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Central Florida Chapter

President: Joseph L. Amos, Jr.
Past President: David Paul
President Elect: Melvin Wright
Treasurer: Christopher T. Hill
Executive Director: Mary Beth McDonald

Ft. Lauderdale Chapter

President: Charles Morehead
President Elect: Joseph Kashi
Treasurer: John Earl Campbell
Secretary: David Strong
Past President: Adele Blackmore

Jacksonville Chapter

President: Matthew Posgay
Treasurer: James L. D’Andrea
Secretary: Kristen M. Van Der Linde
Past President: Michael G. Tanner

Miami Chapter

President: Manuel A. Rebosa
Past President: Kimberly A. Cook

North Florida Chapter

Past President: Jack Fine
Immediate Past President: Susan Seigle

Northwest Florida Chapter

President: Joseph A. Zarzaur
President Elect: Virginia Buchanan
Past President: Brent Bradley

Palm Beach Chapter

President: Hubert S. McGinley
Past President: Laurie Adams
Vice President: Reed Kellner
Treasurer: Eric Hoecker
Past President: Mariano Garcia

Sarasota/Bradenton Chapter

President:  Derek A. Reams
Past President: Laurie S. Zimmerman
Treasurer: Herbert H. Hoffmann, II.

Southwest Florida Chapter

President: Kristin Woolam
Past President: Gregory H. Woods
Vice President: Kevin Crews
Treasurer: Ty  Roland
Secretary: Evan Lubell

Tallahassee Chapter

President: Sidney Matthew
Treasurer:  Christopher Barkas
Board Member: Lisa Magill
Board Member: Donald Hinkle
Board Member: Kathy Maus

Tampa Bay Chapter

President: Honorable Daniel Sleet
President Elect: Kevin McLaughlin
Vice President: George Nader
Treasurer: Matthew Mudano
Secretary: Chandra L. Miller
Past President: Mark Edward McLaughlin

Chapter News

The Central Florida Chapter The chapter's next meeting will be held in a historic courthouse! Plans for a Judicial Reception in Polk County with the Tampa Bay Chapter are underway. A Masters in Trial for 2016 or 2017 is being planned.

The Fort Lauderdale Chapter held its Third Annual Professionalism and Civility Seminar at The Broward Center For The Performing Arts. The seminar featured panels of experienced civil judges and trial lawyers who discussed their top pet peeves of what goes on from calendar call through post-trial motions. There was great discussion amongst the panel members and our audience regarding numerous issues all trial lawyers and judges face every day. The chapter's June meeting was a well-attended social event, and the speaker at the chapter’s April meeting was very well received and his presentation on 3-D technology including printing may well be of interest to other chapters.

The ABOTA Jacksonville Chapter joined the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar to present a two day Teachers' Law School in Jacksonville on January 26-27, 2017. The event was attended by approximately 70 teachers. Also in attendance were several administrators from the Duval County Public Schools as well as a Duval County School Board member. 

     
     
   

 

For the 4th consecutive year, the Miami Chapter sponsored a James Otis program at Miami Dade College North Campus. Below are some pictures from our 3rd event where we transported over 400 high school students. This year, we transported 450-550 who engaged with Circuit Court Judges Alan Fine and George Sarduy. The program was held in coordination with Miami Dade County Public Schools. Students who pose the most challenging questions to our panel judges received medals. On the calendar is an October Judicial Luncheon. A recent program focused on the impact of impartiality of the judiciary, and more than 50 people were in attendance at the chapter's June quarterly meeting where the Judge who attended the National Jury Summit was the featured speaker alongside a representative of the Jacksonville Legal Aid Society.

Additionally, conducted our Teacher's Law School event, again at Miami Dade College North Campus. Our partnership with Miami Dade County Schools, and in particular their coordinator, Dr. Sherrilyn Scott, resulted in exception to the rule from our prior years. Miami Dade County Schools has a teacher work day where the teachers can select a program to participate in for continuing education, and the school board does not have to pay for substitute teachers. We have annually held our Teachers Law School on those dates.

This year, we had Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis participate in light of his devotion and recognition in teaching civics. He was honored and very desirous of having the opportunity to do so. He was joined by Circuit Court Judges Peter Lopez and Dennis Murphy along with ABOTA's National Youth Coordinator, Anthony Paglonia and ABOTA's President Elect for 2015, Chuck Baumberger. We had close to 200 teachers be in attendance for this program.

The Miami Chapter transports high school students on a monthly basis to our Third District Court of Appeal to hear oral arguments and meet post argument with the members of the Court. Our members also volunteer to meet with the students to review the briefs and the legal issues before the oral argument and after. Last year we had over 400 students attend oral arguments and this year we are doubling our efforts with the blessing and consent of the Third District Court of Appeal's Chief Judge Shepherd. This year we brought students from two schools per month to the same oral argument for an approximate total of 75 students per month. Thanks to these efforts, 525 students will participate and be exposed to this unique legal process. Here are some pictures of the event:

A Miami Chapter Teachers' Law School

Chaired by Peter Baumberger and Charles Watkins with featured speakers, Judge Spencer Eig and FLABOTA member Charles Baumberger:

The Miami Chapter hosted a Civility & Professionalism presentation at St. Thomas University. These pictures were taken by the Teresita Chavez Pedrosa, Esq., STU’s Outreach Coordinator and Career Counselor.

On Tuesday August 11, 2015 from 12:15- 1:45 PM, the North Florida Abota Chapter, through the efforts of Bob Stripling and Eric Leach of the Jacksonville Chapter, will be presenting a “Civility Matters” program for the Fall 2015 entering class at UF Law School as part of their Orientation. As in the past, it will be in honor and in memory of Joe Milton. We want to make this a Chapter Event in order to show the presence and importance of ABOTA in the North Florida legal community. Flabota is urging all members of the North Florida Chapter to make best efforts to attend this brief program. There will be 317 entering first year law students and 50 upper level law students who serve as student ambassadors present. We will be permitted to have as many as 15 Abota members present. If you know of a prospective member, feel free to nominate that person to attend as our guest, so they can see the worthy activities Abota initiates. We expect that there will be opportunity to interact informally with the students after the program should you choose to do so. The program will be fun, informative, and a service to the legal community.

The program will be on campus at the Grand Ballroom of the J. Wayne Reitz Union, located at 655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32611. See the link below for directions and parking:

https://www.union.ufl.edu/AboutUs/DirectionsandParking

Please RSVP to the undersigned no later than August 5, 2015 as we must present a list of those who will be attending to the Law School. Attendance at this program will be a win/win for the North Florida chapter, Flabota, and the 366 law students who will be in the audience. Let’s show the legal community what Abota members are and what we can accomplish!

The Palm Beach Chapter An annual summer Judicial Appreciation Bar-B-Q invites the judges, court deputies, and judicial assistants and all of their families for a fun afternoon with awards and appreciation. The chapter sent Judge Gross to the National Jury Summit; provided job shadowing opportunities for students at the Palm Beach Lakes High School Law Magnet program at the 4th DCA, allowing students to hear oral argument; and looks forward to a "roast" of retiring judges. Seven judicial investitures have taken place, with two to follow. The chapter has also responded to Unfair Criticism.

Constitution Day in Palm Beach County
November Chapter Meeting of Palm Beach Chapter

The Miami Chapter is proud to present scholarships to law students at the University of Miami and St. Thomas University.

This year's James Otis Lecture: September 18

This year's Teachers Law School: October 30

The Sarasota Chapter Current President of FLABOTA Jeffrey Goodis joins the Sarasota Chapter with an evening of bowling to meet prospective new members in the month of September 2016.

 

The Tallahassee Chapter is proud to share pictures from their awards ceremony ABOTA Reception as follows:


For the 2016 Civility Plaintiffs Attorney the winner was Jon D. Caminez (posthumous) his daughter April Bentley attended and accepted the award for her father.

For the 2016 Jurist of the Year the winner was the Honorable Charles Dodson

The Chapter presented the 2015 President Marsha Lyons with her Plaque for her service 


More than 300 individuals recently attended the Tampa Bay Chapter's Professionalism and Civility Seminar. The program is so well done that Pinellas and Hillsborough County Courthouses close on the day of the seminar, and staff is required to attend. The program is also simulcast.

A Tampa Bay Chapter vs. Central Florida Chapter Masters in Trial is being planned. Lawyers from the Sarasota area will also be invited to participate, with representatives on both teams.

The Tampa Bay chapter participated in nine judicial investitures this year, and has a very active Judicial Liaison Committee. Judges are respectfully requesting that Tampa Bay ABOTA chapter members to provide continuing education at the local level.