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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.

December 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. We value your feedback. Also, please tell your local civic and social clubs that might want to have a presentation about the Speakers Bureau. Here is our…

OPEN SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES AT SEVERAL VENUES

Date City Audience Topic Feb. 19, 6 p.m. University Park (Sarasota) Paralegal Association Ethics/Professionalism Apr. 21, 7 p.m. Jacksonville Baptist Church Convention Criminal Justice/Law/Process   As of Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 these dates have been filled. Currently, there are no open speaking dates available. Important Note: When Speakers Bureau events are advertised in the Speaking Out…

DECEMBER’S MONTHLY SPEAKING TIP

Getting the tone and pace right. The way you deliver your speech will say a lot about you. If you speak too fast or too slow, it’s obvious that something’s wrong and you’re probably nervous. Try keeping a moderate pace. Speak clearly and in a conversational tone, which will make it easier to engage with…

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. The next session is on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 12 p.m. See the entire Florida Bar News article.

‘APPEALS FOR THE PRO BONO PRACTITIONER’ SET FOR WINTER MEETING

The Bar’s Appellate Practice Section and Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program are teaming up to offer the CLE program, “Appeals for the Pro Bono Practitioner,” at the Bar’s Winter Meeting. The program will run from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Winter Meeting is at the Hyatt Regency on International Drive in…

LEGALFUEL SPEAKER SERIES: REQUESTS FOR TIME OFF: HOW CAREGIVING IS CHANGING THE WORKFORCE AND IMPACTING YOUR FIRM

LegalFuel: The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar’s Speaker Series features well-known and respected Florida lawyers discussing relevant topics from technology to work-life balance and social-media marketing. The latest installment of this free CLE video series is “Requests for Time Off: How Caregiving is Changing the Workforce and Impacting Your Firm,” by Amanda Singleton…

BAR’S ‘BEST PRACTICES FOR PROFESSIONAL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION’ HANDBOOK UPDATED, AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

The Florida Bar has released an updated online handbook, “Best Practices for Professional Electronic Communication,” which offers guidance to all Florida lawyers on communicating in the digital age. The handbook is available for download from the “Resources” section of the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism at www.floridabar.org/prof/presources/. See the entire Florida Bar News article.

FREE LEGAL ANSWERS, AN EASY WAY TO DO PRO BONO

An ABA study is underscoring the economic and social potential of Free Legal Answers, the web-based pro bono program, at a time when a strategic billboard campaign is boosting awareness in Florida to new heights. One key Florida Free Legal Answers volunteer, former Bar President Michael Higer, calls participation in the program, “the right thing to…

PRO BONO HOURS AND DOLLAR DONATIONS ARE UP

Florida Bar members reported doing more pro bono work and giving more donations to legal aid organizations for the 2018-19 Bar year than the previous year, but more lawyers also reported no pro bono activities. The numbers were presented to the Bar’s Pro Bono Legal Services Committee on October 17 during the Bar’s Fall Meeting…

LSC PRESIDENT CALLS FOR FRESH THINKING ON HELPING POOR LITIGANTS

James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, spoke at the Dec. 6 Tallahassee meeting of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Civil Justice and encouraged members to find ways to make sure people with little or no resources can still get their day in court. “There is never going to be enough money…

WM. REECE SMITH, JR., LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PROMOTES BAR INVOLVEMENT

Launched in 2014 with a goal of promoting a more diverse and inclusive leadership in The Florida Bar, the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Leadership Academy is about to be able to boast of more than 300 graduates. The Bar will be accepting applications for the 2020-21 Leadership Academy Class beginning Dec. 2. The academy is open to all Florida…

FOUNDATION SEEKS MEDAL OF HONOR AWARD NOMINEES

The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations for the 2020 Medal of Honor Awards until Feb. 1. Nominees in the lawyer category must have a demonstrated dedication to the mission of The Florida Bar Foundation, which seeks to provide greater access to justice in Florida. See the entire Florida Bar News article.