|Message From The President
Our Fall C.L.E. was focused on avoiding legal malpractice and Florida Bar issues. The guest speakers were Warren Trazenfeld, a Plaintiff’s Legal Malpractice Attorney from Miami; Jamie Moses, a Defense Legal Malpractice Attorney; Patricia Savitz, a Florida Bar Attorney, and Clay Price, an Accountant and Auditor. They all provided valuable information to our members in attendance
My visual survey of the members in attendance suggested we were preaching to the choir. Most of the lawyers in attendance were “seasoned” (i.e., a euphemism for older) practitioners, who have “been there and done that.” Although their attendance was welcome, our target was our younger members, many of whom do not have other firm members to learn from or mentor them.
To those members of the Brevard County Bar Association who have ventured out to practice on their own, with little or no experience or guidance, these educational opportunities are for you. The first rule of participation is that you must be present. Several legal organizations in the 18th Judicial Circuit offer legal education and mentoring moments. To benefit from these organizations, you have to participate. AS demanding as the legal profession is on you, time and attention must be given to honing your professional and practice skills. I would rather be on my boat fishing than at a C.L.E. Attending C.L.E.s means I can keep my professional skills sharp, serve my clients and afford the boat.
Many of us are happy to answer questions from our fellow lawyers. I, for one, frequently call on other lawyers for their insight and knowledge. It is not a sign of weakness to do so, it is a sign that you want to get it right.
The Brevard County Bar Association is planning our Spring C.L.E. If any members have thoughts on programs that would benefit our lawyers or their staff, call or email a board member and share your ideas. We are very receptive to our members’ educational and ethical needs.