Perspectives on the Profession from Women Judges
Gunster’s Women’s Leadership Forum, in partnership with the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, invites you to join us for a timely and empowering panel discussion on women in the legal profession.
Wednesday, January 30
- 5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. – Registration/Networking
- 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion
- 7:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. – Networking/Reception
201 Beggs Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Parking is available at the Jefferson Street and Washington Street garages.
Click here to view a map.
Pending approval from The Florida Bar for 1.0 hour General CLE credit.
Brown Bagging with the Bobs
Announcing the Spring 2019 line up for Brown Bagging with the Bobs! Judge Bob LeBlanc, Judge Bob Egan, and Judge Tanya Wilson are offering the following CLE’s!
All sessions are located at Orange County Courthouse on the 23rd floor -Judicial Conference Room.
Please RSVP to JA Cindy Brown at email@example.com or 407
**January 14 TRIAL OBJECTIONS with Hon. Tanya Wilson & Hon. Bob Egan
**February 11 CLOSING ARGUMENTS with Hon. John Kest
**March 11 JURY SELECTION ISSUES with Hon. Tanya Wilson and board certified attorney David Paul
**April 18 FRYE IN 2019 with Hon. Julie O’Kane
**May 13 UPDATES IN PATERNITY & CHILD SUPPORT with Hon. Alice Blackwell & Hon. Alicia Latimore & Hon. Heather Higbee
**June 10 (topic to be determined) with Hon. Bob LeBlanc (or TBD)
CFAWL February 2019 Luncheon
Please join us on Friday, February 1, 2019, 12:00-1:00PM for our next monthly luncheon at the Citrus Club with speaker, Honorable Frederick J. Lauten, Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit, who will speak on his career.
CFAWL January 2019 Luncheon
Please join us on Friday, January 4, 2019, 12:00-1:00PM for our next monthly luncheon at the Citrus Club with speaker, Jon Busdeker. Mr. Busdeker is the co-author of “100 Things Do To in Orlando Before You Die.” A former news reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and WESH-TV, Busdeker covered the region for more than 7 years. He is now the founder of Sunny Oranges Productions, a video storytelling company, and Orlando 60, a web series that focuses on the unique people and places in Central Florida. He is also the co-host of “Bungalower and The Bus,” a weekly radio show on Real Radio 104.1. Busdeker lives in College Park with his wife LeAnn, their two dogs, Hermione and Cora and their cat, Snuggles.
Prospectives on the Profession from Women Judges
January 30, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
FAMU College of Law, 201 Beggs Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
CFAWL is partnering with Gunster and the FAMU College of Law to bring together a panel of women judges to foster discussion in the Orlando legal market about systemic gender inequities in the profession, and strategies for balancing the scales. The format will be a moderated panel, with audience interaction and meet-and-greet time with the judges afterward. Conversation topics will include: women lawyers’ career expectations; overcoming bias; getting male decision makers involved; and personal stories of the panelists (e.g., challenges the judges faced during their careers, how they dealt with those challenges, gender bias they have observed from the bench, and their unique paths to becoming a judge). All interested members of the Orlando legal community are invited to attend.
Mini and Me Playdate Table for Eight!
Bring your toddler/child with you to this event! Children from the ages of 6 months to 5 years-old are able to participate! This Table for Eight is designed for parents to have a grown-up conversation while our minis play in the indoor gym led by a professional activity coordinator. This event will be on January 26, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30pm in Winter Garden. The hosts for this event are Mallory Widgren and Marissa Trevino.
To RSVP, please email our Table for Eight Chair, Janki Thakkar, at JankiAThakkar@gmail.com. As attendance is limited, the first CFAWL members to RSVP will be able to attend.
Support Our Seminole Sisters!
FAWL Seminole Kick-Off Mixer is being held Tuesday December 4, 2018 at Mercedes Benz of North Orlando, 100 Rinehart Rd, Sanford. For more information, contact Kim Corder (Phone: (407) 333-3332; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please join us on Friday, December 7, 2018, 12:00-1:00PM for our next monthly luncheon, which will be our special holiday luncheon! We would greatly appreciate if everyone could bring a pack of socks that can be donated to the homeless. To RSVP, please complete your luncheon reservation here no later than midnight, Tuesday, December 4, 2018, to ensure sufficient seating. Luncheon check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon program will begin promptly at Noon. Cancellations must be received no later than this same time (via email at email@example.com). Because the Citrus Club charges CFAWL according to the total RSVP number, and CFAWL is a non-profit organization which does not have the funds necessary to absorb luncheon costs, all who RSVP but do not cancel timely and do not attend the lunch will be invoiced in the amount of $30.00/person. We appreciate your understanding. Thank you December Luncheon Sponsor Kerry Collins!
Perspectives on the Profession from Women Judges
CFAWL is partnering with Gunster and the FAMU College of Law to bring together a panel of women judges to foster discussion in the Orlando legal market about systemic gender inequities in the profession, and strategies for balancing the scales. The format will be a moderated panel, with audience interaction and meet-and-greet time with the judges afterward. Conversation topics will include: women lawyers’ career expectations; overcoming bias; getting male decision makers involved; and personal stories of the panelists (e.g., challenges the judges faced during their careers, how they dealt with those challenges, gender bias they have observed from the bench, and their unique paths to becoming a judge). All interested members of the Orlando legal community are invited to attend. January 30, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., FAMU College of Law, 201 Beggs Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.
It’s Angel Tree Season
CFAWL is looking for ANGELS to sponsor a child from Rock Lake Elementary School for the holidays. Sponsors will be matched with a child who may otherwise go without, and asked to provide one warm jacket or fleece, one pair of shoes, one pair of pants, two shirts, and two gifts/toys from the child’s wish list that are all unwrapped in a large sturdy bag. You are welcome to sign up as a group for one child or sign up for more than one child.
We are also looking for volunteers to attend the Bag & Tag Party at the offices of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., on December 18, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Lawrence by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (407) 418-6259.
If you choose to sponsor and donate gifts, please drop off your gifts to: Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., 215 N. Eola Drive, Orlando 32801.
Sponsors can sign up by clicking here. You can also contribute to the cause by way of cash or check donations or through CFAWL’s Venmo account, @CFAWL.
CFAWL Lobby Days – Time to Start Planning!
Please mark your calendars for March 10-12, 2019, to attend FAWL’s Lobby Days! CFAWL board member Lauren Millcarek is serving as Lobby Days Chair, and CFAWL member Traci Deen is serving on FAWL’s board as Legislative Director, so we’d love to have a big CFAWL contingent representing our chapter on the state level at Lobby Days!
For those who have not attended, we will travel to Tallahassee and receive substantive training on how to advocate for causes from professional lobbyists. Then, we will be briefed on the non-partisan legislation that FAWL has chosen to support for the year – focusing on FAWL’s mission to advance women attorneys and support the women and children of Florida. Next, we will actually meet with Florida state Senators and Representatives to urge them to support the legislation we’re backing. The trip will also include a tour of the Florida Supreme Court, attendance at a session to watch the legislators debate, and a special legislative reception where you’ll get to meet and talk with our legislators in a relaxed environment.
Last year, we supported a bill that reimburses costs for attorneys who volunteer to serve as Guardians ad Litem, allowing many more children in Florida to receive this invaluable service. The bill passed, and FAWL even got a shout-out from the floor of the Senate. It’s exciting and inspiring to be a part of democracy in action!
Lobby Days still needs committee members! Our committee will help us make connections with newly elected legislators, research upcoming legislation, decide which causes to support, and plan the various events. Please let Lobby Days Chair Lauren Millcarek know at email@example.com
Host Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
Group Rate $219+ per night Hotel Reservations
Group Rate Cutoff Date is Feb. 9 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first
CFAWL/OCBA YLS Joint CLE
CFAWL Chocolatiers Program
Chocolates, candy and sweets galore! Chocolatey confections we have in store! Join us Tuesday, November 13th, 6pm, at Farris & Foster’s (4875 New Broad Street) for a sweet celebration making your own chocolate creations. (Chocolate is weighed and charge per half and full pound.)
Please rsvp to CJ Bosco at cbosco@courtroomsciences.
Please join us on Friday, November 2, 2018, 12:00-1:00PM for our next monthly luncheon at the Citrus Club with speaker, Vice President, Disney’s Animal Kingdom ThemePark, Djuan Rivers. Mr. Rivers has led a Cast of more than 6,000 since September 2014, creating one-of-a-kind Disney experiences for millions of guests every year. Under his leadership, the park has just completed the largest expansion in its history.
With almost 30 years of leadership experience, Djuan began his Disney management career on the opening team of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in 1988. Since that time, he has held numerous Executive positions at The Walt Disney Company including Director of Operations for Disney’s Reservation Center, General Manager of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, General Manager of Disney’s All-Star Resorts, and Vice President of Downtown Disney. Djuan’s diverse operations background also includes being part of the Disney Cruise Line organization as the hotel Director onboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Throughout his career, he has assisted with the opening of six resorts in Florida, three resorts at Disneyland Paris and was the opening Vice President of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, the first Disney vacation destination in Hawaii. Prior to coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Djuan was the Vice President, Hotels and Conventions at Disneyland Paris.
To RSVP, please complete your luncheon reservation here no later than midnight, Tuesday, October 30, 2018, to ensure sufficient seating. Luncheon check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon program will begin promptly at Noon. Cancellations must be received no later than this same time (via email at firstname.lastname@example.org). Because the Citrus Club charges CFAWL according to the total RSVP number, and CFAWL is a non-profit organization which does not have the funds necessary to absorb luncheon costs, all who RSVP but do not cancel timely and do not attend the lunch will be invoiced in the amount of $30.00/person. We appreciate your understanding.
Thank you to our November Luncheon Sponsor:
Come Out with Pride 2018
Join #CFAWL this weekend for a joint #VBA event led by Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association (CFGALLA) as we celebrate the annual #ComeOutWithPrideOrlando! See you all there 🤩#CFAWLconnects #CFGALLA #Pride #DiversityandInclusion #OrlVBA
Join CFGALLA and members of other local voluntary bar associations for our first annual joint voluntary bar event for Come Out with Pride Orlando 2018.
Registration is free for all members of local voluntary bar associations, law students, and members of the judiciary.
Light refreshments will be provided by CFGALLA.
We have a single tent and limited chairs, so feel free to bring any lawn chairs, coolers or tents you wish to have.
Find us at: The Closing Agent, 11 N. Summerlin Ave., Orlando
Please contact Christian C. Walters, at Christian@BarryMillerLaw.com if you have any questions. Thanks!
Members Reception Committee: We Need You!
CFAWL Judicial Reception is Coming!
CFAWL is gearing up to host its annual Judicial Reception. This year’s event will take place at the Orlando Science Center on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The reception will honor the County and Circuit Court Judges from Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Lake and Brevard counties, as well as the Judges from the Fifth District Court of Appeals, the Federal Judges from the Middle District of Florida, the Bankruptcy Judges, the Social Security Judges, and the Workers’ Compensation Judges in Central Florida.
This event is exclusively for CFAWL members. Become a CFAWL member here: http://cfawl.org/membership/ Non-members may attend the event by becoming a sponsor.
Here are the sponsorship options:
Platinum Level Sponsor ($750) – 5 tickets, 2 reserved parking spots, sponsor’s logo on an individual presentation slide projected on the big screen, sponsor’s signage at the reception desk, sponsor’s name in email blast and Facebook marketing.
Gold Level Sponsor ($500) – 3 tickets, 1 reserved parking spot, sponsor’s logo on a shared presentation slide projected on the big screen, sponsor’s signage at the reception desk, sponsor’s name in email blast and Facebook marketing.
Silver Level Sponsor ($250) – 2 tickets, sponsor’s logo on a shared presentation slide projected on the big screen, sponsor’s name in email blast and Facebook marketing.
Individual Sponsor ($100) – 1 ticket, individual sponsor’s name in email blast and Facebook marketing.
SCOTUS Table for Nine
New Member Month
It’s finally October, which means it’s #NewMemberMonth here at #CFAWL! Our annual Members Reception is next week on October 11 at 6:30 pm at the Eola office of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed🥂 CFAWL members: make sure you come, and bring a friend who should become a new member this month – everyone is welcome! 👯♀️
CC: Florida Association for Women Lawyers; The Florida Bar; The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division; Orange County Bar Association — celebrating our members with L.M. Bedwell, Heather McDonald Kolinsky, Bob Leblanc and 15 others at Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed.
Business Succession Planning CLE
Do you want to know how to prepare your law firm for the future? Whether you are planning you retirement, experience a disability, or an unexpected death, your law firm will be directly affected financially.
In the next CLE Luncheon, Marina Ellis with special speakers James Weaver and David Andrews of Principal Financial will discuss how to prepare for these possibilities and how to advise clients appropriately. They will teach you how to avoid loss of compensation, future revenue, valuable clients, and established equity in your firm by taking steps to plan for your firm’s financial future.
Please join us on Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. at the Orange County Courthouse located at 425 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, 23rd Floor Judicial Conference Room.
Lunch and a one-hour CLE credit are offered at NO CHARGE. Please RSVP to Tina Leger (email@example.com) or Marina Ellis (firstname.lastname@example.org). Seating is limited so RSVP early!
A Walk & Brunch to Remember!
Epcot’s Food & Wine ~ Eat to the Beat Meet Up
CFAWL – Fall Float
Please join us on Monday, October 22, 2018 for a sunset float through the lakes of Winter Park, FL with the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour as we enjoy fall in Florida. CFAWL will provide libations and lite bites on this floating journey! We welcome you and your families to enjoy this fall program with us. Please rsvp by way of Punchbowl by Thursday, October 18th! Details to follow.
October Luncheon – Judges’ Farewell
Breakfast of Champions with CFAWL
Table for Eight with Tony Sos
View from Above
Join CFAWL on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30pm for a sweet ride above Orlando at ICON Orlando. Program cost is $15.00. Please RSVP to Kayla at email@example.com to reserve your spot today. Space is limited. We can’t wait to see you there!
CFAWL Member Reception
Paint Night Event
Find your inner Van Gogh with CFAWL and GOAABA on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7pm at Ember, 42 W. Central Blvd., for a Paint Night event. Seats are limited so RSVP to CJ Bosco at firstname.lastname@example.org soon. Light appetizers will be provided. Click here for more information. This event is funded by the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Diversity/Women’s Initiative Grant.
Please join us on Friday, September 7, 2018, 12:00-1:00PM for our next monthly luncheon at the Citrus Club with speakers, Chris Castro and Clayton Louis Ferrara. Chris Castro is an award winning sustainability professional, eco-entrepreneur, and community organizer with a passion for accelerating the transition to a smart, resilient and sustainable future. Chris Castro is most notably known for his work as the founder and president of IDEAS For Us, an international nonprofit and United Nations accredited organization working to develop, fund, and scale environmental solutions around the World; and co-creator of the renowned “Fleet Farming” urban agriculture program that started in Orlando. Clayton Louis Ferrara is a poet, naturalist and the Executive Director of the United Nations Accredited NGO, IDEAS For Us. He is a classically trained biologist and world traveler who has conducted research on five continents on evolutions, conservation, and ecology. His work as leader of IDEAS focuses on advancing sustainability through the creation of solutions that benefit people, heal the planet, and transform communities. To RSVP, please complete your luncheon reservation here no later than midnight, Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, to ensure sufficient seating. Luncheon check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon program will begin promptly at Noon. Cancellations must be received no later than this same time (via email at email@example.com). Because the Citrus Club charges CFAWL according to the total RSVP number, and CFAWL is a non-profit organization which does not have the funds necessary to absorb luncheon costs, all who RSVP but do not cancel timely and do not attend the lunch will be invoiced in the amount of $30.00/person. We appreciate your understanding.
Table for Eight
Come join Brian Lawrence, Andrew Roy and the some of your fellow CFAWL members for a night of burgers, beers, and board games on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM. To RSVP, please email our Table for Eight Chair, Janki Thakkar, at jankiAThakkar@gmail.com. As attendance is limited, the first few CFAWL members to RSVP will be able to attend.
Kick off Magical Dining Month with good conversation and a three course, prix fixe dinner for only $35! Join CFAWL for a magical time at RusTeak at College Park, 2625 Edgewater Dr., on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6:00PM. RSVP to CJ Bosco at firstname.lastname@example.org soon since this event will be limited to the first 12 people that respond.
August Luncheon – Patty Sheehan
Join us on Friday, August 3 at noon for our first #CFAWLFirstFriday luncheon of the new membership year! Our speaker will be City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan – one of Orlando Life‘s Top Influential Women, a Girl Scouts of Citrus Council Woman of Distinction, and an all-around incredible and inspiring lady 👏 RSVP here now: cfawl.org/
Table for Eight – 2018-2019 Season
Do you want to host a Table for Eight? CFAWL’s Table for Eight events are unique opportunities to mingle and get to know your fellow CFAWL members in a smaller and more relaxed setting! Typically, a Table for Eight event is hosted by one or two members. Some of the Table for Eight events in the past have been dinners, outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, brunches, activities around town, tastings or pairings, poker nights, and other game nights. The hosts have the opportunity to be creative and pick an activity of their choice. In the past, some hosts have even picked certain themes to pair with their activity. A host can pick how many people they would like to join in their activity. Usually, it includes at least seven CFAWL members and the host. However, if a host would like to co-host an event with another CFWAL member they can possible invite up to 10-15 members depending on the activity. The host will take care of all the associated costs of their event. The RSVP’s will be based on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to host, please contact Janki Thakkar at JankiAThakkar@gmail.com wit
It’s Angel Tree Time!
We need YOU!!! Be part of this annual tradition of making the Holidays special for some of the under-resourced children at Rock Lake Elementary. You can sign up to be an Angel (sponsor) at: http://cfawl.org/angel-tree-project/ or make a monetary donation. You can also send this link to your family/friends/colleagues to participateJ We have 45 out of 80 spots filled! 35 children are still remaining. If you have questions, please email Annie Kwong at email@example.com.
Get Your Name in Print!
CFAWL members, as part of your membership, we want you to get your name out there. We are looking for short blogs from our members to be featured on our social media and website regarding current events in the legal community, helpful tips for new mothers who want to have their career and a happy family, new tips for solo practitioners, and how to hack it in a large firm/medium firm. If it is relevant to you – we want to see it. Not only will we feature your article, but we will also link it to your website. For more information, please contact Arti Hirani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table for Eight Hosts/Hostesses
We are looking for a few hostesses (and hosts) for Winter 2016 and Spring 2017 to welcome a small group of 8 members into their home (or somewhere of the host’s choosing) to host a dinner party. This is a “members only” exclusive privilege and is usually a sell-out event. If you would like to be part of this amazing CFAWL tradition, please email Anne Marie Rossi Williams at email@example.com.