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September 28, 2017

Caribbean Bar Association and Haitian Lawyers Association Joint General Meeting/CBA Election Meeting/Ethics CLE Presentation Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. Bast Amron LLP (SunTrust Tower) 1 SE 3rd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33131 I. Welcome/Greeting/Introduction -Lody Jean, HLA President II. Remarks on the state of the Bar - Florida Bar President Michael Higer A. President Higer spoke on the following issues: a. Provided post-hurricane Irma updates for the state of Florida and admired the response by attorneys to the crisis, including pre-disaster information b. Pro Bono opportunities for attorneys to assist, and also to get necessary hurricane relief c. Extension of deadlines for attorneys to pay dues and CLE requirements d. Member benefits and services, technology, inclusiveness, health & wellness, and constitutional revision committee i. Significance of mental health aspect of practice and the statistics showing lawyers fare worst mentally among professions e. Effect of mental health issues on lawyers' ability to represent clients f. Lesser stigma for physical disabilities versus mental health issues III. Remarks - Devona Reynolds Perez, CBA President A. Judicial Diversity Initiative goals: a. Purpose - to increase diversity on the bench b. Friend Olympics -- method to encourage lawyers to engage with other attorneys in a fun social setting. c. Memorial for Beranton Whisenant, colleague and member of JDI d. Mental Health Symposium d.e.Reception for new judges and support for local attorneys running for judge IV. Announcement of CBA Election Results - Nnamdi Jackson - (Elections Committee: Carol Green von Kaul, Schuyler Smith, Nnamdi Jackson) A. Board Members a. Hilary Creary b. Nikeisha Pryor c. Jamel Marshall B. Treasurer: Anna-Bo Emmanuel C. Secretary : Tricia Gaye-Cottrell D. Vice President : Serena Witter E. President-elect: Charise Morgan-Joseph V. Upcoming Events - Devona Reynolds Perez A. Opioid Community Event on Saturday, September 30 B. CBA Gala a. 21st Annual Scholarship and Award Gala on Saturday October 28, 2017 at the Conrad Miami in Brickell b. Sponsorships are still available C. Leadership Academy a. Applications due in early December D. Introduction of our Guest Speaker - Altanese Phenelus, HLA Vice President E. Roundtable Discussion with Guest Speakers: You Be The Judge BRIAN L. TANNEBAUM, BAST AMRON Brian is the firm's General Counsel and practices in the areas of Ethics and White Collar Defense, representing law firms as well as future, current, and former lawyers and legal professionals in matters before the Florida Bar and Board of Bar Examiners as well as in civil and criminal courts. Specific ethics matters include Bar Admission Hearings, Grievance Defense from the initial complaint to argument before the Florida Supreme Court, Reinstatement and Readmission matters, Sanctions Hearings, Legal Malpractice Defense, partnership disputes and dissolutions as well as ethics opinions. He has been counsel in over 50 Florida Bar matters at The Florida Supreme Court level and has been appointed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida as a Special Master a. The recent passing of local lawyers and the effects of mental health issues in the community b. How to handle Bar complaints c. Lawyer disciplinary process d. Top 3 subjects of bar grievances i. Failure to communicate ii. Diligence 1. Additional consideration for public defenders iii. Getting arrested 1. Must report within 10 days of a disposition for misdemeanor 2. For felonies, must report within 10 days of charges being filed e. Future of the Supreme Court in relation to bar grievances - conservative-leaning F. Adjournment - Devona Reynolds Perez, CBA President, and Lody Jean, HLA President


Dear CBA Members and Supporters,

The Caribbean Bar Association is a voluntary bar organization whose mission is to inform, educate and empower all members of the Caribbean-American community in South and Central Florida, and provide support of legal initiatives affecting Caribbean countries. The CBA is heavily involved in civic engagement and regularly collaborates with local civic groups and organizations on educational events and activities.

The Caribbean Bar Association continues to support Food for the Poor in its noble initiative to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. You, your firm, or your organization are encouraged to make financial donations to the hurricane relief effort directly to Food for the Poor through their website at https://champions.foodforthepoor.org/fundraise?fcid=796898

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Recruit a Member and Renew Your Membership: CBA welcomes all new members. If you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming a CBA member, please contact CBA President-Elect Nikeisha Williams at NPryor@hpslegal.com or CBA Secretary Charise Morgan-Joseph at charise_morgan@yahoo.com.

Membership dues can be paid online by clicking the "Pay Member Dues" button or by mailing a check to Anna-Bo Emmanuel, CBA Treasurer, MURRAY LAW, P.A., 15500 New Barn Road, Suite 210, Miami Lakes, Florida 33014.

The dues schedule is as follows:

Regular Members admitted to the Bar: less than 1 year: Free; more than l year but less than 5 yrs: $75.00 (Government lawyers: $50.00); more than 5 yrs but less than 7yrs: $100.00 (Government lawyers: $75.00); and more than 7 yrs: $125.00 (Government lawyers: $100.00).

Associate Members- Law Students: Free

Associate Members- Non Lawyers: $50.00

 
 
 
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