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YLS President’s Message

YLS President Lindsay Massillon

For those of you who attended our Installation Gala on June 22, 2019, you know what a phenomenal night it was. I was honored to be among so many of our esteemed judges, lawyers, and those businesses who support the Broward Bar. It was a great reminder of the strength and diversity of Broward County’s attorneys.

I also had the opportunity of attending the Florida Bar’s 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference in Tampa last month. If you haven’t checked out the photos posted on Facebook, please do. Broward showed up in droves; and, while there is always room for growth, it became apparent to me that Broward leads the pack in what we provide for our membership. One of my favorite moments of the Conference was a joint lunch with all our Broward colleagues, including leaders of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association, Caribbean Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, and (of course) BCBA and YLS. Looking around the table at what Broward has to offer was something to behold.

Another highlight was chatting with leaders to our North and South. While it is important that YLS build relationships with our intra-county voluntary bar associations (VBAs) it is also important to me that I provide our members with an opportunity to network with attorneys in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties as well. We all know how rare it is to only practice in Broward, no matter how hard we all try to stay away from traveling on 95 or the Turnpike. The more our Broward lawyers can feel as “at home” as we all feel walking in the Broward County Courthouse, the better. Attending motion calendar is already stressful enough for new attorneys when you’re in your home court; how nice would it be if you could see a friendly face when you’re walking down the hall of the Miami-Dade Courthouse? My Board and I will be working together to come up with networking opportunities with our local VBAs, as well as with attorneys in the tri-county area.

My Board is also working on our calendar of events for the fall, which includes our premier fall event, the 2019 Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, Jr. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, benefitting the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, which will be held on November 9, 2019 at the Jacaranda Golf Club. We are sure to sell out this year, and you do not want to miss this event. Keep an eye on our calendar and newsletter for registration and sponsorship opportunities. In the meantime, if you want more information and want to get the ball rolling on sponsorship, please contact me at LMassillon@fowler-white.com.

With that, I encourage you to take advantage of the last days of #vacayvibes and be prepared to join us for a great YLS fall. See you next month!