GAL/FAWL Recognition

Congratulations to Thomasina Moore and the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation for being honored with the Productivity Award for efficiency in government by Florida TaxWatch for the second year in a row! The partnership between Guardian ad Litem and FAWL in Love with GAL continues to be a success! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to GAL and FAWL. We are extremely proud!!

CFAWL President Featured on Open Ninth

Open Ninth’s newest guest is none other than Jamie Billotte Moses!  Head over to or your favorite podcast streaming service to listen in as Jamie talks about her life’s journey, her experience as a female lawyer, and her future plans for CFAWL.

Congratulations to All FAWL Chapter Incoming Presidents!


Congratulations to the incoming 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Leadership Team!

Board of Directors

  • President – Jamie Billotte Moses
  • President – elect – Mary Walter
  • Treasurer – Lauren Millcarek
  • Treasurer – elect – Amanda Sampaio Bova
  • Secretary – Wynne McFarlin
  • Past President – Arti Hirani
  • Membership – Erica Cipparone
  • Programs – Kathleen Shea
  • Co-Programs – Marina Ellis
  • FAWL Rep – Heather Meglino
  • OCBA Rep – Tina Leger
  • PR – Jessica Thomas
  • Co-PR – Lisa Bedwell
  • Young Lawyer Rep – Jessica de la Cruz
  • Director at Large – Traci Deen
  • Director at Large – Lorraine Pitre
  • Judicial Liaison – The Honorable Tanya Wilson

Leadership Team

  • Angel Tree Project Chair – Wynne McFarlin
  • Awards Chair – Peggy Smith Bush
  • Backpack Project Chair – Amanda Sampaio Bova
  • Grand Dame Event Co-Chairs – Deborah Cook and Valencia Poitier
  • Holiday Party Chair – Kimberly Lorenz and Penelope Perez Kelly
  • Judicial Reception Co-Chairs – Mallory Widgren and Fay Pappas
  • Kudos Chair – Mallory Widgren
  • Luncheon Sponsors/JRC Liaison – Camy Schwam-Wilcox
  • Scholarship Chair – Nequosha Anderson
  • Table for Eight Coordinator – Mallory Widgren
  • Women of Distinction Gala Chair – Ani Rodriguez Newbern

CFAWL Leadership

Congratulations to newly installed members of the 2019-20 OCBA Executive Board, the OCBA Legal Aid Society Board of Trustees, and the OCBA YLS Executive Board. #bossbabes #mytriberocks#vegastribe#halftribe #girlsrule @artihirani @hmeglino — with Arti Hirani and Heather Meglino in Orlando, Florida.

Congrats to Celeste Thacker!

On December 12, 2018 Celeste was FAWL’s featured #LeaderintheLaw. Celeste is in-house counsel for The Villages. Celeste is (takes deep breath) a board member of Foundation for Foster Children, former The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law Student DivisionPresident, Membership Co-Director for CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and member of Orange County Bar Association, Osceola County Kissimmee Chapter of Young Professionals, Silver Spurs Club, Support our Scholars, and Orlando Health Young Philanthropist. Great job Celeste!

FAWL Highlights One of Our Own!

This week, FAWL highlighted #LeaderintheLaw Jessica Thomas, of Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, who practices family and dependency law in Central Florida. Not only is Jessica a passionate advocate in the courtroom, she also gives back to her community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Women’s Resource Center, being an active member of CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and volunteering with the Children’s Home Society of Florida. #Firedup4FAWL#WomenWednesday

Congratulations to the Hispanic Bar Board!

These phenomenal, professional, intelligent and strong women were installed as the 2019 Board for the Hispanic Bar Association Of Central Florida on November 30th! Congratulations to Maytel Bonham, Christina Alvarez, Natalie Quinonez, Camila Pachon Silva, Ani Rodriguez-Newbern, Andrea Ortiz, Laura Maria GutierrezEsquire and Sandra Kay Davila Artreche.

Congrats to Lauren Millcarek, FBA Chapter President

Congrats to our very own Lauren Millcarek, who was just sworn in as the youngest Federal Bar Association, Orlando Chapter president in history, and is one of only six women presidents in nearly 50 years. #runtheworld #girls #FBAorlando

Thanks to Our Great Judicial Reception Sponsors!

You guys – you rock.

FAWL Features One of Our Own

Congratulations to Heather Meglino for being named FAWL’s next #LeaderintheLaw! Heather Meglino is founder of Heather Meglino, where she practices business and employment law and serves as in-house counsel for several companies. Heather is a Barry University College of Law alum, CFAWL – Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers Board member, an Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Board member, AND USF Alumni Association, Orange County Board. Heather also devotes time to the civic community as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish America. That’s how you get it done Heather! #WomenWednesday#Firedup4FAWL

A Place for Children

#CFAWL’s charity auction raised TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for A Place for Children, the free daycare center in the Orange County Courthouse (Orlando, Florida)! Last week, our Immediate Past President Kimberly Hosley presented the check to their thrilled reps – AND made the awesome announcement that a portion of the donation will go to refurbishing their nursing room! 

$10,000 will go a long way toward ensuring that no child has to be burdened with witnessing litigation involving their parents, that attorneys who need last-minute childcare have extra support if they need it, and that nursing litigators have a convenient place to pump and store milk when they’re not killing it in the courtroom.

HUGE thanks to everyone who came to the auction and donated to support this awesome cause!

(Psst…does YOUR local courthouse need a nursing room? Florida Association for Women Lawyers has a handbook for that )
CC: Orlando Day Nursery; The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division

Kudos to Former CFAWL Member Karen Scanlon!

Congratulations to CFAWL alumni Karen Scanlon, Esq. for her diligent commitment to helping to educate the Florida Legislature about the needs of military spouses. As reported in Florida Bar News, the Florida Bar’s proposed rule to allow lawyer-spouses of military personnel stationed in Florida to practice law cleared Supreme Court muster on July 19, 2018.

Karen (who currently heads the national Military Spouse JD Network, a bar association for lawyers married to service members), said the rule approval is especially significant. Florida has several military bases from Key West to Pensacola, is home to around 55,000 service members. “The Bar has been amazing in its support of this initiative, keeping the dialogue open between their efforts and our efforts.”

Congratulations to the 2018 Board and Leadership Team

President Arti Ajit Hirani
President-Elect Jamie Billotte Moses
Secretary Heather Meglino
Treasurer Mary Walter Ingram
Treasurer-Elect Celeste Thacker
Membership Director Heather Kolinsky
Co-Membership Director Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox
Programs Director Kayla Mudge
Co-Programs Director CJ Bosco
Public Relations Director Lauren Millcarek
Co-Public Relations Director Lisa Smith Bedwell
Young Lawyers Director Kathleen Shea
Co-Young Lawyers Director Erica Cipparone
FAWL Representative Lorraine Pitre
OCBA Representative Charity Tonelli
Director at Large Suzanne Gilbert
Immediate Past President Kimberly Hosley
Judicial Liaison Hon. Bob Leblanc
Annual Members Reception Tara Tedrow
Backpack Project Amanda Sampaio
Annual Spring Fundraiser Anne Marie Williams/ Deborah Cook
Judicial Reception Marina Ellis/Kathleen Shea
Table for Eight Coordinator Janki Thakkar
Development Chair Bill Umanksy
Holiday Party Melissa Vickers
Angel Tree Project Brian Lawrence
Scholarship Committee Chair Jessica Thomas
CFAWL Awards and Kudos Chair Andrew Roy
Diversity and Inclusion Chair Melody Lynch
Programs Chair Aid Melissa Vickers
Outreach Chair Hon. Faye Allen