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November 2018

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

On the Waterside in Tampa

The venue for the 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in downtown Tampa. The city is undergoing a major transformation, blending the then and now and the Marriott Waterside is right in the heart of it all. The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee is already busy planning a great…

Veterans get a new leash on life

The Jacksonville Bar Association featured K9s for Warriors CEO Rory Diamond as the keynote for its Nov. 14 member meeting. K9s for Warriors rescues dogs, trains them as service animals and matches them with military veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. After four years of matching veterans with dogs, results show measurable improvement in the lives of…

Monroe County welcomes the Bar President

  Board of Governors member Wayne Smith made sure Michelle Suskauer had the most productive and enjoyable two days she will have while serving as Bar President when he helped organize her visit to Key West on December 2-3:  a sunset dinner with judges, several attorneys including Monroe County Bar Association President Ashley Sybesma on Sunday;  and a meeting with County and Circuit Judges followed by…

Basket Brigade in Sarasota

Sarasota County Bar Association members and their families participated in Tanner’s Turkeys 8th Annual Basket Brigade on Nov. 18. Volunteers helped assemble baskets that contained “all the fixins” to make a Thanksgiving dinner for families in need. The baskets were provided to local charities such as Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Mothers Helping Mothers, Our…

Thanksgiving Baskets in Tallahassee

The Tallahassee Barristers Association partnered with the Guardian Ad Litem Program again this year to provide families with Thanksgiving baskets. This year’s effort was spearheaded by President-Elect Timisha Brooks who reports the group is thankful for the sponsors who supported this effort.

Food drive is annual success

Another year and another successful Food Drive! South Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyer Section members delivered items collected to Pine Grove Elementary School on Nov. 16. In addition to food items, more than $700 was donated and will be given out as Publix gift cards to local families in need.  

Providing for those in need

Palm Beach County Justice Association’s Young Lawyers Board provided Thanksgiving dinners to local families in need. Working with Children’s Outreach, Inc., they fed 500 homeless and less fortunate individuals in the Palm Beach County community.

Want to serve on a Florida Bar committee?

Florida Bar Committee appointment applications are available now. President-elect John Stewart will make about 500 appointments to over 70 committees and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from which to choose. Every Florida Bar committee and its description with current membership can be found on the Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org. If…

Go Vote!

Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida was a participant at the 22nd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival of Brevard County. The group reports that they had one focus for the event – to get everyone to go out and vote!

Getting their feet wetter

The Seminole County Florida Association for Women Lawyers is the new kid on the block! The group was granted a charter to start the new chapter on Nov. 14. Here, President Shannon Snedaker and Social Chair Lisa Haba joined Brevard FAWL President-elect Alexandra Simser and Chapter Representative Wendy Fisher at the Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers’…

Judiciary honored in Orlando

WOW! That’s the way participants of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers described the group’s 2018 Judicial Reception. The event was held at the Orlando Science Center on Nov. 15. In celebrating the judiciary, CFAWL members acknowledged how lucky the Orlando community is to be served by such kind, caring, hardworking judges!

Judicial Assistants Recognized in Lake County

Showing thanks for the judicial assistants in Lake County was a pre-holiday event hosted by the Lake County Bar Association. Members gathered to show their gratitude on Nov. 16 in Eustis. Participants also brought an unwrapped toy to give to a local charity for the upcoming giving season.

Member perks include Elvis lessons

It’s now or never! Leave it to Orange County Bar Association member Hal Kantor (pictured right center) to bring back the King of Rock and Roll! On Nov. 13, Kantor used one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century to lead members down memory lane with a CLE on Practicing Law the Elvis Way!…

St. Pete Bar Welcomes Derrick Brooks

The St. Petersburg Bar Association continued it’s “Live Well, Give Well – Sharing Wellness with Those In Need” by hosting former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks. As the keynote speaker, Brooks presented “Servant Leadership” at the St. Petersburg Bar Membership Luncheon. Members also donated underwear to benefit 125 children to the non-profit Clothes…

Rallying around our Veterans

Members of the Manatee County Bar Association participated in a Veterans Day luncheon on Nov. 6, hosted by the Kiwanis Club in Bradenton. The voluntary bar community thanks all our veterans for their service and sacrifice!

Linking up for community causes

A fun afternoon is always in store at the annual Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Golf Tournament. One of the organization’s largest and most well-attended events, this year’s outing held on Nov. 9 at Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club lived up to its billing. Proceeds from the tournament go to fund the YLD’s many…

Paint your Pet in Broward

Members of the Broward County Women Lawyers Association gathered at Modern Sixties Wine Lounge for a Paint your Pet Party on Nov. 7. Watercolor Pets by Sally provided BCWLA members the chance to paint a pop art masterpiece of their favorite pets and for a great cause. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated…

Holiday parties abound

‘Tis the season and Broward County attorneys are taking advantage of the chance to get together. Seen at the Broward County Bar Association Nov. 30 festive holiday party at the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum were members of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association. From left,  Florida Bar Board of Governors member Hilary Creary,…

Supporting the Gala

Members of the George Edgecomb Bar Association Executive Board Jessica Goodwin Costello and Jane Rose; Diversity Access Pipeline Chair Jossie Jay; and other GEBA Members attended the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association’s 12th Annual Scholarship Banquet on Nov 3.  A fantastic time at an awesome event is evident from all the smiles that showed up on the group’s Facebook page.

Learning from the Legends

A one-day seminar gave members of the Florida Justice Association the opportunity to learn from the legends. Three legends of the trial bar – Bob Spohrer, Steve Yerrid and Gary Fox  – discussed their successes, failures, fears and triumphs. Attendees also noted many valuable trial skills and tactics as these attorneys shared knowledge that only comes…

Caring for our Panhandle neighbors

It was one of the worst storms in history to hit the Florida Panhandle. Little by little the rebuilding effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael continues with the help of fundraising efforts by the region’s legal professionals. Tallahassee Bar Association members gathered on Nov. 6 to make monetary and supply donations to the Red…

A Load of Support for First Beginnings

The Tallahassee Women Lawyers November General Membership Meeting featured a presentation on Human Trafficking. The group also used the event to team up with the Big Bend Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., to benefit the First Beginnings Project of the Second Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program. First Beginnings is a local project…

A Look at Implicit Bias

The Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association second quarterly meeting was held at the FAMU College of Law on Nov. 16. A big shout out goes to Kelly Charles-Collins who did a fabulous presentation on implicit bias.

Tasty event in Pinellas

Party foods that let everyone dig into the same pot embrace the spirit of a get-together!  With the wonderful November weather, women lawyers in Pinellas county celebrated their membership with a backyard shrimp boil and food fit for a coastal queen! Shrimp, sausage, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes and all the seasonings provided a perfect pot simmering feast for an…

Pursuing Your Passion

Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association provided an insightful discussion on alternate career paths and revenue streams for lawyers at its Nov. 7 General Membership Meeting in Miami. Leading the conversation were panelists Christopher Benjamin, Candace Duff and Aryan Rasheed.

Model way to support Legal Aid

The Palm Beach County Association for Women Lawyers hit the runway at Brooks Brothers to benefit the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. Runway models included past Palm Beach County FAWL President Michelle Suskauer, now Florida Bar president; and past Palm Beach County FAWL president and Palm Beach County Bar Association president-elect Jessica Callow, as well…

Lunch message inspires attorneys

The South Palm Beach County FAWL November Membership Luncheon featured The Honorable Luis Delgado of the 15th Circuit Court Juvenile Division. Everyone in attendance was touched by Judge Delgado’s story and the work he does to influence local youth. Members were appreciative of the opportunities he shared for attorneys to give back to juveniles in…

Board-certification message shared in Jacksonville

Board certified attorney and Florida Bar Appellate Certification Committee Chair Jamie Moses explained the “nuts and bolts” of board certification recognition at the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association November CLE luncheon. When she asked the attorneys to raise their hands if they were board-certified, only five of the nearly 100 attendees responded. That wasn’t a surprise, because…

Judicial Nominating Process 101

The North Dade Bar Association monthly luncheon on Nov. 8 featured The Hon. Renatha Francis of the 11th Circuit. Judge Francis enlightened the group on the judicial nominating process.

No Shave November Yields Big Bucks in Palm Beach

The 4th Annual Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section “No Shave November” contest was a huge success. Nine headliners went the entire month without shaving. The overall winner was Adam Rabin! Adam raised more than $5,000 to support Cancer Alliance for Health and Hope. In addition, the silent and live auction event raised over $30,000.

East Pasco Bar thanks Judge Tepper

On Nov. 9, members of the East Pasco Bar Association gathered to celebrate the career of Judge Lynn Tepper. Judge Tepper has been a judge in Pasco County since 1985 – (Four years as a Pasco County judge and 30 years as a circuit court judge). She was recognized for her dedication to improving the lives…

Supreme Evening set for Tallahassee

Theodore “Ted” Olson, Former United States Solicitor General, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and one of the country’s most high-profile and seasoned litigators is the keynote for The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society  2019 Supreme Evening event. This annual dinner is Florida’s premier judicial event and will take place at the University Center Club in Tallahassee, on…

Respecting and Practicing Diversity

Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association members, Tom Young, Michael Andriano, Joseph Baker, Robert Garcia and Barry Miller participated in a panel at Barry University School of Law concerning the practice of law as LGBT citizens. “The Color of Law: LGBTQ in the Legal Profession” was presented on Nov. 27. Young spoke on the struggles and triumphs…

Out and About in Broward

The After 5 social series hosted by Broward County Bar Association continues to provide a great night of networking for everyone involved. This month the BCBA members gathered at American Social Las Olas for a great night of fun. In the photo, members visit with BCBA president Winney Kessler right and Executive Director Braulio Rosa, center.  2Winney…

On the national scene

The annual gathering of the Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students from across the country included several delegates from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida. Here, members strike a pose at the 2018 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention Gala at Sheraton Grand Chicago. More than 80 national, state and…

Providing for those in need in Orlando

The Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association had a luncheon at United Against Poverty on Nov. 1 to learn more about the charitable organization and the role it plays in providing for the underserved in Orlando. GOAABA members volunteered on Nov. 3 at the UAP Orlando facility, sorting and placing goods in the charity’s local…

Protecting Children and Families

On Nov. 7 members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – AAML – Florida Chapter and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation “worked the clipboards” at the AAML Foundation reception to get attendees to donate the equivalent of one billable hour of their time to the Foundation. On Giving Tuesday, AAML Foundation presented two $5,000 checks…

Technology Roadshow in Brevard

The Brevard County Bar Association is the latest local bar to take advantage of The Florida Bar YLD’s free technology-themed CLE to help members complete the technology requirement. The Technology Road Show, stopped in Rockledge on Nov. 29 to deliver this service. Participants of the event received 4 General CLE Credits, 2 Ethics Credits, and 2…

Scholarship Gala in Tampa

The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association held its 12th Annual Scholarship Gala on Nov. 2, at the Hilton Downtown Tampa, in support of its various scholarships.  The Honorable Ronald N. Ficarrotta, Chief Judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit, received the Luis A. “Tony” Cabassa Award for extraordinary contributions to the THBA. Jose Valiente received the Honorable…

Academy readies women golfers in Jacksonville

Golf can be relaxing or an antidote to stress. Recognizing how golf is good for health and wellness, the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association kicked-off their Fall Golf Academy on November 5 with a “Clubs & Cocktails” event. Golf Pro Karisa Akin educated members on tips and lingo, before heading out to the driving range. The…

Breaking Into Forensic Cyber-Security

On Nov. 16,  the Martin County Bar Association welcomed Anthony Pullano, of Fairfield Investigations, as speaker at the CLE luncheon meeting. Pullano is a licensed private investigator, board certified as a criminal defense investigator, certified digital and computer forensic investigator and instructor, and certified hacking forensic investigator. He showed MCBA members some of the equipment…

Patently Impossible in Dade

The Dade County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee hosted its Ninth Annual Patently Impossible Competition, a charity race to assemble a patented invention. The event was created by Jaime Rich Vining, a DCBA Board Member and Chair of the Association’s Intellectual Property Committee, to support Dade Legal Aid and Put Something Back Pro Bono Project…

Encouraging law students at St. Thomas

The Caribbean Bar Association annual Professional Roundtable was a success on Nov. 8. The St. Thomas University School of Law welcomed the group for a discussion of the professionalism, civility, and ethics in the legal profession. Judges and lawyers from Miami-Dade and Broward counties led the discussion and shared words of wisdom and encouragement for the law students.

Connecting students with local attorneys

Saint Johns Association for Women Lawyers embraces its goal of actively promoting and recognizing the leadership roles of its members in the legal profession, judiciary and community. In partnership with Flagler College and Professor Chris Moser, the group hosted an evening highlighting the experience of first-generation attorneys and connecting students with local attorneys. In the photo, panelists Hon. Raul A. Zambrano and Hon. Kathleen…

Philanthropy Award for Orange County Bar

A very proud moment for Orange County Bar Association members who provide their pro bono hours to individuals in the Central Florida community – as President Eric Reed accepts the Orlando Business Journal‘s 2018 Philanthropy Award – given to the OCBA in recognition of its contributions.

Doing good work in Gainesville

The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association Mentoring Program is out doing good work in the Gainesville community. This month they prepared and served a hot meal to residents at St. Francis House. Thanks to Attorney Brad Willard for organizing and magistrates Jodi Cason and Katie Floyd along with attorneys Alison Franklin, Julie Naim, Ron Kozlowski,…

Great American Teach-In

Members of the Clearwater Bar Association participated in the Great American Teach-In on Nov. 14 at various schools in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Here, The Hon. Michael Andrews, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge, speaks to students at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School. Also participating in the event was Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge James Stearns; Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Christopher LaBruzzo; Pinellas…