Wednesday, December 8, 2010

South Florida's Legal Community Update for December 8, 2010

Hello again my friends, colleagues and contributors. Thank you for making this the most comprehensive listing of legal community events in South Florida. Please review the events below as every update includes changes and additions based on feedback from members of our legal community. If you are aware of ANY events throughout this holiday season that could benefit from the participation of our readers please send me the information to be included in our newsletters. Your feedback and contributions to this update are always appreciated. If you notice anything missing or incorrect below email me at by noon Sundays for the Monday edition and 8 a.m. Wednesday's for inclusion in the mid week update distributed throughout the South Florida Legal Community . Thank you, -Josh

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South Florida's Legal Community Update
December 8, 2010


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We do our best to provide accurate, updated information to you. Please understand that this information is collected from multiple sources and it is recommended that you contact the organizations listed for the most up-to-date event details.  Thank you to all who contribute to this calender.

Wed Dec 8, 2010

6pm Workshop: How to Fashion Your Foreclosure Bailout Through Strategic Default

Where: Tune into Oppenheim Law TV or come in person to the Boca Raton studio located at 95 NW 11th St., Boca Raton, FL 33432 
Description: As Florida leads the nation in mortgage delinquency; Foreclosure Defense Attorney Roy Oppenheim will focus on how homeowners can fashion their own bailout through strategic default.
Cost: Free
RSVP via email  or call 954.384.6114

Thu Dec 9, 2010

Rescheduled for January 13, 2011!! Broward County Hispanic Bar Association Luncheon
Where: Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

12:30 pm South Palm Beach County Bar Association Real Estate Committee: Pizza lunch
Where: Sachs Sax Caplan, 6111 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 200, Boca Raton
Cost: Free
Contact: (561) 994-4499

5:30pm Broward County Women Lawyers Association Annual Holiday Judicial Reception
Where: 110 S.E. 6th Street, 7th Floor
Description: Cocktails and Hors D’Oeuvres Featuring Violinist Dmitriy Melkumov, a winner of the New World concerto competition
$50 BCWLA Members; $60 Non-members; Judiciary complimentary (Prepayment requested.)
More info at

5:30pm Palm Beach Bar Holiday Party and Silent Auction
Where: Frenchman's Reserve, 3370 Grande Corniche, Palm Beach Gardens
Cost: $35 PBCBA Members; Judges complimentary; $45 Non-PBCBA Members;$45 Spouses. After 12/6/10 add $10 late fee.
Contact: (561)687-2800

6pm AEPi Alumni Reception w/ Supreme Board of Governors, PSM's & You
Where: Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale,FL
Description: The Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and the South Florida Alumni Club invite you to a reception honoring the newly elected President of the American Bar Association, Stephen Zack (University of Florida, Phi Gamma Chapter, 1969). Please join us for an opportunity to reminisce on our past and to create new memories with alumni of all generations over hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Cost: free of charge and significant others are welcome.

RSVP: please contact Andrew Kaufman at (800) 223-2374 or

6pm Association of Corporate Counsel South Florida Chapter Annual Membership Meeting & Holiday Party
Where: Marriott Hotel North- Fort Lauderdale
Description: 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Annual Meeting 7:00pm - 9:00pm: Holiday Party
Rosen at 561-477-8100 or E-mail:

6pm The South Miami Kendall Bar Association and the Coral Gables Bar Association invite you to a holiday reception benefiting CHARLEE Homes for Children
Where: Coconut Grove Bank, 2701 South Bayshore Drive, 2nd Floor, Miami,Florida 33133
Description: Please bring an unwrapped gift for a boy or girl. Beverages & Horsd'oeuvres provided
Complimentary parking

6pm Dade Bar Assoc Membership Committee Holiday Mixer
Where: Villagio at the Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave, 1st Level, Coral Gables
Cost: Free
Contact: (305) 371-2220

Fri Dec 10, 2010

T.J. Reddick Bar Association Annual Holiday Party
Where: Avenue Executive, 405 NW 7th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers.
Call (954) 804-3280.

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11:45am Miami Lakes Bar Association Holiday Networking Luncheon
Where: Trattoria Pampered Chef, 7347 Miami Lakes Dr., Miami Lakes, FL 33014 (located in the Cypress Village Shopping Center)
Description: Please join members, friends and colleagues and local business professionals as we celebrate a fantastic year for the MLBA. Elections for the MLBA 2011 Officers and Board of Directors will be held.Additionally, the MLBA will announce its annual holiday charitable donation. 
Cost: $10 for members and only $15 for non-member/guests. In
consideration of the special luncheon rates, the MLBA requests that attendees bring an unwrapped toy and/or a new pair of children's pajamas to the luncheon, all of which will be donated to charities for the holidays. We have four families identified for charitable efforts, and we want to increase our ability to reach those in need with this luncheon and our members' donations.
Reservations are required due to capacity limitations and only checks are accepted.

To reserve your seat, please contact Becky Horner  at 305-823-2300 or via email at

11:45am South Miami/ Kendall Bar Family Law Legislative Update Luncheon
Where: Carrabba's Italian Grill, 5829 SW 73rd St, Miami, FL 33143
Description: Speaker: General Magistrate Robert Jones
Cost: $25.00 Members with Reservation
$30.00 Non-Members or without Reservation
RSVP by emailing

12pm Bankruptcy Bar Association Southern District of Florida - Pro Se Clinic
Where: Judge Cristol's Courtroom

5pm ALSP Adopt A Bear holiday cocktail reception
Where: Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Description: ALSP Invites you to a B'eary Enchanted Adoption Evening on December10th! We have had a wonderful inaugural year. Thanks for all of your help to make our local chapter the focal point of the South Florida litigation support community. Now it is time to celebrate and give back. We are teaming up with Adopt A Bear to host a holiday cocktail reception. Please join us as our guests at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Friday, December 10, 2010, from 5-8pm. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided, and there will be give away prizes. Please join us to celebrate all the success of ALSP South Florida and to support this worthy charity. Let us know if you would like to attend.
Contact: Robert Friedman at

Sat Dec 11, 2010

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Holiday Party
For more details Contact Jane F. Bolin, Esq. at 954-316-1339

Sun Dec 12, 2010

11:30 am Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association: Holiday social brunch
The Water Club, 3969 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach
Cost: $45
Special message from Cheryl Linton Robinson, Esq., Pres. GSCBWLA:
This year we once again we will be collecting donations to provide gifts to elderly nursing home recipients.   Donors may contribute on our website

12:30pm Sixth Annual Community-Wide Tikkun Olam Day
Where: Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, 1633 Poinciana Dr., Pembroke Pines
Description: Registration Hours: 12:00pm to 1:30pm Opening Ceremony: 12:30pm Activities & Projects: 1:00pm to 4:30pm • Volunteers must be age 10 or older and young adults under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. • Kids Craft Project – ages 10-12 -- 1:30pm to 4:30pm – limited space – must pre-register. • Walk-in’s and non-registered volunteers will be assigned to projects as needed at the time of registration. To ensure your volunteer request is met, please pre-register at: 
More info at , click under Tikkun Olam
Contact: Pepi Dunay at (954) 252-6949 or

Tue Dec 14, 2010

11:30am South Palm Beach County Bar Association: Monthly membership lunch
Where: Boca Raton Marriott, 5150 Town Center Drive, Boca Raton
Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers, free for judges.
Call (561)482-3838.

12:15 pm Dade County Bar Association Business Law Committee: Seminar
Where: Akerman Senterfitt, 1 SE 3rd Ave., 25th floor, Miami
Description: "Demystifying the Securities Laws – A Practitioners Approach to Getting the Deal Done – Part 4 B" with Alan Aronson, shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt
Cost: Free.
Contact: (305)371-2220.

6pm Russian American Chamber of South Florida Holiday Networking Party Benefiting KIDS IN DISTRESS
Where: Lotus Restaurant and Lounge, 17082 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Description: If you are interested in marketing your business within the Russian and American communities... don't miss this incredible event! Get into the holiday spirit and bring lots of business cards. Enjoy great food,drinks and atmosphere. During this holiday season... let's work together and help those less fortunate. Join us for this special event benefiting a very important organization in our community: KIDS IN DISTRESS During the holidays... most of the kids we know are looking for toys. But the children at KIDS IN DISTRESS are looking for basic necessities.Please help us by donating to our BASIC NECESSITIES drive.Helpful donations include NEW socks, pajamas, underwear, shoes,t-shirts, sweaters and shoes for boys and girls ages 0 to 16. Basic toiletries are also very helpful.
Cost: Members free, Non Members
$10 (cash or check at registration table) As part of your admission fee... we ask that you donate to our Basic Necessities Drive for KIDS IN DISTRESS (See above for requested items) Admission includes FREE food, FREE parking and Cash Bar
MUST RSVP by Friday,December 10th
Contact:  or Lisandra 305.812.0842

Wed Dec 15, 2010

11:30 am Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association: Networking for attorneys, judges and legal professionals
Miami Chop House, 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Cost: $35 members, $45 potential members
Contact: (305) 673-4440

11:45am Coral Gables Bar Association Monthly Luncheon
Where: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Description: Cost: $20 students, $30 members, $35 nonmembers, free for judges.
Call (305)

6pm Bankruptcy Bar Association Southern District of Florida Holiday Party
Where: Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave., Miami
Cost: $75 members, $45 government employees, $25 students

7pm Come watch the Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Where: Bank Atlantic Center
Description: Join the Young Lawyers Sections of the Palm Beach County Bar Association & the Broward County Bar Association for a V.I.P. Night with the Florida Panthers - Open to your colleagues, friends, and family!
Cost: $50.00 per ticket, which includes: *seat in Coach's Club
Section *access to Coach's Club Lounge *free food and drinks (beer,wine, and soda) *free parking
Contact: Julia Wyda at

Thu Dec 16, 2010

Miami-Dade Justice Assoc Holiday Party & Annual Elections
Where: Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin - Miami

12pm Federal Bar Assoc, Broward Chapter Luncheon
Where: Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
Cost: $35 Members, $40 non-members, $20 government attorneys, $15 judges and law clerks

12pm Broward YLS Holiday Luncheon

2pm The Honorable Steven Shutter Retirement Party
Where: West Regional Courthouse, Courtroom 220, 100 Pine Island Road,Plantation, FL 33324

5:30pm North Dade Bar Association’s Annual Holiday Party and Officer Induction
Where: Aquamare 18090 Collins Ave. Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Cost: $30 for Members, $40 for Non-members, Judiciary are complimentary and their guest price is that of a member. includes two drinks and a wonderful assortment of the best from Acquamare’appetizers. 10% discount for people that will stay for dinner and door prize for a $50 dinner gift certificate
Contact: Gregory Blackburn
(303) 981-9055 or

6 pm Broward County Justice Association: Judges Night, "Honoring the Accomplishments and Careers of Retiring Judge Gary Farmer Sr. and Judge John Frusciante,"
Where: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $90

6:30 pm F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association: Holiday party
Where: The Windsor Gardens Hotel, 11360 U.S. Highway 1, Palm Beach Gardens
Cost: $30 members, $35 nonmembers, $55 at the door

7:30 pm Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida: Holiday dinner
Where: Miss Yip’s Chinese Café, 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach
Cost: $45

Fri Dec 17, 2010

5:30pm Broward County Bar Association Holiday Party
Where: Norma B. Howard Bar Center, 1051 SE 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
No RSVP necessary

6:30 pm Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association: Holiday party
Where: Mia at Biscayne, 20 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Cost: Free with black doll.

Tues Dec 21,2010
11:30 am Dade County Bar Association Workers Compensation Committee: Seminar on "The Amended Rules of Procedure for Workers’ Compensation Adjudication What Attorneys Need to Know,"
Where: Lawson Thomas Courthouse Center, 175 NW 1st Ave., 11th floor conference room, Miami
Cost: $25 members, $30 nonmembers
Call (305) 371-2220.

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 Join us for the Walk About Autism: Money Raised Here Stays Here!!!

Will You WalkAbout With Us on January 29, 2011?

WalkAbout: (wo-kÉ™-baut), noun, org. 1908, A “rite of passage” during which Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence, live in the wilderness tracing paths that their ceremonial ancestors took, and imitate their heroic deeds.

The Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism was inspired by this concept of a “rite of passage.”  We envision this event as a “rite of passage” for our children and adults with autism and their families. It is a reflection of where we have been and where we are going – the pathway to a better future for all of our heroes living with autism.

This inaugural event was created to raise critical funds for programs and services benefiting people living with autism spectrum disorders right here in our community.  While we will continue to support the amazing and longstanding efforts to raise funds for research and advocacy, we have joined this particular venture because we hear every day from our families about limited service options, programmatic cuts to our schools and other government-funded services, poor access to available services because of lengthy waiting lists and/or insurance mandates that exclude far too many.  The systems meant to support those with autism and related disabilities are fragile and weakening every day in these economically devastating times. We must work together to strengthen them.  This effort represents just one important step along the way.  But we cannot succeed without you, so please join us, take this journey with us, and help make a difference for those living with autism today.

   Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society - Put Something Back 
Celebrating 60 Years of Civil Legal Services to the Indigent of Dade County
If you are an attorney and would like to donate your time, please visit the Dade County Pro Bono Website at . Once you become a member of the website, you may view available pro bono opportunities.

There are many ways to support Legal Aid Society and Put Something Back. Individual, Law firm, Cypres, Corporate and other donations help sustain the critical work of Legal Aid and Put Something Back. Your financial contribution fulfills The Florida Supreme Court pro bono mandate. 
Visit  to help provide "Equal Access to Justice for All."

Children’s Book Written by Coral Children’s Book Written by Coral Gables Attorney to Benefit Lawyers to the Rescue/Miami Children's Hospital

Spencer M. Aronfeld, founding partner of The Aronfeld Trial attorneys, has written a children’s book showing young readers what different kinds things lawyers do, and how the gift of debate on a passionate issue can lead to legal career.

Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer By Spencer M. Aronfeld"Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer," published by AuthorHouse™, tells the story of Sara Rose, a tenacious elementary school student who likes to argue. She constantly debates with her parents, her little brother and her friends. One day her fourth-grade teacher tells her that all her arguing would make her a good lawyer. After a chance encounter with a real attorney who introduces her to the legal profession, Sara Rose soon finds herself thrust into the middle of a real case, representing her class in front of the school board.

A portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit Lawyers to the Rescue, a non-denominational humanitarian organization created by lawyers committed to bringing legal assistance and humanitarian support to people around the world in times of crisis. Lawyers to the Rescue recently held a legal clinic for the homeless at the Camillus House in downtown Miami. The organization also assisted in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home and held fundraisers for earthquake disaster relief efforts in Chile and Haiti. It also has a new student chapter at the Florida International University School of Law. For more information about the organization, visit:

Also, attorneys who buy the book have the option of having copies donated to the Miami Children's Hospital, with the goal that each child admitted this holiday season will receive a free copy.

You can buy book by contacting Mr. Aronfeld's office: 305.441.0440

Neat Stuff needs donations of new clothing, shoes, toys and school supplies for children ages infant to teenagers.
For corporate giving (manufacturers, stores and others) Neat Stuff appreciates overruns, seconds, seasonal and any other merchandise that can be spared.
They have corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact them for more details.
Neat Stuff is a 501(C)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible.
Help lift the spirits of children in need. Phone NEAT STUFF today at 305.638.5878

The Pro Bono & Community Service Committee coordinates public service projects and provides young lawyers with the opportunity to give back to our community through pro bono and community service. For more information about the Committee, please contact Ethan Wall at  or call 305-373-4050

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