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2017 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

Creating a Magical Year for your AssociationThe Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference will be held on July 14-15 at Boardwalk Inn/Walt Disney World Resort. This statewide meeting is a not to be missed event, bringing together the largest gathering of voluntary bar leaders in Florida! In addition to spot-on timely topics, special networking events are planned from the time your arrive until the final gavel brings the meeting to a close.

Click here for full program details
Where dreams come true.

You’ll be treated like the most special guest in the ‘World'

Located on the shores of Crescent Lake in the Epcot resort area, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is reminiscent of Atlantic City in the 1940’s with today’s modern amenities. From the time you arrive until your checkout, you’ll be treated like the most special guest in the ‘World’. This upscale, exciting resort is sure to make your Disney dreams come true, starting with a special rate of $209 plus applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 12.5%. All guest rooms are queen doubles with a sofa bed. An additional person (18 years and older) can occupy the same room for $25/night. If requested, suites are offered at 20 percent off the prevailing rate in effect at the time of our meeting, based on availability. Boardwalk Inn/Walt Disney World Resort
Rooms are expected to fill quickly as this is a peak time for Orlando area attractions. Resort reservations for the conference can be booked using our group’s online booking website.

Subject to availability of resort and group rate rooms, run of house hotel rooms may be reserved at the group room rates starting July 9 up to the night of July 20 (checking out on July 21) for attendees wishing to extend their stays.

Guests can also call the Group Reservations Phone Team (407) 939-4686.


Reserve your room

YLD Scholarships

As many as 20 registration scholarships are being offered by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for aspiring young lawyers who want to attend the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference. Applications are due by May 1. Click for more details. PDF document opens in new window Click for application. PDF document opens in new window
The stars are aligned.

2017-18 Florida Bar President Michael Higer joins us for a team huddle and a chance to dialogue on what’s on the horizon for The Florida Bar. The session is sure to be a winner with this all-star Bar leader.
Succeed like a mouse!

Lenn Millbower worked for Disney for 25 years. He ran attractions at Epcot and he opened Disney's Animal Kingdom. He wrote customer service materials for the Disney Institute. He even designed the training for becoming Snow White. Millbower knows firsthand that it was the Disney method that created all the magic!

In this motivating and uplifting presentation, our keynote speaker will share the details of this 4C success formula. His presentation will leave bar leaders inspired, exhilarated, and motivated to conquer the seemingly impossible challenges of the association world. He will show us how to create a magical career and life and how to succeed like a mouse.
Learn and earn.
This year’s conference has several tools you’ll want to have handy to chart your course for success as an officer or director of your bar association. Not only have we brought together the best resources and professionals on timely topics, the conference is also good for 5.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit from The Florida Bar.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Explore five different options for vendors to raise their profile with bar leaders. PDF document opens in new window

Thank you to our growing list of sponsors for this year!

The Florida Bar Foundation
Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
Orange County Bar Association
Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

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2016 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference
The 2016 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference was held - July 15-16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. This two-day conference is for current bar association presidents and executive directors. 

2016 Conference PhotosConference photos are posted at The Florida Bar Flickr photo stream. 

This link previews the candid photos taken at the conference.

View the 2016 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference presentations and session handouts:
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When You Can't Clone Yourself PDF document opens in new window

Young Lawyers on Center Stage PDF document opens in new window

Thank you for your generosity and support of the 2016 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference:

Florida Bar Foundation
12 Oaks Recovery Center
Board of Legal Specialization & Education
Carlton Fields
Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
Florida Bar - Young Lawyers Division
Hedler Hessen, P.A.

Thanks to our Sponsors
PR Florida/ FL LawSites
Rhonda Anderson, PA
ROIG Lawyers
Veritext Legal Solutions
US Legal Support
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Law Week 2017

Law Week the 14th Amendment Transforming American Democracy
What is Law Day?
Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.
Learn more about the history of Law Day and past themes here.

Where can I find Law Day products?
Law Day products are available in the
ABA Webstore. Shop while supplies last. Sign up for updates to learn more about product availability.

Law Week 2017

The 2017 theme of Law Week provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.

How can I receive updates about Law Day 2017?
Sign up for updates and announcements as we gear up for the 2017 Law Day theme. Be the first to know when Law Day planning guides, teaching resources, products and other useful items become available.

The 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference - July 10-11 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, FL. This two-day conference is designed for current bar association presidents and executive directors. See the Conference program agenda for examples of sessions and events, or view the following VBLC session handouts:
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Lawyer Feedback Subcommittee Report PDF document opens in new window
A summary of feedback from voluntary bars on what they believe the Bar can do to help its members. The effort was created in response to The Florida Bar President Ray Abadin's vision of enhancing member engagement.

Quick now, do you know what the "Notice of Confidential Information within Court Filings" is? Read the Bar News article, Lawyers will be responsible for redacting confidential information in court filings. Find out about the Free CLE course.

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"Stabilizing Revenues for the State Courts System and Clerks of Court," External Link the Nov. 1 report and recommendations of the Revenue Stabilization Workgroup, details findings and recommendations to provide stable funding for the Core Court System. Talking points cover the key aspects of the report and the recommendations. PDF document opens in new window

Diversity & Inclusion

The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Association Diversity Leadership Grants
The purpose of this voluntary bar association grant program is to support initiatives and programs which encourage diversity, diversity training and dialogue among lawyers in Florida through financial support of conferences, seminars, summits and symposia planned and hosted by local and specialty bar associations.

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Examples of Voluntary Bar Diversity Seminars
In an effort to assist Voluntary Bar Associations statewide become well equipped to address the topic of diversity, we have gathered the following information. Several local Bar Associations have provided some valuable background information that may serve as a template for organizing a diversity summit/symposium in your communities.

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Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (“Miami-Dade FAWL”), the Dade County Bar Association (“DCBA”) and Disability Independence Group, Inc. (“DIG”)

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Grants & Applications

American Bar Association External Link

Judicial Independence Video (Windows Media Video- 48.75 MB)

Issue Paper: Voluntary Bar Associations

CLE and Basic Skills Course Requirements
  • Board Certification ads for newsletters are available for download. AD 1 - PDF document opens in new window / AD 2 PDF document opens in new window

History of Conferences
Consumer Information

Speakers Bureau
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