Monday, March 21, 2011

South Florida's Legal Community Update for March 21, 2011

Tue Mar 22, 2011
Please review the events below as every update includes changes and additions based on feedback from members of our legal community.  Your feedback and contributions are always appreciated. If you notice anything missing or incorrect below contact me by noon Sunday for the Monday edition and 8 a.m. Wednesday for the mid week update.

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.
11:45am Palm Beach Bar Assoc Annual Joint Luncheon with South Palm Beach County Bar Featuring President of Florida Bar
Where: Benvenuto Restaurant, 1730 N Federal Highway, Boynton Beach
Description: Guest speaker Mayanne Downs
Cost: $35 for members of either Bar Association if registered before March 17; After that date, cost is $45; $45 for non-members

6pm Greater Miami Jewish Federation 27th Annual Judicial Reception
Where: The Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard, MiamiFlorida 33132
Cost: $85
Contact: Pam DiGiacomo (786) 866-8627

6pm THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY, Miami Lawyers Division, 2011 Lecture Series,“Foreign Policy Challenges for the Obama Administration”
Where: The Bankers Club of MiamiOne Biscayne Tower, 14th Floor
RSVP to Ariana Fajardo

Wed Mar 23, 2011
Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) E-discovery Conference
Where: Westin Diplomat in HollywoodFL.
Description: 28 of the leading e-discovery experts lead hands-on, demonstration based sessions AND participants can stay an extra day to take the Live CEDS exam preparation
seminar. March 23rd - 25th
Complete information is online at

11:30am Broward County Bar Association's ADR Section Presents Mediation Lunch &Learn
Where: Broward County Bar Association Norma B. Howard Center 
1051 SE 3rd AveFt. LauderdaleFL 33316
Description: CLE credits applied for 11:30 -12:00 registration 12:00-1:30 lunch and program
Cost: $15 for members of Broward Bar, $25 for non-members

12pm Dade County Defense Bar Association: Luncheon and CLE on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Closing Arguments,” with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Leesfield and Eugene Stearns, shareholder of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
Where: Hyatt Regency, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. 
Cost: $45 members, $50 nonmembers, $5 more at the door.

12pm  DCBA “Avoiding Snags in the Social Network, Intellectual Property Issues in Launching a Social Media Presence”
Where: The Banker’s Club, One Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Blvd. 14th Floor

5pm Cuban American Bar Association: Court funding symposium
Where: Dade County Courthouse, 11th floor, 73 W. Flagler St., Miami. 
Cost: Free

6pm ObamaCare Medical-Legal Program and Reception
Where: National Croquet Center

6pm  Bullied – Broward County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Bullying Initiative
Where: Cinema Paradiso 503 SE 6th Street• Ft. LauderdaleFlorida
Description: Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today.
Cocktail reception prior to the film at the Courtyard of Cinema at 6:00PM Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti will discuss the office’s Anti-Bullying initiative. Commander Richard Wierzbicki, of the Sheriff’s Hate Crimes and Anti-Bias Task Force, and Paul Hyman, Executive Director of the Pride Center at Equality Park, will also be in attendance.
For admission please use this link http://t.coma/x24oe  
Admission is a $100 donation which include film and cocktail reception

6pm Florida Muslim Bar Association General Body Meeting and Networking Dinner
Where: Ellie's Desi Kitchen, 12161 Sheridan Street, Cooper City, FL 33026
Description: The primary agenda item will be preparation for the Nonprofits Seminar on April 16th at Nova Law School. Anyone interested in helping out with the seminar should attend this meeting. Law students (especially Nova students) are encouraged to volunteer.

Thu Mar 24, 2011
8am The Accountant / Attorney Networking Breakfast at the Deerfield Beach Country Club. Registration begins at 7:30AM -Welcoming Address by Fort Lauderdale Mayor John “Jack” Seiler. Guest Speaker: Ms. Margaret Grisdela President and Founder of Legal Expert Connections, Inc., a Florida marketing agency concentrating in business development in the Legal and Accounting Litigation Markets.
You will need to RSVP if you will be attending by E-Mailing the and either paying on line or by paying at the door.

Where: Hyatt Regency Miami 400 SE 2nd Ave
Description: Earn 7 FREE CLE credits* while learning about the latest trends and legal issues facing Corporate Counsels. Planned Topics include: Labor & Employment Intellectual Property and Litigation International Business Litigation Whistle Blower & Qui Tam E-Discovery Insurance Law *Up to 7.0 General CLE Credits pending approval by The Florida Bar Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO INHOUSE COUNSEL REGISTRATIONS ONLY
Cost: Free.
For more information contact Joanne Beaudry at 305-347-6643 or  or for sponsorship information contact Stephanie Hemmerich at 305-347-6623

11:45am Palm Beach Young Lawyers Section Judicial Lunch

11:45am West Broward Section Luncheon Clerk of the Courts Howard Forman "Clerk's Office Issues and its Electronically Charged Future"
Where: Plantation Preserve Golf Course 7050 W. Broward Boulevard Plantation (954)585-5020
Cost: $25.00 If registered prior to 3/23, $30.00 At the door Judiciary: Complimentary
RSVP to Traci at 954-764-8040 ext 2 or 

12pm Federal Bar Association Broward County Chapter Luncheon
Where: Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale
Description: The Honorable John K. Olson, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
RSVP: Terri Katler at Tripp  
Cost: FBA Members $40; Non-Members $45;Government attorneys $25; After (March 17th add $5) Judiciary & Judicial Law Clerks always $20.
Please make checks payable to "FBA Broward Chapter" and mail to Mark Levy, Esq. at Brinkley Morgan 200 ELas Olas Blvd., Ste 1900 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
Contact: Paul O.Lopez with any questions.

12pm North Dade Bar Association Luncheon
Where: THAI HOUSE II 2250 NE 163rd Street North Miami Beach, FL
Speaker: Lawyer and Legal TV Commentator Mark Eiglarsh
Topic: Everything You Want to Know About Criminal Law
Cost: $15 members, Complimentary judiciary. $25 nonmembers
RSVP no later than March 22 by replying

5:30pm Palm Beach FAWL "Raise the Bar" Event
Where: Historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse
Cost: $25 per person includes wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres
RSVP's required by email to Kim Daniel  or by sending a $25 check to Women's Foundation of Palm Beach County, 
P.O. Box 7576West Palm BeachFL 33405

6pm FAWL Women Making History Award Ceremony
Where: Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust 220 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables,Florida
RSVP to Marisol Gomez-Decena at

6pm The South Broward Bar Association’s Third Annual Installation Dinner
Where: Signature Grand in DavieFlorida
Description: Guest speaker is Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge LaBarga.
Contact: Anita Paoli for tickets or sponsorship opportunities: (954)

Cost for Museum members is $15; nonmembers $20
For reservations, call 305-672-5044, ext. 3175 or  by March 17
Additional info at

Fri Mar 25, 2011
7:30am Attorney Breakfast Club Meeting
Contact: Dina Aronfeld

8:30am DCBA Put Something Back Seminar “Who What How Why & Where of Bankruptcy”
Where: Claude Pepper Federal Courthouse U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse, 51 SW 1stAve, 1st Floor, MiamiFlorida 33130

8:30am Symposium: Ripped From The Headlines
Where: Dade Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street
Description: Learn about the media's role in Miami courtrooms today by stepping inside the historic courthouse where famous trials where held.
RSVP: 305-375-1614 or email

11am Saving & Making Your Firm Money with New Technology
Where: Mortons Steakhouse - 1200 Brickell Avenue- MiamiFL 33131

11:45am South Miami / Kendall Bar Association Luncheon Featuring Judge A.J. Cristol Update on Bankruptcy in the Federal Courts
Where: Carrabba's Italian Grill 5829 SW 73rd St., MiamiFlorida 33143
$25.00 Members with Reservation $30.00 Non-Members or without Reservation
RSVP by emailing

Where: The Colony Hotel Palm Beach
Description: Honoring 2011 Recipient LINNEA R. JOHNSON, United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Florida
Cost: $35 - Federal Bar Association Members $40 - Non-Members and walk-ins, Judges and their staff-Complimentary
RSVP by March 21, 2011, and send any event sponsorships to Chapter Treasurer, Peggy McGovern Stumhofer, Page, Mrachek, Fitzgerald & Rose, P.A., 
505 South Flagler Drive, Suite 600West Palm BeachFL 33401
or at
Reservations are guaranteed and non-refundable.

12:15pm Investiture of Charles K. Johnson
Where: Miami-Dade County Court

Sat Mar 26, 2011
Palm Beach Bar Ski & CLE
Where: Vail, Colorado
Description: SKI & CLE: The North County Section returns to Vail, March 26 - April2, 2011 for its Second Annual SKI & CLE week. Stay at the beautiful Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa for $199.00 per night. You'll receive a complimentary breakfast each morning, plus discounted lift tickets, discounted transportation and free CLE! Cost: $199.00 per night Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa
If you would like to go, or need further details, please contact Mitch Beers right away by phone or by email: (561) 622-8100 or

8am The Young Lawyers Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association ispartnering with Habitat for Humanity for a service project

9am 8 Hour Adult Guardianship Class
Where: Norma B. Howard Bar Center, 1051 SE 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $180.00 Guardian for anyone over the age of 18 Attorneys welcome, approved by the Florida Bar for CLE Credits
Contact: Tish at 954-832-3617

6pm  The T.J. Reddick Bar Association 20th Annual Awards & Scholarship Banquet – United We Stand: Building on a Legacy of Service
Where:  the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach,FL 33004
Contribution: $125.00 ($100.00: judges, government & public interest attorneys).
Purchase tickets now by mailing your contribution to T.J.Reddick Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302
P.O. Box 1500 ,
Email  or call (954) 804-3280 for more information & for sponsorship opportunities.

Wed Mar 30, 2011
11:30am DCBA March General Membership Luncheon
Where: InterContinental Hotel. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami FL
To register:

12pm Florida Lawyers Network Luncheon Meeting

Thu Mar 31, 2011
5:30pm Palm Beach Justice Assn. Meeting
Where: The Colony Hotel
Fore more information, contact Kate Baloga at

5:30pm Palm Beach North County Section Happy Hour
Where: Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
Cost: $15.00 NCS Members; $20 Non-NCS Section Members; judges complimentary.
After 3/29/11 add $5 late fee.

6pm CABA's Young Lawyers Happy Hour
Where: Fado Irish Pub - Mary Brickell Village
RSVP to Maria Garcia at

5:30pm to 7pm Members of the North County Section & Palm Beach County Justice Association to host JOINT HAPPY HOUR at the Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
Cost: $15 for NCS & Justice Association members; $20 for all other PBCBA members; judges are complimentary.

6pm The 11th Annual Palm Beach Elder Law View From the Bench
Where: The Colony Hotel, 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach
Description: This course has been granted 2.0 CLER / 1.5 Elder Law; 1.5 Wills, Trusts, & Estates Certification credits from the Florida Bar. Guest speakers include Honorable Martin H. Colin and Honorable Jack H. Cook.
Cost: $60 PBCBA members/paralegals; $100 Non-PBCBA members/paralegals; after 3/24/11 add $25 late fee

6-9pm LegalArt is hosting its Free Legal Clinic Night for Artists & Arts Organizations at Morgan Lewis. Any artists or attorneys interested in participating or learning more about LegalArt's pro bono services should contact Jared Kalmanson, LegalLink Coordinator at
Fri Apr 1, 2011

Florida Bar: General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section - Extraordinary Lawyer: Creating a Dream Practice in a Challenging Economy
Where: Hyatt Regency Bonaventure, 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326

8am Blogger’s Breakfast
Where: Broward County Bar Association, 1051 SE 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Description: FREE for members, $25 for Non-members RSVP at: 
 Sun Apr 3, 2011
3pm Third District Court of Appeal Annual Spring Seminar "The Use of Persuasive Authority in Florida's Appellate Courts" -

Mon Apr 4, 2011
12pm Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association Meeting -

Tue Apr 5, 2011
11:45am Palm Beach County Bar Association Lunch with the North County Judges

5:30pm Broward County Justice Association
Where: Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Description: Meeting Schedule 5:30-7:00 PM: Cocktails
6:10-7:00 PM: Case Evaluation
7:00-8:30 PM: Dinner and Program Info- 
Cost: $55 members, $65 nonmembers
rsvp: or 954-522-1662

Thu Apr 7, 2011
11:45am Palm Beach County Bar Association Practicing Tips from the Federal Bench -

12pm Dade County Bar Association Probate & Guardianship Committee -

12pm South Broward Bar Association monthly luncheon Honorable Joel T. Lazarus" The good old days - How things have changed in the criminal justice system."
Where: The Ark Restaurant, (Ballroom) 6255 Stirling Rd. in Davie, Florida

Description: The cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Judges are complimentary.
RSVP: (954) 924-8441 or via email to

5:30pm Palm Beach Bar Assoc Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament - 

6pm Bankruptcy Bar “TOUSA: Does It Really Matter?"

6pmDCBA UM Law Student Chapter - 2nd Annual Spring Social -

7-11pm LegalArt invites the Miami arts and legal community to "LegalArt Presents Private Eye, LegalArt's Inaugural Fundraiser Benefiting its Residency Program". Please contact Jared Kalmanson, LegalLink Coordinator at for further information regarding ticketing, firm participation and sponsorship opportunities.


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