President’s Message

September 2017

Last month the Broward County Bar Association was extremely busy and we had many very successful events. Most notably, the BCBA hosted a reception with Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga as the guest speaker to kick-off National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). Attendees learned about the Supreme Court’s summer activities before the court resumed hearings on August 30.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Chief Justice Labarga for his valuable time, and to everyone who worked swiftly to pull together the necessary resources to plan the luncheon. Chief Justice Labarga’s event at the BCBA would not have been possible without the assistance of The Honorable Chief Judge Jack Tutor, The Honorable Judge Carlos Rebollo, and the joint efforts of the BCBA Hispanic Lawyers Committee, and the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association (BCHBA).

As I write this letter, a Hispanic Heritage Month event, including a CLE, are in the final planning stages for Thursday, October 5. SOS Venezuela will cover the events related to former President Obama’s Executive Order that designates Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to national security and imposes restrictions affecting Americans looking to start or continue business in Venezuela. The BCBA event will be co-hosted by the Broward Bar and the Weston Florida Chamber of Commerce. This month’s Barrister also includes a relevant article by Jorge Alberto Abreu, an attorney at Gastesi & Associates, P.A., titled Americans Conducting Business in Venezuela, Adversely Affected by U.S. Sanctions. Click Here to read the article.

This month will also feature the event, A Taste of the Caribbean which will be Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the BCBA Conference Center. Guest speakers Lorna E. Brown-Burton, Dahlia Walker-Huntington, and Michael Goldstein (President & CEO Lan Infotech) will discuss the topic The Changing World of Immigration and Technology: Staying current on the new rules and regulations. This year’s event will include an immigration and technology CLE, and feature a rum tasting.

This month we also recognize Constitution Day. Traditionally celebrated on September 17 in recognition of the signing of the United States Constitution that day in 1787. The BCBA’s annual Constitution Day Reception titled, Constitution Revision Commission: An intimate Conversation will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Pier Top, Fort Lauderdale. The event’s Title Sponsor is Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

Distinguished panelists to participate in a discussion moderated by Jay Cohen, Florida Bar Board of Governors member, include: Constitutional Review Commissioners, Former Senator Christopher L. Smith, and Belinda Keiser; and Florida Bar Board of Governors Constitution Committee Members, Florida Bar President Michal J. Higer, Gary Lesser, and Leslie J. Lott.  

For additional information regarding upcoming BCBA events, please call 954-832-3618 or visit

I look forward to seeing you at a future BCBA event.