WCBA MARCH 2019 NEWS – Walton County Bar Association
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In this issue: – Letter from the President
– March Social Lunch
– Other News and
– Photos
2019 Calendar of Events
* 3/13: Social Luncheon
* 4/16: Nighttime Networking
* 5/8: Evening CLE with TFB President Michelle Suskauer
* 6/14: WCBA Symposium
* 7/19: Investiture of Judge Jeffrey Burns
* 8/14: Lunch & Learn CLE
* 9/18: Evening CLE with TFB President John Stewart
* 10/10: Nighttime Networking
* 11/13: Veteran’s Day Lunch
* 12/11: Annual Holiday Luncheon

President’s Letter: The 2019 Florida Legislative Session begins on March 5 (the day I am writing this letter).  I’m going to attend FAWL Lobby Days in Tallahassee on March 11th and 12th, so I’ve been thinking more about “the Session” this year than I normally would.  But perhaps not in the way you might imagine.  I’d like to think my thoughts have risen above partisan politics and wonder about what specific laws might come up for debate.  I’ve been thinking about each of you, and our roles as lawyers in the often complex and confusing process called “legislation”.
I wanted to find a good visual for this letter – something to really tell the story of how attorneys should be interacting with the legislative process on the highest possible level.  Not lobbying for clients, or even personal political activism, but pro bono publico kind of involvement – for the good of the public.  Instead, I found this:

But on further reflection, this meme really does convey the idea I’m focusing on as we enter the 2019 season of laws being proposed, debated, talked about in the media and ultimately, being adopted or falling by the wayside.  Our role – as lawyers, as those who dedicate their lives’ work to reading, understanding, interpreting, distilling, advocating and educating the public about THE LAW.
Who is better than us to wade through the often-voluminous pages of proposed laws to parse the complex language and raise concerns about application or conflicts with other laws?  Who better to speak to local civic groups, or high school students, about the potential legal impacts of the issues being debated in Tallahassee this spring?  I’m not talking about issue advocacy here; I’m talking about process advocacy.  Our ability to demystify the legislative process, to ensure clarity and transparency for ALL citizens of Florida.
So whatever your personal political beliefs might be, or what kind of lobbying your various clients might want you to do with this year’s legislative agendas, be alert for opportunities to provide the kind of public service that we are uniquely qualified to offer.  Accept that invitation to talk with a local Rotary club about legislation, volunteer to go to a local school and have some Q&A time with students just learning how laws are made in our representative government, engage in polite and thoughtful discourse about the process on social media.  BE A LAWYER!  Who else can do that but us?

In service,

Lori Ellen Ward
WCBA 2019 President
850-460-8913 (office)
850-585-0657 (Cell) 

March Event: WCBA Social Lunch with Special guest Mac Carpenter, Walton County Planning Director

Mr. Carpenter will speak on the state of planning and development in Walton County.  

Date: March 13, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: The Bay, 24215 Hwy. 331 South, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Cost: WCBA Member $10, Non-Member $15 
Click here to Register

 Other News and Announcements:


DEADLINE: by Close of Business on Friday, March 22, 2019

Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill two vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. A joint screening committee of Florida Bar Board of Governors members and Board of Bar Examiners members will recommend six nominees for two lawyer vacancies at its May 24, 2019, meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill two five-year terms commencing Nov. 1, 2019, and expiring Oct. 31, 2024. More information is available at this link.


DEADLINE: by Close of Business on Friday, March 22, 2019

Members of the public are invited to apply on or before March 22, 2019, for one three-year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Supreme Court of Florida will appoint one public member to serve on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board ensures that applicants seeking admission to The Florida Bar have met the requirements of the Rules with regard to character and fitness, education and technical competence before recommending to the Supreme Court an applicant’s admission to the Bar. More info at this link.


Pamela Taylor is searching for anyone who might have done estate planning for her brother Horst Michael Taylor (who went by Michael).  Mr. Taylor is now deceased and his family is unable to locate his documents.  If you have any information you are willing or able to pass along, please email the WCBA and we will provide you with Pamela’s phone number.

ESRBA’s CLE Library is now digital at https://cle.esrba.com/
ESRBA is extending a 20% discount to members of the Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay county bar associations. The discount code is panhandle.
Each download comes with the audio from the seminar, the PowerPoint/handouts, and the CLE Certificate of Accreditation from The Florida Bar. The audio can be downloaded in any file type that you would like including MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, and AIFF formats. For your convenience and ease of listening, the seminars can also be streamed directly from the library. The library can also be accessed via www.esrba.com

If you take pictures at any law-related event, please share them with us for inclusion in a future newsletter: waltoncountybarassociation@gmail.com

Below photos from February 21 – Special thanks to our presenter from First American Title and our sponsors: CRC Data Technologies and Warren Averett

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