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Speaking Out

This email digest is dedicated to the interaction and education of volunteer speaker members of The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. Submit items of interest to Mr. Dorohn A. Frazier or mail to The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399–2300. Photos sent by email should be in jpg or gif format.

October 2019 Issue

THANK YOU, SPEAKERS BUREAU VOLUNTEERS!

The Florida Bar is grateful to you for speaking to groups about their basic legal rights and responsibilities and the role of lawyers in American society. Please complete this form after your events as your feedback is valuable. Also, please tell your local civic and social clubs that might want to make a presentation about the…

OPEN SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES AT SEVERAL VENUES

Date City Audience Topic Nov. 7, noon Jacksonville Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants Open Topic (fitting for Paralegal Association) Nov.14, 5:30 p.m. Ocala Legal Support Association Technology Law Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Dunedin Elderly/Seniors Computer Crimes/Internet Law Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m. Lakeland Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants Homeowners Associations Feb. 25, 10 a.m. Dunedin Elderly/Seniors…

OCTOBER’S MONTHLY SPEAKING TIP

Serve the Audience When you’re preparing to take the stage, it’s easy to focus on yourself. Will I say the right thing? Will I be funny? Will the audience like me? Did I pick the right color dress? Instead of hyper-focusing on your own performance, ask yourself: How can I be of service to the audience? What…

A RISING TIDE RAISES ALL SHIPS

Since its establishment 70 years ago, The Florida Bar has been a trusted, reputable and financially sound organization that has served the people of Florida and its members well. Through mandatory membership, The Florida Bar effectively and efficiently unites diverse attorneys across the state in a shared mission to ensure high ethical and educational standards, consistent…

YLD SUMMIT ON YOUNG GOVERNMENT LAWYERS SET FOR NOV. 1

The Young Lawyers Division has put the finishing details on its Nov. 1 gathering in Orlando for government attorneys in management positions. The event, billed as The Florida Bar YLD Summit on Young Government Lawyers, will feature four panels — executive, criminal justice, judicial operations, and another on the types of government legal offices and…

LOW-INCOME FLORIDA VETERANS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO STATEWIDE LEGAL HELPLINE

The Florida Legislature approved $500,000 to staff and launch a statewide Veterans Legal Helpline Project. The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with Bay Area Legal Services to lead the initiative, which is now underway. Veterans can now reach the helpline at 1-866-486-6161. For more information about Bay Area Legal Services, visit bals.org. See the…

ONLINE CAREER COUNSELING AVAILABLE

David Behrend, M.ED., director of Career Planning Services for Lawyers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and Judith Rushlow, executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, will offer a free career counseling program for lawyers via computer or telephone from the privacy of your home or office. The next session is on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 12 p.m. See…

FLORIDA BAR OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR PRO BONO SERVICE AWARDS

The Florida Bar is seeking nominations for the annual pro bono service awards, which honor lawyers, judges, law firms and associations that have contributed extraordinary pro bono service. The deadline for most nominations is Oct. 24. The 2020 pro bono service awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday,…

STETSON’S CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN ELDER LAW NOW HOSTS WINGS GUARDIANSHIP COLLABORATION

Stetson University, a stakeholder in WINGS ( Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders) from its inception in 2017, will coordinate meetings of WINGS, host its website, and manage the work of the program through the Center for Excellence in Elder Law and its faculty, including Professors Rebecca Morgan and Roberta Flowers. See the full Florida Bar…

YLD SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR HURRICANE ASSISTANCE; FLORIDA BAR WEBSITE OFFERS RESOURCES AND TIPS FOR HURRICANE PREP

The Young Lawyers Division has sent an email to all of its members seeking volunteers to assist Floridians who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Florida Bar President John Stewart also reminds members that The Florida Bar has an entire web page of resources and tips dedicated to hurricane prep, both for lawyers and the…

THE PRACTICE AND PROCESS OF LAW: CHECKLISTS FOR EVERY OCCASION

Most lawyers, whether they are conscious about it or not, have mental checklists they follow whether it’s getting ready for a hearing, mediation of trial. They follow certain procedures when interviewing a witness, drafting a pleading or negotiating a settlement. Most of the practice is a process, and by shifting the paradigm from art and…

WANT TO SERVE ON A JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION?

Judicial Nominating Commissions: One lawyer vacancy for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar has the opportunity to nominate three lawyers for each Judicial Nominating Commission to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2020. Download the Judicial Nominating Commission application from the Bar’s website, www.floridabar.org,…