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Dade County Bar Association Committees

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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.

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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.


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.


The 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.


The Bankruptcy Committee offers content, continuing legal education, and other education resources for lawyers on all aspects of bankruptcy law and related subjects


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


The Civil Litigation Committee provides a forum for civil litigators to interact with one another and the judiciary and promote professionalism through, among other things, luncheon events and continued work on a State Court Discovery Practices Handbook for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, similar to the Discovery Practices Handbook attached as an appendix to the Local Rules of the Southern District of Florida.


The Criminal Court Committee encourages and recruits criminal law practitioners, from both the public and private sector, to actively participate in the committee to promote both the goals of the DCBA and the area of criminal law.


The Diversity Committee 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.


The Environmental and Land Use Law Committee advances the knowledge and understanding of Miami-Dade County’s lawyers and other persons interested in environmental and land use law, of current issues, judicial and administrative decisions and legislation in these areas of the law, and other matters related to their professional practices, by providing them with educational and social opportunities to interact with lawyers and other persons with similar interests.


The Family Court Committee increases the level of expertise and skill of lawyers practicing within the Family Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit. This committee aspires to assist its members in heightening the competence of practitioners by delivering quality seminars and publications for the benefit of the greater Miami-Dade County community.


The Federal Court Committee will sponsor events for attorneys practicing in Federal Court, Southern District of Florida designed to increase practitioners’ familiarity with substitutive and procedural aspects of federal court practice as well as provide person contact with federal judiciary.


The DCBA Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) Committee’s advances the paralegal profession through education, networking and the development of friendships within the Miami-Dade legal community. The Committee’s members include attorneys and paralegals you interact with daily. Join us at seminars and events to earn CLEs, to reconnect with your colleagues and to meet new people. Learn what your attorneys are learning and expand your expertise, making you even more valuable in your current role and in your profession.


The Government Relations Committee serves 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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


This committee deals with proposals and issues involving technology and the law. They will also simplify and suggest the latest applications and use to help in the practice of law.


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


Coordinates membership recruitment and proposes new services for members.


The Probate and Guardianship Committee provides a spirit of cooperation and support between members of the Bar, the Judiciary and the Clerk’s Office while working on projects that help to make the process of administering guardianships, estates and mental health cases more time and cost effective.


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.


The 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.


The Solo/Small Firm 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.
Jane W. Muir, 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

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