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South Florida's Legal Community Update
November 18, 2010


We do our best to provide accurate, updated information to you. Please understand that this information is collected from multiple sources and it is recommended that you contact the organizations listed for the most up-to-date event details.  Thank you to all who contribute to this calender.


Thu Nov 18, 2010

11:45am The Miami Lakes Bar Association CLE Luncheon - Bad Faith Insurance Litigation
Where :
Don Shula's Hotel on Main Street (6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes)

Description: longtime Miami Lakes Optimist member and local attorney Roland Gomez will discuss Bad Faith Insurance Litigation.
Cost: $30 for members and $35 for non-members/guests. The MLBA can only accept checks or cash, no credit cards.
RSVP no later than Tuesday, November 17 for the luncheon by calling The Elias Law Firm, PLLC at 305-823-2300 or reply by email to

11:45 am Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Bar Association: Panel discussion on “The Benefits and Pitfalls of Social Media for Lawyers, Law Firms and Judges,”
Where: West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.
Cost: $22 members, $35 nonmember, free for judges. $10 more at the door

5:30pm Judicial Reception following the Southern District of Florida Judges meeting in West Palm Beach
Where: Clearlake Marriott, WPB
For more information contact Joe Bain 

5:30pm South Palm Beach County Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Committee Happy hour
Where: Vic & Angelo’s, 290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
Cost: Free
Call (561) 482-3838.

5:30pm Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section: Happy hour
Where: SKY 309, 319 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.
Cost: Free for members and judges, $25 nonmembers.
Call (561) 687-2800.

6pm Legal Art: Legal Service Night for Miami Artists and Arts Organizations
Where: Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Wachovia Financial Center, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 5300, Miami.
Cost: Free.


6pm Bankruptcy Bar Happy Hour hosted by Leidermen Shelomith
Where: YOLO, 333 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cost: Free Contact:

Where: 1111 Brickell Avenue, 30th Floor, Miami, Florida 33131
Description: (BENEFITING THE DCBA/YLS CHILDREN'S CHARITABLE PROGRAMS) Featuring: Vegas Casino Games, Hors D'oeuvres, Open Bar, Silent Auction and RafflePrizes, including , Hotel Stay, Restaurant Certificates, Aerial tour,Swim with the Dolphins, among others.
Advanced RegistrationMembers $40; Non-Members $50, Government/Public Interest & Judges $25 At the Door $50

6pm Gwen S. CHerry Black Lawyer Assoc: Sip & Spa Happy Hour
Where: The Palm Hotel, 3025 Collins Ave. Miami Beach
call: 305-534-0505

Fri Nov 19, 2010

8:30am FUNdamentals of Family Law in a Changed World "The 19th Annual Nuts & Bolts of Divorce Seminar" Presented by DCBA Family Courts Committee, DCBA Young Lawyers Section & Legal Aid/Put Something Back
Dade County Courthouse, Courtroom TBA, 73 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130
Description: Topics include Initial Client Interview, Discovery: Electronic Evidence, Re-Visiting Time-Sharing and Parenting Plans, Contempt-The Proper Way, Foreclosure, Modifications and Short Sales, Rule 2.420 on Confidentiality. 4.0 CLE Credit, including 3.0 certification and .5 ethics , applied for
Cost: There is NO COST for all attorneys who agree to accept at least one pro bono family law case from PSB; otherwise, the cost is $80.00 ($100.00 at the door)
Click here for full description and to register


11:45am The Attack on State Secrets Privilege- South Miami / Kendall Bar Association Luncheon
Carrabba's Italian Grill 5829 SW 73rd St., Miami, Florida 33143
Description: Speaker: Tom Spencer has been a contributing commentator on multiple cable news and national broadcast networks. He has been featured in multiple national newspapers and is a frequent editorial contributor to the Miami Herald.
Cost: $25.00 Members with Reservation $30.00 Non-Members or without Reservation
RSVP by emailing

11am Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach: Holiday Bookfest & Luncheon
Where: Barnes & Noble City Place, 700 Rosemary Ave, WPB
Cost: Free
Call: 561-615-5701


Sat Nov 20, 2010

7pm HistoryMiami’s 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society 2010 Legal Legends Coctail Hour

Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Downtown Miami
Visit  for more information.
Cost: $65 advance $75 at the door
RSVP 305-375-5356 or


Mon Nov 22, 2010

5:30pm Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators: Dinner
Where: Tropical Acres Restaurant, 2500 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale
Description: With Broward Circuit Judge Ronald J. Rothschild speaking on topic: “An Overview of Changes in Family Law,”
Cost: $35 members, $40 nonmembers,$5 more at the door

Cost: Free

Tue Nov 23, 2010

11:45am BCWLA & Broward County Hispanic Bar Association: Luncheon and CLE seminar

Where: Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $30.

Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer By Spencer M. Aronfeld
7pm Sara Rose Kid Lawyer on Radio Lollipop
Where: Miami Chidren's Hospital, 3100 SW 62 Ave, Miami FL 33155
Description: Lawyers to the Rescue Members and Sponsors will deliver and read SaraRose Kid Lawyer to every child at the Hospital
Contact Dina Aronfeld 305-491-1499 email:

Wed Nov 24, 2010

11am Lawyers to the Rescue Miami Children's Hospital book donation Event
Where: Miami Children's Hospital, 3100 Sw 62nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155
Description:  Lawyers to the Rescue Members and friends will deliver and read Sara Rose Kid Lawyer to every child at the Hospital
Want to purchase the books signed with your name on them donate and deliver them yourself or just want to distribute and read the books to a child at the hospital
contact Dina at
305.491.1499 or email you can also purchase the book online at


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The Patently Impossible Project to Benefit Legal Aid


The Intellectual Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association proudly invites you to participate in "The Patently Impossible Project" to benefit the Legal Aid Society
on Friday, December 3 2010 from 6pm – 8pm at the Miami Science Museum.


Challenge your fellow attorneys as you race to assemble a patented invention at The Patently Impossible Project.  All participants will be provided various parts, tools, and a patent registration - your job is to complete the assembly of the invention before your competition.  Prizes include a library of intellectual property books from BNA books, a special first place trophy, and of course, bragging rights! If the competition intimidates you, come watch the action from the sidelines, cheer on your colleagues, and bet on the winner by purchasing raffle tickets for incredible door prizes.


The event is open to all South Florida attorneys, regardless of specialty, so grab your co-workers and join us for a great time raising money for a significant cause.  The Patently Impossible Project at the Miami Science Museum – Friday December 3 from 6pm to 8pm. RSVP to Committee Chair, Jaime Rich Vining at or (305) 448-7089.

   Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society - Put Something Back 
Celebrating 60 Years of Civil Legal Services to the Indigent of Dade County
If you are an attorney and would like to donate your time, please visit the Dade County Pro Bono Website at . Once you become a member of the website, you may view available pro bono opportunities.

There are many ways to support Legal Aid Society and Put Something Back. Individual, Law firm, Cypres, Corporate and other donations help sustain the critical work of Legal Aid and Put Something Back. Your financial contribution fulfills The Florida Supreme Court pro bono mandate. 
Visit  to help provide "Equal Access to Justice for All."


Children’s Book Written by Coral Children’s Book Written by Coral Gables Attorney to Benefit Lawyers to the Rescue/Miami Children's Hospital

Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer By Spencer M. Aronfeld

Spencer M. Aronfeld, founding partner of The Aronfeld Trial attorneys, has written a children’s book showing young readers what different kinds things lawyers do, and how the gift of debate on a passionate issue can lead to legal career.

"Sara Rose, Kid Lawyer," published by AuthorHouse™, tells the story of Sara Rose, a tenacious elementary school student who likes to argue. She constantly debates with her parents, her little brother and her friends. One day her fourth-grade teacher tells her that all her arguing would make her a good lawyer. After a chance encounter with a real attorney who introduces her to the legal profession, Sara Rose soon finds herself thrust into the middle of a real case, representing her class in front of the school board.

A portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit Lawyers to the Rescue, a non-denominational humanitarian organization created by lawyers committed to bringing legal assistance and humanitarian support to people around the world in times of crisis. Lawyers to the Rescue recently held a legal clinic for the homeless at the Camillus House in downtown Miami. The organization also assisted in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home and held fundraisers for earthquake disaster relief efforts in Chile and Haiti. It also has a new student chapter at the Florida International University School of Law. For more information about the organization, visit:

Also, attorneys who buy the book have the option of having copies donated to the Miami Children's Hospital, with the goal that each child admitted this holiday season will receive a free copy.

You can buy book by contacting Mr. Aronfeld's office: 305.441.0440

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