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Bar’s Virtual Annual Convention a bigger draw than expected

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Vivian HodzAccording to early indications, The Florida Bar’s first Virtual Annual Convention, a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is a big success, the chief organizer told the Board of Governors.

Annual Convention Committee Chair Vivian Cortes Hodz told board members at a June 17 meeting that there were more than 8,000 registrations for 18 seminars, far exceeding expectations. In the first two days, Hodz said, more than 2,300 members had participated in scores of online events.

“I anticipate that by the end of the week, they are going to be higher,” she said.

Hodz was delivering the news on the third day of a convention that usually requires a year of planning. Hodz, her committee members, and Bar staff were forced in less than two months to transform the event to completely digital.

Hodz, of Cortes Hodz Family Law & Mediation, P.A., of Tampa, received the 2020 President’s Award of Merit for her committee service.

“She exemplified able and steady leadership and a positive attitude not only in the many, many details that go into planning a Florida Bar Annual Convention, but also under the most challenging of circumstances,” said Florida Bar President John Stewart.

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