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November 2019

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

Room Reservations open for VBLC 2020

Want to get ahead in 2020?  Plan now to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, July 10-11 at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. It will be time well spent. We’ve secured an incredible rate at $179 plus taxes and a $15 resort fee. You can book the nights you need at this link – 2020 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. The…

Happy Healthy Holidays

‘Tis the season for hectic schedules and added stress. To help manage the potential extra pressures of the holidays, The Florida Bar is encouraging members to embrace the “12 Days of Wellness” challenge and attempt to cross one item off for 12 days beginning on Dec. 12. The downloadable graphic can be used to help…

Changes to Courts coming in January

On Jan. 1, Florida’s county courts will see their civil jurisdiction jump from $15,000 to $30,000. Responding to recommendations from the Judicial Management Council’s Work Group on County Court Jurisdiction, lawmakers earlier this year agreed to raise county court civil jurisdiction for the first time since 1992. On Nov. 14, the Florida Supreme Court approved…

Young Lawyers Lead Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Young Lawyers Section of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association hosted a Happy Hour to raise support for its Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Members brought a canned good or a Publix gift card to support the special food baskets prepared for Pine Grove Elementary School in Delray Beach. Lots of food and more…

Mug Shots Frame Members in Orange County

Members matter at the Orange County Bar Association. So much so, they’re being featured with the OCBA Member Perks coffee mug throughout social media. Member Perks is a member-only benefit that provides a networking morning with colleagues over a light breakfast and great conversation. Interesting guest speakers also share anecdotes, opinions and stories about their…

Courthouse Yoga back in Jacksonville

Logging out and doing yoga on the courthouse lawn with Judge Eleni Derke — that’s what the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Mental Health & Wellness Committee reignited on Nov. 6. The once-upon-a-time monthly event is now back in full swing and will be offered the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

YLD Basket Brigade in Orlando

The Young Lawyers Division of the Orange County Bar Association hosted a happy hour on Nov. 19 with a simple admission price: one tailor-made basket of food for a Thanksgiving Feast for families in need. In lieu of donating a basket, $20 donations were also accepted at the door to help purchase additional baskets. It…

Central Florida Women Lawyers Happy Place

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers enjoyed a Table for Eight Friendsgiving food and wine extravaganza at Mayanne Downs’ home in Orlando. It was a special treat as CFAWL President Jamie Billotte Moses fondly remembered her first “T48” there and when elected president she immediately asked Downs if she’d host one again. Downs graciously opened…

Performance Draws High Praise from Women Lawyers

The support for former Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer’s daughter, Talia, who starred as Elphaba in the touring production of Wicked, was true magic! Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association and St. Johns Florida Association for Women Lawyers were all in attendance at one of the Jacksonville performances and offered high…

Elvis siting in Citrus County

Members of the Citrus County Bar Association strike a pose at the historic 1912 County Courthouse where Elvis filmed “Follow That Dream.” The organization continues to promote professionalism as a primary goal and the photo followed a professionalism CLE presented by Mike Tanner, which further emphasized the importance of character, competence, commitment, and civility in the legal…

Osceola Bar hosts Tech Roadshow

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Techshow Roadshow with the Osceola County Bar Association was held in Kissimmee on Nov. 15. Said one participant, “I didn’t realize legal technology could be so much fun!” OCBA is just one of many local bars that has taken advantage of The Florida Bar YLD’s free technology-themed CLE. Renee Thompson,…

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Days Celebrated

To commemorate Mediation Week (Oct. 13-19) and Conflict Resolution Day (Oct. 17), the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association organized several activities to promote the use and value of mediation. These included a PBC high school essay contest with the theme “Win-Win Through Mediation.” ADR Committee members W. Jay Hunston,…

New leadership for Hispanic Bar in Palm Beach County

The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association hosted a Cafe Con Lunch in West Palm Beach on Nov. 19. The main event of the luncheon was election of the new board of directors which will lead the organization in 2020. The new president is Kelsey Burke, who is pictured here third from the left.

Dade Legal Aid is the Real Winner!

The Dade County Bar Association’s 10th Annual Patently Impossible Project was a success! The event included a competition, silent auction, DJ and cocktail reception to raise funds for Dade Legal Aid. The event was held at LAB Miami on Nov. 7.

Joint Bar community event on estate planning

The T.J. Reddick Bar Association along with co-sponsors the Caribbean Bar Association, the Haitian Lawyers Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, and New Mt. Olive Baptist Church hosted “Getting Your House In Order,”  a community informational event on Nov. 16 in Fort Lauderdale. More than 100 people attended to hear 17th Circuit Judge Kenneth…

Life as a Lawyer

Five North Tampa Bar Association members participated in the #GreatAmericanTeachIn at Steinbrenner High School on Nov. 21 in Tampa. The Teach-In gives individuals a chance to talk with students about their jobs and what it’s like to be a lawyer. Pictured here are Jared Krukar and Janelle Weber, NTBA members who took part in the Hillsborough County Public Schools…

Hodz honored by Tampa Hispanic Bar

The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association honored Vivian Cortes Hodz with the organization’s Luis “Tony” Cabassa Award on Nov 2 in Tampa. The award was presented during the association’s 13th Annual Scholarship Gala. The Luis A. “Tony” Cabassa Award, named after one of THBA’s founders, is awarded to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the…

Ceremonial robe presented in Orlando

On Nov 15, the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association had the honor of presenting U.S. Magistrate Judge Embry Kidd with a ceremonial judicial robe at his investiture. Magistrate Judge Kidd was appointed on July 25, to serve in the Orlando Division of the Middle District of Florida. The Orlando FBA proudly welcomes him…

Sarasota County Bar welcomes President Stewart

Highlighting the hard work of The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, President John Stewart spoke to members of the Sarasota County Bar Association on Nov. 21.  Stewart also provided insight on The Florida Bar’s focus on Access to Legal Services/Legal Technology; Health and Wellness Issues/Resources and Diversity in the Legal Profession. Pictured with…

Money Matters the Focus in Pinellas

The Pinellas Florida Association for Women Lawyers presented Part 2 of its Financial Literacy Series on Nov. 12: “Taxes, Investments & Retirement Accounts, Oh My!” at the Breakroom Bar & Grill in Clearwater. Speakers John Teixeira and Nick McDevitt of PFG Private Wealth Management spoke to members on investments, taxes and retirement planning.

Real Talk at Stetson

Members of the Fred G. Minnis and George Edgecomb Bar Association teamed up for a “Real Talk” session with Stetson black law students on Nov. 12. “Real Talk” is an informal discussion where a few local lawyers sit down and discuss the difficulties and offer advice to the minority students at Stetson College of Law.

Leadership Path Shared in Jacksonville

Florida Bar President John Stewart visited the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association on Nov. 14 to share his goals for the state association during his year in office and to encourage JWLA members to seek leadership roles in the state Bar. Stewart became involved with the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. He next was elected to the Bar…

Resources offered for Mental Health and Wellness

The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on the Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers is working to destigmatize mental illness, recommend best practices and remedies, and to help bring more balance into members’ daily professional lives.  To that end, they have created The Florida Bar Health & Wellness Center, which is located at this link. …

Tackling bias issues head-on

These Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers members were encouraged when Kelly Charles-Collins shared important information on Bystander Intervention & Disrupting Unconscious Bias. Charles-Collins was the keynote speaker for the HAWL luncheon on Nov. 21 in Tampa.

Inspiration from influential women

Three women judges – the Hon. Cymonie Rowe, the Hon. Maxine Cheesman, and the Hon. Jackie Powell – shared knowledge and experiences on their path to the bench and the election and judicial appointment process with members of two voluntary bars on Nov. 20 in Miami. The F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association and the Gwen S….

Gator faithful gather in Gainesville

Over the top Gator tail-gate fun is the way the Florida football faithful summed up the first annual Martin County Bar Association/Tom Warner Gator Tailgate event! As depicted here,  the MCBA was in full force for the Vanderbilt Game on Nov. 9 in Gainesville.

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Recognized

On Nov. 15, the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association received the Business Diplomat of the Year Award at the Global Jax Connections Gala.  JWLA members participate in this community network with an internationally-minded group that includes judges, lawyers, health care professionals, philanthropists, business owners, social innovators, artists, educators, journalists and everyday diplomats.

Ethics and Professionalism in Miami

On Nov. 12, The Caribbean Bar Association, in collaboration with the University of Miami Black Law Students Association and the University of Miami Hispanic Law Students Association hosted its annual Professionalism Roundtable event at the University of Miami School of Law. The event provides young lawyers and law students an opportunity to interact with members…