Monday, February 7, 2011

South Florida's Legal Community Update February 7, 2011

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 contributed to this calendar.
Thank you, -Josh

A View from the Bench and Bar

March 11, 2011

Tue Feb 8, 2011
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.
Contact: (561)482-3838 
11:45am North Broward Bar Monthly Luncheon 
Where: Galuppi's Restaurant, 1103 North Federal Highway Pompano Beach, Florida 33062
Cost: $17

Wed Feb 9, 2011
7:45am The Greater Miami Jewish Federation Speaker Series 2010-2011 "Mortgage Fraud: The New White Collar Crime" How to Protect Yourself, Your Company and Your Deals
Where: Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard
Description: 7:45am: Breakfast & Registration (Kosher breakfast included) 8:15am: Program
PANELISTS: Philip R. Stein, Partner of the Litigation Group, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
Joaquin Urquiola, Partner,Goldstein, Schechter Koch
Cost: $18 in advance, $22 at the door 
$15 in advance for donors who give a minimum of $365 to the Annual Greater Miami Jewish Federation/UJA Campaign (Pre-registration only)
Click here to RSVP 

Donors who give a minimum of $365, click here to RSVP.
For more information or to register by phone, contact The Network at  or 
call 786.866.8446
5:30pm South Broward Bar Assoc Second Annual Night at the Improv featuringheadliner Jay Mohr
Where: the Improv at the Hard Rock.
Description: Cocktail hour at 5:30; VIP seating starts at 6:30
email:  for more information

6pm Palm Beach Legal Aid Brooks Bros Event
Where: Brooks Brothers at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens
visit Palm Beach Bar website for more information
6:30pm Florida Muslim Bar Assoc General Body Meeting and Networking Dinner
Where: Kabobji, 3055 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Thu Feb 10, 2011
11:45am Broward County Hispanic Bar Association: Luncheon with Ervin Gonzalez discussing "The BP Oil Spill Tragedy"
Where: Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $25 Members $30 Guests
12pm DCBA presents “Ethics and the Client under Disability”
Where: Lawson Thomas Courthouse center, 175 NW 1st Avenue, 11th Floor, Miami FL
12pm DCBA YLS Lunch with the Judges
Where: Banker’s Club, One Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Blvd, 14th Floor,Miami Fl

5:30pm The Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Installation Dinner Honoring this year’s Harry Gulkin Award Winners Michael L.Tenzer & Richard Rosenbaum
Where: The Tower Club One Financial Plaza, 28th Floor, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Seating is limited RSVP by February 1, 2011 To Nadia 954-523-7774
Cost: $100 per 
person / $120 at the door $50.00 P.D. and S.A.O. employees
Business Attire / Complimentary 
5:30pm Federal Bar Association, South Florida chapter: 30th annual Judicial Reception
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 SE Second Ave., Miami
Cost: $45 per person, $25 government, public interest attorneys and state court judges, free for federal judges, $5 more at the door
Contact: (305) 789-7614

5:30pm Young Lawyers Section Host February Happy Hour
Where: McCarty's Restaurant, 50 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach
Cost: $10 for YLS Members; $25 to attorneys who are non- YLS Members; Judges Complimentary
Pre-registrations are required and can be made here https:
6pm Coral Gables Bar Association Judicial Reception
Where: Douglas Entrance Historic Ballroom, "La Puerta Del Sol", 800 Douglas Road, Coral Gables, Fl
Cost: Members: $45, Non-members: $50, Judiciary: Complimentary
RSVP to 
Gladys Vazquez at 305-446-1504 or 

6pm WPB Happy Hour - Roxy's SkyBar
Fri Feb 11, 2011
Where: El Mariachi, 1203 N. University Drive, Ramblewood Square, Coral Springs, (954) 753-3788
RSVP to: Evan Ostfeld at (954) 227-7529 or at .
12:15pm Judicial Investiture Ceremony of Milton Hirsch
Where: Courtroom 6-1 of the Dade County Courthouse, located at 73 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL
4pm investiture of The Honorable Marni Bryson
Where: Palm Beach- Courtroom 11A

Tue Feb 15, 2011
Where: Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel 400 SE 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida
Description: Advanced Registration $50 Late Registration & at the door (if space permits) $60 
11:45am Miami Beach Bar Association Monthly Luncheon
Where: Miami Beach Golf Club, 2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33140 
Cost: $20 judges, $30 members,$40 nonmembers.
Contact: Call (305) 575-
Where: East City Grill, 1800 Bell Tower Lane, Weston (954) 659-3339
RSVP to: Rick Woolf (954) 252-0043 and or .

5:30pm Diversity in the Judiciary Symposium
Where: Dade County Courthouse, 6-1
Description: The panel includes Judge Teretha Lundy-Thomas, Judge Jerald Bagley, Judge Scott Bernstein, Judge Ivan Fernandez, Prof. Minette Massey (Ret.), Raoul Cantero, H.T. Smith and John Kozyak.  The panelists will share their personal testimonies and experiences about the significance of diversity in her or his career, as well as providing insights and broader commentary on the importance of diversity in the legal profession and/or the judiciary.
Cost: Free

6pm American Jewish Committee Palm Beach County: Learned Hand Award honoring Gerald F. Richman
Where: Cohen Pavilion, Kravis Center for the Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., WestPalm Beach
Cost: $135
Contact: (561) 994-7286

Wed Feb 16, 2011
National Association of Women Lawyers presents 2011 Mid-Year Meeting February 16-17, 2011 8:30AM - 4:30PM
EPIC HOTEL 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL 33131
Details:  Welcome reception on the evening of the 16th at the Epic top floor pool
Event Website: 

8am Broward County Guardianship Association: Meeting

Where: Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons, 5999 University Drive, Parkland
Cost: $10

11:15am Palm Beach Bar Assoc Joint Luncheon with Forum Club
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center
Description: The Palm Beach County Bar Association, along with the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, is proud to announce that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be the guest speaker at a joint luncheon
Registration will be by pre-paid reservations only and can be made 
11:45am Coral Gables Bar Assoc Monthly Luncheon- Overcoming the Fear of Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses Speaker: Michael A. Haggard, Esq. 
Where: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2525 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Cost: Members: $30, Non-members: $35, Students: $20, Judiciary: Complimentary
RSVP to Gladys Vazquez at 305-446-1504 or .
5:30pm Miami Jewish Legal Society: Judicial cocktail reception
Where: Wachovia Center East Lobby, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Cost: $75
Contact: (305) 373-8303

Thu Feb 17, 2011
12pm Broward County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section: Fifth annual Raising the Bar: “Pioneers in the Legal Profession” luncheon with Circuit Court Judge Michael Robinson
Where: Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Cost: $25
Contact: (954) 764-8040 ext. 2.
5pm Association of Litigation Support Professionals South Florida chapter Dinner with William R. Clayton, Co-Chair, Real Estate Litigation Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig “The Evolution of Trying a Case in Court”
Where: Il Lugano Hotel, 3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
5-6 Coctail hour open to all.
Dinner Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers

5:30pm Palm Beach North County Section's Annual BBQ & Casino Party
Where: Bonnette Hunt Club, Palm Beach Gardens
Cost: $45 NCS Members; $55 Spouses; Judiciary complimentary.
6pm Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida: Dinner with Donald F. Walton, U.S. Trustee, speaking on “U.S. Trustee Priorities in Consumer and Business Cases,”
Where: Fairmont Turnberry Isle Hotel, 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura.
Cost: $65 members, $75 nonmembers, $45 government employees
Fri Feb 18, 2011
11am F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association: William M. Holland scholarship luncheon
Where: National Croquet Center, 700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach
Cost: $55
Contact: (561) 820-8902

Where: Olive Garden, 807 South University Drive, Plantation (954) 424- 7201
SVP to: John Rizvi (954) 452-0033 and or .
3pm Dade County Bar Association presents Third DCA Investiture of Judge Kevin M. Emas Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida
Where: Third District Court of Appeal 2001 SW 117 Ave. Miami, Florida 33175
Reception immediately following 

4pm investiture of The Honorable Lisa Small
Where: Palm Beach - Courtroom 11A

6:30pm ALSP- South Florida Bill Clayton, Co-Chair, Real Estate Litigation Practice Group of Greenberg Traurig presenting "The Evolution of Tryinga Case in Court" -SAVE THE DATE-

Sat Feb 19, 2011 

Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators Annual Seminar
Where: Fort Lauderdale Marriott North 6650 N. Andrews Ave.
Description: Continental Breakfast, Snacks and Lunch Included Minimum of at least 8 hours of CLE and CME- including Diversity, Domestic Violence, Ethics, and other required issues. For more information contact Jerome R. Siegle, P.A. at 954-229-2226 or E-mail at:
9am University of Miami Law Review Symposium: “From the Board Room to the Court Room: The Evolving Legal Status of Corporate Crime,”
Where: University of Miami, 5250 University Drive, Miami
Cost: Free
Contact (305) 284-2464.
9:30am The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division: Statewide Community Service Day
Where: Vizcaya Musuem and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Cost: Free
Contact: (954) 263-1044.

10am Lawyers to the Rescue Legal Clinic
Where: Camillus House, 726 NE 1st Avenue in downtown Miami , FL
Description: Legal Clinic for the Homeless at Camillus House Criminal Law, FamilyLaw, Immigration Law, PI & MedMal Law, Disability Law, Human Rights Law
Contact  or call 347-450-LTTR (5887) 

Mon Feb 21, 2011
6:30pm Legal Services of Greater Miami: Cocktail reception and up close and personal performance by Michael Feinstein
Where: Vanderbilt Mansion, Fisher Island
Cost: $175
Contact: (305) 438-2531

Tue Feb 22, 2011
6pm Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center: Immigrant Voices Awards Dinner
Where: Hotel InterContinental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
Cost: $175 Contact: (305) 573-1106 ext. 1107

Wed Feb 23, 2011
11:30am Florida Lawyers Network Members Lunch Event
Where: Tower Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Details to be announced. (Members and Prospective Members are welcome to attend)
Where: The Ark, 6233 Stirling Road, Hollywood, (954) 584-3075
RSVP to: David Silverstone (954) 367-0770 or at
4pm US District Court for the Souther District of Florida's Black History MonthCommittee Panel Discussion
Where: Jury Room at the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Courthouse

5:30pm Palm Beach Bar Assoc Wine Tasting Event
Where: The Phillip's Point Club

6pm DCBA Launch of Attorney At Law Magazine
Where: Sabadell Financial Center, 1111 Brickell Avenue, 30th Floor, Miami FL 33131

Thu Feb 24, 2011
2011 Dade County High School Mock Trial Competition
Where: Hyatt Regency Downtown: 400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami Fl
If you are interested in judging the competition contact Joanna Thomsonat
11:30am Bankruptcy CLE Lunch & Learn "Chapter 7, 11 or an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors: How to Best Advise Your Clients"
Where: Broward County Bar Association 1051 SE 3rd Ave Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Description: Moderator: Chad Pugatch Panelists: John D. Eaton, Jay Gamberg, Philip J. von Kahle, from Michael Moecker & Assoc. Join us for a discussion of how to best advise your commercial clients. Your input will also be appreciated. 2 CLE Credits Available 11:30 -12:00 registration12:00-1:30 lunch and program
Cost: $10 for members of the BCBA $20 for nonmembers
Register on Broward Bar Website
5:30pm Palm Beach Bar Association February cocktail reception
Where: the Colony Hotel.
5:30pm South Palm Beach County chapter - Florida Association for Women Lawyers: Judicial reception
Where: Old Calypso House, 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
Cost: $45 members, $55 guests
5:30pm The Broward County Bar Association presents Premier Talent Show
Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers
Contact: (954) 832-3618
6pm The FRP Committee of the DCBA: David Heffernan, Esq., "The Paralegal's Guide to the Ethics of a Modern Law Office"
Where: DCBA Conference Room
Description: There will be one CLE offered.
For cost please contact the DCBA

Fri Feb 25, 2011
7:30am Attorney Breakfast Club Meeting 
Contact: Dina Aronfeld
11:30am Palm Beach County Bar Association Business Law Practice Committee:Seminar on “Ethics and Professionalism: A Cut above the Ordinary"
Where: Bar office, 1601 Belvedere Road, Suite 302E, West Palm Beach
Cost: $60 members, $100 nonmembers Call (561) 687-2800
11:45am South Miami / Kendall Bar Association Luncheon Featuring William Mulligan Bar Counsel for the Florida Bar , the Florida Bar Grievance Process
Where: Carrabba's Italian Grill 5829 SW 73rd St., Miami, Florida 33143
$25.00 Members with Reservation $30.00 Non-Members or without Reservation
RSVP by emailing
Where: Bimini Boat Yard, 1555 S.E. 17th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, (954) 525- 7400
RSVP to: Beth Lindie (954) 764-5400 and or
3pm Third DCA Ceremonial Session in Honor of Judge John. G. Fletcher
Where: Third District Court of Appeal, 2001 SW 117th Ave, Miami Fl 33175

Sat Feb 26, 2011
9am Miami Law Inter-American Law Review Symposium
Where: University of Miami’s Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center
For more information visit

7pm Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association Annual Awards Gala“Rising above the Bar,” with Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince
Where: Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami
Cost: $125 per person, $100 judges, government and public interest attorneys.

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

Join your colleagues and network with peers and experts at the premiere e-discovery learning event, the ACEDS Annual E-Discovery Conference, March 23-25, 2011 at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida.

The ACEDS Annual E-Discovery Conference will draw attendees and speakers who work in the various disciplines in the e-discovery field. The program for the three day conference includes 18 hands-on, practical panels in which 26 experts will share their knowledge and tips. Learn best practices, expand your knowledge, and take back actionable items you can implement immediately in your organization.

Looking for continuing education credits? Earn;

• 15-18 CLE credits for Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and
Pennsylvania, with more coming,
• 18 CPE credits
• 15 CRM credits, and
• 15 CEDS credits

On the Saturday following the conference, ACEDS will offer the CEDS Exam Preparation Seminar for candidates wishing to earn the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential.

Visit for full information about the CEDS certification and the conference speakers, panels and 13 networking events, including two beachside receptions.

The South Broward Bar Association’s Third Annual Installation Dinner with Keynote by Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga 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  

 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 

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 at305.443-8980 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. 


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 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."

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 Col√≥n  (305) 814-6221

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