It the policy of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association to hold meetings only in those facilities that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability or religion. The Association will engage in a good-faith interactive process with any employee, prospective employee, member or invitee to determine if a reasonable accommodation is needed and will make reasonable efforts to provide such accommodations. Any requests for accommodation should be directed to the Executive Director of the association, Lisa Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 482-3838, at least seven days before the event or meeting if possible, or immediately upon receiving notification if the time before the event is less than seven days. If you are hearing or voice impaired call 711.
South Palm Beach County Bar Association Events- Click on underlined link below to go to event
Through your continuing support of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association, our organization has continued for the past 54 years. We have maintained our identity as a local bar association and have been able to run our events on strong financial footing. Most importantly, we have kept our unique personal flavor and personality.
The SPBCBA has a long and stellar history serving the public good and serving the law.
The association was established in 1960 to: 1) Advocate for justice in our community; and 2) To assist its members in reaching and exceeding the highest levels of legal skills and ethics. Today, this organization has over 500 members that practice or support all areas of the law and who share a commitment to professional excellence and service. For more than 50 years, our members have enjoyed a sense of solidarity with their distinguished peers through membership with our association. Our members have also enjoyed a sense of accomplishment that professional advancement produces, as well as a sense of selflessness that public service engenders.
We offer the opportunity for association members to partner in the work of our association through events, committees and sections. We also find time to network and socialize. Our goals have been, and will continue to provide:
• the needs of our members
• leadership on major issues affecting the profession and the community
• raise and maintain the professional and ethical standards of the bar by maintaining a close relationship with the judiciary
• educate the public about the legal system through law day events
• facilitate access to legal services through our website
• support and improve the justice system
• community support of local charitable organizations and maintaining a close relationship with other bar associations
• build and maintain a strong financial infrastructure in order to support association activities through membership and sponsors
Every year we host four signature events:
• The Bench and Barrister Tennis Bash at the Delray Tennis Center in October
• Holiday Party and Toys-for-Tots Drive at Ruth's Chris Restaurant in December
• Golf Classic Tournament at Boca Raton Country Club in April
• Installation Dinner at St. Andrew’s Country Club in May
We have added a fifth event to our year signature events, the Membership Reception which we hosted in the beginning of September as way of thanking our members for their continued support of our organization. In addition to our signature events, we also host monthly lunch meetings at Morton’s Steakhouse in Boca. In addition to providing an opportunity for our members to network with each other, our monthly lunches offer engaging and timely speakers. We have hosted Florida Supreme Court Justices, U.S. Congresspersons, our State Attorney, our Clerk of Courts, authors, sports figures, University Presidents, leaders in local businesses and many more.
In addition to the above events offered to all of members, we also have committees who host evens aimed at specific interests and areas of law. We started with a handful of committees and now have 16 committees and one section. Participating in committees allows our members to stay current on recent developments in their specific areas of practice, earn CLE credits and network with fellow members with common interests.
Our standing section, the Young Lawyers Section, is a dynamic group of young attorneys who are active in planning events for the entire association, as well as their own section, with the focus of opening the door for professional growth and friendships.
Led this past year by Brandon Pratt, who did a marvelous job with planning for and hosting numerous successful and well attended events. He will be succeeded by Mitchell Goldberg, whom we know is dedicated to the YLS’s continued success.
Our website, which is in the process of being renovated, will be easier to use, constantly up-to-date with all the information you need on update from the courts, upcoming and past events, committees, fellow members and the association’s board of directors. Additionally, our site provides useful links to the courts and other resources for our members and well as resources for the public.
In keeping with technology and trying to be green, we also publish a quarterly online newsletter, The Advocate. Our Editor-in-Chief this past year was Mark Osherow and Ellen Leibovitch will now assume the responsibilities for the 2014-2015 membership year. Ellen will continue to include important news about our organization, articles of legal interest, calendars of our events and section and committee reports.
Our Board of Directors consists of five officers and eight directors. This is a wonderful group of people who volunteer years of their time to serve on this board, which operates on a ladder system. The SPBCBA Board of Directors are dedicated to the exchange of intelligent ideas concerning the operation of this organization and are invested in its success and continued growth.
Our future goals include our commitment to:
• The expansion membership and membership benefits
• standards of professional courtesy
• diversity and inclusion
• reaching out to law students, young attorneys and established attorneys through our mentoring programs
• the tradition of being an excellent bar association
Together, we are a strong advocate for lawyers, for the legal profession and for our justice system.
We encourage everyone to contact a board member, committee chair and the YLS president with any thoughts that you might have concerning the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. Finally, we encourage you to join a committee, attend our events and let us get to know you better.
News from the Courts
Notes from the Courts -upcoming changes to the Foreclosure, Civil and Family Divisions of the Fifteenth Circuit Court.