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Through membership in various committees, lawyers can focus their involvement in an area of the law that interests them most. Committee membership is voluntary and offers concentrated information and education in a specific area of law. Committees provide attorneys with access to other lawyers who share similar interests in a specific legal field. The committees are also involved in the production of specialized continuing legal education seminars and publications, and they publish newsletters covering their areas of professional interest.

Once you're signed into your account, look for "Groups" under your profile and you can join the committee of your choice.

 

APPELLATE 

The Appellate Court Committee provides a forum for both appellate practitioners and trial lawyers to discuss issues related to appellate practice.  Furthermore, the Committee endeavors to enhance the practice by providing seminars and lunches with judges within our community to give practitioners educational opportunities as well as the ability to interact with judges on an informal basis.  

 

BANKRUPTCY

The DCBA Bankruptcy Committee offers content, continuing legal education, and other education resources for lawyers on all aspects of bankruptcy law and related subjects.  We hope to provide opportunities for professionals to build their expertise and reputations. 

 

BULLETIN

The Bulletin is our primary way to communicate with members. Serve as Editors, write, obtain, and edit articles, and coordinate layout and publication.

COUNTY COURT

The County Court Committee is composed of members of the DCBA with the mission of working together on matters of mutual concern relating to legal and operational issues of the County and Small Claims Courts.

This Committee creates, promotes and conducts legal educational seminars to keep attorneys and interested members of the public fully informed of case law, statutory and regulatory changes in areas such as: Landlord Tenant, Collecting On A Judgment, Credit Collection, Small Claims Court, and Consumer Laws.

 

DIVERSITY

The Diversity Committee of the Dade County Bar Association is a reflection of the Bar’s commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion in the practice of law in Miami-Dade County.  The Committee will plan and offer programming that educates and addresses issues that implicate gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disabilities. In order to be inclusive, the Committee will develop joint programming with voluntary bar associations which share similar missions.  

 

 ENVIRONMENTAL & LAND USE

Exceptionally interesting meetings and seminars on the latest issues affecting South Florida in this practice area.

 

FLORIDA REGISTERED PARALEGAL

This committee provides FRP members with networking, education and participation opportunities in the Association.

 

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS 

This is a new committee serving the needs of both private and public sector attorneys representing, and/or practicing before state, county and local governments and agencies. Will hosts several CLE events throughout the year as well as the annual Local Government Attorney Reception.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS

The scope and function of this committee is assist in implementing, in part, The Florida Bar’s Strategic Planning Priority #5 focusing on the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers, which includes an educational component to:

-          Destigmatize mental illness in the legal community (lawyers and judges)’

-          Educate employers, judges, and lawyers on how to identify and address mental health illness of Florida lawyers and create “best practices” on how to address mental health issues;

-          Educate lawyers about the benefits of balancing personal life and career obligations;

-          Provide wellness programs to provide Florida lawyers with healthy strategies to deal with the pressures of their practices to enhance the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers;

The committee will also work from time to time with The Florida Bar’s Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers Committee to assist it in carrying out its functions in Miami-Dade County.

 

IMMIGRATION LAW

This committee provides attorneys practicing in this area worthwhile meetings, educational seminars and networking opportunities.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The Intellectual Property Law committee brings together lawyers from diverse IP law fields, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, publicity rights and other technology-related matters. The committee is dedicated to providing career growth and professional development for IP attorneys. Committee membership provides an opportunity to network with other IP attorneys and patent agents across South Florida. The committee hosts several continuing legal education programs on current topics in IP law and social events during the year. Membership is not only for IP specialists but also for general practitioners with an interest in this rapidly changing field.

 

 

JUVENILE COURT

Committee organizes educational seminars in the area of Dependency and Delinquency law and networking events for attorneys and judges involved in or interested in Dependency and Delinquency law.

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

This committee provides educational programming for lawyers, from the employer and employee perspective, as well as for government lawyers and neutrals in the area of employment and labor law.  This year’s focus will be on developing an active committee to foster continued networking and across-the-aisle professionalism.

LEGAL AID & OFFICE OF PUBLIC SERVICE

Proposes policy and programs to Board of Directors for Legal Aid Society and “Put Something Back” Volunteer Lawyer Programs. A most worthwhile committee.

 

MEMBERSHIP & MEMBER SERVICES 

Coordinates membership recruitment and proposes new services for members.

 

PROFESSIONALISM

Professionalism is the watchword for our profession. Our Supreme Court has earmarked professionalism as a top priority. This committee works to raise the standards of practice and fair dealing.

 

REAL PROPERTY

The Dade County Bar Association Real Property Committee is a very active committee, striving to be the hub for the real estate community in providing valuable educational events and opportunities to network, not only with lawyers, but also with other professionals in the real estate arena.  For example, for the past five years, the Committee has co-programmed at least one educational event each year with the Miami Association of Realtors.  In addition, in recent years, the Committee, the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals and the Miami Association of Realtors have hosted a networking evening, most recently inviting the members of the Latin Builders Association and the South Florida Builders Association to attend. 

 

SOLO/SMALL FIRM 

This new committee is dedicated to the fastest growing segment of the profession and will offer networking and educational programs specifically designed for the solo/small firm practitioner.

 

 The Bar works for you, so I solicit your ideas for programs and committees.

Stephanie L. Carman, President
Dade County Bar Association
123 N. W. FIRST AVENUE #214
Miami, Florida  33128

If you have any questions, please call the Bar office – (305) 371-2220

 

Want to get involved? There’s something for everyone in the YLS. This year will be a little different than past years. We are shifting to project-based programming instead of committee-based programming. Fill out the 2018-19 YLS Member Survey to let us know how we can best serve you. We’re looking forward to it!

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