Latina Leaders Summit at the Tampa Club

Join the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association for the THBA’s Second Annual Latina Leaders Summit at the Tampa Club.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, THBA is proud to announce the panelists for this year’s Summit:

    • U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez;
    • U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington;
    • Ileana Giordano of Telemundo 49;
    • Jenay Iurato of Iurato Law and Immediate Past President of the THBA; and
    • Carla Lowry of Lowry at Law, P.A.

The panelists were chosen this year based on their experience both inside and outside the legal profession.  Each woman has risen through the ranks of various private and public entities, and will share their paths taken and pitfalls avoided.

Additionally, the event will include a discussion with the leaders about the particular challenges faced by Latinas both at home and at work.

This Summit is made possible with the support of the Law Office of Hernando Bernal, Jr., P.A. and Milestone Reporting Company.

All members and guests are encouraged to attend this Summit: women, men, Latinos, non-Latinos, junior attorneys, senior attorneys — all are invited.

This presentation is anticipated to be approved for two hours of CLE credit by the Florida Bar.

Lunch will be served promptly at 11:30 a.m., and is complimentary for THBA members with pre-registration.  Guests and non-members must pre-register and pay $25.00 per person in advance for admission.

**On-site registration at the door will not be available for this event. There is limited space available — all interested attendees are urged to register as soon as possible, as all registration for this event close on March 25, 2019.**

Website event page for registration is here: https://thba.org/event-3246176

The Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2545827302111825/

When: 04/05/2019 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: The Tampa Club, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd #4200, Tampa, FL 33602

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Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice

Please see the below item from the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice regarding recent changes to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. The amendments are intended to broaden the access to civil justice by expanding the pool of individuals eligible to serve as pro bono emeritus lawyers under the auspices of Court-approved, non-profit legal aid organizations. The changes took effect on Feb. 1.

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Let’s start the hashtag campaign for #ILookLikeALawyerTampaBay to spread awareness of the diversity of lawyers within the Tampa Bay community and to continue the work of dispelling the idea that lawyers only look one way.  It is open to all who want to participate.

Here is a sample Powerpoint to convert to a photo: ILookLikeALawyer template. You can convert into a JPEG file once you have added your photo and other words that describe you. Once you complete the changes to the slide go to  “File”, “Save As”, “Browse” and choose the location where you want the file saved and choose file type “JPEG” from the dropdown menu then choose “this one only” when the dialog box pops up.  Then you can upload it anywhere you can upload a photo).

If you are interested please create an image for yourself and post it on social media and e-mail to get the word out and the hashtag trending. Three hashtags should be included, #ILookLikeALawyer, #ILookLikeALawyerFlorida, and #ILookLikeALawyerTampaBay. Tag all the lawyers you know and include @FloridaBar and others on social media.

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Opportunity for Young Lawyers to hear from Justice Thomas and participate in Federal Judicial Round table discussions

The Bench Bar Committee of the Middle District of Florida has approved funding to underwrite the cost for 45 young lawyers (under 36 yrs old or 5 yrs of practice or less) who are members of the bar of the Middle District of Florida to attend the special Saturday morning program for young lawyers at this year’s Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference, being held at the Marriott Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach on May 5, 2018.  Participants in the Saturday program will meet with dozens of federal judges and attend a discussion with United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (attendees will also get breakfast and CLE credit).  The cost is normally $110, but will be free for up to 45 young lawyers who register using the form below and the Bench Bar Committee’s special RSVP email address(11thCirConf_YoungLawyers_RSVP@flmd.uscourts.gov).   This information is also available on the Court’s website (www.flmd.uscourts.gov). Applicants will be accepted on a “first come first accepted” basis.  Also,  because the deadline to register is April 13, prompt action is encouraged. 

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State Attorney Office Employment Opportunity

The Office of the State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit has openings for entry-level assistant state attorneys.  For more information visit our website at www.sao13th.com.  Submit your resume, a completed Office of the State Attorney Employment Application, and Authorization to Release to Information by email to employment@sao13th.com.

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MDFL – Tampa Division Magistrate Judge Opening (Apps Due 2/9/18)

Tampa MJ Vacancy Announcement
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ACLU of FL – Orear Legal Fellowship Opportunity


Orear Legal Fellowship
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Appointments to be made by Tampa City Council to various Boards/Committees

The City of Tampa is making the following appointments:

  • Architectural Review Commission – (Two positions to be filled as identified on the media release.)
  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee – (Three positions to be filled as identified on the media release.)
  • Charter Review Commission – (Two alternate positions to be filled as identified on the media release.)
  • Citizen Review Board  – (Two positions to be filed as identified on the media release.)
  • Equal Business Opportunity Advisory Council – (Six position to be filled as identified on the media release.)
  • Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission – (One position to be filled as identified on the media release.)
  • Historic Preservation Commission – (Three positions to be filled as identified on the media release.)

The deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday – December 13, 2017 to the Office of the City Clerk, Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Third Floor, Tampa, Florida.

The City Council of the City of Tampa has scheduled three-minute presentations of the applicants on December 21V, 2017 under Ceremonial Activities and/or Presentations during the regular session of Council.  The meetings are held in the Tampa City Council Chambers, Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Third Floor, Tampa, Florida

If you are interested in serving on one of these boards/commissions, the application is  here: Boards Commissions Application
 Please complete and return your application to Sandy Marshall (see below).

If you have any questions, please contact:

Sandy Marshall

Deputy City Clerk, Office of the City Clerk

City of Tampa / 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., 3rd Floor / Tampa, Florida 33602

p: (813) 274-7077 / sandy.marshall@tampagov.net

f: (813) 274-8036

Full Press Release here: Media Release 12212017

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Save These Dates for HAWL Meetings!

2018-2019 HAWL Membership Meetings

For our membership meetings this year, I have chosen a theme of “understanding” in an effort to increase the inclusiveness of HAWL. I’m focusing on all kinds of diversity – race, religion, sexuality, disability, family situations, ages, types and areas of practice – everything. I am hoping to have only female speakers this year, because I think that it’s important for people who come to HAWL to see successful, smart women showcased. I also think it’s the best way to make sure we are supporting each other. I’m looking forward to an awesome year and welcome input on how to make it more awesome!

Thank you,

Mandi Clay, VP of Programs


Except as noted, Regular Membership Meetings are held at the University Club, One Tampa City Center, 38th Floor 

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

September 12, 2018 – Understanding Each Other

The format of this event will be a bit different. We have invited a diverse group of discussion leaders and will have one at each table to foster discussion on diversity and inclusiveness issues. We will provide some conversations starters to the leaders in case they need them to get things started. Discussion leaders include: Monica Williams Harris; Erin King; Jo Ann Palchak; Meredith L. Gaunce; Dori Foster-Morales; and Sumayya Saleh.

October 24, 2018 – Understanding Your Role in the Bar

Florida Bar President Michelle Suskauer

November 14, 2018 – Understanding Our History

Tammy Briant, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Stetson University College of Law. Briant is also an adjunct professor at Stetson, teaching an experiential learning course on constitutional law and the civil rights movement. She speaks on transformative learning, leadership, and the connection of civil rights movement history with social justice issues.

December 12, 2018 – Understanding Ourselves

Nora Bergman, Esq., author of 50 Lessons for Lawyers: Earn More. Stress Less. Be Awesome. Nora is a Certified Practice Advisor and attorney. Nora brings a deep understanding of the practice and business of law to her work with lawyers, law firms and bar associations. She has practiced as an employment law attorney and certified mediator and has served as an adjunct professor at both Stetson University College of Law and the University of South Florida, teaching courses in alternative dispute resolution and negotiation. Nora has been a speaker at conferences for the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the National Association of Bar Executives, The Florida Bar and other national and regional legal organizations.

Three free copies of Nora Bergman’s book 50 Lessons for Lawyers: Earn More. Stress Less. Be Awesome will be given away to meeting attendees!

January TBA, 2019 – HCBA Diversity Luncheon

This HCBA program is not included in your HAWL membership dues and is held at a special date, time, and location as announced by the HCBA

February 13, 2019 – TBD

March 20, 2019 – International Women’s Day Celebration 

April 24, 2019 – Take Your Child to Work Day

 Normally held at the George Edgecomb Courthouse, 6th Fl., 800 E. Twiggs St., Tampa, FL 33602

May 15, 2019 – Scholarships & Awards

*We are always looking for volunteers to help with check-in and set-up for our meetings. Please contact Mandi Clay if you are interested. It’s a great way to get to know people!*

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HAWL’n for the Cure!

We’re working to end cancer … and we need your help! On Saturday, May 13, 2017, HAWL is participating in the 12th annual Miles for Moffitt run/walk event. HAWL has formed a team by the name of HAWL’n for the Cure. Every dollar that our fundraising efforts bring in goes completely to support lifesaving cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Moffitt researchers are at the very front lines of the effort to defeat cancer.
We’re asking you to support HAWL’s team in the Miles for Moffitt event  — either by signing up to participate yourself or by giving a tax-deductible gift to support our efforts. HAWL still has 6 free registrations available for the team. The first 6 members who take advantage of the free registration will also receive a free HAWL t-shirt. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Team Captains Jena Hudson atjhudson@bals.org or Hannah Becker at Hannah.Becker@gray-robinson.com. Here is a link to our team page: http://support.moffitt.org/site/TR/Events/MilesforMoffitt?team_id=1260&pg=team&fr_id=1060.

Remember that every penny will help bring us closer to the day when cancer is beaten. Please do what you can to help. Thank you so much for your support!


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