The ADR/Mediation Committee of the South Palm Beach County Bar conducts educational luncheons every other month. The luncheon meetings not only allow mediators, arbitrators and attorneys to meet and network, but provide substantive seminars on all aspects of ADR, including family mediation, civil circuit mediation and arbitration. Participants receive continuing educational credit for mediators and attorneys in the various areas needed. The Committee's luncheons focus on all aspects of ADR including a traditional two hour "Role Playing Seminar" that allows all attendees to participate in mock mediations to challenge them on impasses, diversity issues and ethical dilemmas that mediators regularly address.
The Appellate Practice Committee is comprised of attorneys whose practice primarily focuses on state and federal appeals, in addition to complex litigation support for other attorneys. We meet several times a year for lunch in order to exchange substantive information and discuss procedures, as well as to plan seminars of interest to appellate and trial practitioners alike. All of our members are willing to speak at any South Palm Beach County Bar Association committee meeting or event where an appellate perspective would be of assistance. For more information, please contact either Co-Chair.
The Bankruptcy Committee of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association is comprised of bankruptcy and reorganization practitioners as well as attorneys whose practice areas overlap with the bankruptcy arena. We meet several times per year to discuss recent and ongoing developments in the area of bankruptcy law.
The Civil Practice Committee of the South County Bar Association advances the practice of civil law through educational and social events among lawyers and judges. The committee’s recent educational events have included CLE programs on topics of interest to the practitioner, such as cannabis law, and a roundtable presentation of three Palm Beach County circuit court judges on tips for the practitioner, and our most recent social event was an evening of drinks and hors d’oevres with members of the bar and judiciary. These events foster the ability of the civil practice bar to gain familiarity with one another outside the courtroom, enhancing the quality and nature of their interactions, and the exchange of information and idea.
The Corporate & Business Law Committee The goal is to gather members from within the South Palm Beach County Bar Association including private, public and in-house practicing counsel who have an interest in networking and discussing issues involved with or otherwise affecting a corporate transactional and/or business litigation practice.
The South Palm Beach County Bar Association's Diversity & Inclusion Committee is committed to advancing diversity and encouraging the inclusion of different perspectives, ideas, and experiences within the legal profession. Our mission is to foster an environment where individuals of diverse race, color, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nationality, age, disability, and marital and parental status may thrive professionally and contribute to the goals of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.
The Family Law Committee is one of the longest standing and active committees of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. We strive to keep our members and all family law practitioners in South Palm Beach County closely engaged with the Judges assigned to the Family Law divisions in Delray and informed through our luncheon events. Throughout the year, we invite leaders from other disciplines that affect our practices to lecture and interact with the Family Law Bar. We are grateful for the support of our Chief Judge, Krista Marx and the Family Law division Judges and General Magistrates assigned to South County, Charles Burton, Samantha Schosberg Feuer, Jessica Ticktin, Temi Zeitenberg and Peter Bassaline.
The Health and Wellness Committee
The Labor & Employment Law Committee is comprised of attorneys who practice primarily in the areas of labor and employment law. The Committee also welcomes members who practice in the areas of immigration and employee benefits.
Members of the committee are litigators and non-litigators who represent employers and employees. For the past several years, the committee has offered seminars and networking events two to three times per year. The events focus on relevant labor and employment law topics. Some recent seminar topics include social networking, the hiring process, disability law, the Affordable Care Act, government agency updates, workplace violence and Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act. The seminars are paired with a breakfast, lunch or happy hour to provide ample networking opportunities for attendees.
Seminar attendees often include human resource managers, representatives of employee leasing companies, business owners and attorneys. All of the Committee’s seminars are approved for Continuing Legal Education and Human Resource Certification Institute credits.
Committee members have the opportunity to help plan and speak at the seminars, to write articles for The Advocate, an online publication of the SPBCBA, and to network with fellow attorneys, HR professionals and business owners. The Committee welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining the Committee or becoming more involved in it, please contact one of the Committee Co-Chairs.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the Committee or a Committee event, please contact one of the Committee Co-Chairs.
The SPBCBA Mentorship Committee aims to match members of our local legal community, at different career stages, to facilitate and foster supportive and mutually meaningful professional mentoring relationships serving the individual needs and goals of the participants. The committee seeks to be responsive to the diverse needs of the individual participants, including the exploration of new legal careers, advice on issues related to the practice of law in our local community, and the expansion of professional networks and career opportunities to participants. The committee strives to support and sustain these mentor-mentee relationships over time by providing opportunities that foster their continued growth and development. CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION
The Real Estate Law Committee provides a forum for discussion on legal issues in the areas of real property, community association, land use and zoning law. Attorneys involved in this committee practice both transactional real estate law, as well as litigating real estate matters. The Real Estate Law Committee meets approximately 6 times a year to discuss issues affecting the practice of real estate law, and current topics in real estate law.
The Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association The purpose is to provide solo and small law firm practitioners (with five Attorney’s or less including “Of Counsels”) with an opportunity to network and share best practices. The Committee’s mission is to “strengthen the practices of solo and small firm attorneys through education, advocacy, and community.”
The Committee sponsors bi-monthly lunches and CLE programs during the other months. This is the only committee specifically dedicated to the advancement of the interests and concerns of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s solo and small firm practitioners.
The Tax Planning & Controversy Committee of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Purpose is to promote the objectives of the Association within the field of taxation, with an emphasis on continuing the legal education of the members of the Association in the field of taxation and serving as a resource concerning federal and state tax laws to Association members.