|If you haven’t noticed by now, one consistent theme for my year as President has been to focus on social events for members in an effort to have fun and strengthen our professional bond. On October 10th, the BCBA hosted the first-ever “Mix & Mingle with the Judges” event at Amici’s restaurant in Suntree. Departing from the traditional “Breakfast with the Judges” concept, the after-work event featured light appetizers, drinks, and desserts in a social atmosphere. By all accounts, it was well-attended and a lot of fun. As is becoming a trend with our Bar events this year, there was a significant crowd that stayed well past the scheduled ending time to enjoy the atmosphere and socialize with friends and colleagues. We hope to do more events like this in the future as a benefit to our members. Thank you to all the lawyers and judges who attended and made the event such a success.By the time this issue of the Ex Parte arrives, we will have hosted our Fall CLE at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Viera on November 1st. As planned, the CLE will provide multiple hours of credit for a low price without any significant travel. This has been the model for our CLE programs for a long time. However, with the emerging trend for online webinars and CLEs on CD that lawyers can work through in their offices and in their spare time, we are beginning to wonder just what our BCBA members would like to see for our CLE programs in the future. One thought has been to try to host shorter CLE programs multiple times per year, perhaps through a series of lunchtime or after work events, in order to avoid lawyers having to schedule the bulk of al workday off to attend in person. Another thought has been that the BCBA doesn’t need to host two CLEs a year, as many members are choosing to do more of their CLE hours online or via CD. One new aspect to our CLE program will be to post all of the event materials on the BCBA website for members to access online after the event. This will reduce the Bar’s cost of hosting CLEs and allow for the most recent materials to be added right up to the time of each CLE. We are always looking for ways to improve our programs and welcome your feed back on the topic of CLEs. Please submit any ideas or feedback by email to the Bar office.
With November comes Thanksgiving and the true beginning of the holiday season. As lawyers, we have many reasons to be thankful and I’m wishing all of you safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving. Our annual BCBA Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 13th at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The event promises to be one to remember, so please get it on your calendar now. There will be a limited block of rooms available at a special rate for BCBA members so you can “take the elevator home” after the party. For more information, please contact the BCBA office. Until next time, see you around the courthouse!