YLS President’s Message

December 2018 

Looking back at this wonderful November, I trust and hope that everyone had a meaningful time with family and friends as well as an opportunity to think about the things that they are thankful for as another year comes to a close.

I want to thank all of those in attendance at the 31st Annual Young Lawyer’s Golf Tournament to support Experience Camps.  It is one of our largest events and requires a tremendous amount of time and effort from our Board and volunteers.  So, as an initial matter, I want to extend a huge thank you to our entire Board of Directors along with our committee member, Jacqueline Revis, who arrived to Jacaranda before 6:00am on the day of the tournament to set up for this incredible event.  Our golf chairs, Brooke Latta, Josh Levine, and Maria S. Fischer all did an amazing job in making the constellations align for this tournament which seems to grow every single year!

We had more participants sign up this year than the course could accommodate.  We had fantastic hole sponsors which even featured digital golf swing analytics!  Even the team who turned in a score card that was 5 strokes higher than the course’s maximum score had a great time.  In the end the only “loser” of the day was the actual golf course which was left full of bumps, bruises, and a considerable amount of divots.

This year, we exceeded all previous records in attendance and charitable donations thanks to the tremendous amount of support from the entire Broward legal community.  For that, we are very thankful. 

However, it was also a somber event for me in that it was the first time that the legendary Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, was not in attendance.  Tragically, we lost Skip at the end of October.  This year’s tournament was held just two-days before what would have been Skip’s 70th birthday. 

Before I was even a lawyer and was clerking for Skip Campbell, I remember him playing in the Young Lawyer’s Golf Tournament every year.  He was a tremendous supporter of the Young Lawyer’s Section and a former president of the section as well.  Skip was even credited with founding the Young Lawyer’s Section Golf Tournament.  Skip was so tremendously accomplished that my monthly allotment of five-hundred words could never adequately pay tribute to his political achievements, his philanthropy, and his activism in the community, his public service, or his impact and success in law. 

I would need a novel for that. 

One would be hard pressed to find a person in our Broward Community who was not, in some way, positively impacted by Skip Campbell.  So, in his honor, the Young Lawyer’s Section has decided to rename our golf tournament so that his memory will endure with the tournament he created.  Each year, the Young Lawyer’s Golf tournament will be known as the “Skip Campbell Memorial Tournament” presented by the Young Lawyer’s Section.  We thank Skip for the lasting impact he has made on our tournament, our organization, our community, and our State.