Sunday, January 16, 2011

South Florida's Legal Community Update January 17, 2011

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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 theorganizations listed for the most up-to-date event details.  Thank you to all who contributed to this calendar.

The Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism will be held January 29th 2011
in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami FL.
This is a great opportunity for the legal community to work together and make a difference for children, teens, and adults on the spectrum. The proceeds will support local South Florida organizations: UM-NSU and FAU Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities, the Autism Societies of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties and the Dan Marino Foundation to provide services to the autism community. All the money raised here stays here. This is huge! I am participating in the Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism because I am the parent of a child with autism and to help my friends and relatives in the community who are touched by autism. I encourage you to join our team and help raise funds in your firm, your personal contacts and across the legal community.

If you join our team or create your own please let me know by emailing so that I can add a link to your personal fundraising page in our Legal Community Update Newsletter. This will help encourage others to do the same. If you don't have the time to promote your own fundraiser then I ask you to give a minimum of $25 and add your name to our cause by visiting:

Help me help my community. Help me make a difference!
Thank you,

Tue Jan 18, 2011
11:45am Miami Beach Bar Association Monthly Luncheon
Where: Miami Beach Golf Club, 2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Description: CLE LUNCHEON TOPIC: “What Every Lawyer Should Know...” presented by County Judge Victoria Brennan
Cost: $20 judges, $30 members, $40 nonmembers.
Contact: Call (305)575-2400
Wed Jan 19, 2011
8:30am Dade County Bar's Solo and Small Firm Committee presents "Grow Your Practice... Common Sense Strategies" with Paula Black
The Dade County Bar Association Conference Room
Description: More than a roundtable, it's a money making business development tool. Paula
Black Roundtable Meeting... is your opportunity to learn the proven strategies that get results. Ina select fourteen-member, intimate setting, every participant has the potential to be your referral source. Only one attorney from any practice area will be admitted. Make a commitment to grow your practice...8:30am- 1:00pm
Cost: $295
Contact: (305) 371-2220 to reserve your 
seat and practice area today

11:45am American Immigration Lawyers Assoc General Membership Meeting and Luncheon
Description: On-line Luncheon Registration: On-lineregistration prices remain the same: $15/members,$20/non-members (must be accompanied by a member) Registration at the Door will now be: $20/members, $25/non-members (must beaccompanied by a member)
11:45am Coral Gables Bar Association Monthly Luncheon: Successful Presentation of a Civil Jury Trial by Ervin Gonzalez, Esq.
Where: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Topic: Cost: $20 students, $30 members, $35 non members, free for judges. Call (305) 446-1504
to Gladys Vazquez at 305-446-1504 or  Please bring checks made payable to Coral Gables Bar Association to the luncheon. Luncheons fill up quickly so make your reservation today.

11:45am Palm Beach Bar Assoc LAW OFFICE COMPLIANCE FOR EMPLOYEES lunch & learn meeting for Solos & Small Firm Practitioners
Where: Palm Beach County Assoc, 1601 Palm Beach Road, Suite 302E, West Palm Beach
Cost: $10 (Register before 1/17/11 to avoid a $5.00 late fee)

12pm Women in E-Discovery Luncheon- New eDiscovery Rules and Best Practices for Authenticating ESI
 Astigarraga Davis, 701 Brickell Plaza - 16th Floor, Miami FL 33131
Description: Sorry Gentlemen, women only for this event - Men are welcome at our quarterly and special events.
Contact: 305-372-8282

5:30pm BCBA Employment Law Section Meet & Greet
Where: Cafe Europa, 910 E. Las Olas Blvd.
6pm Broward County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Networking Dinner exclusively for attorneys in law firms of four attorneys or less
Where: Dave & Busters Hollywood 3000 Oakwood Blvd.
Description: 6pm Cocktail Reception - 7pm Dinner
Cost: $35 Members, $50 Non-Members
you are interested in being a guest speaker, please e-mail
Thu Jan 20, 2011
FRP Committee of the DCBA Members Meeting - Planning the Year Ahead
Where: DCBA Conference Room
Contact: Karen George
11:30am FAWL Miami-Dade Panel Discussion "Taking Control of Your Career: Strategies to Successful Business & Career Development"
Where: The Banker's Club, 2 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers
Contact: 305-341-2298

11:45am The Miami Lakes Bar Association CLE Luncheon
Where: Don Shula's Hotel on Main Street (6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes)
Description: Al Gomez-Vidal, Esq, counsel with the Fidelity National Title Group, will present aReal Estate topic entitled "Bankruptcy and Title Insurance". The luncheon program has beenapproved for one hour of General CLE credit. In addition, this will be a great networkingopportunity and the new 2011 Officers/Directors of the MLBA will be announced and installed.
Cost: $30 members $35 for non-members/guests.The MLBA can only accept checks or cash, nocredit cards.
RSVP no later than Tuesday, January 18 for the luncheon by calling The Elias Law 
Firm, PLLC at 305-823-2300 or reply by email to

5pm Russian American Chamber of South Florida After Hours BusinessExchange
Where: Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute 4701 N. Meridian Ave, Suite 7450,MiamiBeach, Florida 33140
Description: Join us for an incredible networking event at the beautiful Baumann Cosmetic &Research Institute. Enjoy great food, drinks and atmosphere. Don't forget to bring your businesscards!
Cost: Members: Free, Non Members: $10

5pm The Association of Litigation Support Professionals - SoFl Dinner
IL Lugano Hotel ( ), 3333 NE 32nd Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308(954) 564-4400
Speaker: Charles A. Intriago, of The Association of Certified E-discovery Specialists (ACEDS)
Topic: "How the ACEDS E-Discovery Certification Was Constructed and What 
‘Psychometrically Sound’ Means."
All Guests are invited to come for cocktails (cash bar) and networking 
from 5pm until 6pm.
Cost: Dinner will begin at 6pm. Dinner is $35 for ALSP Members, $45 for 
RSVP: Robert Friedman at with your name 
and dinner preference (Chicken Milanese Or Tilapia Puttanesca) by January 13th, 2011

6pm Bankruptcy Bar Assoc Dinner Meeting
6pm Christian Legal Society Women’s Gathering
Where: Panera Bread Café, 771 Village Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409

Description: Please come and bring your friends. RSVPs are not required.
If you have any 
questions, please e-mail Betty at

Fri Jan 21, 2011
Where: The COLONY HOTEL, Palm Beach
Description: Guest Speaker JAMES I. COHN, Judge, United States District Court, SouthernDistrict of Florida
Cost: $35 - Federal Bar Association Members $40 - Non-Members and walk-ins 
Judges and their staff-Complimentary
RSVP by January 14, 2011 and event sponsorships to 
Chapter Treasurer, Peggy McGovern Stumhofer of Page, Mrachek, Fitzgerald & Rose, P.A., at Reservations are guaranteed and non-refundable.

Sat Jan 22, 2011
6:30pm Palm Beach County Bar Association: Lawyer Variety Show
Where: The Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, 3160 PGA Blvd.,Palm BeachGardens
Cost: $35 orchestra, $25 balcony
Contact: (561) 687-2800
Sun Jan 23, 2011

2pm Miami Premiere of The People v. Leo Frank
Call for Details - Miami Beach, Florida
Description: The Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Museum of Florida are proud to present the Miami Premiere and Discussion of the film The People v. Leo Frank, starring Will Janowitz of The Sopranos and Seth Gilliam of The Wire. Including remarks from Mr. Dale Schwartz, the Atlanta attorney who helped win a posthumous pardon for Leo Frank.
RSVP to the 
Jewish Museum of Florida: 786-972-3175 or
Cost:$18 for Museum 
members/$25 non-members

Mon Jan 24, 2011
12pm CLE Luncheon and Panel Discussion “Starting & Building Your Own Practice”
Where: Broward County Bar Association 1051 SE 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL33316

Cost: $15 for BCBA Members; $25 for Non-Members
To register 
please complete form below
301 Washington Avenue • Miami Beach • Florida 33139
Description: Event Chair Justice Gerald Kogan announces the Ninth Annual Judges and Lawyers Event The tragic 1913 murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a white Christian girl in Atlanta, GA, followed by the trial and conviction, commuting of the death sentence and later lynching of Leo Frank, her Jewish supervisor at the National Pencil Company, shook the nation. In conjunction with the Museum's exhibit on this topic "The Leo Frank Case Revised," attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear Atlanta attorney Dale Schwartz discuss his role as lead counsel in the successful effort to obtain a posthumous pardon for Leo Frank in 1986.The event is open to all current or new Museum members (Membership starts at $36 Individual) who are judges or lawyers or in related professions.
To join the Museum, serve on the host committee and/or RSVP 
for this evening of camaraderie and conversation with fellow colleagues, please contact Jo Ann Arnowitz by January 17: 786-972-3164 or

Tue Jan 25, 2011
8am Assoc of Corp Counsel South Florida Chapter BREAKFAST SERIES PROGRAM:FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP
Description: Topic 1: The IRS ' Efforts to Require Disclosure of Uncertain Tax Positions on Tax Returns; Treatment of Contingent Tax Liabilities Under FIN 48 and Ability of the IRS to Subpoena Tax Accrual Workpapers and Tax Opinions.
Topic 2: Maximizing Your Company's Bottom Line in 
Uncertain Economic Times: Pre and Post Bankruptcy Strategies
Speakers: Jerald David August is 
a partner in the West Palm Beach, FL office of Fox Rothschild LLP, and also practices out of the Firm’s Philadelphia, PA office. Heather Ries is a member of the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department at Fox Rothschild LLP.
Contact: Cindy Rosen (561)477-8100 or
Wed Jan 26, 2011
8am Palm Beach Bar 28th Annual Estate & Probate Seminar-Part 1
Where: Palm Beach Bar Office
Description: This seminar includes a "hot" breakfast buffet. This course is expected to receive4.0 CLER including 1.5 Ethics credits from the Florida Bar.Certification credits are pending.
Speakers include Peter A. Sachs,Esq., Peter J. Forman, Esq., Lawrence J. Miller, Esq., EdwardDowney, Esq., John C. Moran, Esq. and a Judicial Presentation by Judges Jack H. Cook and John L. Phillips, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
Cost: $110 PBCBA Members/paralegals; $150 Non-PBCBA 
Members/paralegals; after Jan 19 add $25 late fee.
12pm Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Assoc General MembershipMeeting
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Description: The topic, "Facebook as Evidence," will be presented by the University of Miami
School of Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program.
Cost: $26 members $30 nonmembers

RSVP:  or

12pm Florida Lawyers Network Luncheon for Members and ProspectiveMembers
Tower Club
Contact: Mo N. ElDeiry, Esq. -

5:45pm North Dade South Broward Estate Planning Council: Dinner
Where: Holiday Inn, 2905 Sheridan St., Hollywood
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the door
Thu Jan 27, 2011
11:45am Palm Beach Young Lawyers Section monthly series of "Lunch with the Judges" Featured Judges: Judge Lucy Chernow Brown, Judge Edward Fine and Judge David Crow
Where: Judicial Conference Room, Main Courthouse
Description: These informal lunches are limited to members of the Young Lawyers Section onlyand will feature 3-5 judges each month. This will be an informal format whereby we will ask eachjudge to speak for just about 3-5 minutes on professionalism, pet peeves, evidentiary issues andother tips that would be most beneficial to young lawyers. After each judge speaks, it will simplybe an open forum where the attorneys can ask questions of the judges. Lunch will be providedand we will be limiting the attendance to make for a more interactive session. Sign up today!
Cost: $10 which includes lunch Pre-registration is required and can be done by clicking here.
Walk-inscannot be 

6pm Miami Jewish Federation Attorneys Network & Attorneys Division Whiskey Tasting
Where: Brickell
Description: Attorneys who pledge a minimum of $365 to the Annual Greater Miami JewishFederation/UJA Campaign are invited to attend.
For membership inquires contact  or 786-866-8446
Fri Jan 28, 2011
7:30am Attorney Breakfast Club Meeting 
Sabadell Financial Center 1111 Brickell Avenue 30th Floor
Guest Speaker: Teresa Garza CEO of Epic Quest LLC and a Certified Integral Coach. Ms. Garza is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant with over 25 years of Business Experience in avariety of Leadership positions with Fortune 500 Companies.
Topic: Managing Staff through increased personal effectiveness. Complimentary valet parkingincluded at the adjacent JW Marriott Hotel or self-parkin the building garage. Guest are
welcome, please RSVP no later than January 14, 2010

11:45am South Miami / Kendall Bar Association Luncheon
Where: Carrabba's Italian Grill 5829 SW 73rd St., Miami, Florida 33143
$25 Members with Reservation $30 Non-Members or without Reservation
Mon Jan 31, 2011
Broward County Bar Association Premier Talent Show Participant Deadline
Where: TBA on Feb 24th, 2010
Description: Can you sing? Can you dance? Are you willing to take a chance on the stage to win our praise, gain accolades? Recite Poetry? Joke Around? Juggle or Mime? Just interested inhaving a good time? You can be a star of BCBA TALENT SHOW at the Cinema Paradiso in FortLauderdale
Contact Art Goldberg or Carey Fischer at  or Anita Paoliat prior to January 31, 2011 ,
Description: Complimentary Appetizers and 2 for 1 Drinks
To register please complete 
form below 

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The 22nd Annual African American Read-In, will be held onTuesday, February 22, 2011. Volunteers are needed. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Marva Wiley at

The South Broward Bar Association’s Third Annual Installation Dinner is being held at 6:00 p.m. on March 24, 2011, at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida.  Contact Anita Paoli (SBBA President) for tickets or information regarding sponsorship opportunities: (954) 924-8441 or


the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) will be hosting an e-discovery conference with 28 of the leading e-discovery experts doing hands-on, demonstration based sessions AND participants can stay an extra day to take the Live CEDS exam preparation seminar. This is on March 23rd - 25th at the beautiful, beachfront Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL. Complete information is online at


The South Broward Bar Association’s Third Annual Installation Dinneris being held at 6:00 p.m. on March 24, 2011, at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida.  Contact Anita Paoli (SBBA President) for tickets or information regarding sponsorship opportunities: (954) 924-8441  

 Miami’s Finest Legal Minds, Philanthropists, Social Icons, Celebrities and Business Leaders gather to support 
“The Blacks’ Annual Gala” – Saturday, April 2nd

Featuring Grammy winning entertainment by Dionne Warwick, Pharrell Williams and Cristian Castro 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Miami Beach, FL: On Saturday, April 2nd, acclaimed attorney Roy Black and his wife host The Black’s Annual Gala benefiting The Consequences Charity and Foundation will take place at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach featuring world-class entertainment, a five-star dining experience, shopping, auctions and more to benefit at-risk youth.

Founded by one of the nation’s premier trial lawyer and his wife Lea, this annual event has amassed a group of supporters that are unparalleled in their generosity, accomplishment and celebrity all committed to reducing juvenile crime and incarceration.

This year’s gala will benefit the Juvenile Services Department of Miami-Dade County through its program with The Consequences Foundation. The JSD serves over 7,500 at-risk kids annually by providing educational options, services and resources.

Space is limited, tickets start at $550 per person, for RSVP, sponsorship opportunities contact Jason Clarke at 305.443-8980 or

For further information visit the website

The Blacks’ Annual Gala and The Consequences Foundation are 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations dedicated to serving at-risk youth. 


Young Lawyers Section Seeks Attorney Volunteers for Reading Project

Starting in January 2011, the PBC Bar's Young Lawyers Section will be involved in a new Reading is Fundamental project, sponsored by the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, at Washington Elementary School in Rivera Beach.  The project will involve book distributions and readings at Washington Elementary, currently scheduled for January, March and May of 2011.  At this time, we are seeking attorney volunteers for the first reading in January -- on January 19th and 20th, 2011.  On January 19th, volunteers are needed for Kindergarten, First and Second grade classes.  OnJanuary 20th, volunteers are needed for Third, Fourth and Fifth grade classes. There are a total of 17 classes between Kindergarten and Fifth grade, and we would like to have at least 17 volunteers, so that we can have one attorney read to each class.  To the extent we do not have enough attorney volunteers, the children will still receive books on the scheduled distribution days, but they will not have anyone read to them (except for perhaps their teacher).

The school is flexible regarding the time of the readings, and we were planning on doing the readings during the lunch hour, in order to maximize the number of volunteers.  If you are interested and available to volunteer during the lunch hour on either January 19thand 20th, please contact Jason Lazarus by email ( or phone (561-650-8311).

Thank you for helping us make this project a success!

The Palm Beach County Bar Association has partnered with the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC), the world's only combined ten-day ATP Champions Tour event (Feb. 18-22) featuring John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Mark Philippoussis, Pat Cash, Todd Martin and Aaron Krickstein & ATP World Tour Event (FEB. 21-27) featuring Andy Roddick, John Isner, Mardy Fish and Juan Martin Del Potro, to offer an exclusive discount to its members (PC Code below). 
A limited number of discounted tickets are available, and must be purchased by January 21, 2011.  Discounted tickets apply for the following dates:  Friday, February 18; Sunday, February 20; Thursday, February 24 and Saturday, February 26.

To order, please call 1-800-745-3000 or log onto   ("tickets/choose session") & mention/enter promo code PBCBAR.
Event Flyer:

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

Keymorada Invitational Fly-Spin Tournament
To Benefit The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
May 10-13, 2011 - Cheeca Lodge & Spa - Islamorada, Florida

Law Firm Challenge
Law firms from all over the country will be competing to become the "Keymorada LexisNexis Law Firm Challenge Champion" by making tax deductible cash contributions. Law firms have been at the forefront of assisting worthwhile charities such as the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. The Keymorada Tournament Committee looks forward to presenting a special trophy that will be held for one year by the law firm that makes the largest cash donation (similar to the Stanley Cup). Click here to participate in the challenge.

   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 . 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."

CasaBlanca Academy is the only certified DIR®/Floor time ™  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


The Online Bar will host its Inaugural Meeting
on Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1
st, 2011
at the Westin Colonnade, 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida. 

This will be our first opportunity to meet each other in person. You will participate in thought-provoking, forward-thinking conversations, panels, alternative legal business modeling sessions and making connections with your new OBA friends! 

A special feature is our much anticipated alternative business model design session(s). We will be designing new and creative legal practice business models. ...And getting to know one another/build trust/have fun in the process. 

The structure of the meeting will be consistent with our vision and culture.  Plan to participate in hands-on business modeling team activities in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  
All participants will be assigned roles based on the information provided in their membership registration, meeting registration, as well as additional information requests prior to the conference. Because assignments are not completed until just before the event, the Final Program is only available at Registration. (However, a Tentative Draft Program will be sent to all registered lead participants in late March.) 
Contact: Mayra Colón  (305) 814-6221



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