Monday, May 2, 2011

South Florida's Legal Community Update - May 2, 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 directly at

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 before attending a new event for the most up-to-date details.  Thank you to all who contributed to this calendar.

Mon May 2, 2011
Description: For more collection box locations lease contact Evian White
12pm Joint Luncheon with Young Lawyers Section & Hispanic Bar Association
Where: Judicial Conference Room at the Palm Beach County Courthouse
Email: Kathy Clark at as seating is limited.
12pm Social Media Law & Order CLE Luncheon Guest Speaker: Ethan Wall
Where: Richman Greer, 201 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1000 Miami, Fl 33131

Tue May 3, 2011
5:30pm Broward County Justice Association Cocktails and Case Evaluation
Where: Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Dinner and Program Info at 
Cost: $55 members, $65 nonmembers 
RSVP: or 954-522-1662
5:30pm PBBA Annual Law Week Judicial Reception
Where: The Harriet at City Place, West Palm Beach
Cost: free to members of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Judiciary and their
judicial assistants. Guest fee is $45 per person RSVP's not required
6pm The Miami Foundation presents a Mayoral Policy Forum
Where: Storer Auditorium - University of Miami 5250 University Drive, CoralGables
RSVP now at or call 305.371.2711

Wed May 4, 2011
5pm Wine Down Wednesday
Where: HistoryMIami: 101C West Flagler Street, Miami FL 33130
Free general admission, history Miami members get a Complimentary glass of wine 
Happy Hour wine prices- Glass $5 open wine bar $15 
Free parking at 50 NW 2nd Ave.
6pm CELEBRATION OF GIVING SOCIAL Honoring Judge Steve Leifman
Join us in celebration of Legal Aid and Family Counseling Services, two organizations who have made a meaningful difference in the lives of families who could not otherwise afford legal and counseling services.
6pm DCBA Legal Line, a free legal advice monthly call-in program
Residents of South Florida are invited to call the DCBA at 305-371-2220 Inside Dade County or 888 596-0399 Outside Dade. Interested in volunteering? Please call the DCBA, 305 371-2220

Thu May 5, 2011
12pm South Broward Bar Association Luncheon 
Where: The Ark Restaurant, (Ballroom) 6255 Stirling Rd. in Davie, Florida
Cost is $20 members, $30 non-members. Judges are complimentary. 
Description: This event is open to the public and will give members of the community an opportunity to speak to volunteer attorneys from various non-profit legal organizations. For more information please contact Jacqueline C. Ledon at
6:30pm 2nd Annual Heart of Giving Celebration and Judicial Reception
Where: The Margulies collection at the Warehouse 591 NW 27th Street Miami,Florida
Description: Honoring Federal Public Defender Kathleen Williams and Judge Jennifer Bailey Hosted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Together, We Must Campaign Visit for more information or contact
6:30pm Palm Beach Co. Hispanic Bar Assn's Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
Cost: Free for members; $15 at the door for non-members. Questions?? Contact Adriana Gonzalez, Lake Worth, 561-533-0345 or

Fri May 6, 2011
Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miracle Makers Luncheon & Fashion Show
Where: Ritz Carlton, South Beach
For more information contact Karina Alvarez at 305-644-0066
8am Blogger’s Breakfast: "Tips to Build your Blog Audience"
Where: Broward County Bar Association, 1051 SE 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Description: Learn how to create and structure your own blog editorial calendar, while offering a number of different angles on subjects in your key practice areas. 
Cost: FREE for members, $25 for Non-members 
REGISTER ONLINE at or by calling Traci Lewis at (954)832-3618
11:30am BCBA Law Day Luncheon Speaker: Robert A. "Bob" Butterworth
Where: Tower Club, 1 Financial Plaza, 100 SE 3rd Avenue, 28th Fl, FortLauderdale
Cost: $35 per person, Judiciary Complimentary 
Register Online, or call Traci Lewis at (954)832-3618
11:30am Dade County Bar Association Office Of Public Service 22nd ANNUAL RECOGNITION LUNCHEON
Where: Hyatt Regency Miami 400 S.E. Second Avenue
Cost: $40 Members $50 Non-Members $50.00 per person after May 02 - Deadline for refunds May 02
11:45am PBBA Law Day Luncheon Featuring New York Times Best-Selling Authors of Picking Cotton
Where: Marriott Hotel off Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach
5:30pm Florida International University School of Law: International Arbitration Summit
Cost: free 

Sat May 7, 2011
9am Dade Bar YLS Spring Fling with Homeless Outreach Committee
Where: The Chapman Center 1550 North Miami Avenue Miami, Florida 33136
Description: This event benefits the families staying at the Chapman Center, an outreah center for homeless children and families.To RSVP contact Nicolle Brito at
6:30pm A Call for Civility: Moderating Politics to Overcome Islamophobia w/ Bob Graham, Alex Sink, and Comedian Ronnie Khalil

Mon May 9, 2011
3:30pm Marlins 2011 Lawyer Appreciation Night

Tue May 10, 2011
11:45am S. Palm Beach Bar Membership Lunch
For more information, please contact
5:30pm National Association of Women Judges 2012 Annual Conference Kick-off Reception
Where: The Deauville Hotel, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
RSVP: by May 2nd

Wed May 11, 2011
11:30am Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Lawyer’s Association: Monthly program
with Paul Orshan, solo practitioner, speaking on: “Bankruptcy is not a dirty word”
Where: Truluck’s Restaurant, 777 Brickell Ave., Miami
Cost: $35 members, $45 potential members
Call (305) 673-4440
11:45am Palm Beach Solo & Small Firm Lunch - Accounting, Payroll & Staffing
Where: Bar Assn. Office

Thu May 12, 2011
11:45am Broward County Hispanic Bar Association: Luncheon 
11:45am Palm Beach County Bar Association: Judicial luncheon for members: “Lawyer Do’s and Don’ts,”
Cost: $30
Call (561) 687-2800
12pm Dade Bar Probate and Guardianship Committee - 2011 Alzheimer's Facts and Figures
Where: Lawson Thomas Courthouse Center 175 NW 1st Avenue, 11th Floor Miami, Florida
12pm South Palm Beach chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers: Luncheon: “Hypnosis and the Practice of Law” with Ginny L. Goldman, solo practitioner 
Where: Seasons 52, 2300 NW Executive Center Drive, Boca Raton
Cost; $25 members, $30 nonmembers
5:30pm Broward YLS Judicial Reception
Where: New River Center Rotunda 200 East Las Olas Boulevard
RSVP: Shayna M. Reitman, Esq., Judicial Reception Chairperson, (954) 760-4040
6pm CUBAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION invites you to its Membership Appreciation Happy Hour -
6:30pm Paralegal Association of Florida: Spring seminar of the state organization on “Understanding the Litigation Process in Personal Injury, Probate and Foreclosure”
Where: Lago Mar Resort & Club, Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 561-833-1408

Fri May 13, 2011
Young Lawyers Section annual fishing tournament to benefit the Palm Beach Marine Institute
Where: Palm Beach Yacht Club & Marina 800 North Flagler Drive West Palm Beach
8:30am 11th Judicial Circuit Family Division 26th Annual View from the Bench
Where: Dade County Courthouse Courtroom 6-1 73 West Flagler Street Miami,Florida 33130
11:30am James C. Hauser, Esq., Author: Attorneys Fees in Florida CLE Seminar
Where: Renaissance Hotel, 1617 SE 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale
COST: $50 BCBA Members / $65Non-Members 
REGISTER ONLINE or by calling Traci Lewis at (954)832-3618
12pm Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society Biennial Luncheon – A members only event -
Where: Hyatt Regency Coral Gables at The Alhambra, 50 Alhambra Plaza
1pm Palm Beach County Bar "Hot Topics in Employment: What you must know now"
Where: Bar Association Office
Cost: $95 PBCBA members/paralegals; $135 non-PBCBA members/paralegals if registered by 5/6/11; add $25 after that date.
Happy Hour / Horsd'oeuvres Immediately following seminar at Bar/Lounge @ The Crowne Plaza Hotel
6pm Dade County SPRING BAR PARTY

Sat May 14, 2011
Young Lawyers Section annual fishing tournament to benefit the Palm Beach Marine Institute
8:30am Dade County Bar Association Florida Registered Paralegal Committee LEGAL TAPAS: A FULL MENU OF LEGAL TOPICS
Where: Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33131
11am Know Your Legal Rights: a free seminar for Adults with High Functioning Autism to discuss Miranda Rights
Where: UM-NSU CARD Main Office, Fred & Helen Donn Flipse Building, Schomber Conference Rm (201), 5665 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Description: Join UM-NSU CARD and Disability Independence Group, Inc. (DIG) as we host a free seminar for Adults with High Functioning Autism to discuss Miranda Rights. 
Contact: Diane Adreon at (305) 284-6556 or to register PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
6pm The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Miami Chapter 48th Annual Installation Banquet -
Where: Alfred DuPont Building, 169 E. Flagler St., Miami
Cost: $135 per person, $150 after May 1, $100 government lawyers and judges. 
6:30pm South Palm Beach County Bar Association Installation Dinner
Where: Polo Club Boca Raton, 5400 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton
Cost: $150 Call (561) 482-3838 

Sun May 15, 2011
2pm JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH KICK-OFF w/ Former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Gerald Kogan
Where: Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
RSVP for this free event by calling 305-672-5044, ext. 3175 or Walk-ins are welcome.

Tue May 17, 2011
8am The 28th Annual Palm Beach Estate and Probate Seminar
11:45am Miami Beach Bar Association Monthly Luncheon
Contact: Call (305) 575-2400
5:30pm Association of South Florida Mediators & Arbitrators: “Mediation - A
Perspective from Both Sides of the Fence” Dinner with Judge Linda Vitale
Where: Tropical Acres Restaurant, 2500 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $35 members, $40 nonmembers, $10 more at the door.

Wed May 18, 2011
11:45am Coral Gables Bar Association Monthly Luncheon
Where: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Call (305) 446-1504
12pm Dade County Defense Bar Association: Luncheon with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Israel U. Reyes
Where: Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave, Miami
Cost: $45 members, $50 nonmembers, free for judges, $5 more at the door. 
6pm Bankruptcy Bar Happy Hour
Where: Yolo Restaurant Las Olas Blvd
6pm Broward Solo/Small Networking Dinner
Where: Dave & Busters 3000 Oakwood Blvd. Hollywood, FL

Thu May 19, 2011
8am Association of Corporate Counsel, South Florida chapter: Breakfast series program on “Strategies for Corporate Data Management in the Age of E-Discovery”
Cost: Free
11:45am Miami Lakes Bar Assoc: What Judges Want You to Know About Their Courts
Where: Don Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club (6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Florida 33014, Ballrooms)
Description: Panel of Miami-Dade Judges: The Honorable Scott Bernstein (Associate Administrative Judge – Family Division); The Honorable Maria Korvick (Administrative Judge – Probate Division); The Honorable Maxine Cohen Lando (Civil Division); and The Honorable Diane Ward (Criminal Division).
Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members
RSVP: Gabriela Gamboa at Rarick & Associates (305-556-5209 or
11:45am Palm Beach FAWL Membership and Installation Luncheon
For more info, contact
12pm Broward YLS Section May Luncheon w/ Judge Weinstein
Cost: $25
Call (954) 764-8040 ext. 2
12pm Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section: Lunch with the judges for members only
Cost: $35
Call (305) 371-2220
5:30pm Accountant / Attorney Networking Group Cocktail Reception
Where: the Ocean Prime Restaurant, Aventura Mall (Nordstrom entrance).
5:30pm Palm Beach Bar North County Jurist of the Year
6pm Dade County Bar Association MEMBERSHIP MIXER
Where: 4 Grove Isle Drive, Miami, FL 33133
For Members of the Dade County Bar Association & Members of the Miami-Dade County Business Community
6pm Association of Litigation Support Professionals - South Florida Meeting
Where: Il Lugano Hotel

Fri May 20, 2011
Palm Beach County Justice Assoc Fishing Tournament
For information contact Kathy Baloga, Exec. Director @ 561-790-5833
Where: Renaissance Hotel 1617 SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale 33316
8:45am Emerging Issues in Discovery
Where: Bar Offices - 1601 Belvedere Rd., Suite 302E, WPB
More info here:
12pm Childrens Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center Event
Where: 3300 N.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33142
12pm Miami-Dade Law Library Donor Recognition Ceremony
Where: Dade County Courthouse - Room 6-1 73 West Flagler Street Miami
RSVP to Johanna Porpiglia at
12pm Nova Southeastern University Law Alumni Association: View from the Bench — “What you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask”
Cost: $25 alumni, $75 non-alumni, free for judges, $100 at the door
12pm Voluntary Bar Association: Diversity Summit with Florida International University School of Law Dean Alex Acosta
Where: Banker's Club 2 South Biscayne Blvd, # 1400 Miami, FL 33131

Sat May 21, 2011
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, Family Law, Immigration Law, PI & Med Mal Law, Disability Law, Human Rights Law
Contact or call 347-450-LTTR (5887)
6pm 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society’s Closing Dinner
Where: JW Marriott Marquis
6pm Martin County Bar "Bombay Nights" Black Tie Event
Contact: Michelle Katzman at the Martin County Bar for more information at 772-288-6245 or

Tue May 24, 2011
8:45am "Tips from the Pros: The Finer Points of Bankruptcy Practice" (aka the Blue Collar Bankruptcy Tour)
11:45am Broward To Pay Or Not To Pay? A CLE Luncheon to Benefit Legal Aid
8pm Join Miami-Dade FAWL member, Carol Cope, book signing for new book Murder on High Seas, The True Story of the Joe Cool's Tragic Final Voyage
Where: Books & Books in Coral Gables
For more information, go to

Wed May 25, 2011
6pm St. Thomas More Society of South Florida: Red Mass
Description: Speaker, Donna E. Shalala, President UM, Award recipient is Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
7pm St. Thomas More Society of South Florida: Reception & Dinner 
Where: Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $65 
Call (954) 785-3181

Thu May 26, 2011
12pm Demystifying the Securities Laws: A Practitioners Approach to Getting the Deal Done
Where: Akerman Senterfitt 1 SE 3rd Avenue 26th Floor Miami, Florida 33131
4pm Clerk of Court Harvey Ruvin, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, South Florida Workforce, Homeless/Homeless Forum and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office: ‘Second Chance — One Stop’ sealing and expungement program
Where: NE 79th Street Word Church, 2275 NW 79th St., Miami
Cost: Free
Call (305) 547-0724.
5:30pm Palm Beach Justice Assn. Mtg
Fore more information, contact Kate Baloga at
5:30pm Palm Beach YLS Happy Hour
Where: TBA

Fri May 27, 2011
7:30am Attorney Breakfast Club Meeting
Contact: Dina Aronfeld


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