Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee

first_img Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee Toyca D. Williams Special to the News Voluntary bar leaders will head to Florida’s capital to network and discuss the successes and challenges faced by attorneys who volunteer in their local bar associations.The 2004 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is set for July 23-24 in Tallahassee. As this year’s theme suggests, “Raising the Bar — A Capital Idea,” the annual workshop gives participants an opportunity to discuss voluntary bar association programs, share what works in their communities, and gather helpful tips to improve existing programs.The workshop topics include membership recruitment and retention, fundraising, and other sources of nondues revenue, association finances, pro bono outreach, membership profiling, trends in association communications, and more.The conference, which moves around the state, is being co-hosted by several bar associations in Florida’s Panhandle, including the Tallahassee and Escambia-Santa Rosa bars, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Tallahassee Barristers Association, Florida Government Bar Association, The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and the Florida Council of Bar Executives.“The Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is an essential tool to all new and rising leaders within their voluntary bar associations to learn about topics ranging from effective leadership, taxation and accounting do’s and don’ts, communication within and between various bar associations, successful Law Week activities, and conducting excellent programs for your members,” said Kathy Maus, chair of the event’s planning committee.Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince will serve as the keynote speaker. Justice Quince, the first African-American woman appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, will discuss how her voluntary bar involvement contributed to her success in the profession. Quince said voluntary bars provide support networks for lawyers with similar interests.“I cannot say enough about the value of voluntary bars,” Justice Quince said. “To me, they are the professional equivalent of our local places of worship, where we gather to remind ourselves what our lives are about, to support and nurture each other, to provide support for issues of interest to the entire Florida Bar, to remind ourselves of the values we share, and to promote our common good and our common objectives.”Justice Quince is currently involved in the National Bar Association and Tallahassee Women Lawyers. She is an active member of The Florida Bar’s Government Lawyers Section, the Criminal Law Section, and the Equal Opportunities Law Section. While living in Hillsborough County, Quince was a member of the George Edgecomb Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar, Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, and the Tampa Bay Inn of Court.In addition to Justice Quince, Second Circuit Chief Judge Charles A. Francis will provide an update on court funding, and Judge Terry P. Lewis of Tallahassee will share the highs in writing two novels.The planning committee hopes to provide a program for the whole family to enjoy, including a Friday night reception at the Wakulla Springs State Park, that features one of the world’s largest and deepest fresh water springs, surrounded by nearly 5,000 acres of pristine forest. A lawyers rock band, The Big Kahunas, will provide music.“You won’t find a more stimulating and informative program for voluntary bar leaders,” Maus said. “It provides an opportunity to network with other people who share the same interest to foster good will among the legal profession and their communities. Furthermore, our capital has something to offer to the entire family.”The registration fee for the conference is $85. The reception is an additional fee. In May, the registration brochure will be mailed to voluntary bar officers and posted on the voluntary bar news page of The Florida Bar’s Web site at It will include a detailed schedule with workshop descriptions.For information about the conference or sponsorship opportunities, call the Bar’s Toyca Williams at (850) 561-54764 or e-mail, [email protected] Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee April 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img

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