Jacksonville Bar Association

Member Luncheon


Featured Speaker: Al Letson
Nationally renowned playwright, poet, performer and radio & podcast host.
Join us for a conversation about race in America- How we deal with the past, understand the present and move forward into the future.
Check out Al Letson’s FaceBook page, and follow him on Twitter!

Tech Roadshow CLE

The Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar has chosen Jacksonville as their kickoff city for this year’s Tech Roadshow CLE!

This seminar is open to all members of the bench & bar, and is free for JBA Members, and $45 for Non-Members. 

Date: October 24, 2017 @ 12:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m.

Duval County Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room

4 CLE Credit Pending Florida Bar Approval

Register here now!

Sessions include:

  • Understanding Metadata and Your Ethical Responsibilities with Your Legal Documents(50 Mins – 1 Ethics Credit)
  • How a Practice Management Program Can Prevent Malpractice Claims in Your Law Office(50 Mins – 1 Ethics Credit)
  • Securing Mobile Devices(50 Mins – 1 Credit)
  • Recognizing and Addressing Common Security Threats in Your Law Firm(50 Mins – 1 Credit)

Featured Speakers:

  • Adriana Linares, LawTech Partners
  • David Michel, Broad and Cassel
  • John M. Stewart, Rossway Swan

Legal Aid Hotline

Hurricane Irma has passed and, overall, the northeast Florida area is fortunate to have avoided catastrophic damage.  Regardless, many are faced with devastating loss.  Several people have approached us about what we as lawyers can do to help those who were less fortunate than us.

Here are two important ways YOU can help:
A legal aid hotline is now available for Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929. The hotline operates through a partnership between The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Florida Bar’s Press Release can be found HERE and The Florida Bar YLD’s message and organizational materials and signup link can be found HERE.
In addition, some callers will need assistance and/or representation beyond the phone call.  The JBA Pro Bono Committee will match these low-income hurricane survivors with pro bono attorneys.  If you would like to be one of the team of the “Pro Bono Attorneys On Ready” please contact Kathy Para, Chairperson of The JBA Pro Bono Committee, and indicate in your email that you want to be part of the hurricane recovery team.
We know that The JBA members will step up in force and we thank you, in advance, for your commitment to our community.

The Jacksonville Bar Association is ‘rethinking everything’

The Jacksonville Bar Association has begun the most substantial operational changes in the 119-year history of the organization.

“We are rethinking everything and restructuring,” said Tad Delegal, president of the association’s board of governors.

 Read full article here

Global Legal Leaders Reception

This event is hosted in partnership with HOBNOB, Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, the Jacksonville Asian Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Lawyers.

Attendees will receive complimentary appetizers and one cocktail and will have a chance to network with local judges, lawyers and hear from global legal leaders promoting judicial reform in Egypt.

Space limited- sign up early! Click here for registration & complete details.

Member Luncheon- September 20

Our first member luncheon is right around the corner- Have You Renewed Your JBA Membership?

September 20, 2017 at Hyatt Regency

Featured Speaker: Mayanne Downs
City Attorney of the City of Orlando, Past President of The Florida Bar, and managing partner of GrayRobinson Orlando

Topic: Pulse nightclub aftermath & coping with domestic tragedy in Urban America

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017

Don’t miss Mayanne Downs, President & managing partner of GrayRobinson Orlando, as she talks about how a major metropolitan area handled one of the worst domestic tragedies in the nation’s history. Ms. Downs serves as the City Attorney for Orlando, and was called to the scene on the night of the horrors which unfolded at Pulse Nightclub. Register your attendance today


1st District Court of Appeal visits Jacksonville

The Judicial Relations Committee and the Appellate Practice Committee of The Jacksonville Bar Association hosted lunch with participating judges from the First District Court of Appeal last month. Check out Max Marbut of Jax Daily Record’s article here.

Thanks to co-chairs of the JBA Appellate Practice Committee, Diana Johnson and William Graessle, for moderating the event, and to participating Judges Harvey Jay, Scott Makar, Lori Rowe, and M. Kemmerly Thomas, as well as Jon Wheeler, clerk of the 1st District Court, for participating.


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The Open Bar Social

July 27, 2017 ~ 5:50 to 7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center, 2nd Floor Vacant Space

Join us for a social & networking event (i.e. free drinks!) while also getting to know more about how to become involved in the many local legal organizations in Jacksonville.

Open to all attorneys- You do not need to be a JBA member to attend!

Participating organizations include FACDL, Jax Beaches Bar Association, JWLA, Asian American Bar Association, and more!

Don’t miss this kick-off event!

Sponsorship opportunities available- contact Carla Ortiz at (904)399-4486 or email cortiz@jaxbar.org

Register Today!


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