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Fairness and Diversity Calendar

The calendar below is a way for the Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity to highlight diversity activities and events happening in circuits and appellate courts in Florida.


Second Annual Fairness & Diversity Summit

Hosted By:  The 10th Judicial Circuit

When: Friday, December 1, 2017

Details are forthcoming.

Fairness & Diversity Award: Accepting Nominations! Nominate a member of the community who has overcome adversity, supported diversity, and/or positively impacted the court system or the community. Email nominations to: Aweeks@jud10.flcourts.org


The Florida Bar’s Inaugural Diversity Symposium

“Pathway to Inclusion”  

Presented By: The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Keynote Speaker: 2017-18 American Bar Association (ABA) President Hillarie Bass

When: November 9-10, 2017

Where: The Hilton Lake Buena Vista

Orlando, FL

Please email Arnell Bryant-Willis at ABryant-Willis@floridabar.org for more details.


Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code & Sentencing

Training Course

When: This event has been postponed until further notice.

Where: Lakeland, FL

Details are forthcoming.


Second Annual Fairness & Diversity Summit

Planning Meeting

Hosted By:  The 10th Judicial Circuit

When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

4:00 p.m.

Where: Bartow Courthouse


IS JUSTICE BLIND?

Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Hosted By:  The Clara Gehan Association for Women Lawyers, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, The Florida Bar Diversity Leadership Grant, Josiah T. Walls Bar Association, North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the University of Florida Levin College of Law

When: Friday, April 21, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: The Wooly, 20 North Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

Click here for event flier.

Contact Stephanie Marchman at 352-393-8816 marchmansm@cityofgainesville.org with questions.

4 hours of Bias Elimination CLE anticipated.


The Florida Legal History You Never Knew:

African-American, Hispanic, and Women Lawyers

Hosted By:  Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida

When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Where: 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Second Floor, Duval County Unified Courthouse

Click here for agenda.

Click here for registration form.

E-mail completed registration form to Ms. Kristy Bend, Judge Cole's judicial assistant, at kbend@coj.net or fax it to her at (904) 360-8482. Questions? Call 904-255-1261.


Bench-Bar Reception Honoring Women’s History Month

Hosted By:  Nineteen Sixty-One and Chef Marcos Fernandez; Polk County Trial Lawyers Association; The Hispanic Bar Association; Highlands County Bar Association; Tenth Circuit Fairness and Diversity Committee

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Nineteen Sixty-One

1212 S. Fla. Ave.

Lakeland, FL

Please email fwirth@jud10.flcourts.org for more details.


2017 Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity

Annual In-Person Meeting

Hosted By:  The Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity

When: Thursday and Friday, March 2-3, 2017

Where: Levin College of Law at the University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Please email Patrick McKeithen at mckeithenp@flcourts.org for more details.


Diversity Training Class

Hosted By:  The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit

When:  Friday, March 3, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presenter: Barbara Cheives, President and CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting, Inc.

Where: Main Judicial Center – 205 North Dixie Highway, 5th Floor Training Room

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Please RSVP no later than Friday, February 24, 2017. Email Debra Oats at DOats@pbcgov.org to RSVP or for more details.


Hillsborough County Bar Association’s

Diversity Networking Social

Hosted By:  Hillsborough County Bar Association

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Chester H. Ferguson Law Center

1610 N Tampa St.

Tampa, Florida, 33602

To RSVP, please email hcbarsvp@hillsbar.com or call (813) 221-7777.


Implicit Bias and Criminal Justice

Hosted By:  The Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney

Presented By: Professor David Harris, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Wayne S. McKenzie, New York City Department of Probation

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017

2:00 p.m.

Where: IBEW Local 349 Hall

1657 N.W. 17th Avenue

Miami, Florida 33125

Please RSVP to ImpicitBiasTraining@MiamiSAO.com by February 1, 2017 or call 305-547-0307 with any questions.


 

Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation

2017 Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic

Hosted By:  Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Amelia Earhart Park

401 E 65th St.

Hialeah, FL 33013

Please click here for more details.


Implicit Bias, Explicit Justice: Fairness and Diversity Insights from the Bench

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Board College of Law

Hosted By:  Shepard Board College of Law

Presented by: Judge Scott Bernstein, 11th Judicial Circuit Judge

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Where: Shepard Board College of Law at Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Please email Patrick McKeithen at mckeithenp@flcourts.org for more details.


Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Diversity Luncheon

Hosted By:  Hillsborough County Bar Association

Speakers: Federal Judge Bernice Donald

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton Tampa Downtown

211 N Tampa St.

Tampa, Florida 33602


Racial and Ethnic Disparities Training

Hosted By: The Office of the State Courts Administrator, Department of Juvenile Justice, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Center for Children’s Law and Policy

When: Friday, December 14-15, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Orlando, FL

CJE credit approval pending. More details to follow.

For general questions, please contact Dacia Roberts at 850-922-9337 or robertsd@flcourts.org


Your Fair Courts Toolbox:

Developing Skills for Better Courts

Hosted By: 6th Judicial Circuit

When: Friday, December 9, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Pinellas County Justice Center

Conference Room One

First Floor

14250 49th Street North

Clearwater, Florida

CJE Fairness and Diversity credit approval pending. More details to follow.

Space is limited. Please RSVP with Bill Newton at bnewton@jud6.org

 

The Hispanic Bar Association of the Tenth Judicial Presents:

“Hispanics in the Courtroom: Practical and Ethical Considerations Related to Criminal, Immigration and Family Law.”

Hosted By:  The Hispanic Bar Association of the Tenth Judicial Circuit

Speakers: Prof. Jennifer G. Roeper, Prof. Sam Badawi, Jean Pierre Espinoza and Sara Reyes. 

When: Friday, October 28, 2016 (Lunch will be provided)

Where: Oliver L. Green Jr. Courtroom

Polk County Courthouse, Bartow, FL

255 N Broadway Ave, 

Bartow, FL 33830

CLE Ethics Credit pending. More details to follow.


Full-Day Diversity Training Seminar

Hosted By: 17th Judicial Circuit

Presented By: Wilhelmina Tribble

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Broward County Courthouse

201 SE 6th Street

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Approved for 6 credits of CJE Fairness and Diversity hours.

Please contact Cheryl Anderson at canderso@17th.flcourts.org to sign up or for more details.


Tenth Judicial Circuit Court’s 1st Annual Fairness and Diversity Summit

“Access and Equality”

Hosted By:  The 10th Judicial Circuit and Local Voluntary Bar Associations

The Goal of the Fairness & Diversity Summit is to join together members of the local bar, judiciary, and community leaders in order to improve diversity and inclusion within our local courts.

Keynote Speaker: Lansing C. Scriven, Esq.

When: June 30th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Breakfast & Lunch $25)

Where: Polk County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center

1891 Jim Keene Blvd.

Winter Haven, FL 33880

RSVP: Melody@bhklawyers.com or (863) 618-1100

SEATING IS LIMITED SO RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW!

CLE and CJE credit approval pending. More details to follow.


28th Annual Meeting of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

“Courts Engaging Communities:

Building Trust and Increased Confidence”

Hosted By: National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

The theme of this year’s conference will be Courts Engaging Communities. As Florida’s courts move toward improving public trust and community outreach, sessions such as Overcoming Anti Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian Bias in the Courts; EEOC and Law Enforcement; Community Engagement-Minority Impact/Building Trust; Jury Selection & Implicit Bias on Petit and Grand Juries; and the School to Prison Pipeline, are all relevant to the Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity goals and the recently issued long range strategic plan.  A complete agenda is attached for your reference. The knowledge, strategies, and tools provided will continue with assisting the State Courts’ efforts to eliminate bias from court operations and improving community outreach.

When: May 25-27, 2016

Where: Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia

For more details, please visit National Consortium


“How to Judge Judicial Candidates.” 

Hosted By: Rotary Club of Palm Beach

The purpose of the event was for the Florida Bar to provide participants with an understanding the judicial system and what they believe makes a good candidate for a judge. As part of the presentation, Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity member Pamela Guerrier discussed diversity and fairness issues.

When: May 5, 2016


University of Miami School of Law Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity on Fairness and Diversity In-Person Meeting

Hosted By: The Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity and University of Miami College of Law

The Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity at the University of Miami School of Law. This meeting covered a wide range of topics including reports from The Diversity Educational Campaign and Outreach, Partnerships and Collaborations Subcommittees; the Florida Bar Survey on Gender Bias; and an information session provided by law clinicians at the University of Miami.

When:  April 21-22, 2016

Where: University of Miami College of Law


Pathways in the Legal Profession

Hosted By :  GOAABA – The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division and YESS Center

The purpose of this event was to learn a). educational requirements for a law degree; b). possible legal career options; c). volunteer opportunities; d). advocacy opportunities (such as, Guardian ad Litem).

Panelists and Speakers:

Christine Berk – Attorney, Voight, P.A. Practice

Vanessa Braga - Associate with Burruezo & Burruezo

Lisa Gong Guerrero - Assistant State Attorney in the Ninth Judicial Circuit

Shane T. Herbert - Attorney with West, Green & Associates

Annie Kwong – Associate with Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

When:  April 23, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: YESS Center Florida

3201 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803


Diversity Banquet and Presentation

Hosted By: Student Bar Association, Black Law Student Association, Hispanic Bar Association, Pillars,

FAWLS, NOW, JLSA, Lambda

Take part in Diversity Week by attending a panel with attorneys, who will be sharing their experiences with diversity in the legal field. Dinner will be served.

Event is open to the Stetson Community including students, faculty and staff!

When: March 2, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Great Hall at Stetson University School of Law


Fourth Annual Greater Orlando Diversity Mentoring Picnic

Hosted By: The Florida Bar and FAMU College of Law

The goal of the picnic is to connect attendees who might otherwise not come into contact and promote inclusion of all.  Diversity is often confined to adding "women" and others of "color" or ethnicity to the legal work force. Our goal is to include all in the legal profession especially those that sometimes feel excluded. We also want to familiarize law students and young lawyers with the many areas of legal specialty, in order to help them to determine the best path for their future careers. This year we have partnered with local bar organizations, law firms, judges and groups that represent specialty areas of law.        

When: February 6th, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Famu College Of Law - 201 Beggs Avenue, Orlando Florida 32801

CLE Approval Pending from The Florida Bar – Free

For a completelist of diversity activities and events, please click here.


Tenth Judicial Circuit Court’s 1st Annual Fairness and Diversity Summit

“Access and Equality”

Hosted By:  The 10th Judicial Circuit and Local Voluntary Bar Associations

The Goal of the Fairness & Diversity Summit is to join together members of the local bar, judiciary, and community leaders in order to improve diversity and inclusion within our local courts.

Keynote Speaker: Lansing C. Scriven, Esq.

When: June 30th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Breakfast & Lunch $25)

Where: Polk County Sheriff’s Office Operations Center

1891 Jim Keene Blvd.

Winter Haven, FL 33880

RSVP: Melody@bhklawyers.com or (863) 618-1100

SEATING IS LIMITED SO RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW!

CLE and CJE credit approval pending. More details to follow.