Thank you to the over 100 BCBA members who recently visited our photographer to have their directory photos updated. This was a great turnout! It is my intention to obtain photos from county facilities for those few members for whom we presently do not have current photos. Facilities has many member photos on hand as they need them to issue courthouse access badges. Concerns pertaining to unavailable photos are now substantially resolved. I appreciate your continued patience with regard to the annual directory.
Thanks also go out to BCBA members David Volk and Andrew “Andy” Lannon - both of whom will be presenting CLEs to our membership. It is anticipated that registration for both CLEs will be available without charge to the BCBA membership.
David, who is Board Certified in Business Litigation and who sat on the Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee for a number of years, is slated to speak on how, procedurally, the Rules of Civil Procedure are modified. Having spoken with David regarding this specific topic, I am confident that the presentation will be both interesting to, and worthwhile for, those who are able to attend.
Andy, who is Board Certified in both Business Litigation and Local Government Law, will focus on representing companies and citizens in land use matters before local governments. Andy serves as City Attorney for Palm Bay, the city housing the highest population in our county. In this capacity, he noted that not only are very few individuals who appear before the City on land use issues (e.g., seeking a variance) represented by counsel but many of them don’t know any attorneys who practice in this area. The program will help BCBA members learn how to incorporate this little noticed practice area into their practices.
Congratulations to Melbourne High School’s Mock Trial team as they are headed to the Florida Law Related Education Association’s State competition! With BCBA members Pam Bress, Greg Donahue and Robert Hoag serving as Mel High’s attorney coaches, they are well equipped to continue their local success. Thank you additionally to the other high schools and coaches who participated in this year’s competition!
For those who have never served as jurors or coaches, I would encourage you to consider it for next year’s competition. Having served in both capacities multiple times, I can attest that it is a very rewarding experience for all involved. If you want to participate but are at all reluctant, call me or email me and I’ll happily give you more information about how the process works.
In the hopes of increasing participation for next year’s competition, I reached out to School Board member Matt Susin, who is an attorney, to drum up support and, hopefully, to encourage the School Board to fund, at least partially, stipends for teachers to encourage greater participation in the program.