Brevard County Bar Association
 

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 memberDSC_5715s work to improve the legal profession, the community in which they live and the administration of justice in society.
 
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Message From The President

Bryan A. Lober

Lober_Bryan17 judges[1], 2 magistrates[2], 7 BCBA past presidents[3], and 1 elected official[4] joined over 100 BCBA members and guests at the BCBA’s President’s Dinner held on July 7 at the EFSC planetarium. While I was briefly mortified at the prospect of speaking in front of what would dwarf even the largest en banc session, I was honored to have such a remarkable turnout at the event. It is worth remembering that the judges who attended (many with their spouses) all tackle massive caseloads but nevertheless made the time to travel to Cocoa to interact with the local bar. For that, they each have the sincere appreciation of the Association.

The dinner amounted to a test event in that it was the first large event we’ve hosted, in the past two years, without the benefit of an event planner. We forewent with the event planner to save the Association roughly $10,000 per year. This and other cost-cutting measures we have implemented, and that we will continue to implement, will save additional funds. The savings we realize from these changes allow us to retain some of the lowest staffed voluntary bar association dues in the State of Florida. It also allows us to offer free and reduced-fee events for BCBA members.

Cost savings coupled with an increased focus on non-dues revenue allow us to continue to provide all members with an annual directory and monthly Ex Parte in addition to admission to our yearly holiday party and continued access to the quiet room in the law library – all for free. You may expect our biennial judicial poll, awards for 50-year members, condolence flowers for deceased members, and other less visible, but just as important, efforts to continue.

Members understandably want to get something in exchange for their dues. In addition to the foregoing member benefits, you should anticipate an increased availability of free CLE opportunities – including opportunities for coveted ethics credits.

We’re bringing back restaurant discounts as a member benefit this year. Starting now and valid through the end of the year, BCBA members receive 10% off their entire food order at Buffalo Wild Wings (both in Palm Bay and Viera). For those who were not able to attend the installation dinner, you may request your “Brevard County Bar Association Wild Card” at either of the two local Buffalo Wild Wings locations. During the month of August, you may show your BCBA courthouse access badge at Amici’s and receive a 10% discount off your entire bill. For September, show your badge at Charlie & Jake’s (N Wickham Rd) for 10% off (excludes alcohol).

I’ve formed new and meaningful committees that I believe will improve the overall member experience as well as keep costs down by exploring uncultivated non-dues revenue opportunities. Though the BCBA has not had non-board member chaired committees in the years I have served on the board, some of this year’s committees will be chaired by non-board (and non-bored) members. I have an A-list of folks both on the committee and on the board level that I’m confident will help make this year a memorable one. Coupled with President-Elect Michelle Studstill’s amenability to coordinating multi-year endeavors (e.g., potentially implementing a lawyer referral service, having the BCBA host the Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, etc.), the Association is on track and geared to improve the return on investment we offer members in exchange for their hard-earned dues.

I look forward to a jam-packed year working to improve an already productive Association. I hope to see each of you at the many exciting events we have planned over the next twelve months!

[1] Judges Davidson, Dugan, Earp, Galluzzo, Garagozlo, Harris, Koenig, Lemonidis, Majeed, Maloney, McKibben, Rudisill, Silverman, Silvernail, Souto, Stacy, and Taylor

[2] Magistrates Ballou and Castaldi

[3] Leslie Castaldi (2015-2016), Mark Peters (2014-2015), Ashley Hardee (2009-2010), Kimberly Resanka (2006-2007), Jason Hedman (2003-2004), Judge Harris (1999-2000), and Gretchen Klayman (1998-1999)

[4] Scott Ellis (Brevard County Clerk of Courts)