President’s Message

February 2019

One of the great benefits of being a member of the Broward County Bar Association are the numerous opportunities it provides for every member to contribute to the betterment of the organization and our legal community, while also expanding your own professional and personal networks. One way to achieve this is by joining any of the numerous committees and sections. By joining a committee or section you have an opportunity to meet others that practice in your field. Many of the sections have begun a listserv, where people are sharing information. Each section hosts at least one CLE a year.

On the 15th of February, 2019, we will host our third Judicial Jaunt with the Honorable John B. Bowman. I have had the opportunity to attend the first two Judicial Jaunts where Judge Haury and Judge Bidwill provided us with insight into their procedures. Judge Bidwill demonstrated the manner in which to upload your Motions to the Judge in the CMS scheduling portal in lieu of providing hard copies. I would encourage everyone to attend these events.

Our Workers’ Compensation Section will be returning to the Riverside Hotel to host the 2019 Workers’ Compensation Conference and Reception on Friday, February 22, 2019. During the conference, we will be honoring retiring Judge The Honorable Geraldine Hogan, presenting the Vance Moore Professionalism Award to Richard Berman, Esq. & welcoming the newest member of the Broward County Judiciary The Honorable Michael Ring. Visit for more information!

The 17th Judicial Circuit and the BCBA will present the Black History Celebration Lunch on the 22nd day of February 2019, in the Broward County Court House Jury Assembly Room. The Keynote speakers will be retired Justice James E. C. Perry and US Congressman Alcee L. Hastings. Justice Perry was the first African American appointed to the 18th Judicial Circuit by former Governor Jeb Bush. He was a Supreme Court Justice until his retirement in 2016. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings was appointed by Governor Reubin Askew to the Circuit Court. In 1979 President Jimmy Carter nominated Mr. Hastings to the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida, where he was confirmed and served on the bench until October of 1989.   He was the first African American to be appointed to the Federal Bench in Florida.  Congressman Hastings was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1992 and has continued to represent Florida.  Sponsorships are still available for this event.

The BCBA is excited to announce that we have launched a new program, a legal job board. Any member or non-member can post a job listing for any legal related field at a low cost.  You may search for a job free at this time.

All BCBA CLE’s that take place at the BCBA center and are videotaped. They can be viewed through our B-ConnectedTM Portal with member & non-members rates starting at $20. Although, attending the CLE in person always has the added benefit of being able to catch up with peers and network, however, If you are unable to attend the CLE, the B-ConnectedTM portal is a great way to view what you have missed.  

The Publicity Committee needs you!  We are always looking for new members to participate in the creative process of planning The Barrister and/or those who enjoy writing articles. Writing an article is a great way to get involved and get your name recognized by other members.  We are looking for folks to write segments showcasing the positive attributes and contributions of BCBA members.  If you or know of someone who should be recognized, please contact Amanda Marks at  We will not ask you to write about the person so, do not let that stop you for submitting the information. Every member of the BCBA is eligible for recognition. 

I hope to see you at an event soon!