtual educational events, scheduled for June-November. While the June 30 webinar provided CLE tips for developing …

Handbook Includes Video Conferencing

The Florida Bar has again updated its “Best Practices for Professional Electronic Communication” handbook to include a section on video conferencing.The handbook, originally released in 2015, provides best practices …

Developing and Delivering A CLE Course for Your Bar

For a voluntary bar association, providing services to members is paramount. It’s also important and can be instrumental in enhancing non-dues income and improving the financial bottom-line …

Zooming in on the Cunningham Bar’s Installation

F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association held its virtual installation on June 30. More than 70 guests showed their support as President Hershley Ogé and other officers of FMCBA took the oath …

Baking with the Court in Orlando

Another Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers Remote Rendezvous in the books. Baking with the Court – Killer Rum Cake by Judge Mike Kraynick was enjoyed by everyone …

PROTECTING THE PUBLIC AT COURTHOUSES

A Supreme Court work group has released its first video to help educate the public about the steps courts, clerks and other stakeholders are taking to promote the health …

Caribbean Civics and Pride

In celebration of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, the Caribbean Bar Association hosted a Meet the Caribbean-American Candidates & Civic Leaders event on June 25 …

Proud to Be A Lawyer

The Broward County Bar Association Virtual Swearing in Ceremony was well attended on June 26, with the Board and Officers of BCBC, the Young Lawyer’s Section and judges, lawyers, family and friends.

JUDICIAL FORUM IN THE SECOND DCA

The Hillsborough County Bar Association hosted another judicial town hall via Zoom on June 25. The forum provided an update on court rules and procedures in the 2nd DCA …

New programs to help in the COVID Summer

Kimberly Hosley, president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, announced two programs for working lawyer moms. Grow Your Village is for FAWL moms who need helping …

Statewide panel looks at LGBTQ+ ISSUES

A statewide panel of attorneys and a judge shared insight on the LGBTQ+ Legal Landscape on June 25. Sponsored by Kelley Kronenberg, the conversation about diversity and inclusion …

Oath of Office at a Distance

Congratulations go to Dean Xenick, who was sworn into office as the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s 98th president during an unprecedented, socially distant, steamy hot and humid ..

Government Bar hosts CLE on LGBTQ+ Issues

It’s PRIDE month and the Florida Government Bar Association used its monthly meeting for a FREE June FGBA CLE on Bias Elimination and Understanding LGBTQ+ Issues in Florida …

Past Presidents gather for virtual dinner

The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association hosted a different, but still a heart-warming Past Presidents dinner on June 23 to give incoming President Onchantho Am …

Food drive for Local Food Bank

The Palm Beach County Bar Association COVID-19 fundraiser to benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank is a success! In lieu of the annual Installation Banquet, the Board of Directors …

Tallahassee Women Lawyers have new leaders

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Tallahassee Women Lawyers Board! The new board was virtually sworn in on June 24 by Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson, past president, with a …

Help with Virtual Conferences and Board Meetings

A new service is available from ABA Division for Bar Services. Bring the expertise of the ABA Division for Bar Services to your next virtual conference

George Edgecomb Bar Recognized

For the second year in a row, the George Edgecomb Bar Association received the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Affiliate Chapter …

Supporting the PACE program in Palm Beach County

On June 24, members of the Palm Beach County Justice Association Board of Directors visited the Pace Center for Girls Palm Beach in its new location. Pace provides girls and young women …

Preparing your association for the second wave

Many hope there will be no second wave of the coronavirus, or that mitigation will reduce its impact. Still, associations must prepare by taking advantage …

Love Your Caribbean Bar Association Lawyer Day

In honor of National Caribbean-American heritage month, the Caribbean Bar Association officially proclaimed June 23 as “Love Your CBA Lawyer” Day …

WONDER WOMEN UNITE FOR VIRTUAL RETREAT

A fantastic way to start the year! Board members of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers are under the leadership of new President Mary Walter Ingram. …

Women Lawyers of Pasco in the spotlight

Two accolades for the Women Lawyers of Pasco. Founder and first president Jenny Scavino Sieg was sworn in as president-elect of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers …

Joint Bars offer Post COVID webinars

Helping lawyers adjust to business not as usual, joint bars across the state are partnering to expand the outreach of webinars on important topics. On June 18, Effective Mediation Advocacy in the Virtual Era …

Florida Hispanic Bar hosts Café Con Leche

Almost forty people from a diverse Hispanic origin gathered for the Florida Hispanic Bar Association’s first annual Café Con Leche on June 18. The meeting was in conjunction with The Florida Bar Virtual Annual …

Passing the Gavel From A Distance

The Volusia/Flagler Association for Women Lawyers gathered on June 18 via Zoom to thank the present board, while welcoming the incoming board for the 2020-2021 year. Courtney Kilbourne was installed as president …

Taking the Zoom Oath in Clearwater

The Clearwater Bar Association hosted its final board meeting on June 17. Like so many other voluntary bar groups across Florida, CBA chose the Zoom platform to bring everyone together …

Tips on Wellness – How to Be Happy

The Florida Bar’s Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers Committee offers weekly tips and inspiration to help bring more balance into members’ daily professional lives. Living smarter is a choice …

Ensuring Renewals In Challenging Times

The changes brought on by COVID-19 on voluntary bars and other associations have left leaders feeling challenged to provide valuable member services. Many fear membership will drop as a result …

In-person Installation in Walton County

One of the voluntary bar communities first in-person installations of new officers is in the books. On June 16, the Walton County Bar Association gathered for its Officer Installation Luncheon to celebrate …

CHIEF JUSTICE ORDERS CHANGES TO STATE COURT COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Chief Justice Charles Canady issued two new administrative orders and a new “best practices” memorandum June 16 adopting changes to guidelines for …

Criminal Defense Lawyers have new president

Mitch Stone is the new Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers president. He was sworn-in on June 13 in a virtual ceremony. Like so many other voluntary bars, COVID-19 has altered …

Chief Justice Extends Term of COVID-19 Workgroup

Chief Justice Charles Canady issued a new administrative order June 15 extending the term through the end of the year of a workgroup charged with …

Mock Jury Trial in Fort Lauderdale

On June 11, ABOTA Fort Lauderdale partnered with the Broward County Circuit Court to do a mock Voir Dire (Jury Selection). See the Youtube video here.  Plaintiff’s counsel: Brent Reitman and Dan Harwin …

Working remotely and parental leave

Florida Association for Women Lawyer members enjoyed a hybrid live and Zoom CLE on parental leave on June 11 hosted by this year’s Most Outstanding Chapter, the Jacksonville Women Lawyers …

Town Hall for Justice Association members

More than 130 Florida Justice Association members gathered for important updates on upcoming events, the impact of COVID-19 on courts, review of legislative and political efforts …

Political candidates interviews continue in Miami

Continuing to observe social distancing, on June 6, UP-PAC and the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association hosted the third session of its Virtual Judicial Candidates Forum …

COVID-19 Response Fundraiser

The Miami Lakes Bar Association is collaborating with Feeding South Florida to provide emergency food supply assistance in the Miami-Dade area. For every $1 donated, seven meals can be provided to those …

Wheels of justice keep turning

The Sarasota Circuit Civil bench hosted its third Zoom Town Hall on May 21 for the Manatee County and Sarasota County Bar associations. Chief Judge Kimberly C. Bonner joined …

Planning for back to the office

COVID-19 has changed the work office environment. In the Jacksonville Daily Record, The Bar Bulletin appears in the June 4 issue. Among the stories is one from Jacksonville Bar Association’s …

Recognize your sponsors virtually

With the pandemic forcing postponement of many in-person events this spring, voluntary bars are turning to social media to help elevate the importance of sponsors. Take Palm Beach County FAWL, for example …

Voluntary bars showcased in Briefs

The June issue of Briefs magazine published online by the Orange County Bar Association is now available. Check out dedicated pages six and seven for the area’s voluntary bar featured events …

Martin County Women Lawyers have new leaders

The Hon. Elizabeth Metzger administered the oath of office to the new officers and board members of the Martin County Women Lawyers Association. The 2020-2021 installation took place on June 8 …

Got civility?

Fifteen voluntary bar association partnered on June 5 to bring 136 lawyers from across the state together to hear from a superstar judicial panel on professionalism. The judicial perspective of practicing with …

Remote installations for Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar

On June 4, Chief Judge James Nilon installed (remotely, of course) the new officers and directors of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association. Philip Kabler is the organization’s new president …

Meet the candidates

Interviewing every candidate from eight different judicial races in Broward County is no small task. But with the help of active members of several voluntary bar associations, sitting judges and challengers …

A new norm for voluntary bar boards

The Martin County Bar Association Board meeting was half Zoom, half live on June 5.  President-Elect Barbara Kibbey Wagner was at the helm with staff and other leaders in the room. The remaining leaders …

A virtual swearing-in ceremony in Hillsborough County

Newly elected 2020-2021 officers and board members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association were installed virtually on June 4. Paige Greenlee took the reins as president of the HCBA. Greenlee also serves …

Rental Assistance Offered by Dade County Bar

The Dade County Bar Association is partnering to help individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency with rental assistance. The HAND COVID-19 Rental Assistance Portal began …

Virtual Services Delivered To Jacksonville Bar Members and Beyond

The Jacksonville Bar Association is embracing virtual learning. On June 3, JBA staff hosted an eight-hour CLE/CME (14th Annual Mediators Conference) …