The Brevard County Bar Association (BCBA) is a voluntary professional association with more than 650 attorneys practicing in the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida. BCBA members work to improve the legal profession, the community in which they live and the administration of justice in society.
It is with great enthusiasm that I begin my term as President of the Brevard County Bar Association. I am honored to lead this great organization, and I am grateful for the past-presidents before me who have paved the way for this opportunity. I am also grateful for the support of my former employers, Norm Wolfinger and Phil Archer with the Office of the State Attorney and John and David Alpizar with Alpizar Law, who encouraged my involvement with the BCBA. I am excited to be joined by so many motivated officers and directors, including President-Elect Philip Zies, Treasurer Guna Ose, Secretary David Alpizar, and Directors, Jay Thakkar, Valeta Cameron, Elizabeth Siano Harris, Tino Gonzalez, Geoff Golub, Greg Hansen, Scott Robinson, and Steve Casanova.
We had an excellent Board Installation Dinner on July 19th at the new Space Coast Health Foundation Center for Collaboration. Over 130 BCBA members were in attendance, including 15 judges. We honored our outgoing board members, including immediate past-president, Michelle Studstill, and outstanding board member Jay Thakkar, as well as the J. Preston Silvernail Civility Award winner, Basil Freeman.
During the meeting, I laid out my goals for the coming year, which include the following: increase membership (especially among government attorneys), bring back regular dinner meetings, bring back the Fall and Spring CLEs, provide members with more benefits, collaborate with other voluntary bar organizations in Brevard County, and renovate the newly purchased BCBA office.
To that end, we have planned several events for the fall, including the following:
August 30, 2018: BCBA Dinner Meeting Membership Kickoff Drive
This event will take place at the Space Coast Convention Center, 301 Tucker Lane in Cocoa. This will be our first dinner meeting of the year, and we want to use it as an opportunity to encourage new members to attend and join the BCBA.
September 27, 2018: Civility Matters Roundtable (1 CLE Credit)
This CLE luncheon will be held at Tuscany Grill, located at 7640 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. A panel of experienced members of the judiciary and bar will discuss how civility or incivility can impact witnesses, jurors, courtroom personnel, clients and lawyers. Examples will be shared using video clips and personal experience. The panelists will give practical tips on how to deal with inappropriate behavior in the day-to-day practice. Brevard County Bar Association is proud to present this program in an effort to promote ABOTA’s purpose “To elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.”
October 5, 2018: Justice Teaching Training (3 CLE Credits)
Justice Teaching is an initiative of Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis will conduct a training on the Justice Teaching program. This event be held at the County Commission Boardroom, Brevard County Government Complex (Building C) 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. The ultimate goal of this program is to pair a legal professional with every elementary, middle and high school in the State of Florida.
October 25, 2018: CLE Luncheon: Blocking & Tackling Your Way to Increased Business Development (1 CLE Credit)
This CLE will take place at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club and will focus on business development from business development from beginning to end that will turn networking and business development efforts into a predictable revenue model. It will include tips and tricks on how to stay connected with prospects and clients to generate more revenue. The program will also teach the importance of having a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool. Special thanks to Seacoast Bank for their sponsorship of this event.
November 16, 2018: Fall CLE: Technology Roadshow (4 Technology CLE Credits, 2 Ethics CLE Credits)
The Florida Bar now requires that its members complete 3 hours of Technology CLEs in each reporting cycle. To assist BCBA members in meeting this requirement, we have coordinated with The Florida Bar to present a technology-themed CLE. This event will take place at the Space Coast Health Foundation Center for Collaboration in Rockledge. Lunch will be provided prior to the event and the CLE will run from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception to follow. Topics include Understanding Metadata and your Ethical Responsibilities with your Legal Documents; How a Practice Management Program Can Prevent Malpractice Claims in Your Law Office; Securing Mobile Devices; and Recognizing and Addressing Common Security Threats in Your Law Firm.
December 14, 2018: BCBA Annual Holiday Party
I look forward to working with all of you this year. I welcome any feedback you have, as well as any ideas for future programming. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-503-4014.