#CFAWL has had a busy October!
First, our Members Reception, celebrating new and returning CFAWL members. Such a fun night! Special thanks to Tara Tedrow and Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed for hosting, and to past president Jessica McGinnis for serving as our honorary chair 🎉🥂 Next we had our monthly luncheon, honoring retiring judges Marc Lubet, Sally Kest, and Jose Rodriguez. The judges – with a combined 50+ years on the bench – told stories both hilarious and poignant from their careers. Thanks to the huge crowd who turned out for such a special day – and thanks especially to our Board’s Judicial Liaison, Hon. Bob Leblanc, for co-hosting this great event! ⚖️ We came together in support of Orlando Pride, 2018. CFAWL Fall Float was a beautiful evening out on the water with family and friends. Our President Arti Hirani and CFAWL Backpack Project Chair Amanda Sampaio Bova, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association and their President Jill Davis Simon, presented a check for over $5,000 to A Gift For Teaching to purchase school supplies for underprivileged kids. Many thanks for everyone who contributed! #CFAWLcares Then, CFAWL attended the Orange County Bar Association‘s joint voluntary bar event celebrating Oktoberfest! A good time was had by all – CFAWL loves being a part of such a vibrant #VBA community 🍻#OrlVBA#OCBA We held our successful Business Succession Plan free CLE the last week of October. Thanks to Event Chair Marina Ellis and CLE Chair Tina Leger for your hard work planning this event – and to the folks at Principal Financial Group for speaking! 👏 #CFAWLconnects The week rounded out with our joint OCBA/CFAWL luncheon, with special guest Florida Bar President Michelle Rosenkranz Suskauer! #CFAWLconnects
FAWL Summit 2018
Busy day for #diversityandinclusion in the bar community, and #CFAWL members, as always, were happy to be a part of it! Pictured here: happy faces at Paul C. Perkins Bar Association‘s monthly luncheon and at Florida Justice Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Reception 🎉
The fun continues this weekend – CFAWL will be joining the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association (CFGALLA) for a joint voluntary bar event on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Lake Eola for #ComeOutWithPrideOrlando! Check our page for details 🤩#CFAWLconnects#OrlVBA#PCPBA#FJA#CFGALLA
CC: Florida Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee; Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA); Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida; Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association Foundation; Orange County Bar Association; The Florida Bar; The Florida Bar Leadership Academy
September Table for Eight
We had a wonderful time enjoying fine dining and good friends at the September Table for Eight – Thanks to Tony Sos for his hospitality!
View from Above
CFAWL (and friends!) had a great time at ICON Orlando! Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for this unique event.
Supporting Our Friends
CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers came out in full force yesterday to support CFAWL member Brandon Sapp for his first general body meeting as President of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association! Congratulations on a great meeting and speaker 🎉 #CFAWL looks forward to working with #PCPBA this year! #CFAWLconnects #diversityandinclusion #OrlVBA
(PS – have you seen CFAWL members doing great things around town? Make sure you send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can congratulate our members for all their awesomeness! 😊)
CC: Florida Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee; Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. — with Lauren Millcarek, Brandon Sapp, Tenesia Hall, Paul C. Perkins Bar Associationand James Smith Attorney at Law at UCF Executive Development Center.
Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers‘ August program: a magical night of dinner and conversation with some #CFAWLfavorites 😊🍽😋 If you missed out, don’t worry – our September program at ICON is coming up on the 18th! Email Kayla Monique at Kayla.email@example.com to RSVP 😁 #CFAWLconnects#CFAWLprograms #magicaldining
CFAWL September Luncheon
Thanks to everyone who came out for another wonderful #CFAWLFirstFriday luncheon today! We had two great speakers in Chris Castro and Clayton Louis Ferrara, founders of the sustainability nonprofit IDEAS For Us 🧠💭 They educated us on how Orlando is sustainably managing its massive growth and how IDEAS for Us is helping to do the same worldwide – of particular interest to CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers because of how lack of sustainable growth disproportionately harms women, and because women’s access to education and reproductive healthcare is demonstrably key to sustained, healthy growth in developing economies around the world. Go to ideasforus.org to check out more. What an engaging, inspiring discussion, #CFAWL! 🌎 #CFAWLconnects
(PS – thanks to one of our annual sponsors, First GREEN Bank, for coming and saying hi to our members today! We you)
Table for Eight
A fantastic time was had by all at CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers‘ first Table for 8 of the year – Burgers, Beer & Board Games! 🍔🍻 Many thanks to Brian Lawrence for hosting an amazing night 🎉 And don’t forget to renew your #CFAWL membership this week so you can participate in the next awesome #T48! cfawl.org/membership☺️#CFAWLconnects#CFAWLT48 cc: Florida Association for Women Lawyers — eating burgers with Kimberly Hosley, Heather McDonald Kolinsky, Brian Lawrence, Brandon Sapp, Mary Walter Ingram, Tina Leger and Jamie Billotte Moses.
Supporting Our Friends
CFAWL President Arti Hirani was very busy last week, attending events in support of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA), the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, and the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association. #CFAWL looks forward to working with GOAABA, HBACF, PCPBA, and CFGALLA this year! #CFAWLconnects#diversityandinclusion#intersectionalitymatters — with Lauren Millcarek, Annie Kwong, Brandon Sapp, Michael Andriano-Esq, Ani Rodriguez-Newbern and Jessica Travis.
August Board Meeting
Many Thanks to Board Member CJ Bosco for sponsoring the delicious nibbles for our August 2018 Board Meeting (and a collective shout out and kudos to our President and Board for keeping “official business” under 40 minutes duration so we could enjoy each other and socialize). GO TEAM!
2018 Backpack Fundraiser – Event Photos
Our 2018 Backpack Project Happy Hour was a great success! #CFAWL loves that we’ve been able to support the kids at Rock Lake Elementary through A Gift For Teaching year after year ❤️ This year’s event was held at The Brass Tap – Mills Park, where members of CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers and YLS made this year’s YLS and CFAWL Backpack Project Happy Hour another smashing success! 📝#CFAWLconnects #CFAWLcares (📷: YLS)
Register for Our Upcoming Lunch – We Post Photos and Eat Salad (and sometimes Fish or Chicken)
Did you miss #CFAWL’s last luncheon over the 4th of July holiday? Don’t let that happen again! ☺ TODAY is the last day to timely register for our August luncheon this Friday (featuring the amazing City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan) – cfawl.org/luncheon-reservations 🥗🍴 And while you’re at it, mark your calendars for #CFAWLFirstFriday luncheons for the rest of the year! 🗓✅#CFAWLconnects
Making A Difference
Happy faces from Florida Association for Women Lawyers President Jenny Shoaf Richardson and other #FAWL members after The Florida Bar Board of Governors voted to support the proposed #parentalleave continuance rule last week! The rule now heads to the Florida Supreme Court. #CFAWL members – have thoughts on the proposed rule? Share them with firstname.lastname@example.org before August 15 – and share them with us here! 👩⚖️⚖#CFAWLconnects #firedup4fawl (📷: Miami Dade FAWL)
CFAWL Cares – Community Outreach
One of our favorite things here at CFAWL is philanthropy. So our #tbtthis week throws it back to our #CFAWLcares event last month at Samaritan Village – a long-term residential care facility for survivors of human trafficking. Our members painted, furnished, and decorated their therapy room – how cool is it that #CFAWL was able to help out with such an amazing cause?! 🔨🛋 #CFAWLconnects
CFAWL 2018 Board Retreat
#CFAWL had such a phenomenal retreat last weekend! Our board, leadership team, and representatives of other voluntary bar associations met, bonded, and laid the foundation for another incredible CFAWL year 🎉 Don’t miss out on what we’ve got planned – renew your membership now! (cfawl.org/membership ☺) #CFAWLconnects
Many thanks to Allora Day Spa – Thornton Park and Gaviota Seafood & Fine Peruvian Cuisine for hosting us, and U.S. Legal Support, Inc. for sponsoring! Shout out to Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., and Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter NBA for joining CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers! And happy, happy birthday to our Scholarship Committee Chair Jessica D. Thomas and Outreach Chair Hon. Faye Allen! Thanks for celebrating with us, all 😁
Supporting our Membership
Thanks to everyone who came out to meditate with #CFAWL this weekend! Kudos to Lorraine Pitre and Hazel Gumera for a great event 👏🧠Have a mindful week, everyone! #CFAWLconnects#mindfulness #motivationmonday#healthandwellness 📷: Avi Sam — feeling relaxed with Brock Hankins, Celeste Thacker, Avi Sam, Lorraine Pitre, Vanessa Alexandra and Hazel Gumera at College Park Yoga.
Toast to the Board 2018
#tbt to #CFAWL’s Toast to the Board a few weeks ago! 🚤🥂 Many thanks to Kimberly Lorenz for throwing an incredible party and Mary Ann Morganfor hosting us 🎉 Now that we’ve celebrated, we’re getting down to business – our annual board retreat is tomorrow, and we can’t wait to plan another fantastic CFAWL year for you all. So if you’re not a member yet, you’re going to miss out on all the fun! Join us: cfawl.org/membership ☺ #CFAWLonaboat #CFAWLconnects#throwbackthursday
Swearing in of the CFAWL 2018-2019 Board
With Heather McDonald Kolinsky, Kimberly Hosley, Celeste Thacker, L.M. Bedwell, Cj Hubbard Bosco, Lauren Millcarek, Lorraine Pitre, Kathleen Shea, Kayla Monique, Charity Joy Tonelli, Heather Meglino and Richard Dellinger at Citrus Club.
2018 FAWL Gala
#tbt to the awesome Florida Association for Women Lawyers Gala last month at The Florida Bar Annual Convention, at which #CFAWLmembers Celeste Thacker, Jessica D. Thomas, and Heather Meglino were honored as Leaders in the Law by #FAWL. Congratulations again, ladies! 👏 #CFAWLconnects #firedup4FAWL — feeling delighted with Jen Sullivan, Celeste Thacker, Jessica D. Thomas and Heather Meglino at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
Our Fearless Leaders – 2017 and 2018 editions!
Women & Minority Business Certifications at the Local, State and Federal Level
(Speakers & Committee Chairs)
CFAWL Leadership Retreat 2016