President’s Message

November 2017

The leadership of the Bench & Bar Convention planning committee deserves a huge thank you for another successful convention.  Co-Chairs, Robert Vaughan (BCBA Secretary) and Brent Reitman, worked tirelessly to organize, and implement this extraordinary event. The Bar resources and the staffing requirements necessary to execute an event of this magnitude are great. Looking back, it is easy to understand why BCBA’s leadership chose to host the event bi-annually, instead of every four years. Many thanks to everyone that helped make it possible.

In October, we welcomed Aaron Jay “AJ” Horowitz, a Shareholder and litigator in Gunster’s Fort Lauderdale office, to BCBA’s Board of Directors. AJ will fill a central area board vacancy. I was pleased by the large number of applicants we received for the position, and hope BCBA members will continue to seek out ways to stay active and contribute to the Bar.

Last month’s BCBA new attorney orientation breakfast was an excellent opportunity to display the benefits of membership to the newly minted attorneys. Many of Broward’s newly licensed attorneys attended a discussion with Chief Judge Tutor, and the administrative judges from each division. Courthouse tours were offered to the attendees, as well as networking opportunities for those seeking their first job.

If you’ve been by the BCBA Center you probably noticed the large Banyan tree adjacent to the parking lot has toppled over and crushed the large oak tree beside it. Although the Banyan tree withstood Hurricane Irma’s wind guests, the tree ultimately succumbed to internal damage. However, before the tree was removed it served as the perfect backdrop to film the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Thriller Dance Challenge video. YLS produced the video challenge to encourage Voluntary Bar Associations (VBA) throughout Florida to raise money for the hurricane relief effort. For every like the BCBA YLS video receives on the YLS Facebook page, YLS will donate a dollar (up to $500) to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Lauderdale, thanks to the support of Ross Amsel Raben Nascimento PLLC, Yello!, and US Legal Support.    

The 2017 BCBA Annual Holiday Party is scheduled for November 30, 2017. To register for events please call 954-832-3618 or visit