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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.

November 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 Dec. 12, noon Boca Raton Paralegal Association Identity Theft Dec. 17, 6 p.m. Miami Attorneys, Paralegal, Legal Assistants Technology Law Jan. 14, 6 p.m. Lake Park Library members City/County/Local Government Law Jan. 23, 10 a.m. Palm Beach Gardens (hosted online) Middle/HS Gov’t class Open, fitting topic Feb. 4, 9:45 a.m. Winter…

NOVEMBER’S MONTHLY SPEAKING TIP

Get to the room early. Getting to the room five or 10 minutes before everyone else arrives can help relieve anxiety. Some people find it very helpful to visit the room a few days before their speech as well. See other speaker tips to remember on your lecture date.

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, Dec. 4, at 12 p.m. See…

SCAM ALERT: FAKE EMAILS CLAIM TO BE FROM THE BAR’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dozens of Bar members are reporting receiving fraudulent emails from spoofed email accounts designed to look like they are from Florida Bar Executive Director Joshua Doyle. Lawyers are always advised to keep their guards up as scammers become increasingly clever in their quest to do harm. See the entire Florida Bar News article. Other scams…

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 claim 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 Bar members…

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.

BAR’S MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PANEL SETS ITS AGENDA

The Florida Bar campaign to destigmatize mental illness and promote health and wellness in the profession remains a top priority. That’s the message Bar leaders delivered to the Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers Committee at an Oct. 17 meeting in Tampa. See the entire Florida Bar News article.

YLD BOARD NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Members of the Young Lawyers Division may be nominated for the YLD Board of Governors from the circuits indicated by their official Bar address if they will not have reached the age of 36 before July 1 or, if age 36 or older by such date, will not have been admitted to practice in any…

YLD SUMMIT ON YOUNG GOVERNMENT LAWYERS ABUZZ WITH IDEAS

More than 100 public sector attorneys gathered for the Young Lawyers Division government lawyer summit Nov. 1. The Orlando event focused on finding ways to encourage and recognize young government lawyers for their Bar and civic work, as well as their public service. See the entire Florida Bar News article.

THE FLORIDA BAR PODCAST: ‘IS YOUR FIRM A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT? AND OTHER EMPLOYMENT LAW VIOLATIONS’

In the latest edition of The Florida Bar Podcast, Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt,  practice management advisors at LegalFuel: The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar, welcome employment law expert Deborah Minnis of Ausley & McMullen in Tallahassee to help lawyers understand the applications of Title VII and other anti-discrimination statutes within the law firm setting. See…

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,…