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Presented by The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee and
hosted by the Clearwater Bar Association

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Program and Brochure

About the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

The annual Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is designed by leaders for new bar leaders to meet the challenges of governance, communications, recruiting and more! This Conference will be one that presidents, presidents-elect, board members and bar executives won’t want to miss.

Interactive breakout sessions on a variety of relevant topics will equip voluntary bar leaders with valuable resources to assist in operations, program development and the latest communication techniques. This Conference orients new bar leaders at the local, state and national levels and creates a think-tank environment that motivates networking with other bar leaders who share your interests and concerns.

There are more than 250 voluntary bar associations in Florida ranging in size from a dozen to 4,500 members. They are regional, specialty, minority, and religious voluntary bar associations with varied missions.

Join us in Clearwater for the 2013 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference to enhance your leadership skills!


Full Conference Brochure

  • Tax Filing & Forms
  • Pro Bono Programming
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Issues Affecting Staffed, Non-Staffed and Specialty Bar Associations
  • Recruiting and Connecting Young Lawyers
  • Mentoring
  • Benchmarks – Raising the Bar on Effective Speakers Bureau Presentations
  • Membership Recruitment
  • The Resources of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar Foundation and much more!

The keynote address, “Leadership by Choice,” will be delivered by Eric Papp, President of Result-Based Seminars LLC. Papp has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today,
Dallas Morning News, and many other publications. He is the author of “Leadership by Choice” (John Wiley and Sons June 2012). Plan to attend this dynamic leadership presentation!


On Friday, July 19, the Conference will begin with an “early bird arrival” roundtable discussion from 9-11 a.m., a networking lunch before the opening session, immediately followed by a kenote address at Noon. Breakout sessions will be held throughout the afternoon. A special dinner event will follow at Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. , 300 Cleveland St. Clearwater, FL 33756. Transportation will be provided by Jolley Trolley from the hotel running a continuous shuttle to the Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure site. Guest will be transported back to the hotel begenning at 9 p.m., running continous shuttles until 10 p.m. Guests and family are welcome to attend, but must be registered. The Conference will continue on Saturday, July 20, with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by panel discussions and the closing general session, which should conclude around noon.


Late Registration will be available on-site.

The $175 registration fee includes: Four hours General and two hours Ethics CLE credit, all meals* (Friday boxed lunch, Friday night dinner event, Saturday morning continental breakfast and beverage breaks) and conference materials.

*Individual meal and event costs for non-registrants and/or those attending and not seeking CLE credit are available on the registration form.


Hotel accommodations can be made at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. The room block and special rate is no longer available. To make reservations, contact the hotel directly at (727) 595-1611.
The Sheraton Sand Key Resort is located at 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL 33767.

Directions to the Sheraton Sand Key Resort

For more information about the 2013 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference or any other concerns, please contact Maria Simmons Johnson at (850) 561-5648 or [email protected].

Be sure to revisit the Voluntary Bar Center regularly.

We look forward to seeing you in Clearwater!