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Voluntary Bar Leaders Annual Conference

Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference logo 2024

July 12-13, 2024

Margaritaville Resort Orlando
8000 Fins Up Circle
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Join more than 150 voluntary bar leaders from small to large size bars for two full days of educational sessions and networking opportunities all designed to help develop skillful and informed bar leaders.

For travel plans, please note the conference will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 12 and end at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

Hotel Information

The venue for the conference is the beautiful Jimmy Buffett inspired Margaritaville Resort Orlando, located minutes from amusement parks and Orlando/Kissimmee area attractions. Rooms are available for a discounted $199/night, plus taxes and a $20 resort fee. Hotel rates are extended three days before and three days after for those who want to add some leisure time to their travel plans. Guests may use the link provided to book within the block with the $199 group rate.

The resort fee includes unlimited local and toll-free calls, bottled water, complimentary Wi-Fi, access to Business Center, shuttle service around the Resort (Cottages, The Promenade at Sunset Walk, and Island H2O Live), daily and nightly entertainment, 24-hour access to the Fins Up state-of-the-art fitness center, lobby concierge services, poolside activities, and daily self overnight parking.

The cut off date for booking with this discounted rate is June 19, 2024.

Daily Schedule

The committee is hard at work putting together one of our best conferences ever. This outline will be updated until a final schedule is posted in the Spring.

Friday, July 12

9:00–9:25 a.m.

Opening Session: Embracing the Wave

Dive headfirst into a wave of opportunities, camaraderie, inspiration and excitement for the event ahead.

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Keynote: Leading with Laughter

with Rochelle Gapere

Find splashes of joy in cultivating a strong bar community.

Also: Gift basket giveaway

10:30–11:00 a.m. BREAK/NETWORKING
11:00–11:50 a.m.

General Session: Dive into Dialogue

with 2024-2025 President Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr. and President-Elect Sia Baker-Barnes.

When it comes to collaboration, the two officers leading The Florida Bar in 2024-2025 have a genuine interest in the success of Florida’s voluntary bars. Both have served as president of voluntary bars in the past and continue to be active in them. They are fully aware the voluntary bars are on the front lines in dealing with members of The Florida Bar and want to continue to work together to enhance the relationship. They want to hear about your programs/initiatives and what The Florida Bar can do to enhance those efforts.

Noon– 2:00 p.m.

GROUP IMMERSION LUNCH

Bar leaders exchange ideas, discuss ongoing initiatives, and develop strategies for enhancing member value.

1:30–2:00 p.m. BREAK/NETWORKING
2:00–2:50 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Finding That Lost Shaker of Salt

with Melissa Byers

Securing sponsor revenue is vital to leading a successful bar but it’s often treated as an afterthought or an annoying, yet unavoidable, task. There is a better way! Learn tools and strategies to increase sponsor revenue and create win-win for you and your sponsors. Don’t miss this top ranked session and speaker year after year with exciting new content added!

Also: Gift basket giveaways

3:00–3:30 p.m. BREAK/NETWORKING
3:30–4:20 p.m.

Breakout Sessions I

Session A | Budgeting 101: Staying Afloat

Learn how to reinforce best practices to ensure sound financial management and sustainability for your voluntary bar association.

with Lauren Baugh, John Kynes and Amy Ruiz

Session B | Artificial Intelligence: Riding the Tech Tide

Discover how to inspire members to embrace AI technologies in this rapidly evolving legal landscape.

with Carlos Baradat

Session C | Strategic Planning: Charting a Bold Course

Embrace the spirit of adventure when planning your voluntary bar association’s future.

with Jason Berger and Carla Tharp Brown

4:30–5:20 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

Session A | Filling the Pipeline

Learn how to forge a dynamic leadership path to ensure your association’s enduring success.

with Juan Camacho, Lisa Guerreo and Elina Santana

Session B | Change Management: Navigating the Waves

Join Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers leaders to skillfully steer through personal and professional milestones.

with Nicolette Kramer, Lauren Milcarek, Yasmin Rammaha and Christina Russo Walters

Session C | Bubbling with Energy

Learn how to bring a refreshing and lively vibe to events that energize and inspire participants.

with Andrea Ortiz, Mona Payne and Taylor Tremel

6:00–7:00 p.m.

Splash Makers Reception/Exhibits

Saturday, July 13

8:00–8:50 a.m. NETWORKING
9:00–10:00 a.m.

General Session: Empowering Engagement

Learn how to create exciting and impactful opportunities for members to connect, contribute and celebrate their voluntary bar associations.

With Lauren Baugh and Braulio Rosa

10:00–10:30 a.m. BREAK/NETWORKING
10:30–11:20 a.m.

Breakout Sessions III

Session A | Endless Ripples: Effectively Utilizing Past Presidents

Harness the expertise of past presidents to inspire a continuing culture that propels the association forward.

with Brandon Sapp

Session B | Dive Right in: Using CLE to Expand Participation

Learn how to create engaging learning experiences that attract participation and enhance member value.

with Roselind Figueroa and Ginger Miranda

Session C | Catch the Wave: Recruiting New Members to Your Organization

Learn how to infuse energy and excitement into your efforts to attract young lawyers.

with Ashlea Edwards and Arti Hirana

11:30–noon

Closing Session

Basket Giveaway

Noon Adjourn

Keynote Speaker

Rochelle Gapere

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Rochelle Gapere

Rochelle Gapere is an attorney, happiness coach and entrepreneur. Known for bringing her charismatic personality and sheer joy for living to every experience and individual she encounters, Gapere has mastered the art of living life fully and passionately. The release of her Amazon bestselling book, One Happy Thought at a Time: 30 Days to a Happier You, cements her lifelong practice of adding more happiness to this world by empowering others with science-based tools and techniques that help them lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Gapere believes in living a life that is engaging at every level and uses practical techniques to teach audiences her unique approach to living a happy life.

Gapere describes herself as an “attorney by trade and happiness coach by heart.” She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Tennessee State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005. In 2018, she earned a Positive Psychology Specialization Certification through the University of Pennsylvania. She is the 2019 recipient of The Florida Bar YLD Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award. Gapere was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Female Empowerment Speakers in the world by Engage LLC.

Speakers

Rosalyn “Sia” Baker-Barnes

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Baker-Barnes

Rosalyn “Sia” Baker-Barnes, 2024-25 Florida Bar president-elect, is a partner at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach. For more than 20 years, she has successfully pursued justice for victims in personal injury, medical negligence, and product liability cases. Baker-Barnes is Board-Certified in Civil Trial law by The Florida Bar. She is a member of the International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is the chairperson of her firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Committed to professionalism, civility, and service, Baker-Barnes chairs the Board of Governors Legislation Committee and serves on the board’s Executive and Strategic Planning committees. Previously, she chaired the Program Evaluation Committee and co-chaired the board’s COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force. She also serves on the executive council of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Bar. Baker-Barnes was the 95th president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the first black woman to serve in this role. She is the co-founder and past president of the Palm Beach County Sheree Davis Cunningham Black Women Lawyers’ Association and a past advisor for the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association. She is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Other notable awards and honors include the Henry T. Latimer Diversity Award, The Florida Bar President’s Award, PBC FAWL’s Pariente Award, the ADL’s Jurisprudence Award, and the Palm Beach County Bar’s Judge Edward Rodgers Diversity Award. Baker-Barnes earned both her law and bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University.

Baradat

Carlos Baradat

Carlos Baradat is an attorney specializing in technology and litigation readiness. As an adjunct professor for seven years, he teaches technology and litigation practice courses. He founded The Baradat Group, offering nationwide services in digital forensics, electronic discovery, cybersecurity, and law office technology to attorneys. He most recently served as vice chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Technology.

Baugh

Lauren Baugh

Lauren Baugh has been the executive director of Lee County Bar Association since 2019. Baugh excels in marketing, fundraising, and legal networking. With diverse experience in real estate, mortgage lending, property management and bookkeeping, she chairs philanthropy and fundraising committees for various organizations, including the Fort Myers YMCA and United Way. Baugh is an alumnus of Bishop Verot High School and Edison Community College.

Jason Berger

Berger

Jason Berger operates a family law and estate planning practice on the Treasure Coast. He has extensive trial experience, including over 100 jury trials. As an assistant state attorney for 11 years, he managed cases ranging from wrongful death to sex crimes. Berger is actively involved in his community and his profession. He has served as president of both the Martin County Bar Association and the Major B Harding American Inn of Court; as chair of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism; and as a commissioner on the State of Florida Commission on Ethics. Berger graduated from the University of Florida college of law with honors. He serves as trustee of the University of Florida Law Center Association and the Martin County Alumni Association.

Carla Tharp Brown

Brown

Carla Tharp Brown has served as the executive director of the Palm Beach County Bar Association since September 2016. She has spent more than 20 years as a bar association leader in Florida and Georgia. Prior to joining the Palm Beach County Bar Association, she served as director of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service and Modest Means Programs. Under her leadership, the association won the American Bar Association’s Cindy Raisch Award for the impact it made in the Atlanta pro bono community.

She served as a consultant for the American Bar Association’s Program of Assistance and Review Initiative and a mentor for the Truancy Intervention Project in Atlanta for several years. She is an active member of the National Association of Bar Executives, the Conference of Metropolitan Bar Associations, and the Florida Society of Association Executives.

Brown received her paralegal certificate from the National Association of Paralegals and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Ohio University.

Melissa Byers

Melissa Byers

Byers

Melissa Byers has served 10 years as the executive director of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Known for financial/business acumen, Byers is also passionate about wellness. During her tenure at the St. Pete Bar, she introduced the wellness theme “Healthy, Happy, Holistic Attorneys” to combat the staggering statics associated with the high rates of suicide, depression, and substance abuse in the legal profession. As a result, The Florida Bar presented the first Health & Wellness Award to the SPBA in 2018. The Florida Bar also awarded the Marshall R. Cassedy Sr. Executive Director of the Year Leadership award to Byers in 2020. Byers’ professional background includes working at the world-renowned Golden Door Resort and Spa in San Diego, where she worked with a wide range of professional clientele including Joan Lunden, Robert Mondavi and Barbara Walters, among many others. Byers is a sought-after wellness speaker around the state. Speaking engagements have included law firm strategic planning sessions, Raymond James Financial, Stetson College of Law, county bar associations and the 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She has also been a featured speaker at the 2018 National Association of Law Judiciary Annual Conference; and at several past Voluntary Bar Leaders Conferences. She was also a featured presenter at the 2023 Life Over Death Florida Public Defender Association conference.

Camacho

Juan Camacho

Juan Camacho, a seasoned litigator and strategist with over 14 years’ experience, advocates for individuals, businesses and municipalities. He chaired the Labor & Employment Committee at the Orange County Bar Association and is currently vice president of Membership for the Federal Bar Association – Orlando Chapter.

Ashlea Edwards

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Edwards

Ashlea Edwards is an employment attorney at Akerman, focuses on management-side employment litigation and counseling. She represents employers in harassment, discrimination, whistleblower, leave, retaliation and wage and hour matters. Edwards also defends clients in trial, appellate courts, and administrative agencies like the EEOC. She provides corporate governance counseling, investigations, policy interpretation, handbook drafting, and employment agreement review. A Florida Coastal School of Law graduate, Edwards is deeply involved in local, state, and national bar associations. She serves as president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, on The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and is a past president of the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.

Roselin Figueroa Watts

Figueroa Watts

Roselin Figueroa Watts is an attorney specializing in personal injury and estate planning. Rising from receptionist to legal assistant, paralegal, and attorney, Figueroa Watts comprehensively understands the legal process. She graduated from Valencia Community College with an associate in political science, before attending UCF for a B.S. in Political Science and receiving her J.D. from Florida A&M College of Law. Her commitment to community service is evident through her involvement in the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and her church. These experiences have reinforced her belief in the power of the law to create positive social change and have shaped her approach to legal advocacy.

Matt Frey

Frey

Matt Frey is a native Floridian and obtained his J.D. from the University of Florida. He is proud to be working with the same small law firm since he has graduated, Campione & Hackney P.A. in Tavares, practicing a variety of civil law, bankruptcy, and real estate litigation. Frey is active in his local and statewide bar associations, volunteers in community groups, and believes he performs his most important work as a lawyer when he is providing pro bono assistance through Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. He has an active member of the Florida Bar’s Voluntary Liaison Committee and the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference for the past six years.

John Gihon

Gihon

John Gihon is a Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Law attorney with over 20 years of experience, specializing in immigration litigation in both immigration and federal courts. He served as senior attorney with ICE, handling removal proceedings, and has experience in criminal law. Gihon is also a seasoned trainer and speaker, a two-term past chair of the American Immigration Lawyers (AILA) Central Florida Chapter and immediate past-chair of the Florida Bar Immigration and Nationality Law Board Certification Committee.

Gong Guerrero

Lisa Gong Guerrero

Lisa Gong Guerrero, a Board-Certified Criminal Trial attorney and former state prosecutor with over 145 jury trials, served as president of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association. Honored with the Lawrence G. Mathews Jr. Young Lawyer Professionalism Award, she now serves as treasurer of the Orange County Bar Association and is a candidate for Orange County Judge.

Kyleen A. Hinkle

Hinkle

Kyleen A. Hinkle, a member at Burns White’s Tampa office, is a civil litigator specializing in general liability, long-term health-care defense, hospital liability, and medical malpractice defense. She earned her J.D. from Stetson College of Law in 2008 and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. Recognized as a Leader in the Law by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), she is a former president of both the Pinellas Chapter and statewide FAWLs. Actively engaged in local and state bar organizations, Hinkle also serves on the board for the National Conference of Women Bar Associations.

Arti Hirani

Hirani

Arti Hirani, a shareholder at the Winter Park firm Meenakshi A. Hirani P.A. is a dual-licensed attorney in Florida and New York. Her diverse legal experience spans from representing individuals living in cars to high-profile clients. With expertise in various legal matters, including trials, mediations, and negotiations, she is committed to pro bono work and charity. She is currently president-elect designate of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division with a long history of Bar leadership; as the YLD’s 9th Circuit governor, a past president of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and the youngest president-elect of the Orange County Bar Association, and a board member of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar.

Nicolette A. Kramer

Kramer

Nicolette A. Kramer, a solo practitioner, specializes in condominium and planned development law. She holds a degree in philosophy from Manhattan College and a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Previously a senior associate at a boutique law firm, she has been a Florida Bar member since 2011 and serves as president of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (2024-2025). Active in various legal associations, she chaired the Health & Wellness Committee at the Orange County Bar Association (2020-2022) and served as vice president of the Orange County Teen Court Advisory Board (2021-2023).

John F. Kynes

John F. Kynes

Kynes

John F. Kynes has served as executive director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association since 2011. His background includes more than 19 years of public affairs and administrative experience at the federal, state, and local levels. From 2000 to 2006, Kynes served as district director for former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis in Tampa. Previously, Kynes served as director of intergovernmental relations for the City of Tampa, and, also, as an assistant to Florida Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay in Tallahassee. From 1983 to 1987, Kynes worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Lawton Chiles in Washington, D.C. Kynes holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. Active in the community, Kynes serves on the development council of Bay Area Legal Services, and he has served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Tampa Bay Little League, Exchange Club of Tampa, and the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.

Leffler

Carleen Leffler

Carleen Leffler, an attorney at ShuffieldLowman, is the governor for the 7th Judicial Circuit on The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. She’s president of the Volusia/Flagler Association for Women Lawyers and president-elect for the Volusia County Bar Association’s YLD. Leffler has been a member of The Florida Bar’s Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee since 2019.

Millcarek

Lauren Millcarek

Lauren Millcarek is the career law clerk for U.S. District Judge Skip Dalton. Previously, she practiced complex federal litigation at Holland & Knight and Shutts & Bowen. Millcarek has served as president of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, as well as chair of the Orlando Federal Grievance Committee.

Ginger Miranda

Miranda

Ginger Miranda is a seasoned trial attorney with over two decades of experience in Florida. She has spent her career fighting injustice with professionalism and integrity. Miranda also actively contributes to her community through volunteer work with the Girl Scouts, serving on the board of directors and as a Girl Scout leader. She is also a board member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and has been involved with the Justice Teaching Program for over a decade, educating children about the legal system. Miranda’s knowledge and experience make her an enthusiastic and zealous advocate for her clients. She received her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law School.

Ana “Ani” P. Rodriguez-Newbern

Ani Rodriguez-Newbern

Rodriguez-Newbern

Ana “Ani” P. Rodriguez-Newbern is a former media producer turned attorney. She works with her family firm Tangel-Rodriguez & Associates in Orlando, representing the Florida Department of Revenue in child support enforcement matters in Orange County. Rodriguez-Newbern also volunteers as a board trustee for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. A first-generation American, she earned her bachelor’s degree at Florida State University and her J.D. from the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. She is the 2024 VBLC chair and was most recently appointed by Florida Bar President Roland Sanchez-Medina to chair the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee in 2024-2025.

Andrea D. Ortiz

Ortiz

Andrea D. Ortiz is the director of Pro Bono Services at Community Legal Services. Ortiz started with CLS as a pro bono attorney and served on the board before officially joining staff in 2021 as a helpline attorney. Prior to CLS, Ortiz practiced insurance defense, first party property claims, and estate planning. She enjoys volunteering in her community and worked as a poll clerk through the Orange County Adopt-A-Precinct Program and served on leadership boards for the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and Women on the Rise International.

Mona Rosey Payne

Payne

Mona Rosey Payne is a government attorney and member of The Florida Bar. She was admitted to the bar in 2010 after completing her J.D. at the Barry University – Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. Payne practices criminal defense as a public defender of the 5th Judicial Circuit in the Lake County Public Defender’s Office. She serves on the 5th Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. Payne is president of the Lake County Bar Association and serves in the Osceola County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Braulio Rosa

Rosa

Braulio Rosa has served as executive director of the Broward County Bar Association, one of Florida’s largest voluntary bars, since 2011. With 18 years of experience overseeing various programs for local government and educational organizations, he brings a wealth of expertise to his role. Rosa was the 2021 recipient of the Marshall R. Cassedy Sr. Award, which recognizes those who have provided extraordinary service to The Florida Bar. He serves as a member of the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee and co-chaired and was a host of the 2023 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Rosa holds two master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University.

Ruiz

Amy  Ruiz

Amy Ruiz, a Tampa native, earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 2000 and a J.D. from Florida State College of Law in 2004. She served as an assistant public defender and assistant state attorney before opening her own law firm in 2012. Fluent in Spanish, she’s deeply involved in Tampa Bay’s Hispanic community, and is a past president of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association.

Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr.

Roland Sanchez-Medina

Sanchez-Medina Jr.

Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr., a partner at Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo et al., specializes in corporate and securities law, with expertise in mergers, acquisitions, and real estate transactions. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, he’s listed among Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite. Formerly with McDermott, Will & Emery and Holland & Knight, he’s a past president of the Cuban American Bar Association and will attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference as the newly sworn-in president of The Florida Bar.

Elina Magaly Santana

Santana

Elina Magaly Santana, shareholder, and co-founder of Santana Rodriguez Law P.A., leads the firm’s Immigration Law practice, representing clients nationwide and specializing in various areas including family-based residency, deportation defense, and more. Santana earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and is actively involved in community service and professional organizations. She was born in Miami to Cuban immigrant parents, giving her a deep personal connection to immigration issues. She is also the former and future president of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Brandon Sapp

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Sapp

Brandon Sapp is the founding partner of Brandon Sapp Law PLLC. Sapp has experience in both defense and plaintiff representation, managing wide range of personal injury cases, from auto accidents to wrongful death claims. He has served in various Florida Voluntary Bar positions including president of the Paul C. Perkins Bar, president of the Young Lawyers Section of the OCBA. He was most recently re-elected to serve on the executive council of the Orange County Bar Association. He holds a law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Craig Shoup

Craig Shoup

Shoup

Craig Shoup was named executive director of the Jacksonville Bar Association in February 2019. In this role he oversees the day-to-day operations of the approximately 2000-member organization. Prior to being named executive director, he was the chief of staff for the Jacksonville Bar from December 2017 to February 2019, where he worked closely with the executive director to handle day-to-day operations and special projects. Before that, he served in the administration of the 4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s office for nine years and was a special assistant to the Clerk of the Court in Duval County.

He is a Flagler College graduate and a member of the National Association of Bar Executives and the Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, and a regular speaker at the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. His community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for the DePaul School of Northeast Florida, the City of Jacksonville Southeast Citizen Planning Advisory Committee, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and the Zoe Gaudet Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Jacksonville.

Lisa Terwilliger

Terwilliger

Lisa Terwilliger has been executive director of the Collier County Bar Association for 17 years, managing daily operations, strategic initiatives, events, and membership. With a background in legal services and nonprofit management, she is skilled event planning and management, nonprofit finances, long range planning, fundraising, business development, government relations, publishing, and working with volunteers and boards. She attended both Franklin & Marshall College and Hodges University.

Taylor Tremel

Tremel

Taylor Tremel graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in 2010 and later earned a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law in 2014. Currently he is attorney at Bowen|Schroth. His accolades include the DUI Prosecutor Excellence Award and winning the American Bar Association Regional Moot Court Competition. With a passion for community service, Tremel has been recognized with awards such as the Lake County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year and the Guardian of Justice Award. His professional journey encompasses roles as a special education attorney, assistant state attorney, and assistant public defender. He is actively involved in various legal committees and associations, and most recently served as vice president of the Lake County Bar Association and president of the Lake County Bar Young Lawyers Section.

Christina Russo Walters

Walters

Christina Russo Walters serves as the senior managing attorney of Medical Legal Partnerships for Community Legal Services. In this position she offers no-cost legal aid to low-income clinic patients in Orlando, addressing various legal needs, from immigration to Social Security, aiding clients in securing benefits for improved family well-being and overall health. She received her J.D. from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2012. She is active in the Orange County Bar Association and serves as program director for CFAWL.

Scholarships

Florida Bar Registration Scholarships

Thank you to Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee for awarding nine scholarships for these Florida attorneys to attend the 2024 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference.

  • Hannah Anderson, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
  • Starr Brookins, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Kelsey Burke, Palm Beach County Bar Association YLD
  • Robert Comacho, Osceola County Bar Association
  • Tiffany Hilton, George Edgecomb Bar Association
  • Lauren Johnson, FAWL Palm Beach County Chapter
  • Komai Mirza, Broward County Women Lawyers Association
  • Kathryn Stanfill, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
  • Randi Starrett, American Bar Association

Young Lawyers Division Scholarships

Thank you to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division for awarding seven scholarships for these young lawyers to attend the 2024 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference.

  • Samantha Butler, Florida Trial Court Staff Attorney Association
  • Gahodery Cambry, Orange County Bar Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • Geralda David, Haitian Lawyers Association
  • Anastasia Landon, Clearwater Bar Association
  • Kimberly Leonard, D.W. Perkins Bar Association
  • Drew Patterson, Clearwater Bar Association
  • Vanessa Thomson, Broward County Women Lawyers Association