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2016 Vol bar Leader Conference

Photos are posted at The Florida Bar Flickr photo stream. By clicking on this link, you can view the candid photos taken at the conference.
2016 Conference Photos

2016 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference Handouts and presentations
The 2016 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference was held - July 15-16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. This two-day conference is for current bar association presidents and executive directors. 
View the following session handouts:

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Thanks to our Sponsors
Thank you for your generosity and support of the 2016 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference:

Florida Bar Foundation
12 Oaks Recovery Center
Board of Legal Specialization & Education
Carlton Fields
Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
Florida Bar - Young Lawyers Division
Hedler Hessen, P.A.

PR Florida/ FL LawSites

Rhonda Anderson, PA
ROIG Lawyers
Veritext Legal Solutions
US Legal Support

Law Day 2016

Law Day 2016 Miranda more than wordsIn 2016, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The 2016 Law Day theme — Miranda: More than Words — goes beyond the familiar Miranda Warning and will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

For your information and use,
ABA has prepared a Law Day 2016 Planning Guide External Link. The Guide is loaded with resources to assist in your organizations upcoming Law Day celebration.

There are also other materials available on the ABA Law Day website at

Gov. Rick Scott has officially declared May 1, 2016, as Law Day in Florida. The proclamation can be used for local bar events statewide.

As in the past, we want to feature Law Day events in Bar-to-Bar E-News and share with other voluntary bar leaders through The Florida Bar social media networks. Please include in any Law Day distribution of your event.

List of some notable efforts in all 20 judicial circuits.
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The 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference - July 10-11 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, FL. This two-day conference is designed for current bar association presidents and executive directors. See the Conference program agenda for examples of sessions and events, or view the following VBLC session handouts:
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Bar-to-Bar E-News
An electronic digest of voluntary bar news that is dedicated to the interaction of local, special interest and substantive bar associations.

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A summary of feedback from voluntary bars on what they believe the Bar can do to help its members. The effort was created in response to The Florida Bar President Ray Abadin's vision of enhancing member engagement.

Quick now, do you know what the "Notice of Confidential Information within Court Filings" is? Read the Bar News article, Lawyers will be responsible for redacting confidential information in court filings. Find out about the Free CLE course.

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"Stabilizing Revenues for the State Courts System and Clerks of Court," External Link the Nov. 1 report and recommendations of the Revenue Stabilization Workgroup, details findings and recommendations to provide stable funding for the Core Court System. Talking points cover the key aspects of the report and the recommendations. PDF document opens in new window

Diversity & Inclusion

The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Association Diversity Leadership Grants
The purpose of this voluntary bar association grant program is to support initiatives and programs which encourage diversity, diversity training and dialogue among lawyers in Florida through financial support of conferences, seminars, summits and symposia planned and hosted by local and specialty bar associations.

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Examples of Voluntary Bar Diversity Seminars
In an effort to assist Voluntary Bar Associations statewide become well equipped to address the topic of diversity, we have gathered the following information. Several local Bar Associations have provided some valuable background information that may serve as a template for organizing a diversity summit/symposium in your communities.

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Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (“Miami-Dade FAWL”), the Dade County Bar Association (“DCBA”) and Disability Independence Group, Inc. (“DIG”)

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Grants & Applications

American Bar Association External Link

Judicial Independence Video (Windows Media Video- 48.75 MB)

Issue Paper: Voluntary Bar Associations

CLE and Basic Skills Course Requirements
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History of Conferences
Consumer Information

Speakers Bureau
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