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Mar 3, 2016 ... Published Quarterly by The Tallahassee Bar Association .... attorneys, and attorneys who are new to Tallahassee, to join and be active in the ...
March 2016

Published Quarterly by The Tallahassee Bar Association


BAR BULLETIN Enhancing the Profession • Promoting Fellowship • Serving the Community

In This Edition

President’s Message

TBA 20th Annual Chili Cook Off.....3

Sunita N. Smith, 2015-16 TBA President

TBA BOD Candidate Statements.... 10 FL BOG Candidate Platforms..........12

TBA's Annual Meeting & Elections Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Capital City Country Club Polls: Open- 5:15 / Close- 6:15 Buffet opens at 6:00 Election results at 6:30 $25 for TBA members $35 for non-members Includes dinner buffet and one drink ticket for beer/wine RSVP to Joann Gore at (850) 702-5008 or [email protected] by Friday, Feb. 19. 2016 TBA membership dues must be paid to be eligible to vote!

Florida Litigation Solutions, P A. [email protected]

“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.” - Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird That's my tribute to Harper Lee, from her classic novel that made us think about the tough topic of race relations, which sadly pervades our society to this day. Other than the bare quote, I will try to keep it light. What a whirlwind year of service it has been! Since I've served on the TBA Board since 2009, I knew how timeconsuming board service was, but the time demands felt tripled at the helm with meetings, appearances, articles, e-mails, etc. Looking back, I feel proud that I did my best to lead with transparency, efficiency, responsiveness, accountability and fairness. I can leave my post with my conscience intact. I have acted as a

fiduciary when considering TBA expenses and I voted against anything I wouldn't do with my own money/business, even when it was the minority vote. I have sought and listened to your opinions, acting quickly to represent the majority by board resolution when necessar y and offering more benefits, such as free CLEs. The TBA has come a long way and judging by the members I have met in the past twelve months, the TBA will only continue to improve! Please help me to go out in style, as I have requested Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady to join us as a guest speaker on March 1. Justice Canady will give timely remarks entitled “An Appreciation of Justice Scalia” and I hope to have a fitting audience for this honor. See you there!

Tallahassee Bar Association First Annual Fishing Funament Enter in four divisions: Off-Shore, In-shore or Surf/Dock and Most Unusual Catch! Awards ceremony and Bar-B-Q with live music, 4 p.m. at Carrabelle Public Pavillion Register and pay by Thursday, March 10, 2016. FIRM DEADLINE…late registrations will not be accepted. $50 TBA member; $75 non-TBA member; $25 kids 12 and under. Registration fee includes t-shirt, koozie, bar-b-q dinner ticket and 2 drink tickets. Additional bar-b-q tickets may be pre-purchased for $15 each and drink tickets for $4 each. Entries will be submitted via photo.

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2016 Winners: Most Unusual Florida Coastal Law School Alumni Association The Backfires Best Margarita Equels Law Firm Stan and Booter's Wild Bunch People's Choice DOAH A League of Justice

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. Goodwood Museum and Gardens 1600 Miccosukee Rd | Tallahassee, FL 32308

Thanks to the following sponsors

Best Five Alarm Hopping Green and Sams Jedi Spice Best Bedecked First DCA TAJ-Ma-Hots

Thank you to this year's CCO Judges: Justice Labarga, Retired Judge Nikki Clark, Judge AshenafiRichardson, Brad Randall of LexisNexis and Jeff Doran of TFB Public Information & Bar Services

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TBA Board of Directors Candidate Statements: Lorence Bielby Friends - my name is Lo Bielby. I am proud to have practiced law in Tallahassee for 30 years. I started as an assistant state attorney, and I am currently a principal shareholder with the Tallahassee office of global rm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. I am a trial lawyer. My practice is based primarily on representing businesses in civil and administrative litigation, franchisor - franchisee relationships, as well as serving as a Mediator and Arbitrator in all types of cases. I welcome you to view my bio at This is an exciting time to be a lawyer in America. We have the opportunity to lead the world in social change -- we can lead in diversity, in justice, and in basic respect for every human being. How can we do that here in Tallahassee? By peacefully resolving our disputes through our legal system, and honoring our differences while treating everyone in the courtroom equally and respectfully. I would like to serve you as a member of the TBA Board of Directors. Thank you.

Sidney Bigham I am a Tallahassee native with strong ties to this community. After receiving my JD from the University of Florida in 2009, I practiced commercial litigation with the Tallahassee rm of Ausley McMullen. In 2014 I began my current job, as Senior Attorney at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Florida Trend magazine recognized me among Florida's “Legal Elite” in 2012 and again in 2015. I am an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors of the Tallahassee Bar Association, during which time I chaired the CLEs committee, raising additional revenue for the TBA. I also successfully presented several important measures to support the Legal Aid Foundation in Tallahassee and to modernize the TBA's bylaws. I have also served on the board of directors of the Goodwood Museum and Gardens and I am a past President of the board of the Legal Aid Foundation in Tallahassee. If elected, I pledge my commitment to continuing our support for legal aid and to continue working to enhance member bene ts.

Joe Bodiford As a native Tallahasseean, I grew up watching and admiring the pillars of the local legal community. Now, it is my turn to serve the citizens of Tallahassee and my fellow attorneys. I believe maintaining the strength and longevity of the Tallahassee Bar Association requires cultivating the attorneys of tomorrow. To that end, I will work hard to encourage young attorneys, and attorneys who are new to Tallahassee, to join and be active in the TBA. I will also be active in developing interesting and practical skills-based CLEs, to sharpen our members' legal knowledge as well as their practical abilities. As an Adjunct Professor at FSU College of Law (and one who went back to law school after 17 years to get an LL.M. in Advocacy!), I am co-director of the trial team and teach cross examination and other courtroom skills - and can bring those advocacy teaching skills to the TBA. I passionately believe that advocacy training should not end with the conferring of the J.D. degree, and we better ourselves and our profession through continued study and practice. I believe that the most important things we bring to the community are service and trust. I will help the TBA with all aspects of community outreach and service-based events, to make direction to affordable legal services available to all members of Tallahassee and Leon County. Further, I will help promote the trust of the community in our attorneys by continuing the TBA's mission to practice with professionalism and integrity. 10 • Tallahassee Bar Bulletin • March 2016

Chevonne Christian Greetings! My name is Chevonne Christian and I am seeking your support to serve as one of the Tallahassee Bar Association's 2016 Board of Directors. Since deciding to attend The Florida State University College of Law six years ago, I have truly enjoyed and embraced being a part of this great city! Not only have I appreciated becoming acclimated with FSU and the city itself, I have greatly enjoyed becoming a dedicated member of Tallahassee's legal community. I presently serve as a Director on TBA's Young Lawyers Section. Being a part of such an innovative, energetic and charitable Board has been a tremendous experience. Participating in The Holidays in July event for Leon County foster children and as a networking mentor at the Inaugural Diversity Networking Symposium for law students, were just two of the incredibly rewarding opportunities to give back to our local and legal communities that I have been afforded. If given the chance to serve as one of TBA's Board of Directors, I am con dent in my ability to contribute to the enhancement of the legal profession, promote fellowship among my colleagues and serve the community with professionalism and integrity, as TBA encourages. I would strive to reach out to other Tallahassee lawyers in the hopes that we all, as members of this great organization and community, can be of immense resource and possibility to one another. I am excited about seeking your support for such a remarkable opportunity and to hopefully become one of the Tallahassee Bar Association's 2016 Board of Directors. Thank you for your time and consideration.

GC Murray I began serving on the Board of Directors for the TBA because I saw the good that the TBA did and the goodwill that it promoted. I have enjoyed my time on the Board of Directors and would like to continue serving as an ambassador of the TBA and a resource to its members. I have had the pleasure of serving as the Non-Dues Revenue Chair and am proud of the direction TBA is taking as it relates to NDR. As the current President of the Tallahassee Barristers Association, a member of the William H. Stafford Inns of Court, inaugural Fellow of the FL Bar Leadership Academy, and as the youngest member ever appointed to the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, I have amassed a great knowledge for local and voluntary bar associations. I look forward to continuing to share that knowledge and my in uence for the betterment of TBA.

MAX FACTOR Attorney At Law

Handling all types of Family Law cases Licensed in Florida and Georgia 115 N. Calhoun Street Tallahassee, Florida (850)577-1699 [email protected] March 2016 • Tallahassee Bar Bulletin • 11

The Florida Bar Board of Governors Candidate Platforms Mary Ellen Clark I am running for The Florida Bar Board of Governors for the Second Judicial Circuit and I respectfully ask for your vote in March 2016. I am a practicing, A-V rated lawyer, employed for the past 13 years in the office of the Florida Attorney General. I have dedicated my career to public service and the improvement of Florida's legal profession through bar service. I believe my experience and bar activities qualify me to most effectively serve the Second Judicial Circuit. I have spent more than 20 years of my career as a public service lawyer and rmly believe there is no higher calling in our profession. My commitment has guided me to serve as a hearing officer with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and more recently as counsel to multiple professional licensure boards. My experience as board counsel has given me an unparalleled perspective of the challenges facing The Florida Bar and other licensed professions. Two of the boards I counsel have asked me to represent them in their respective national organizations. Through my service to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), I have followed the rise of competency-based education which presents both an alternative to traditional classroom training for students, as well as a real challenge for those setting the educational standards for licensed professionals. The Florida Bar and other licensure boards must respond to changes in the delivery of education, both before and after licensure, to ensure professionals are competent to represent their clients. I have also been working with NASBA for two years to revamp their model rules for continuing education and I know the changes in all levels of education that are affecting licensed professionals. Through my commitment to improving Florida's legal profession, I have been elected Chair of the Government Lawyer Section of The Florida Bar, President of the Florida Government Bar Association, and President of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers. I have served The Florida Bar through appointments to the Professional Ethics Committee, Traffic Court Rules Committee, Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, and as a member of the Administrative Law Section Executive Council. I am also a member the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court, and the Tallahassee Bar Association and have invested in our community through service on the Board of the Friends of Maclay Gardens and pro bono work with the Guardian ad Litem Program. Lawyers in Florida have numerous concerns including the independence of our judiciary, professionalism, technological innovation in our practices, and state mobility. I have observed similar concerns in the other professions I work with in my position as board counsel, and I am prepared and committed to working with the Board of Governors to craft the right answers for Florida lawyers and those in the Second Judicial Circuit. I ask for your vote to allow me to bring my experience and commitment to representing the diverse interests of lawyers in the Second Judicial Circuit. Thank you.

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Melissa Vansickle Involvement. Innovation. Inclusion. If elected as the Second Circuit representative on the Board of Governors, I will continue my commitment to involvement, innovation, and inclusion, by effectively advocating for all lawyers in our circuit. I am running to ensure that all lawyers in our circuit are represented fairly. I have a proven track record of involvement. I have led at both the local and state levels as the Tallahassee Bar Association President, a Fellow of the Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, a graduate of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, and President of the Tallahassee Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. In leadership and decision making, I have earned a solid reputation for being thoughtful, fair and enthusiastic with a strong work ethic. My history of Bar service re ects the level of involvement I will have as a Board of Governors member. I am also the chair of the Second Circuit's Professionalism Panel, appointed by the Chief Judge. This panel assists lawyers to informally resolve complaints before they escalate and to educate members in our circuit about professionalism issues. I serve on the Second Circuit's Grievance Committee, making sure that no attorney is disciplined without probable cause. These experiences provide a rm foundation from which I will work to ensure that integrity is maintained in disciplinary proceedings. My broad practice experience allows me to effectively represent the diverse lawyers in our circuit. The majority of Florida Bar members identify themselves as solo or small rm, yet many members in our circuit are government attorneys. I have served as a government attorney, as an in-house counsel for a publicly traded company, and in private practice as a law clerk, an associate, opening a small law office, and as an equity shareholder. As your representative, I will embrace innovation to address a signi cant issue facing all members of our Bar: integrating technology into our practice and understanding how the practice as we know it today will change. I am on the forefront of these issues daily in managing my practice. Whether it's the logistics of maintaining a physical office, managing client relationships and partnership structures, creating effective business development practices, billing, litigating, or mediating, I engage in the practice of law and the management of my practice every day. I will help lawyers in our circuit protect our practice to ensure lawyers will never be replaced and to address the impact that rapidly-changing technology will have on the legal profession. I will encourage inclusive programming, education and policies that protect and enhance the profession as a whole. While president of the Tallahassee Bar Association, I created the rst ever “Legal Community Conference” to provide continuing education for all lawyers in our circuit. I understand that technology and education will be signi cant issues for our Bar in the coming years. As your representative on the Board of Governors, I will advocate for the interests of all lawyers in the Second Circuit. I will promote involvement, innovation and inclusion. I am grateful for your support.

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Sunita N. Smith

Richard B. Collins

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Sidney C. Bigham, III

John Sawicki [email protected]

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EX-OFFICIO DIRECTORS William H. Davis Christopher Busch (LAF) [email protected]

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Doug Hall (Sr. Rep.)

Stan Chapman

Larry Sellers

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Alyssa Cameron (YLS Rep.)

Nick Bader

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G. C. Murray Sean Desmond [email protected]

TREASURER-ELECT Eric Milles [email protected]

Martin Powell

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Greg Noonan [email protected]

Jerry L. Rumph, Jr. [email protected]

Jami Coleman

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Alyssa Cameron

Bar bulletin Editor, Jeanne Murray.............................. 521-3621 TBA Executive Director, Joann L. Gore....................... 702-5008 TBA Email....................................... [email protected] TBA Website...........................................

David W. Cannady

Angela Huston

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Chevonne Christian

Adam Komisar

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Johnny Ramirez Sarah Sandy [email protected]

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Nicholas Bader

Beccah Clark (L.S. Rep)

Cayelan Loucks

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Ian Macdonald

Matt Bernier

Erin Coburn

Thomas Philpot

Darby Scott Immediate Past President

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