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Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

July 16-17, 2021 | Margaritaville Resort Orlando

We are excited to meet in person at Margaritaville Resort Orlando for the 2021 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, July 16-17. This annual conference is a not-to-be-missed event and is specifically designed to bring together the movers and shakers of the voluntary bar world.

Since we are all ready to break free, we invite you to review the protocols we will have in place to help assure your safety and comfort. We want you to enjoy an escape to Margaritaville and be worry free. And do not forget to thank our sponsors!

No doubt we’ve all had a change in attitude during the pandemic and we all agree that a change in latitude in long overdue.

Download the conference program

Download the agenda

Photo of the 2021 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference program

A Tropical Get-Away!

We all need a little wind put back in our sails! On July 16-17, Central Florida will be awash with voluntary bar association leaders as we dock for two action-packed days at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando. True to Jimmy Buffet’s love for the islands, the new resort, located in Kissimmee, captures that Caribbean feeling and provides a place to get away from it all while finding more than you ever expected.

Hotel Information

The hotel is at capacity and the group room block is full. Check the hotel website for other options offered at the Resort

VBLC 2021 Host Hotel


Coming to paradise to work is a bit unusual, but so is this conference. The annual Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is a meeting designed to help lawyers and bar executive directors escape from the routine grind and discover new resources to help them become top-notch leaders.

Event Schedule

The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee has put together another fantastic conference. There are more general sessions scheduled this year with important rebound and recovery information to help voluntary bars bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic. We will also continue our tradition of providing breakout sessions with helpful association best practices for both large and small size bars. Being back together again will make it an amazing weekend.

Friday, July 16

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. On-Site Registration
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibit and Sponsor Tables Open
9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Opening Session: Encouraging Words from The Florida Bar President and Committee Leaders
9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. Opening Session Keynote Speaker: The Happy Lawyer Mark Eiglarsh
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break with Beverage Station
11:00 a.m. -11:50 a.m. General Session: Pandemic Perspectives From The Top
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:30 p.m. -2:20 p.m. General Session: Bouncing Back Part I – How Voluntary Bars Weathered the Storm
2:20 p.m. -2:30 p.m. Break
2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Bouncing Back, Part II -Small Bars
  • Bouncing Back, Part II – Large Bars
3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Break with Beverage Station
3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions — Choose Between:

  • The Florida Bar Communications and Social Media
  • Health and Wellness Programming
  • Diversity Program Funding Lessons Learned
4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Break
4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions — Choose Between:

  • Plug and Play Programming
  • Cybersecurity Protection for VBAs
  • Delivering Access to Justice
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Grande Reception

Saturday, July 17

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and VBLC Optional Roundtables
8:10 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Gift Basket Door Prize Drawings (must be present to win)
8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Break
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. A Conversation with The Florida Bar President
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.


  • Engaging the Younger Surfers of Your Bar
  • Earning Your Spending Money Through Sponsorships
  • Singing the Praises of Members
10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break with Beverage Station
11:10 a.m. – noon


  • Before You Wave Bye-Bye – Lessons Learned from Past Presidents
  • Expanding the View of the Crew – CLE Planning

Featured Speakers

Mike Tanner

Mike Tanner

Incoming President Mike Tanner will host a town-hall style conversation with voluntary bar leaders on Saturday, July 17. You will not want to miss this special event. Tanner will be sworn in as President of the Florida Bar on June 10 in Orlando.

Read Tanner’s bio.

Mark Eiglarsh

Mark Eiglarsh, Happiness Specialist

After quarantine and the year-long challenges of COVID-19, we are all ready to laugh and feel inspired! Mark Eiglarsh, a formerly unhappy guy, made a career out of solving everyone’s problems but his own. Now, this successful criminal defense attorney, television and radio on-air legal expert, adjunct law professor, devoted husband and proud father has reclaimed his happiness. Eiglarsh will bring to the Conference his mission to share how bar leaders can lead happy, healthy and successful lives, in spite of the unique demands of their law practice and whatever other challenging circumstances they may be facing. He dazzles audiences with his infectious enthusiasm, unique humor and heartfelt authenticity.

Learn more about Eiglarsh.

COVID Protocols

To ensure your comfort and safety

at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

The hotel is following its own COVID protocols and we encourage attendees to check the hotel website for specifics.

at the Conference

  • Masks are encouraged for all attendees but required for non-vaccinated attendees.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at several locations in the conference center.
  • Any buffets will be attended and served by hotel staff.
  • There will be sufficient spacing within the general sessions and seminar rooms.

These protocols are subject to change in accordance with CDC updates. We ask that all attendees act with personal responsibility including not attending if you are experiencing symptoms, respecting personal space and distance while onsite, following hotel guidelines, and wearing a mask at all times while indoors in public spaces.

List of sponsors for the 2021 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

Young Lawyers Division Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division for their generous contribution of registration scholarships to 18 deserving voluntary bar leaders.

  • Onchantho Am, Orange County Bar Association
  • Katherine Camadeco, Lee County Bar Association
  • Constance Coleman, Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association
  • David Geralda, Haitian Lawyers Association
  • Flor Diaz-Wyat, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Tallahassee
  • Annamaria Farrell, West Pasco Bar Association
  • Lauren Johnson, Palm Beach County Bar Association YLS
  • April Martindale, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Denise Mutamba, F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association
  • Danielle Sherriff, Palm Beach County Association for Women Lawyers
  • Lyndsey Siara, Hillsborough County Bar Association YLD
  • Nicolette Silva, Clearwater Bar Association YLD
  • Megan Silver, Florida Government Bar Association
  • Jessica Skapetis, Clay County Bar Association
  • Kelly Smith, Florida Government Bar Association
  • Cassandra Smith, Jacksonville Bar Association YLS
  • Kathryn Stanfill, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
  • Taylor Tremel, Lake County Bar Association

Past Conference Programs and Photos