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CFAWL 2019-2020 Board Installation Luncheon

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Board Installation Luncheon and passing of the gavel! We were at a full house and are so happy to have the support of the community for CFAWL. #CFAWLROCKS!

 

FAWL Gala 2019

CFAWL came out in full force wearing white in honor of women’s suffrage at the FAWL Gala at the Florida Bar Annual Convention! Congratulations to FAWL Leader in the Law award winners Kathleen Shea,  Charity Tonelli and Amanda Sampaio Bova!

Congratulations, as well, to CFAWL Immediate Past President Kimberly Hosley for being sworn in as incoming FAWL President-elect, and to CFAWL member Mariane Dorris for her upcoming tenure as Journal Editor.

Kudos to CFAWL PR Director and FAWL Lobby Days Chair Lauren Millcarek and FAWL Legislative Director Traci Deen for their successful Lobby Days event this year, to FAWL Awards Chair Jessica Thomas for coordinating an awesome celebration, and to outgoing CFAWL President Arti Hirani and outgoing FAWL President Jennifer Shoaf Richardson for their fantastic year!

 

Coalition for the Homeless Project

CFAWL volunteered at the Coalition for the Homeless Center for Women and Families and Intake Center, painting the walls of a room in the Center and furnishing Intake. This #CFAWLcares event was made possible by a grant from @flabaryld 🙌 #CFAWLconnects

 

 

Flower Arranging and Wine

CFAWL had a great time learning to make flower arrangements! Great program! 🌹🌸 #CFAWLconnects

 

OCBA YLD Passing the Gavel

#CFAWL members had a great time attending the Passing the Gavel ceremony of the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association! Congratulations to Jill Davis on a great #OCBAylsyear, and we’re looking forward to seeing the great work C. Andrew Roy will do! And don’t forget to save the date for CFAWL’s own Passing the Gavel ceremony on July 12! 👩‍⚖️ #CFAWLconnects

 

 

Professionalism Roundtable

Thank you to everyone who joined #CFAWL for our Professionalism Roundtable last night! Judges Cameron, Caraballo, and Starr gave our attendees great advice on professionalism in the legal community. Special thanks to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division for making this event possible! ⚖️ #CFAWLconnects #flayld

 

 

 

 

CFAWL June Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who joined #CFAWL for our #CFAWLFirstFriday luncheon last week, featuring John M Stewart! We can’t wait to see John Stewart installed as The Florida Bar President later this month. And we can’t wait to see you all at our own board installation on July 12! 🎉 #savethedate#installationseason #CFAWLconnects — with Kimberly Hosley, Gisela Laurent, Arti Hirani, Mary Ann Morgan, Meenakshi A. Hirani, Rebecca L. Palmer, John M Stewart, Barbara Leach, Jamie Rutland Grosshans, L.M. Bedwell and Eric DuBoisat Citrus Club.

 

 

 

 

SFAWL Judicial Reception

Congratulations to Seminole County Florida Association for Women Lawyers on their successful inaugural Judicial Reception! #CFAWLmembers were happy to come out and support our sister #FAWLchapter for this great event! 🙌 #CFAWLconnects #firedup4FAWLFlorida Association for Women Lawyers

 

OCBA Luncheon

#CFAWL members had a great time attending the last Orange County Bar Association luncheon – congratulations to Richard Dellinger on a great year and to Tony Sos on his installation! Don’t forget to attend our own monthly luncheon next Friday, June 7, featuring Florida Bar President-elect John Stewart. RSVP now at cfawl.org/luncheon-reservations 🥗 #CFAWLconnects#OrlVBA

 

 

 

 

 

2019-2020 Board Retreat

The incoming CFAWL Board of Directors and Leadership Team had their retreat to plan for the 2019-2020 CFAWL year (we get sworn in at the July Luncheon). Twenty one exceptionally busy women gave up their Saturday to do this. We laughed, we cried (in a good way), we “played by the rules,” and we established our goals for the year. Jamie’s motto for the year will be #cfawlrocks – and we have no doubt it will!

 

 

Healthy Hour

Thanks to everyone who came out to sweat with #CFAWL Young Lawyers at our “Healthy Hour” event at Rukus Cycling Studio! So grateful to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division for helping us put on this event for #FREE for #HealthandWellness month! 🚴‍♀️ #CFAWLconnects#CFAWLyounglawyers #flayld #welllawyer#stigmafreeyld

 

Special Thanks To CFAWL’s Past Presidents

We loved seeing you all at our #CFAWLFirstFriday luncheon earlier this month! It was a special treat to see so many past presidents in attendance, and then to get to see so many again at our incredible Corks for a Cause event last week 👏👩‍⚖️ We’re so thankful that our past presidents continue to be such big supporters of #CFAWL 🙏AND we’re so excited when we see them go on to do big things – like our Immediate Past President Kimberly Hosley, who has been chosen as President-elect of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers this year! Congratulations, Kim – we can’t wait to see CFAWL take on an even more prominent role statewide 🙌 #CFAWLconnects#CFAWLpastpresidents #CFAWLforever

 

 

Corks for a Cause 2019

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who joined us last week for our annual charity fundraiser, Corks for a Cause! 🍷 We had an amazing night filled with wine, great food, spirited bidding on prizes, and amazing company – and best of all, we raised thousands of dollars for A Place for Children! 🙌

Thank you to our co-chairs, Lauren Millcarek, Melissa Vickers, Anne Marie Rossi Williams, and Deborah A. Cook, and to our committee members, Margo Murphy Meta and Tina Leger, for pulling off such a successful event; thank you to the #CFAWL board for supporting this night; thank you to our in-kind donors who provided us with such wonderful raffle and auction items; thank you to M Lounge for providing us with a stunning venue and Kai Streetfare for the delicious food; and finally, hugest of thank yous to all of our sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible! 👏CFAWL and A Place for Children (and Orlando Day Nursery) are so grateful for your support of this amazing cause! 🥳 #CFAWLconnects#CFAWLcares #CorksforaCause

 

April Events

April was such a busy month for #CFAWL! We threw our first joint happy hour with Seminole County Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the CFTLA Women’s Law Caucus; we attended and enjoyed the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida’s Judicial Reception and the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association’s monthly luncheon; and we loved seeing longtime CFAWL members and supporters Denise Beamer, Carly Wish, and Tom Young be sworn in as new judges! What a great month!

 

Poker Night

In preparation for the Orange County Bar Association’s annual Poker Tournament, #CFAWL threw a practice #Tablefor8 Texas Hold ‘Em tournament earlier this month! Huge thanks to Charity Joy Tonelli and LaShawnda Jackson for hosting us at the gorgeous new University Club of Orlando for such a fun event! 🃏 #CFAWLconnects

 

YLS Luncheon 

 

HBA Judicial Reception

 

Bingo With Seniors

Thank you to everyone who joined #CFAWL for our bingo with seniors event last week! 🥳 We had such a great time socializing with our local seniors 😊 And thanks to a grant from The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, we were also able to provide much-needed personal care and household items to the seniors! Thanks to Kathleen Shea for putting on such an enriching event! 🎉 #CFAWLconnects #CFAWLcares #flayld— with Arti Hirani and Kathleen Shea.

 

 

CFAWL 2019-2020 Board Selection

Look out for a #CFAWL slating announcement soon!

 

 

 

Epic Night

#CFAWL had an epic time axe throwing this week! Watch out – some of our local judges have great aim 😂👩‍⚖️ #CFAWLconnects

CC: Epic Axe Throwing Orlando; Florida Association for Women Lawyers; The Florida Bar

 

April Networking Luncheon

What a great luncheon we had on Friday, #CFAWL! Former U.S. Congressman Ric Keller and Immediate Past President of the Orange County Bar Association Liz Foshee McCausland led a great networking session. They said we can get to really know anyone using 3 questions: What is your passion? Which celebrity have you met, and how was your “brush with greatness”? And what is your secret talent? It led to some great stories, including the incredible true story of how CFAWL connected Ric with Liz more than a decade ago – which ultimately helped free her mom from a Vietnamese prison 😮 Not a dry eye in the house after that one! #CFAWLconnects #networkingthatsnotwork

CC: Florida Association for Women Lawyers; The Florida Bar

 

CLE Fun with Technology

#CFAWL Past President Barbara Leach gave the most awesome Technology CLE presentation to our members yesterday! We’re so lucky to have her supporting CFAWL. Huge thanks to our CFAWL CLE chairs Tina Leger and Marina Ellis for pulling together this event, to the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association and the YLS CLE chairs Lauren Millcarek and Lisa Ann Thomas-Esq for partnering with us, and to Principal Financial Group – Central Florida Business Center for sponsoring this #free CLE. We all learned some tips and tricks for using technology to make our practices – and our whole lives – easier! 👩‍💻#microefficiencies #CFAWLconnects #YLSlearns#getthattechnologycredit

CC: Florida Association for Women Lawyers; Orange County Bar Association; The Florida Bar

 

Voluntary Bar Events 

It’s been a busy month for the Orlando voluntary bar association community! Here, #CFAWL members are pictured at the most recent luncheons for the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association and the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA). We can’t wait to see you all at our own monthly luncheon on April 5! 🍽 #CFAWLconnects #OrlVBA

 

5th DCA Investiture 

#CFAWL was on hand last week to celebrate the investiture of Judges Jamie Rutland Grosshans and Meredith Sasso to the 5th DCA! It’s great to see more women on the appellate bench 👩‍⚖️👩‍⚖️ #CFAWLconnects

CC: Florida Association for Women Lawyers; The Florida Bar; Florida Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee

 

March Luncheon

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our March luncheon with new Chief Judge Don Myers – especially to the many judges who came out to support him! #CFAWL was excited to hear Judge Myers’ plans for the Ninth Circuit ⚖️ #CFAWLconnects

 

OCBA Law Day 5K

#CFAWL had a great time at the OCBA Law Day 5K last week! Congratulations to CFAWL board member Mary Walter Ingram for co-chairing a great event! 🏃🏼‍♀️ #CFAWLconnects

 

Paul C. Perkins Lunch

#CFAWL members attended the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association luncheon last week featuring Tyrone King, speaking about key deposition tips and tricks. Congratulations on a great meeting, CFAWL member Brandon Sapp! #CFAWLconnects#OrlVBA#PCPBA

 

Table for 8 – Judges’ Edition

What a great #Tablefor8 with the amazing Judges Diana Tennis, Alicia Latimore, Tanya Wilson, Leticia Marques, and Amy Carter! Thank you so much for supporting #CFAWL, Your Honors!
 
 

YLD Evening with Judiciary 2019 

Yet another amazing turn out for the YLD Evening with the Judiciary this year! Thanks to everyone who came out in support of OCBA for this great annual event!

 

 

Congratulations Judges Sanders and Arendas!

Congratulations and welcome to our latest county court judges, Judge Gabrielle N. Sanders and Judge Christine E. Arendas!

Judge Arendas (pictured here at the investiture with current president Arti Hirani and long time CFAWL member Leslie Stewart) served as CFAWL president in 2010-2011. 

#whenthereare9 #womenpower

 

HBA February Lunch

Congratulations to the Hispanic Bar Association putting on a great event with speaker Veronica Figueroa! 

 

 

February Luncheon

Thanks to everyone who came out for #CFAWL’s monthly luncheon, featuring Chief Judge Lauten! CFAWL is so lucky to have such a great relationship with our judiciary ⚖️ #CFAWLconnects

 

Babs Bakes Cookie Decorating for Charity

Our Past President Barbara Leach Law, PL of Babs Bakes hosted a charity cookie decorating party! All proceeds benefited our signature charity, A Place for Children ? #CFAWLconnects#CFAWLcares

 
 

GOABBA Lunar New Year

Congratulations to #CFAWL member and #GOAABA President Annie Kwong on a successful Lunar New Year event! ❤️#CFAWLconnects#OrlVBAGreater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA)

 
 

Paul C. Perkins Judicial Reception 2019

Congratulations to #CFAWL member Brandon Sapp and his organization the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association for a successful Judicial Reception! We’re happy that many of our members were able to attend both our women judges panel and the reception – a busy night in the #OrlVBAcommunity! ⚖️

 

Perspectives from Women Judges Event

Thanks to everyone who turned out for #CFAWL’s joint event with Gunster, hosted at FAMU College of Law, featuring Judges Jamie Rutland Grosshans, Honorable Alicia L Latimore, Diana Tennis, and Tanya Wilson. It was great to hear the perspectives of such distinguished women judges! ?‍⚖️ #CFAWLconnects (Shout-out to our Orange County Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell for attending – we see you! ?)

 

February Events

#CFAWL is so proud to be a part of our diverse, vibrant Orlando bar community! This month, our members have attended the luncheons of Paul C. Perkins Bar Association (led by CFAWL member Brandon Sapp), Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association (led by CFAWL member Jill Davis), and Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA) (led by CFAWL member Annie Kwong).

 

Networking Across Florida

It was a busy weekend for #CFAWL! Kathleen Shea and Erica Cipparone made the pitch for an #AOC grant from the YLD for CFAWL’s #younglawyers activities. Great job, ladies! ? #CFAWLcares #AOC2019#FlaYLD

Then President Arti Hirani, along with Paul C. Perkins President Brandon Sapp and Florida Bar President-elect John Stewart, traveled across the state to celebrate Justice Quince’s retirement. She will certainly be missed on the bench! ⚖️ #CFAWLconnects
 
 
 
 

January Social Events

#CFAWL is so proud to be a part of our diverse, vibrant Orlando bar community! This month, our members have attended the luncheons of Paul C. Perkins Bar Association (led by CFAWL member Brandon Sapp), Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association (led by CFAWL member Jill Davis), and Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA) (led by CFAWL member Annie Kwong). And don’t forget to join us at our own monthly luncheon on February 8 – cfawl.org/luncheon-reservations ? #CFAWLconnects #VBA #OrlVBA

CC: Florida Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee; The Florida Bar; The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division; Orange County Bar Association

 

OCBA Luncheon

Congratulations to past #CFAWL president MaryAnn Etzler for winning the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc.’s Jake Stone Pro Bono Award this year! We appreciate all you do for the community.

And it was great to see longtime CFAWL member Wynne McFarlin killing it at the Orange County Bar Association luncheon (as always!) as the Legal Aid President, and past CFAWL board member Judge Alice Blackwellserve as the excellent keynote speaker for the Access to Justice luncheon! So proud of our CFAWL community ? #CFAWLconnects #A2J#OCBA #probonomatters

 

Angel Tree Turn Out

WOW. ? How amazing is the haul for the #CFAWLAngelTree project this year?! Dozens and dozens of needy kids at Rock Lake Elementary will receive these toys, gifts, and warm clothes later this week thanks to all the generosity of our incredible #CFAWL members! We could not be more thankful to spend the holidays in such a giving community. Huge thanks to our Chair Brian Lawrence for all his hard work bringing this year’s project together, and to all of you who donated to this great cause! ?❤️ #CFAWLcares#CFAWLconnects #CFAWLholidays#dogoodfeelgood

 
 
 

January 2019 Luncheon

Thanks to everyone who came out for our #CFAWLFirstFriday luncheon last week, featuring the witty and wonderful speaker Jon Busdeker! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next #CFAWL luncheon on February 8 (on the 2nd Friday because of the short month). ?#CFAWLconnects
 
 

Angel Tree 2018

WOW. ? How amazing is the haul for the #CFAWLAngelTree project this year?! Dozens and dozens of needy kids at Rock Lake Elementary will receive these toys, gifts, and warm clothes later this week thanks to all the generosity of our incredible #CFAWL members! We could not be more thankful to spend the holidays in such a giving community. Huge thanks to our Chair Brian Lawrence for all his hard work bringing this year’s project together, and to all of you who donated to this great cause! ?❤️ #CFAWLcares#CFAWLconnects #CFAWLholidays#dogoodfeelgood

 
 

2018 Holiday Party

We had a great time celebrating the holidays at our December Luncheon!

 

December Events

It’s been a busy time of year for #CFAWL members! We supported our PR Director Lauren Millcarek at the Federal Bar Association – Orlando Chapter New Members Reception. We partnered with the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association to put on a #metoo CLE. CFAWL members also attended YLS’s great luncheon featuring John Morgan. We applauded CFAWL member Judge-elect Amy Carter as she received FAMU Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award. We attended SFAWL’s first event as a new #FAWLchapter. And we supported CFAWL member Annie Kwong at the holiday party for the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA). Finally, we partied hard at our annual ugly sweater party. Phew! It’s that time of year ? Congratulations all on these great events – can’t wait to see you all at our own holiday party lunch on Friday!

 

#metoo CLE

THANK YOU to our amazing panelists, Mary Ann Morgan, Ava Kirshenbaum Doppelt, Hon. Faye Allen, and Jared Brooks; to our #CFAWLco-chairs Kathleen Shea and Tina Leger, and their #YLSLearnscounterparts (and CFAWL members) Lauren Millcarek and Lisa Ann Thomas-Esq; to the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association for co-hosting and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Divisionfor funding this event; and finally, to all of YOU who attended! It was incredible to see a mix of men and women, young lawyers and experienced practitioners, lawyers and judges, and all sorts of bar leaders in our audience for this hugely important discussion.

 

Celebrating with Seminole!

‘Tis the season of…the more, the merrier! #CFAWLis so happy to welcome a new chapter to the #FAWL fold – SFAWL in Seminole County. Don’t worry – CFAWL will continue to serve Orange, Osceola, AND Seminole Counties, as we have for (wow!) nearly 40 years. ? But if you live or practice primarily in Seminole, feel free to check SFAWL out too! We’d love to see some double-members ? Welcome to the sisterhood, SFAWL! ?‍♀️ #CFAWLconnects

Want to hear more? Contact SFAWL’s new president Shannon Snedaker for questions about SFAWL. And if you’re a Seminole CFAWL member with questions, feel free to give our Membership Director Heather McDonald Kolinsky or our President Arti Hirani a call. We’d love to hear from you! ?️
cfawl.org/membership

 
 
 
 

CFAWL Judicial Reception 2018

What an incredible Judicial Reception! A huge thank you to the many judges who attended, to our amazing chairs Kathleen Shea and Marina Ellis and their wonderful committee, to our fabulous sponsors who made all this possible, and most importantly, to all of our awesome #CFAWL members! Our community is so lucky to be served by such kind, caring, hardworking judges, and CFAWL is honored to celebrate our judiciary! ⚖️

 

Basket Brigade with YLS

#CFAWL had a great time attending the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association’s Basket Brigade happy hour last night! ? Philanthropy is one of CFAWL’s favorite things ? Don’t forget to sign up for CFAWL’s own holiday philanthropy – our annual Angel Tree Project! ? Email Chair Brian Lawrence at brian.lawrence@lowndes-law.com to join the committee, and check your next e-blast for details on signing up to serve as an angel to a child in need this holiday season.

 

November Events – Part II

#CFAWL had another busy week! First, we had a table at Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc.’s annual Breakfast of Champions Fundraiser – such a wonderful cause we’re always happy to support. ☺️ Then, our special Table for 9 version of our #Tablefor8, with a #SCOTUS theme – we even made #RBG’s famous Dissent Collar! ?‍⚖️Finally, we met up at Disney to celebrate the ending of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival – a good time was had by all at the happiest place on Earth!??

 

November Events – Part I

It’s been another busy few weeks for #CFAWL and our local #VBAcommunity!

First, CFAWL members attended the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida‘s Fortaleza Project, benefiting Feeding Children Everywhere – some of the meals we packed are going to the Panhandle for #HurricaneMichael relief! We also attended the fabulous Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association Pink Party, benefiting Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation. ? #CFAWLcares #HBACF#OCBAYLS#YLS#OCBA

Next up, we attended CFAWL board member Lauren Millcarek’s installation as President of the Federal Bar Association – Orlando Chapter. She gave a shout-out to CFAWL and how important the relationship is among our local #OrlVBA organizations! ??‍⚖️ #FBAorlando

A few days ago, CFAWL also attended a mediation CLE put on by GOAABA – Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association, featuring CFAWL member Michelle Jernigan. Finally, today we attended the monthly Paul C. Perkins Bar Association luncheon discussing building your brand. #GOAABA President Annie Kwong and #PCPBA President Brandon Sapp are both active CFAWL members. ?

CFAWL loves being a part of this hardworking community! #CFAWLconnects

 

November Luncheon

Thanks to everyone who came out for our #FirstFriday luncheon today! On #LoveYourLawyerDay, it’s particularly appropriate that #CFAWL was able to celebrate its close relationship with the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association (CFGALLA), a fellow #VBA that we love! ❤️ And hey – don’t forget to check out #CFGALLA’s big annual meeting on November 29!

It was also wonderful to hear from Djuan Rivers, the Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As the overseer of the Pandora expansion to the park, he had some great insight to share about expanding a business under unique circumstances, getting buy-in from your employees, and living and working with passion. An inspiring way to head into the weekend! ?#CFAWLconnects

 

October Happenings

#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

Pssst…did you miss out on the fun? Join us at cfawl.org/membership ?
 
 
 

FAWL Summit 2018

Click here for a link to the FAWL Summit Photos
 
 
 

CFAWL Partners

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 ?

 

 

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 cfawl.kudos@gmail.com 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.

 
 
 

Magical Dining

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.mudge@gmail.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)

CC: Florida Association for Women Lawyers

 

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 Lawyerseating 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.

 

Central Florida Gay & Lesbian Law Association (CFGALLA)

Thanks to all who came to Ember on August 12th for the CFGALLA Mixer. We had a great time!

 

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!

 

August 2018 Luncheon

Thanks to all who turned out to hear Patty Sheehan speak at our August CFAWL Luncheon. See you all next month!

 

 

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 krgodwin@floridabar.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

Many thanks to the The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division for helping make this event possible via their #AOC grant, and kudos to Lorraine Pitre and Hazel Gumera for organizing! ??#ThrowbackThursday

 

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

Our President Arti Hirani was on hand last night to congratulate #CFAWL member Annie Kwong as she was sworn in as President of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA)! Great to see our members becoming #VBA leaders, and CFAWL looks forward to working with #GOAABA this year ? (PS – if you spy any of our members doing great things around town, make sure to send word to Kudos Chair C. Andrew Roy at cfawl.kudos@gmail.com so we can congratulate them!) #CFAWLconnects ?: Annie Kwongcelebrating success at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse-Winter Park.
 
 

Yoga Event

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 Samfeeling 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 #firedup4FAWLfeeling 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 - CLE (Jan. 18, 2017)
Women & Minority Business Certifications at the Local, State and Federal Level (Speakers & Committee Chairs)

 

CFAWL - CLE (Jan. 18, 2017)
Women & Minority Business Certifications at the Local, State and Federal Level (Participants)

CFAWL Leadership Retreat 2016