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Archive for March, 2011
Board of Governors members Gwynne Young and Skip Campbell are meeting in the runoff election for Bar president, after board member Jake Schickel was eliminated in March balloting.
Young led the initial round of balloting to be the 2012-2013 Bar president with 7,498 votes. Campbell was second with 6,782, while Schickel received 3,973 votes.
Exclusive to the Broward County Bar Association, see the two remaining candidates put forth their platforms at the BCBA’s “Candidate Night,” held March 16th.
For more election information, visit the Florida Bar website.
The Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association presents:
2011 Judicial Reception
Thursday, May 12, 2011
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
New River Center Rotunda (Sun-Sentinel Building)
200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
$35 Advance RSVP for BCBA Members
$45 Advance RSVP for Non-Members
$55 at the door
Complimentary to members of the Judiciary
To RSVP or obtain sponsorship info, contact Shayna M. Reitman, Esq. at email@example.com or 954-760-4040.
Join members of the Solo/ Small Law Firm group for a fun and productive networking lunch on Friday, April 1st.
Champs, 6401 N. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale (954) 491-9335
RSVP to: John O’Brien (954) 782-9066 and or firstname.lastname@example.org
BCBA Bar at the Bar
Wednesday – April 6, 2011
5:30 – 7:30 PM
1805 South University Drive
Semi-Private Room with
use of two pool tables
$4 Pizzas Available
No RSVP Necessary
Call Traci Lewis at BCBA
(954) 764-8040 ext. 2 if you have any questions
Previous “Bar at the Bar” events
have been very successful!
Don’t Miss It!!!
Please join the Broward County Bar Association in welcoming new members from February. Names are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Adili, Ronnie, Vincent F. Vaccarella, P.A.
Arias, Juan, Law Offices of Carlos A. Velasquez, P.A.
Bridges, Jessica, Florida Coastal School of Law
Brown, Vanesti, St. Thomas University School of Law
Eaton, Cash, Nova Southeastern University
Farmelant, Eric, The Amlong Firm
Gustafson, Alan, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
Kaplan, Connie, Connie Kaplan, Esq.
Kassower, Michael, Katzman, Garfinkel & Berger
Kornfield, Julie, Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
Lynne, Cynthia, Cynthia Lynne, P.A.
Mack, Andrea, Goldstein Law Group
Markow, Kevin, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Martinez, Natalie, Law Office of Jerry D. Haynes
Neiman, Jeffrey, Office of the State Attorney
Perez, Leanne, Leanne Perez, P.A.
Petrovich, Richard, Tripp Scott, P.A.
Wallach, Daniel, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
The BCBA appreciates our long-standing law firm members who are working toward a 100% membership goal, as well as firms joining for the first time.
Broward County Bar Association
North Broward Bar Association
Hon. Mayanne Downs
Florida Bar President
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Meet our state bar leader and learn about her strategic initiatives. The main goals for her current term are: funding for the judicial branch, a stronger focus on technology in the practice of law, and the examination of the effects of fewer jury trials on the public’s faith in the judicial system.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
12:00 – 1:00 Presentation and Lunch
Located at the Pompano Municipal airport and golf course
1103 North Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, Florida 33062
1 CLE Credit Available
Cost: $17 NBBA and/or BCBA members
Payable by Check or Cash to the NBBA
RSVP to Andrew Daire, NBBA President, by email at: email@example.com.
The votes are in for President-Elect of The Florida Bar for the term 2011-12:
Gwynne Alice Young – 7,498 votes
Walter G. “Skip” Campbell – 6,782 votes
John J. “Jake” Schickel – 3,973 votes
Runoff ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on or before April 1, 2011.
To all Florida Bar members:
The Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate have released a series of bills and proposed constitutional amendments that would materially change the judicial branch, the selection and retention of judges, the funding of the judiciary, judges’ and government lawyers’ retirement benefits, and rulemaking. The number, timing, scope and quick release of these proposals are unprecedented, and The Florida Bar is on constant alert for additional filings.
Bills are currently pending that would:
–Strip rulemaking from the Supreme Court, and give it to the Legislature–
–Eliminate all JNC’s at the appellate court level and require Senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointees–
–Eliminate JQC confidentiality–
–Pay judges based on how many cases they decide–
–Split the Supreme Court–
–Raise the vote from 50% to 60% for merit retention–
–Remove The Florida Bar entirely from the JNC process–
While legislative proposals are ever-changing, I want you to know what The Florida Bar is doing on behalf of the legal profession and the judiciary. Over the next six weeks, we will actively participate in the legislative process to ensure that reasonable approaches and alternatives are being considered as these proposals are heard.
First and foremost, the Bar is committed to adequate funding for the third, co-equal branch of our government. We are keenly aware that court funding is central to all that we do, and we are pushing forward on all fronts to secure that funding. The need for sufficient and stable funding of Florida’s court system is the Bar’s top priority. The gap between what the court system needs and what it receives has widened dangerously as the recession has forced cuts at the same time that Floridians and businesses are increasingly turning to our courts for relief — which is their constitutional right.
In addition, it is important for every Florida Bar member to know:
We are committed to working with the Legislature to find common ground and common sense solutions to the issues these proposed bills seek to address. While it may not be possible to bridge the Bar’s points of view and the Legislature’s, we are working hard on options, with the principle firmly in mind that any proposal to change Article V must clearly demonstrate improved judicial administration and efficiency, while maintaining the integrity and independence of our judiciary.
We are working to maintain existing supportive relationships and to build new ones. We are reaching out in particular to our lawyer legislators, and you should too. This is a tough legislative climate with stark budgetary problems, and these legislators deserve our gratitude and respect for their willingness to serve.
We continue to meet with editorial boards of Florida newspapers with very good results thus far. At the bottom of this email are links to recent editorials supporting the judiciary, and links to keep you current on the status of proposed legislation and to contact state lawmakers.
The Florida Bar has an extraordinary advocacy team. Our lobbyists are respected, experienced and skilled, and Bar leadership and dedicated volunteers are actively involved as well.
Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee approved bills that would propose to amend Article V to split the Supreme Court into two, five-member specialty panels for civil and criminal appeals; remove The Florida Bar’s responsibility to nominate JNC lawyer members, giving complete authority for all JNC appointments to the governor; and abolish appellate JNCs and require Senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointments to the appellate courts. I testified on all of these proposals and urged caution and careful consideration about making such major systemic changes.
These are challenging times. I cannot promise that the results of this session will be everything we want, or that final legislation will be non-controversial. I can promise, though, that your Bar leadership team is fully and completely engaged, and is passionately fighting for the very best outcomes we can obtain.
Florida Bar President
Broward County Bar Association’s
Mediation Lunch & Learn
March 23, 2011
CLE credits applied for
Broward County Bar Association
Norma B. Howard Center
1051 SE 3rd Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
11:30 -12:00 registration
12:00-1:30 lunch and program
$15 for members of Broward Bar Association
$25 for non-members