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  • Monday, January 14, 2019 12:28 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Serving on a Florida Bar committee can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance our profession and to improve the services we provide the citizens of our state and our members.

    Some of the factors considered in making committee appointments are: prior service to The Florida Bar and voluntary bar organizations; the need to infuse new members into a committee; and diversity of gender, ethnicity, geography, and area of practice. I will also consider previous committee participation and contributions.

    BY JANUARY 16, 2018 – PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:


    IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING ON A STANDING COMMITTEE AND YOUR TERM EXPIRES IN 2018,

    you must submit your committee preference form by January 16, 2018, to be considered for reappointment. To check your term on a committee, please select your committee from this listing.

    IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY SERVING ON A STANDING COMMITTEE, AND WANT TO BE CONSIDERED,

    submit the committee preference form by January 16, 2018. Your comments concerning your participation in Bar-related activities, your qualifications and interests will be particularly helpful.

    IF YOU ARE SERVING ON A SUBSTANTIVE LAW COMMITTEE AND WANT TO CONTINUE,

    you must submit your committee preference form by January 16, 2018, to be considered for reappointment.

  • Monday, January 14, 2019 12:25 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy Class VII.  The Leadership Academy is open to all Florida Bar members who are in good standing. In an effort to achieve diversity among the participants, qualified individuals will be sought from different backgrounds, large and small law firms, the private and public sectors, different practice areas, and different geographical areas of the state. Email  Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy 2019-2020 Application to: leadershipacademyclassVII@floridabar.org. Visit https://www.floridabar.org/about/academy/ for more information. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.


  • Monday, January 14, 2019 12:16 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FLORIDA BAR SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSIONS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 14, 2018
    CONTACT: Darla Marsters, dmarsters@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: 850-561-5667


    There is one lawyer vacancy on each of Florida’s 26 Judicial Nominating Commissions, and The Florida Bar has the opportunity to nominate three lawyers for each commission to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2019.

    Applicants must be members of The Florida Bar engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their term.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the Judicial Nominating Commission Application for Appointment from the Bar’s website, www.floridabar.org, or call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5667 to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300 or submitted via email to jncform@floridabar.org no later than 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

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  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:55 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2019 Medal of Honor Awards. The Medal of Honor Award is the highest award that can be bestowed by the Foundation. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by Florida residents in improving our state's justice system. Recipients are selected in two categories. The first category is for a member of The Florida Bar actively engaged in the practice of law.  The second category is for a non-lawyer, or an attorney who is not actively engaged in the practice of law.  The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations until February 1, 2019. Please submit your nominations here or use the buttons below. 


    MEDAL OF HONOR
    NON-LAWYER NOMINATION FORM

    MEDAL OF HONOR
    LAWYER NOMINATION FORM


  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:54 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:49 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Haitian Lawyers Association is proud to announce that it is now accepting scholarship applications for the year 2019. Each selected student will be awarded at least $1,200. The selected student will also be invited to attend HLA’s annual gala, to be held on March 16, 2019, at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, the Applicant *must*:

    · Be of Haitian descent

    · Be in good academic standing

    · Submit a transcript

    · Submit a personal statement (maximum two pages) that describes the student’s involvement in the community, the student’s financial need for the scholarship as well as the reason(s) the student believes he/she is better qualified for the scholarship.

    . Submit a professional headshot photo to be included in the gala program book in the event that the student is chosen as a scholarship recipient.

    . Conduct an interview with the president of HLA. Selected Applicants will be provided with further details.

    *All documents except for the photo *must* be submitted as one (1) pdf file.

    The documents mentioned above must be submitted via email to *info@haitianlawyersassociation.org* and Veronique Malebranche at *vmalebranche@hotmail.com* no later than 5:00 pm on February 8, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be announced by February 15, 2019.

    Haitian Lawyers Association is proud to announce that it is now accepting scholarship applications for the year 2019
  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 9:51 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Please contact Sistas In Law, Inc. at galatickets2019@gmail.com.

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:34 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    The Historic Hampton House Cultural Center is an iconic segregation-era motel and lounge located in Miami-Dade County’s Brownsville neighborhood. Throughout the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s, some of the most influential entertainers, athletes, and Civil Rights leaders visited, performed, and made history at the Hampton House, including Cannonball Adderley, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, Muhammed Ali, Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and many more. Today, the newly restored building provides a forum for educational, cultural, and historic activities for residents and visitors to the Greater Miami area. A treasured, unique, and unparalleled piece of modern history, the Historic Hampton House is a must see! 

    Please find upcoming events here

  • Friday, November 09, 2018 11:52 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Please RSVP here

  • Tuesday, November 06, 2018 9:30 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    WOMEN AND MINORITY LAWYERS ASK FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TO EXTEND APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SUPREME COURT VACANCIES

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Iris A. Elijah, Public Relations Director
    Florida Association for Women Lawyers
    news@fawl.org


    On November 2, 2018, the Supreme Court of Florida (“Supreme Court”) permitted the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (“FAWL”), the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, the Caribbean Bar Association, the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, the Daniel Webster Perkins Bar Association, the Haitian Lawyers Association, the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, the Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association, and the George Edgecomb Bar Association (collectively referred to as “Amici”) to appear as amici curiae (friends of the court) in League of Women Voters of Florida, et al v. Rick Scott, Governor, et al. The Amici filed an Amicus Brief to express support for the extension of the application deadline for the three (3) pending vacancies in the Supreme Court. 

    The nine (9) Amici submitted the Amicus Brief to express support for extending the application deadline until at least the end of November 2018.  The Amici believe a diverse pool of applicants is of critical importance.  The current applicant pool is not sufficiently representative of women and minorities.  Of the fifty-nine (59) applicants, only eleven (11) are women, six (6) identify as African American, and six (6) as Hispanic.  If the application deadline is extended until the declaration of the next Governor who will make the appointments, the Amici are aware of highly qualified women and minorities who will apply. 

    The Judicial Nominating Commission (the “Commission”) set a deadline of October 8, 2018 for persons interested in filling the Supreme Court vacancies to submit applications.  At the time of the deadline, Governor Scott announced his intention to make the appointments with the Governor-elect.  The Commission announced it would conduct interviews of the candidates on November 2-8th and certify nominations on November 10, 2018 at the earliest.  On October 15, 2018, the Supreme Court issued an interim order ruling that the next Governor will make the appointments.  On October 26, 2018, the League of Women Voters filed an emergency supplemental petition asking the Supreme Court to order the Commission to accept new applications, prohibit the Commission from taking any other action until January 8, 2019, and prohibit Governor Scott from taking any further action.

    These nine (9) non-partisan voluntary bar associations speak with a unified voice in support of increasing the diversity of the Supreme Court of Florida, which has only ever had three (3) women and four (4) African American justices in its 170 plus year history.  Seven (7) appointments have been made in the last 20 years—none of them women.  By appearing, the Amici hope to see a Supreme Court that is reflective of the diversity of the citizens of Florida.  

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