Jacksonville Bar Association

JBA-YLS Charity Chili Cook-Off

We’re bringing chili, charity and community together on February 18, 2017 from 11am-2pm at the famed Riverside Arts Market (RAM) under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge!

The Cook-Off will also feature live music by Fratello, drinks and other treats, so bring the whole family out for a great time!

All proceeds will benefit Anthony J. Stinson Association for Change, a local charity working to support the Northside community by offering tutoring, donations, mentorship and civic guidance for Jacksonville’s youth. New and gently used donation items are also accepted (esp. board games like chess, checkers, puzzles, books, school supplies and snacks for students) and part of the friendly competition!

Head to RAM on Feb. 18th to vote for your favorite chili, support a great cause and spend some time with family and friends!

Want to see your firm’s logo on the Chili Cook-Off?  Sponsorships welcome! Contact aaapolito@bmdpl.com for details.

Sponsored by:  

Brennan Manna Diamond
PRI Productions
Manifest Distilling
Nelson Mullins
Spohrer Dodd

15th Annual Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar

February 2, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wells Fargo Center, 1 Independent Dr., 2nd Floor

Just a few highlights of what to expect:

  • Opening remarks on Justice Raymond Ehrlich by the Honorable Tyrie W. Boyer, Fourth Judicial Circuit
  • Honorable Mark H. Mahon, Chief Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit will moderate an appellate judicial panel that includes Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Florida Supreme Court; Honorable Wendy Berger, Fifth District Court of Appeal; Honorable Martha Warner, Fourth District Court of Appeal; and Honorable Harvey Jay, First District Court of Appeal.  The panel will draw from their extensive experience to discuss best practices in trial advocacy from an appellate perspective.
  • Esteemed Professor Charles Ehrhardt, Florida State University College of Law, will provide analysis and instruction on evidentiary issues practitioners and judges face at trial with an emphasis on hearsay, the Daubert standard and introduction, authentication and use of electronic data.
  • Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan, United States District Judge, will moderate a panel of trial judges as they discuss evidentiary issues with Professor Ehrhardt, instruct on communicating effectively with the jury and provide practical tips on how to enhance openings, closings, and direct/cross examinations.

4.0 General CLER, 1.0 Appellate Practice, 2.0 Civil Trial, 1.0 Criminal Appellate Law, and 1.0 Criminal Trial Law Certification Credits has been applied for with The Florida Bar.

An early bird price of $108 is available to members through 5pm on January 19th (10% discount for those who register and pay two weeks in advance of the program), after which the price will increase to $120 for members. Non-Member price is fixed at $160.

Exclusive Program Sponsors:  Lexis Nexis

Sign-up Today!


Introducing New Membership Terms!

For the 2017 year, The Jacksonville Bar Association has implemented a new option for memberships—the  JBA will now offer two membership cycles. The first cycle will run a calendar year from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The second cycle will run a fiscal year from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Other than the dates, the membership cycles are exactly the same. There is no price difference and each cycle offers the same number of events. The two cycles were established for the benefit and convenience of our members.

The discounted half-year membership option will no longer be offered.

Bench & Bar Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
1 Independent Dr.

This event is open to ALL members of the Judiciary, JBA Members and spouses or significant others ONLY!

Sign up Today!

2016 Senior Holiday Project

Not Able to Deliver Your Gift? JSO has once again graciously agreed to help deliver presents to the seniors. Drop your gifts at the JBA office from December 5 through December 12th. Please! No perishable items.

November Member Luncheon

November 18, 2016 ~ 12 p.m., Hyatt Regency Riverfront
The Journey of a Former Jacksonville Bar President
Presented by:  Mitchell A. Stone, Esquire
Costs: JBA Member – NC .
Guests are welcome to attend. Prepay for your guest to attend by 5pm, Tuesday, November 15th, and receive a $10 discount.
$30 Pre-paid ~ $40 at the door
Casual Friday Attire Welcome!

RSVP here!

Afternoon at the Courthouse

November 15th ~ 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ~ Duval County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room

All attorneys and law students in and around the Jacksonville area are invited to acquaint themselves with our wonderful courthouse. Local judges and practitioners will provide insight and commentary on professionalism, proper courtroom etiquette and the general professional courtesies that local lawyers abide by. Whether you are looking for information on how to file a lawsuit, review a court file, attend ex parte hours or conduct research in the courthouse law library, this seminar will help you learn where to go and how to accomplish all of those things. Whether you are a new lawyer, new to Jacksonville or simply want to learn your way around the courthouse, “Afternoon at the Courthouse” has something for everyone, and five CLE credits for all!


Marshall M. Criser, Jr. Transactional Law CLE – Walk-Ins Welcome

November 4, 2016 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wells Fargo Center

4.0 General CLER including 1.0 Ethics Hr. has been applied for by The Florida Bar

Register your attendance today at www.jaxbar.org.


10:15 am – 10:30 am     Registration and Check-In

10:30 am – 11:30 am     Brunch

Brunch Sponsored by Heritage Capital Group, Inc.

11:00 am – 11:20 am            Sponsor Presentation

11:20 am – 11:30 am     Welcome & Opening Remarks   (10 Minutes)

Co-Chairs of the Transactional Law Section:

Kathy Hartland (TFB#96245), Florida Coastal School of Law
Laurie M. Lee (TFB # 668257), Elevate Business + Technology Law

11:30 am – 12:20 pm     Intellectual Property Update   (50 Minutes)

  • Tips and Trends in Trademarks and Copyright; DMCA Developments; Developments in Right of Publicity, Katharine Rowe (TFB#165697), Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
  • Intellectual Property and Social Media, Richard Rivera (TFB#108251), Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
  • Domain Names and Cybersquatting, Jonathon Pressley (TFB#84579), Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
  • Music and Copyright; New Developments in Patent Law, Carolyn Herman (TFB#976563), Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

12:20 pm – 12:35 pm     Break   (15 Minutes)

12:35 pm – 1:00 pm       Crowdfunding: A Crowded Web of Regulations   (25 Minutes)

         Michael B. Kirwan (TFB#765244), Foley & Lardner, LLP 

This presentation will provide participants with key considerations regarding crowdfunding offerings under both Regulation CF and Florida crowdfunding laws. Startups and small businesses are permitted to issue securities to non-accredited investors through online intermediaries, also referred to as “funding portals”, pursuant to new Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933.  To participate in such securities-based crowdfunding offerings, the issuer does not need to register the securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but must comply with Regulation Crowdfunding (“Regulation CF”).  While an issuer relying on Regulation CF is not limited to accredited investors, Regulation CF contains a host of other restrictions, which are designed to balance the ease of raising capital with protecting the interests of investors. Some states, such as Florida, have promulgated state crowdfunding rules which can be used in narrow instances where a predominantly in-state business is offering securities only to residents of that state.

1:00 pm – 1:25 pm         Small Businesses as an Underserved Community   (25 Minutes)

Laurie M. Lee (TFB#668257), Elevate Business + Technology Law

In 2016, small businesses make up 98.9% of all Florida businesses.  Yet in recent years, statistics have been consistently showing that less than fifteen percent of small businesses are seeking the advice of an attorney.  This presentation will be a facilitated discussion on how we can reach this underserved community and how the changes in the legal profession are changing our business models.  The discussion will cover such topics as DIY resources, automation, LegalZoom-like services and other non-attorney “in-person” legal services.

1:25 pm – 1:40 pm         Break   (15 Minutes)

1:40 pm – 2:30 pm         Ethics for Transactional Practice   (50 Minutes)

Kathy Hartland (TFB#96245), Florida Coastal School of Law

          H. Timothy Gillis (TFB#133876), Gillis Way & Campbell

This presentation will review ethical and professional issues common in transactional practice, such as determination of who is the client when representing and forming, legal entities; confidentiality requirements; potential responsibility for a client’s actions; conflicts of interest; ethics in negotiation; and ethical and professional communication.

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm         Social Purpose Corporations, Benefit Corporations and other Recent Developments Regarding Florida Business Entities   (50 Minutes)

Gardner F. Davis (TFB#471712), Foley & Lardner, LLP

An overview of the two new forms of Florida corporate enterprise, the Social Purpose Corporation (Fla. Stat 607.501-513) and the Benefit Corporation (Fla. Stat 607.601-613), both of which allow entrepreneurs and investors to pursue significant societal benefits as part of the business mission that may not satisfy the traditional corporate fiduciary duty of profit maximization and historical prohibition against corporate waste.  The presentation will also include discussion of other recent developments regarding Florida business entities, including the status of the Florida Bar Business Law Section’s ongoing work on major revisions to the Florida Business Corporation Act.

3:20 pm – 3:30 pm         Closing Remarks

Member Luncheon: Dueling Deans FL/GA

October 28, 2016 – 12 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Riverfront
Registration is open!

By-Laws Amendment re: Student Members

The October 28 Dueling Deans Member luncheon will be considered as a Meeting of the Members for the purpose of voting on the attached Amendment, which adopts the same policy for Law Student Members as is already in effect for Regular Members.

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