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Voluntary Bar Update Form
Submit updates for the Florida voluntary local and specialty bar association listing.

Voluntary Bar Promotion/Recognition

Submit summaries of local bar achievements, volunteer and team recognition. Photo submission in jpg format only please.

Voluntary Bar Events Calendar
The activities of the voluntary bar associations are important to The Florida Bar and we want to share information about those activities with the legal community and the public. Send the information regarding your voluntary bar association’s activities and events to

Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee

News & Events
Ropes Challenge Speakers Bureau Round Up
The ROPES Speakers Bureau Challenge Round-up is underway.

The following Voluntary Bar Associations are participating in the speaker recruitment effort:

ABOTA-FL Chapter; Broward County Justice Assn.; Broward County Women Lawyers Assn.; Clearwater Bar Assn.; Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Assn.; FAWL-Pasco; Flagler County Bar Assn.; Hendry-Glades Bar Assn.; Jacksonville Bar Assn.; Marion County Bar Assn.; Orange County Bar Assn.; Palm Beach County Bar Assn.; Port St. Lucie Bar Assn.; St. Petersburg Bar Assn.; Sumter County Bar Assn.; Tallahassee Bar Assn.; Virgil Hawkins Fl Chapter National Bar Assn.; Volusia County Bar Assn.

The campaign will end on March 31 or at a time when 1500 speakers are recruited, whichever comes first. The Florida Bar will recognize the first VBA that has the largest percentage of their members to sign up with an additional $500 reward.

Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

Save the date: July 10-11, 2015
Join us for the 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference at the beautiful Eau Resort & Spa in Palm Beach!
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Eau Room Book Now

Make your hotel reservations online and take advantage of the Eau's special $179 rate for this meeting!

Room reservation cut-off is June 20, 2015.


The Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference and Leadership Academy meeting will bring together the largest single gathering of bar leaders in Florida. This venue provides a unique place for vendors to raise their state-wide profile among over 200 association leaders. It is a partnership opportunity that provides unparalleled access to current and future bar leaders.

The new six-tier approach offers a variety of sponsorship choices so that smaller groups as well as larger businesses can find a level that suits their needs and budget. Please choose the level that best suits your business or organization, complete the form PDF document opens in new window and send it to us. The sooner we have it, the more we can boost your brand in the pre-meeting promotion!

If you have additional questions, please contact

The 2014 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference was held July 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Fl. This two-day conference is designed for current bar association presidents and executive directors. Watch this page for the 2015 conference dates and details. See the Conference program agenda for examples of sessions and events, or view the following VBLC session handouts:

Conference Attendees: Please complete the online 2014 Conference evaluation as soon as possible.

Find yourself! Check out a photo gallery from The Florida Bar's 2014 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference.
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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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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)

Model Local Preference Poll for County and Circuit Judicial Candidates

Issue Paper: Voluntary Bar Associations

CLE and Basic Skills Course Requirements
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