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October 2019

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

Change in Latitude for Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

We found the lost shaker of salt and are happy to announce Margaritaville Resort Orlando as the location for the 2020 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. “It’s been a few years since the VBLC was in the Orlando area, but when searching for that perfect location we discovered a new venue that blew us all out…

Retired Justice Barbara Pariente honored

It was a special membership luncheon on Sept. 18 when the Palm Beach County Bar Association honored Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente (Ret.). The sold-out event was held at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Justice Pariente is pictured here with Jessica Callow, president, Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Talk and Tanks for Dive Bar

Just before getting wet, members of the Dive Bar were at Rainbow Reef Dive Center in the Keys attending a fascinating CLE on “Sea Level Rise and the Law.” Imagine getting credit for a CLE and a coral reef combo! Dive Bar is a voluntary bar dedicated to conservation and philanthropy. It is the only…

Successful first legal fair in Clearwater

More than 50 volunteers from the Pinellas community, Clearwater Bar Association and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. spent a Saturday morning Oct. 26 at the Clearwater Bar Foundation’s inaugural Legal Fair! Through their assistance, 100 community members received free legal information on a variety of topics. The event was held at the St. Petersburg…

Latin Night in Broward

The Broward County Bar Association’s Hispanic Committee  and the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with salsa dancing, dominoes, paella, Cuban cocktails and cigars. The  Latina Night event was held on Oct. 11 at the Broward County Bar Association Conference Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Community support in Broward

Several leaders from area voluntary bar associations attended a special brunch in Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 21 when the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association installed new officers. Past President Madeleine Mannello, who led the organization this year, passed the leadership reins to new President Abbe Rifkin Logan. Celebrating with BCWLA was Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz….

Promoting board certification among women and minorities

On Oct. 22, a Florida Bar Board Certification Lunch and Learn was co-hosted by the Haitian Lawyers Association, Miami-Dade FAWL, T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Caribbean Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association and Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association. The event focused on the process of becoming board certified and specifically encouraged more…

Escape Room Event in Manatee County

Testing their smarts, members of the Manatee County Bar Young Lawyers Division are the latest escape room survivors. Solving clues with fellow YLDers and getting out of the trapped space made for a fun night in Bradenton on Oct. 23.

Pro Bono Celebration 2019

Celebrating the accomplishments of volunteer attorneys in the First Judicial Circuit was the main event on Oct. 29 in Destin, when Legal Services of North Florida, Walton County Bar Association and Okaloosa County Bar Association teamed up to recognize those who help others in need. Shown here are officers of the Walton County Bar Association with…

Eighth Circuit Bar celebrates at Cedar Key

Members of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association celebrated the James C. Adkins Cedar Key Dinner at Steamers on Oct. 5.  The event is held annually in memory of Adkins, former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, a state attorney, state representative, and Gainesville mayor who served from the Eighth Circuit.

ABA President in Orlando

American Bar Association President Judy Perry Martinez inspired members of the Central Florida Women Lawyers Association and the Orange County Bar Association at an Oct. 24  joint luncheon in Orlando. She challenged everyone to be beacons of hope and examples of democracy for the legal profession and our nation. She gave examples of the necessary…

Lawyers for Literacy in Palm Beach County

  The Palm Beach County Bar Association Lawyers for Literacy Committee participated in Literacy Day, an event hosted annually at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. This year’s attendees included second-grade students from schools throughout Palm Beach County. Pictured here left to right are PBCBA members Mary Grecz, Jessica Latour and Georgina Jimenez-Orosa.

A Caribbean Diaspora Celebration

The Caribbean Bar Association held its 23rd Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on Oct. 5 at the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay. The gala is the primary fundraiser for the CBA’s Scholarship Program, which funds judicial and public service internships for law students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Judges, attorneys, elected officials, judicial candidates and community leaders from…

Highlands County Bar Foundation supports scholarships

The fourth annual Highlands County Bar Foundation Gala was held on Oct. 24 in Sebring. The fundraising event supports the HCBA’s philanthropic goals, including funding the Janette “Jani” Seamans Branham Memorial Scholarship. Since 2006, the Branham Scholarship has provided the means for Highlands County high school graduates to attend South Florida State College on a…

Uncorked, a success in Miami

The Cuban American Bar Association hosted the 15th Annual Art in the Tropics: Uncorked, presented by Spiritus Law, on Sept.28 in Miami. Billed as a grand tasting of food, wine, beer and spirits, the members, generous sponsors, restaurants, and beverage partners raised more than $65,000 for the CABA Pro Bono Project. These funds help individuals…

A cool picnic for ColBar

The Colombian American Bar Association annual family picnic on Oct. 13 was enjoyed by all. Snowcones were just one of the many treats for the kids and adults. Special guest was Luis Victoria, who shared karate moves with the crowd and expanded their knowledge of martial arts.

Voluntary Bar Leader in the Spotlight

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, here is the one-on-one discussion with Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter NBA President Grasford Smith and Florida Bar President John Stewart during a recent meeting at Florida Bar headquarters in Tallahassee. Stewart asked Grasford several interesting questions, including how he got into voluntary bar leadership and how it’s been helpful in his career. It was…

Constitution Day Celebrated in Palm Beach County

On Sept 17, Palm Beach County FAWL hosted a Constitution Day event at the Florida Atlantic University Jupiter campus in conjunction with FAU Student Government. The event provided forty-five students in the FAU Honors College with an interactive discussion of substantive law on some of today’s leading constitutional issue. Panelists were: Barbara Pariente, retired Florida Supreme…

Polk Women Lawyers Recognized

The Polk Association for Women Lawyers was recently recognized as a finalist in the organizational category at the Athena Awards hosted by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and Junior Service League of Greater Lakeland. Athena Organizational Awards recipients are organizations that create a culture that encourages women to achieve their full leadership potential and give back to the larger…

Legacy of T.J. Reddick celebrated in Broward

On Oct. 24, the T.J. Reddick Foundation, as well as the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, unveiled the portrait of The Honorable Thomas J. Reddick in the Broward County Judicial Complex. The portrait unveiling comes after the north wing of the Broward County Judicial Complex was renamed the Judge Thomas J. “TJ” Reddick, Jr. North Building…

Workers’ Comp Inn Honors Judge Cohen

The E. Robert Williams Inn of Court kicked off its 2019-20 term with an inaugural banquet at Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville recently. Fifty members of the inn attended. Keynote speaker was the 2003-2019 Department of Administrative Hearings Director and Chief Judge Robert S. Cohen. Following his presentation, the current president, past presidents, and attending judges presented a…

Mind, Body and Spirit in St. Pete

What do 120 lawyers meditating in one room look like? In a word: Amazing! At the St. Petersburg Bar Association October Membership Luncheon, members practiced what was preached and took time for mindfulness, health and wellness. This focus by St. Pete Bar continues to emphasize the importance of legal professionals to nurture the mind, body and spirit….

Dorian Relief from Dade

The 11th Circuit Voluntary Bar Associations helped collect contributions for Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas. The joint effort collected hundreds of toothbrushes, diapers, and loads full of non-perishable food items. Pictured here are from left to right: Daniel Borges (Internal Services Department for Miami-Dade County), Karen Ladis (executive director of Dade Legal Aid), Dade County…

Diversity is early morning focus in Tampa

The Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers hosted its second Diversity & Leadership Breakfast to provide advice, tips, and training for first-generation lawyers. Panelists shared their experiences and offered guidance, with breakfast provided by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Presidents in the House

Florida Bar President John Stewart is everywhere these days. On Oct. 4, he paid a visit to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers  Leadership Retreat. The event at Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront focused on various paths to leadership. Stewart is standing here with Kyleen Hinkle, FAWL president, far right, and other FAWL leaders.

Central Florida Women Lawyers are Leaders

The world is run by those who show up and the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers can attest to that! These women were in full force at the Florida Association for Women Lawyers board retreat and board of directors meeting on Oct. 5 at Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. The involvement of CFAWL membership on this statewide level is…

St. Johns Women Lawyers FAWL in love with GAL

St. Johns Association for Women Lawyers President Ingrid Suarez Osborn and Chapter Representative Rachael Greene had the opportunity to participate in the informative “FAWL in Love with GAL” mentoring training held at Florida Coastal School of Law. STJAWL is excited about forging a relationship with the 7th Circuit’s Guardian Ad Litem Program!

Come Out with Pride Orlando 2019

Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association hosted its second annual joint voluntary bar event for Come Out with Pride Orlando 2019. Several area voluntary bars participated including the Osceola County Bar Association. The drink bar in the group tent provided the opportunity for contributions to benefit The 49 Fund – an initiative of the Central Florida…

Helping South Florida Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye

To raise money for breast cancer initiatives, members of the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association participated in a high energy workout at Orangetheory Fitness of Fort Lauderdale.  Proceeds were given to Glam-A-THON, a not-for-profit organization that works with health centers to provide free mammograms, diagnostic testing, and other services for those undergoing breast cancer treatment. BCWLA…

Great service by Government Bar

The Florida Government Bar Association teamed up with the Administrative Law Section to host an all-day Administrative Practice for Young Lawyers CLE on Oct. 4.  FGBA provided a total of 560 hours of specialized CLE credit to 80 attorneys from 19 different state agencies and nine private firms.  

New award presented by Volusia Bar

The Volusia County Bar Association hosted a special event on Oct. 24 to honor Judge Richard Graham with the first annual Richard S. Graham Power of the Law Award. Judge Graham was recognized for his significant contributions as an attorney during the civil rights movement. His efforts were brought to light in author Gilbert King’s…

World Wonders shapes year for Family Law Inn

The Central Florida Family Law Inn kicked off its 2019-2020 term with a Sept. 9 meeting at Sorosis of Orlando. The meeting also kicked off the Seven Wonders of the World, where Inn members began a “tour” around the world to explore various legal topics associated with the most intriguing destinations on the planet. Each…

Active Committees in Dade County

The Appellate Courts Committee of the Dade County Bar Association hosted a sold-out Breakfast with Judge Bronwyn Miller, of the Third District Court of Appeal, on Sept. 26 in Miami.

Diversity and Inclusion in Sarasota County

On Sept. 24, the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Council for Diversity & Inclusion hosted leaders from The Florida Bar’s Diversity Committee, which is tasked with encouraging and promoting diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the profession and justice system. The visit showcased local efforts to increase cultural diversity within the legal profession by working…

All Aboard the Brightline!

Members from the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Broward County Bar Association and the Dade County Bar Association participated in the Tri-County Bar Association Brightline Networking Happy Hour event on Sept.19. After meeting at the station in Miami, the group met up at La Estacion American Brasserie for excellent cuisine and beverages. Judging from the response,…

Necklaces and Networking in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association and Jacksonville Beaches Bar Association co-hosted an After 5 Collaboration sponsored by Monahan Jewelers on Oct.3. Members of both organizations enjoyed appetizers and libations and a 20 percent discount on purchases with percent of all sales (including from wishlist items later purchased) going towards the JWLA Kathy Para Student Internship at…

Hispanic Heritage celebrated in Orlando

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and the Orange County Bar Association hosted a joint luncheon on Sept. 19 at Hilton Orlando. The guest speaker was Luz Maria Doria, two-time Emmy winner and executive producer of Despierta America, the number one Hispanic TV morning show on the Spanish Network Univision….

Judiciary honored in Collier County

The judicial panel from the Second District Court of Appeal and members of the local judiciary were honored guests at the annual DCA Dinner hosted by the Collier County Bar Association. The CCBA also used the time to recognize the 2019 Lions of the Law, John and Kathleen Passidomo. The event was held at The…

Nursing room opens in Martin County

The Martin County Courthouse has a new resource to help women improve their work-life balance post-childbirth. Courthouse staff, county leaders, and attorneys celebrated a ribbon-cutting for a new nursing room on Oct. 11. The room will be open to women at the courthouse needing a private, comfortable place for breastfeeding. The nursing room took eight…

From Backpack to Briefcase

The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association had an informative general membership meeting on Sept. 26 in Fort Lauderdale. “Securing the Bag: From Backpack to Briefcase” is the first of a three-part CLE series about the ins and outs of financial planning, investing, banking, and insurance. The event featured expert panelists in all three subject…

Automation is the message for Hillsborough Women Lawyers

Barbara Leach and Renee Thompson provided an informative presentation on using technology to automate your life at the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers luncheon on Oct. 16 in Tampa. The duo shared tried and true time management and leadership tips. Leach and Thompson are pictured here with Kyleen Hinkle, FAWL president left; and Susan Warner, FAWL JNC Chair,…

Jacksonville welcomes Black Women Lawyers

The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association hosted one of its signature Dine & Dishes featuring Judge Angela Cox in Jacksonville on Oct. 22. This event was a historic first hosted in the Jacksonville area. More than 30 lawyers and students attended the inaugural event.

Haitian lawyers learn transition tips

The Haitian Lawyers Association hosted a career transition panel on Sept. 5 at the South Broward Regional Library in Pembrooke Pines. The “How Do You Know When?” event featured attorney panelists and past presidents Hans Ottinot, Kertch Conze, Rep. Dotie Joseph and Patricia Elizee. Also on hand were Marie Jo Toussaint, Fritznie Jarbath, Stephanie Ducheine,…

Great year ahead for Jacksonville Women Lawyers

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association kicked off the year with their annual Opening Reception at River City Brewing Company. The event honors members and encourages new membership. More than 90 members and guests networked, socialized and heard about JWLA’s plans for the upcoming year. The opening reception also features the official swearing-in of the JWLA Board…

Full speed ahead for North Tampa Bar

The North Tampa Bar Association reports a unique speed-networking event on Oct. 8 at Carrollwood Country Club. Nancy Gordon of First Citrus Bank led a Power Lunch which enabled each person the chance to speak to everyone at every table in the room.

Immigration lawyers learn effective speaking tips

The South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association featured immigration leader Ira Kurzban in its leadership training about public speaking on Oct. 4 in Miami. Kurzban’s training will help members feel more comfortable presenting at CLE panels and conferences. Kurzban has been practicing immigration law for more than 40 years and is the author…

Legal help for Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rican lawyers traveled to Puerto Rico in October to meet with legislators, public officials and members of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico. The delegation included members of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida and those engaged from the Legal Clinic team.  With offices in Orlando, Kissimmee and Miami, the Legal Clinic provides free…

Outdoor fun for Asian Bar

Lions, giraffes, rhinos, oh my! Families of South Asian Bar Association of Florida members enjoyed a group outing on Oct. 14 at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach. Members and families spent the afternoon on an African Safari adventure, grabbed lunch, raced down slides and cooled down at the splash zone.

First Friday Freebie’s at Lake County Bar

The Lake County Bar Association enhanced its membership value this year and added at least 12 hours of CLE credits free of charge! Every “First Friday” of the month a CLE is offered at lunchtime in the jury assembly room at the Lake County Courthouse and participants are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch as…

A greater connection with legal colleagues

The St. Petersburg Bar Association has assured members that when it comes to opportunities for engagement and connections with other lawyers, “we’ve got your back.” On Sept. 26, members turned out at Trophy Fish for a midweek mixer with mocktails and cocktails. The socials are scheduled each fourth Wednesday of the month to serve as…

Civil Justice gathering in West Palm Beach

The Palm Beach County Justice Association, American Association For Justice and the Florida Justice Association teamed up on Oct. 16 for the annual Civil Justice Networking Happy Hour. Members enjoyed networking at the Blue Martini in West Palm Beach.

10 Things in 10 Minutes

The West Pasco Bar Association reports another informative “10 Things in 10 Minutes” presentation at the group’s Oct. 3 member luncheon. Judge Kim Campbell shared  “10 Things Every Attorney Should Know About Criminal Law.” The first in the series of practical, quick tips shared by legal experts was “10 Things Every Attorney Should Know About Estate…

A member centered focus at the Jacksonville Bar

With a primary goal of better serving its membership, the Jacksonville Bar Association has moved from a corner tucked away on the 22nd floor of Wells Fargo Center Downtown to a more accessible and visible suite on the first floor along the Bay Street side of the building. In the new location, JBA has reduced…

Future voters informed in Broward

On Oct. 11, the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, in conjunction with Hispanic Vote, the Broward County School Board and the judiciary of the 17th Judicial Circuit, hosted more than 80 students at the Broward County Courthouse for an Informed Voters Workshop. BCWLA Vice-President Vivian Fazio, educated students on the role of judges, the attributes to…

Professionalism Awards – Now Accepting Nominations!

Nominations are now being accepted by The Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism at The Florida Bar for three professionalism awards. Know a fellow lawyer who should be recognized?  Take a second to nominate him or her! Full details here: https://floridabar.org/prof/pawards/

Bowloween in Broward!

Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association’s President Brendalyn Edwards organized a fun-festive Bowloween Bash for Scholarships fundraising event on Oct. 30. Members of the Haitian Lawyers Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Circuit court of the Eleventh Judicial, Broward County Bar Association and the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, were also in the house dressed for…