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FREE CLE OFFERED TO VOLUNTARY BARS

The Florida Bar Grievance Committee Process is a free CLE video available to voluntary bars. If your organization would like to access the CLE for use in a voluntary bar event, please contact Jeff Doran, Manager, Voluntary Bar Services at  [email protected] or 850.561.5773 for the password.  Participants earn 1.0 CLE hour for the course.

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Registration is open for VBLC 2020

Plans for the 2020 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference are beginning to click and we have online registration open for those who want to register early. All things VBLC 2020 can be found here, including hotel reservations, registration, YLD scholarship info, sponsorships,  and more. Plan now to attend the conference on July 10-11 at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. The…

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,…

May 1 is deadline for chance to win scholarship to VBLC

Feelin’ like a lucky duck? The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) has provided a big splash of support for aspiring young lawyers who want to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. As many as 15 registration scholarships are being offered for VBLC 2020, July 10-11, at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. The event is the single…

Grand Dame Tea Honors Women Lawyers

Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers members who have been practicing law for more than 20 years gathered on Feb. 9 for a Grande Dame Tea held in their honor at the Country Club of Orlando. They shared laughs, stories and of course, basked in a sisterhood of being strong women in a very tough profession. And, yes,…

Family fun in Palm Beach County

The Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted a Multi-Bar Picnic on Feb. 22 with kids’ activities, lunch, music, a side dish cooking competition and fun for all! Making it a perfect day were members and families of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County; F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association; Palm Beach County Hispanic…

Lawyers for Literacy

The Broward Bar Association Young Lawyers group, called Lawyers for Literacy, gathered to read the book, “Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar” to 11 classes of pre-kindergarten students at Dillard Elementary School. The lawyers read to the students and also explained what lawyers do to help the community and individuals. The students had…

St. Pete Bar Embraces Mocktails!

As part of its “Healthy, Happy, Holistic Attorneys” initiative, the St. Pete Bar began providing signature non-alcoholic mocktails at all events! As the St. Pete Bar focuses on combatting the statistics related to alcoholism, depression, and burnout prevalent in the legal profession, mocktails are celebrated as a healthy alternative to traditional cocktails at all events….

Bringing Chili, Charity and Community together

Since 2009, the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section has hosted a Charity Chili Cook-Off to bring the legal community together for an afternoon of live music and delicious competition. The event was held at Riverside Arts Market on Feb. 15 with proceeds given to the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. It was a picture-perfect day as…

Familiar Faces Welcome Bar President

Always nice to be able to return to familiar territory and be welcomed back after weeks of travel. Florida Bar President John Stewart from Vero Beach, did that on Feb. 19, speaking to members of the Port St. Lucie Bar Association and visiting with Bar members in neighboring St. Lucie County.  

17th Judicial Circuit Black History Month Celebration

The Broward County Bar Association Black History Month “Broward’s Black Mayors” event on Feb. 21 in Fort Lauderdale was a celebration of excellence, public service and the historical significance of Broward County. The event recognized elected officials, including the black judges of the 17th Judicial Circuit and with the support of the local community, churches, schools, media…

Gently used clothing drive in Polk County

Polk Association for Women Lawyers members and friends donated 1,273 items and lots of baby socks to PAWL’s Spring Clothing Drive! These items are being divided among a number of local charities in the community. Two area law firms provided drop-off donation sites.

Hats off to busy bar leaders

Like many voluntary bar leaders, Jeff Adelman wears many hats. Most recently, the Coral Springs attorney was sworn in as American Board of Trial Advocates- ABOTA – Fort Lauderdale president. ABOTA membership is by invitation only, and all members are required to have tried at least 10 civil jury trials and have a high personal character…

Honoring the Judiciary in Orlando

The Paul C. Perkins Bar Association Annual Judicial Reception on Jan. 29 at the Citrus Club in Orlando celebrated 50+ members of the judiciary who serve the Ninth Circuit community. Attendees enjoyed great food, fellowship and music at the event.    

Voting Rights hot topic for Caribbean Bar

The Caribbean Bar Association and White & Case LLP Black Affinity Group 9th Annual Diversity Symposium brought together staff from the Miami-Dade County State Attorney and Public Defender’s offices to discuss the status of voting rights in 2020.  At the heart of the discussion was the implementation of Amendment 4.  The passage of Amendment 4…

Joint event in Palm Beach County

When Palm Beach County Justice Association, Paralegal Association of Florida and Palm Beach County Bar Association paralegals and investigators join forces with 15th Judicial Circuit judicial assistants, it’s a spectacular event! This first annual joint networking event at Tapeo in West Palm Beach was a great success.

Inspired By The Bench in Orlando

Judge Denise Beamer, Judge Jeanette Dejuras Bigney and Judge Vincent Chiu provided both inspirational and authentic stories of their paths to the bench on Feb. 21 at the Citrus Club in Orlando. Hosted by the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association, the CLE event also increased awareness about…

Lawyer Wellness, A Priority in Dade

The Dade County Bar Association hosted Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson for its Feb. 11 “Civility and Stress: Practicing Law Without Regret” seminar. The DCBA  Professionalism Committee organized the event as part of the organization’s commitment to providing resources to help attorneys live happier and healthy lives. Pictured with Justice Lawson, left, is DCBA…

Speed Mentoring in Miami

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers hosted a speed-mentoring event where law students reaped countless benefits and made connections with lawyers and judges. Ultimately the goal was achieved as students discussed their career paths with mentors who practice in the Miami area.  

Powered by Pro Bono in Pinellas

Learning how best to serve the underserved women and families of Pinellas County was the focus of the February social hosted by Pinellas Florida Association for Women Lawyers. The gathering was on Feb. 4 at the Gaunce Law office in St. Petersburg. For more information on the Community Law Program, contact [email protected]  

Bar President-elect Presents at Family Law CLE event in Orlando

A partnership between the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – AAML – Florida Chapter, the Marital and Family Law Review Course is one of the largest CLEs in the Southeast. Earlier this month, family law attorneys heard a comprehensive annual review of Florida family law and got…

A Relaxing Evening in Miami

The Hon. Christina Diraimondo, center, was the special guest at the Miami Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers Table for Eight on Feb. 11 at Seaspice in Miami. The small group enjoyed an intimate dinner with the Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge who has been actively involved in local bar activities as a member of Florida…

Excitement builds for new courthouse in Miami-Dade

Many Miami-Dade voluntary bar leaders were on hand for the groundbreaking of the new civil and probate courthouse at a special ceremony on Feb. 3.  The new courthouse facility will provide more than 600,000 square feet of space and services related to Civil and Probate Divisions of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, the Clerk of Courts and other related court partners and agencies. Construction is expected to…

Tee Time at Topgolf

Members of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association enjoyed a discussion hour before teeing it up at Topgolf in Miami Gardens on Feb. 9. Proceeds from this event will benefit the GSCBWLA Fellowship at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

South Florida Legal Mentoring Picnic

Any time mentorship, BBQ, games, raffles, and beverages are on the menu it’s a good time. Pair that with representatives from 13 voluntary bars, the judiciary, area attorneys and law students and it’s the perfect mix of fun and fellowship.  Hosted by the Broward County Bar Association, the South Florida Legal Mentoring Picnic on Feb. 1 at…

Local Teens Learn About Access to Justice

On Feb. 8, Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association board members Juan Diaz and Christopher Sotillo joined a group of high school students for a private showing and discussion of the film “Just Mercy.” The movie is based on a true story about a young lawyer who battled for justice when wrongfully convicted and not afforded…

Getting to the Heart of It

What better time to host a CLE on Marriage and Family Law than on Valentine’s Day eve. That’s what the members of the Miami Lakes Bar Association did on Feb. 13 at the Ana G. Méndez University, South Florida Campus. The luncheon featured the Hon. Reemberto Diaz; the Hon. Victoria Del Pino and attorneys Carmen Cabraga…

Combating Domestic Violence

The Association of Corporate Counsel – Tampa Bay Chapter Women’s Group, in partnership with Robson Moura Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, recently participated in a complimentary seminar introducing participants to the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu to learn some basic self-defense techniques and to raise awareness of, and combat, domestic violence. The seminar was led by Robson “Robinho” Moura a fifth-degree black…

Joint Bar Event for Black History Month

Orange County Bar Association and Paul C. Perkins Bar Association joined together on Feb. 27 to welcome guest speaker, exoneree, artist and criminal justice reform advocate Valentino Dixon. Dixon is a living testimony of surviving against the odds. He spent 27 years in prison before finally being exonerated for a crime he did not commit. While incarcerated, Mr. Dixon returned…

Summer launch planned for Florida Hispanic Bar Association

After several years’ gestation, the Florida Hispanic Bar Association, aimed at being an umbrella for existing local Hispanic bars, plans to launch this summer. “Everything fell into place in terms of having all the right relationships and support around the state on the effort to launch the Florida Hispanic Bar Association,” said Vivian Hodz, who…

Domestic Violence is topic in South Palm Beach

South Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyer’s Feb. 13 membership luncheon focused on a holistic approach to domestic violence. The event was held at the City Fish Market in Boca Raton and featured speakers Jill Poser-Kammet, Lorrie Congolese and Renee Safier Harris, pictured here with SPBCA president Cynthia M. Pyfrom, center.

Future Looks Bright in Sarasota

This year’s 12th Circuit High School Mock Trial Competition took place on Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Judge Lynn Silvertooth Judicial Center. Teams came from six local schools, and each and every student brought their A-game. Kudos to the volunteers and the committee that made it happen!

Podcast listeners – Get Ready for The Legal Limit

With number four completed, the Orange County Bar Association is more than halfway there to producing six pilot Legal Limit episodes this year. So far an OCBA committee has been interviewing all the candidates for State Attorney. While not any of the recordings have been released for public viewing yet, the OCBA has posted sneak-peak…

Women’s Suffrage Message Shared in Sarasota

Sarasota Association for Women Lawyers was a proud partner and participant in Florida Studio Theater’s Historically Speaking program, “Dangerous Ladies: Voices of Suffragists.” In celebration of the 100 years of women’s suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment, this performance delivered a powerful and entertaining mini-musical production of real-life moments and speeches from throughout…

Bar Snapshot shared in South Miami

Florida Bar President John M. Stewart shared a “Snapshot” of what The Florida Bar looks like right now with members of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association on Feb. 28 in Miami. Stewart was the guest speaker for the group’s monthly luncheon.

Lawyer Well-Being Week in May!

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being has announced the first annual Lawyer Well-Being Week, May 4-8.  Basic details of the Week can be found On the Lawyer Well-Being website look for the tab labeled “Lawyer Well-Being Week” where you’ll find more information and ideas for participating. A messaging toolkit is also provided to help build…

Service to Bar Community Recognized in Hillsborough County

The Hillsborough County Bar Association recently honored four outstanding members with annual awards at the group’s Diversity Membership Luncheon. Amy Farrior, at center in the photo, a shareholder with Buell & Elligett, received the 2019 Outstanding Lawyer Award.  The Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award was presented to the Honorable Caroline Tesche Arkin of the Thirteenth…

Interacting with law enforcement

The TJ Reddick Bar Association was honored to present a candid dialogue between law enforcement and attorneys to Broward College on how civilians should interact with law enforcement, the reason why a healthy interaction is needed and the consequences that could occur (on both ends) when an encounter goes wrong. The event was a part…

Law Students Network with Justice Association Attorneys

The Florida Justice Association hosted an evening networking event on Feb. 25 with Florida State University law students. FJA member attorneys provided insight into the FJA Research & Education Foundation’s role in protecting Florida’s civil justice system. Additional events are planned this semester at FAMU College of Law and St. Thomas School of Law.

Free CLE Offered on Civility and Professionalism

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…