Monday, December 13, 2010

South Florida's Legal Community Update for December 13, 2010

Make a Wish come trueWe 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 contributed to this calendar.

 LEGAL EVENTS 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

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

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

Donations  to the Miami Rescue Mission Center for Women and Children
In the Spirit of the Holidays Lourdes Corvo, P.A. and Perla Sole Calas, P.A. invite their colleagues, family and friends to donate new pajamas and books for children (newborn to 13 years old). Over the last four years, they have donated 700 pajamas to children from abused homes. Their goal is to reach a total of 1,000 donated pajamas this year. To do this, they need your help. They need 100 more pajamas to meet the 1,000 mark!!! If you can buy a set of pajamas (or more) while you are out shopping this week, they would be happy to accept them. They will be collecting through December 15 (Wednesday). If you can't get to the store but would like toh help, they will gladly accept a donation and purchase pajamas on your behalf. Donations will be collected through December 15, 2010 at: 15450 New Barn Road Suite 302, Miami Lakes, Florida 33014
For more information, call 305-827-0084

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
Where: Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave., 28th floor, Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $25
Contact: (954) 764-8040.
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
6pm Florida Lawyers Network Holiday Event
Where: Chimas, 2400 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Description: This event is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with FLN Members and Guests, and we invite you to bring spouses, colleagues, dates, friends, staff, etc........Reservations Required! We anticipate that this event will be sold-out, so if you plan to attend, please take a moment to confirm your reservation early. 

Cost: $20.00 - Per Guest (Reservation Includes 2 Drinks & Appetizers)
Contact:  or 954.670.2800

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

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

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: $15 members & Judges, $20 nonmembers, Free with black doll.
Contact: (305) 536-2732

CasaBlanca Academy is the only certified DIR®/Floortime ™  School for children with Autism in the state of Florida.  Opened in 2008, The Academy was founded by Baker & McKenzie Partner, Jim Barrett and his wife Stacey Coulter.  Their son has benefited greatly from the DIR®/Floortime ™ method. 
Raffle tickets and event to provide scholarships for the CasaBlanca Academy
The purchase of a $100 Limited Edition Raffle ticket gives you the chance to win:
FIRST PRIZE: Private dinner for 10 by James Beard Foundation Award Winner Chef Michelle Bernstein
SECOND PRIZE: Two tickets for a 7-night Royal Caribbean Cruise
THIRD PRIZE: Luxury Day for 6 people at Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spa

Join CasaBlanca Academy, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and Dave & Busters to celebrate Autism Awareness Month & announce the winners April 20th, 2011 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Dave & Busters, 300 Oakwood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL Admission $10
To purchase a raffle ticket and RSVP, contact Rebecca Dinar at (954) 415-1149 or Contributions are tax-deductible

Sat Dec 18, 2010
6pm-9pm Dade County Bar and Lawyers to the Rescue Networking & Fundraiser Event
Where: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Description: Featuring Sara Rose Kid Lawyer Children's Book
Cost: Complimentary Food and Wine
Contact: 347-450-LTTR (5887)

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

Thurs Dec 23,2010
8:30am – 3:00pm People In Crisis United (PICU) need volunteers
Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial in Miami
Description: People In Crisis United (PICU) need volunteers to help wrap the presents and to serve refreshments at Holtz Children’s Hospital. If you can not commit to the entire day, but if you have a few hours to spare PICU invites you to spend the day, experience the smiles, and understand why they do what they do not just over the holidays, but every day. For teenage volunteers PICU can give certificates of service hours. For everyone else PICU will give letters of recognition for your time and service.
If you cannot come in to volunteer, but would still like to help please see PICU wish list below:
* infant toys (rattles, light up crib toys, mobiles, etc)
* teenage toys (gift cards, sports posters, jerseys, balls, nail polish, hair stuff, friendship bracelet kits, DVDs, video games, etc)
* wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, bows
* hot chocolate, coffee, pastries, cookies
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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-kə-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.

CasaBlanca Academy School for children with Autism
One Day Seminar

Saturday, February 5, 2011, 8:30am-5:00pm
Hollywood Hills United Methodist Church, 400 North 35th Avenue, Hollywood, FL
Presented by:
Monica G. Osgood, Founder, Celebrate the Children DIR® Faculty, NJ
Ricki Robinson, M.D., M.P.H., Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, DIR® Faculty, CA
Lois Gold, O.T.R. Occupational Therapy, DIR® Faculty, FL
$35 per person before December 31st; $50 per person after January 1st (limited scholarships available)
For a sign up form, contact Rebecca Dinar at (954) 415-1149 or

   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
Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer By Spencer M. Aronfeld"Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer," written by Attorney Spencer M. Aronfeld, 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

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