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President’s Message

President Michael A. Fischler

With summer over, school back in session and football season starting, the Broward County Bar Association (“BCBA”) is back in full swing. Many firms with five (5) attorneys or more have joined the BCBA Hundred Percent (100%) Membership Club and we thank each of them for their support. BCBA Section leaders are meeting and planning agendas for the year and I encourage all members to join one or more BCBA sections and participate therein.

Please feel free to contact Section Chairs if you have ideas or wish to assist them in putting on events. Please also encourage attorneys who may not be members of the BCBA to join our organization and take advantage of all the opportunities offered to members. Our new County Court Insurance Section held its first CLE event, which was sold out, with County Court Judge Robert Lee making sure that the CLE was enjoyed by all attendees, who laughed throughout the humorous anecdotes.

Please visit the BCBA website, which has been updated, where you can continue to look at the Calendar of Events, search and post available jobs on the BCBA Job Board, and obtain CLE’s online through “B-Connected”. Please take the opportunity to invite friends to join the BCBA who may not already be members so that they can take advantage of all that we have to offer, including the BCBA Lawyer’s Lounge on the first floor of the Courthouse in the north end of the Clerk’s Office.

The BCBA held their annual retreat on August 3, 2019, at which time over sixty (60) volunteer leaders (did I say “volunteer leaders”) from the BCBA Board, YLS Board, Sectional and Regional Committees came together for an all-day exchange of ideas and the development of a strategic plan, in an effort to better serve the legal community and our membership, and plan for the future. Thank you to Executive Director Braulio Rosa for all you did to design and make the program interesting and to Lauren Riegler Capote, Events and CLE Manager, for coordinating all aspects of the event so that it would be enjoyed and run smoothly. I would personally like to thank all attendees who took time on their weekend to attend and participate in the retreat, including Past Presidents Winney Kessler, Tom Oates, Robin Moselle and Alan Fishman, as well as Judge Florence Barner, Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee with Tabatha Blackmon.

We have some exciting events on the horizon. On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the BCBA is cosponsoring “Behind the Gavel”, at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, at which there will be a celebration of Hispanic Judges; on September 19, 2019, there will be a tri-county Bar Association networking happy hour, utilizing round trip transportation on the Bright Line, and the BCBA on October 18, 2019 has their all-day packed CLE Bench & Bar Convention (“B&B Convention”). We expect over six hundred (600) Judges, Lawyers, Sponsors and guests to attend the Convention. Please mark your calendar to attend the B&B Convention which affords Judges and Lawyers an opportunity to exchange ideas on a variety of topics, for networking, and the obtaining of numerous CLE credits, each providing an opportunity to learn from and ask questions from Judges and experienced attorneys.

Should you have any questions, suggestions, comments or wish to take on leadership roles or participate more in the BCBA, please feel free to contact any member of the Board, Staff and/or myself.