Monday, May 9, 2011

South Florida's Legal Community Update - May 9, 2011

Please review the events below as every update includes changes and additions based on feedback from members of our legal community.  We do our best to provide accurate, updated information to you. Your feedback and contributions are always appreciated. If you notice anything missing or incorrect below contact me directly at  It is recommended that you contact the organizations listed before attending an event for the most up-to-date details.  Thank you to all who contributed to this calendar.

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
11:45am The Federal Bar Association S. Fl CHAPTER Luncheon w/ Bruce Moyer, National Counsel for Government Relations
Where: The Bankers Club
Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members, $20 government,
academic, and public interest lawyers 
RSVP or (305) 789-7614
6pm Boys & Girls Club of Broward County - Network with a Cause
Where: Rare - Las Olas 401 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Contact; Melissa Hardy @ 954-537-1010
RSVP at click on "Programs" and "Network with a Cause"

Thu May 12, 2011
11:45am Broward County Hispanic Bar Association: "How Google, Facebook and Walmart make their billions: Intellectual Property (the secret ingredient)" Lunch with Karin Kennedy Intellectual Property Attorney
Where: Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $20 members, $25 guests 
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
6:30pm UM Young Alumni Happy Hour
Where: Tobacco Road - 626 S. Miami Ave
Description: 2 free drinks and appetizers - UM Law alumni only

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
Where: The Stage - 170 NE 38 St., Miami, Fl

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 email 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. 
5:30pm MIAMI-DADE LEGAL SUPPORT ASSOCIATION Dinner Meeting Judge Joseph P.Farina 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division “Update onLegislative Session”
Where: The Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Description: Approved for 1 hour C.L.E.R. Credit
Cost: $25 Members, $30 Non-members 
RSVP: Annette at 305-789-5916 or

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
5pm Association of Litigation Support Professionals: “Using Keywords as an Effective Early Case Assessment Tool - It was staring at us all along!”
Where: IL Lugano Hotel (, 3333 NE 32nd Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
Description: Guests are invited to come for cocktails and networking from 5pm until 6pm. Dinner will begin at 6.30pm. Dinner is $35.00 for ALSP Members and $45.00 for Non-Members.
RSVP to Robert Friedman at
with your name and dinner preference by May 12th, 2010. *There will be a cash bar for wine and alcoholic beverages. Cash only.
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

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 Federal Bar Assoc: Emerging Issues in Discovery
Where: Bar Offices - 1601 Belvedere Rd., Suite 302E, WPB
More info here:
9am ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities Hearing
Where: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Room 3210, Chapman Conference
Center, 300 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Bldg. 3, 2nd, Fl
Description: Please consider submitting testimony for this hearing
10am North Dade Bar Association Law Day Celebration
Where: North Dade Justice Center, 15555 Biscayne BLVD, Courtroom 2-1, North Miami
11:30am Lawyers for Children Child Advocacy awards
Where: Hotel Intercontinental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
RSVP by May 13 Clara Gomez - 305 577 4771 - ext 6 or
12pm Childrens Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center Event
Where: 3300 N.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33142
12pm Miami Dade Justice Assoc: Justice Lewis Luncheon at Ritz
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
11:30am Greater Miami Jewish Federation to Honor Outstanding Individuals at 73rd Annual Meeting -
Where: Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Cost: $45 couvert 
Where: Plantation Preserve Golf Course 7050 W. Broward Boulevard Plantation
Cost: $25 prior to 5/25, $30 at the door 
RSVP online
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
6pm Palm Beach Bankruptcy Bar Happy Hour
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy, 21090 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton
6pm South Florida Paralegal Association Inaugural Broward Chapter Meet & Greet
Where: Bokamper’s on Pine Island and Peters Roads, just north of I-595, Plantation
Description: Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend for registered guests. Please invite any of your paralegal colleagues to attend; membership information will be available at the event for non-members of SFPA. 
RSVP online by no later than May 19th at 
Contact Debra Byrne-Mathews, SFPA Broward Chapter Chair at or 954-829-2912

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


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