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The SideBar June 2020

June 2020

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

Site the Same for 2021 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

For 2021 planning purposes, the hotel contract is complete for the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, July 16-17 at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. As announced …

Plan Now for A Virtual Convention Experience

For the safety and protection of Florida Bar members and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, the Annual Convention will be VIRTUAL this year. The event is scheduled for June 15-19 …

SOCK CHALLENGE AIMS TO HELP FLORIDIANS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET

Bar President John Stewart relishes padding around in a pair of flip flops. It is also not unknown for him to traipse about in loafers with unsheathed feet …

New social place for discussion, conversation

Voluntary bar leaders now have a place for group communication and sharing common interests and expressing opinions. Beginning June 1, voluntary bar …

Voluntary Bars Comment On COVID-19 Impacts

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, confronting the challenges facing the legal community and voluntary bars is paramount. To better understand …

VOLUNTARY BARS ADJUST AMID PANDEMIC

The executive directors of Florida’s voluntary bars met by Zoom on May 15 in the second Town Hall series hosted by The Florida Bar’s Voluntary Bar Liaison …

Orange County Bar Association elects first Black President

LaShawnda K. Jackson, partner with RumbergerKirk, is the first black president to serve the Orange County Bar Association since its establishment in 1933. She has been …

Food sharing important in times like these

The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association made a donation to the Esperanza Community Center emergency food pantry to help local families …

Doing a mind and body good

Rounding out Wellness Month, the Palm Beach County Justice Association hosted Coping with Health and Wellness during Covid-19 …

Increasing Diversity is Focus of Webinar

Changing the narrative of Asian Pacific American lawyers by increasing diversity in the legal profession was the focus of an interactive webinar on May 27 in honor of …

Judicial Town Hall in Ninth Circuit

The Orange County Bar Association was pleased to partner with Chief Judge Donald Myers and several other judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Florida to offer a Judicial Town Hall on May 28 …

Supporting first responders in Miami Beach

After their April meeting went “virtual” because of COVID-19, the First Family Law American Inn of Court donated its dinner meeting budget to providing meals to emergency room staff at …

Tech primer training offered by joint bars

Want to know “how to” by the tech pros? So did 446 other attorneys from around the state who zoomed in for a CLE on May 28. The joint bar event brought together technology teams from several circuits to better …

Swearing-in via Zoom

Voluntary Bars throughout the state are turning to a virtual platform to host events and stay connected with members. On May 16, the South Palm Beach County Bar used Zoom to keep on schedule in the swearing-in …

Reaching 1,000 followers

Wednesday, May 27, was not just another hump day for members of the Palm Beach County Association for Women Lawyers. This was the day they reached 1,000 followers on Facebook! To celebrate, they began …

Members make belonging fun

The Florida Justice Association launched its inaugural #FJAMemberAppreciationWeek featuring a week full of events planned for members, by members …

Do you solemnly swear?

The St. Petersburg Bar Association installed its 96th president on May 27, with Sean McQuaid sworn in by the Hon. Edwin Jagger during a virtual installation ceremony with the SPBA Board of …

ASSESSING COVID-19 MALPRACTICE ‘DANGER ZONES’

Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (FLMIC) has published a new online resource that examines the malpractice “danger zones” for Florida lawyers during the pandemic …

Wellness Bingo Challenge ends May 31!

Lawyers across Florida are practicing wellness all month long! With the Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers bingo card, you can log your …

Waking up with Clearwater Bar

When in person meetings are not possible, there’s always ZOOM. The Clearwater Bar Association among Florida’s voluntary bars who have resorted to a virtual assembly …

Statewide Zoom Hearing for County Court

Executing the first statewide virtual County Court mock hearings in Florida requires a dedicated and outstanding team. On Friday, May 22, 336 lawyers and judges …

Taking Advantage of Technology

On May 22, 100-plus guests joined the Palm Beach County Justice Association, Fort Lauderdale ABOTA, Jacksonville ABOTA, and Miami ABOTA for …

TALENTED STUDENT WRITERS RECOGNIZED

n recognition of the service U.S. District Judge George C. Young provided to Central Florida, the G created an annual Legal Writing Award that is given …

Roundtable in North Tampa

The North Tampa Bar Association hosted a virtual round table with members on May 21. The topics covered the abolition of the circumstantial evidence …

Virtual Appetit!

A virtual Dine and Dish was hosted by the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association on May 21. Judge Tanya Brinkley, Circuit Court judge, …

Women Lawyers in Palm Beach County have new leaders

More than 100 Palm Beach County FAWL members met via Zoom on May 21 for the virtual board installation. Christa L. McCann became new president and …

Member Connections in the Northwest

The Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association hosted its first Virtual Bar Meeting on May 14. Circuit Judge John Miller and Circuit Judge Jan Shackelford provided updates about court …

VIRTUAL PRESENCE IMPORTANT IN NEW NORM

The Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted a timely webinar focused on “Being Your Virtual Best” with Susan Bigsby, who is an image professional. If you missed the program, find …

Miami Women Lawyers Donate 4,000 Masks to Local Hospitals

Each year, the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers hosts a brunch to honor and celebrate the 38 women who have previously led …

Making it easier to find a local attorney

The Manatee County Bar Association launched a Find an Attorney feature on its website. The public and members can use the Find an Attorney tab to search …

Hispanic Bar Hosts Yoga starting May 20

The Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, understanding the importance of health and wellness, is offering virtual yoga classes, the first on May 20 …

Virtual Mock Evidentiary Trial In Session

A sold-out virtual event with 500 lawyers and judges logging in from around the state set the tone for a successful Statewide Virtual Mock Evidentiary Hearing on May 15, the first …

Lawyer Well Being Yoga in Dade

The Dade County Bar Association hosted a virtual yoga session on May 8. The event brought to a close Lawyer Well-Being week …

17th Circuit Virtual Jury Trial Initiative

On May 11, Chief Judge Jack Tuter, with other judges from the 17th Judicial Circuit, approximately 25 lawyers from the American Board of Trial Advocates and trial attorney …

SOS in Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Save Our Small Businesses SOS project is aimed at assisting families, friends, colleagues and clients …

Sweat the Stress

In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Caribbean Bar Association Sweat the Stress dance workout on May 16 was a beast! Members kicked off their shoes, let down …

Assisting Others In Time of Need

The Guatemalan Mayan Center in Lake Worth was vandalized, twice earlier this year. To help prevent that from happening again, the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association …

War Stories Draws A Crowd

Lessons were learned on May 14 when 350 plus attendees zoomed in for War Stories with Legal Legends Steve Yerrid and Gary Fox. The CLE session was moderated by Jim Haliczer and hosted …

2020 Path to the Bench

The Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association hosted a virtual event on May 13 to shed light on bench service …

Virtual Law Day Replay

The replay of the ABA and Library of Congress’s joint Law Day 2020 online event on the Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment is now online.  What a great …

Limits on Law in Lee County

Criminal Court proceedings is on a lot of minds these days and Lee County Bar Association has responded to the call. Spencer A Cordell from Law Office of Spencer Cordell, P.A. went live …

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! To pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history …

CLE ACCREDITATION and APPLICABLE FEES

Florida Bar course accreditation has resumed, and all courses will be evaluated in the order they were received.  However, due to reduced staff, the processing time may be longer …

Changes to Practicing As We Knew It

Lawyering in the Time of Covid-19 was the topic of a webinar on May 13 hosted by the Tallahassee Association for Women Lawyers. Florida Bar President John Stewart …

Smiling Faces of Friends

Members of voluntary bars recognize just how supportive the members are of each other, especially in times like these. How each member is coping in these challenging times is an important …

Engaging in Palm Beach County

The Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted a  free CLE Webinar: PI Firms Surviving & Thriving during Covid-19 on May 13. Over 100 attended this presentation featuring …

Continuity of Court Operations Guidelines

Chief Justice Charles Canady distributed best-practices guidelines developed by a statewide Court Continuity Workgroup to help people navigate new remote procedures used …

Virtual Workout from Home

Join Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association and Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers-MDFAWL on Wednesdays for WFH: Workout from Home! …

All New VIDEO_We Are Here For You

Each Monday during May’s Health & Wellness Month, Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section committed to bringing videos from young lawyers around the state …

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers do it again! On the May 6 Remote Rendezvous, members and kid-o’s enjoyed an awesome virtual Mother’s Day Craft …