Message From The President
Bryan A. Lober
Is it possible to maintain audience interest during a CLE detailing Statutes, codes, and administrative regulations? As I learned, at the BCBA's first CLE of the current fiscal year, it is possible. Despite having attendees from numerous areas of practice and disciplines ranging from real property & association law to the State Attorney's Office to construction law to staff attorneys, there was not a single snore during the presentation. How could this be? Ed Kinberg and Kelly G. Swartz co-presented on the topic of unmanned aerial systems (colloquially referred to as drones & quadcopters) on Thursday, August 25th at the Moore Justice Center Law Library. This CLE, which was free to members, serves as proof that attorneys will attend CLEs on topics not traditionally considered to be in their areas of practice if those topics are sufficiently interesting and novel.
Our next such atypical topic, presented by Jennifer Dietz, pertains to animal law and will be held on Thursday, October 27th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Viera. Professor Dietz serves on the Executive Council of the Animal Law Section of The Florida Bar. While this CLE will be free to members, it will also serve as the BCBA's first annual Yappy Hour where we will be teaming up with a local animal rescue group. It is additionally anticipated that we will have a brief presentation on courthouse therapy dogs at this event. My wife, Rebecca, and I plan to bring our furry child, Winks, to this event.
If your CLE tastes are a bit more traditional or utilitarian, the BCBA is hosting a 2 1/2 hour ethics and professionalism CLE on Wednesday, October 12th at Eastern Florida State College. This CLE, preapproved for 2 Ethics and 1/2 Professionalism credits, will feature mini mock trials involving various scenarios implicating ethical and professionalism considerations. The program will be a moderated discussion led by Stephen Charpentier with U.S. District Judge John Antoon II; 5th DCA Judges Kerry Evander and Vincent Torpy; Senior Judge Bruce Jacobus; and, from our local judiciary, Judge David Koenig.
We will have additional CLE opportunities during the first half of 2017. One such CLE will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at which time the BCBA will host a technology oriented CLE featuring Avvo's Chief Legal Officer, Josh King. Josh will speak about online reputation management. Sam Glover, founder of lawyerist.com, will focus upon legal blogging. Chief Deputy Clerk Laurie Rice and Circuit Judge Tonya Rainwater will present on the topic of redaction.
I encourage you to come to our CLE offerings, nearly all of which are offered at no charge to members. If you are still getting your CLEs through audio recordings, you have my word that attending a live CLE is markedly more interesting. Our stellar presenters will enable you to meet your CLE requirements with captivating topics offered locally and for free.