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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.


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.