News and Updates |April 2023
TBCFBA Cultivates Access to the Judiciary with “Roadways to the Bench” Program

On April 3, 2023, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association assisted with “Roadways to the Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy or Magistrate Judge?” The program was hosted live in-person at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center with virtual panelists also appearing via live-stream from Washington D.C.

Attendees enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion with U.S. Circuit Judges Charles Wilson (11th Circuit), Stephanie Dawkins Davis (6th Circuit), and Carl Stewart (5th Cir.); U.S. District Judges Laura Taylor Swain (S.D.N.Y), Mustafa Kasubhai (D. Or.), and Mary Scriven (M.D. Fla.); U.S. Magistrate Judges Sean Flynn (M.D. Fla.), Amanda Sansone (M.D. Fla.), and Julie Sneed (M.D. Fla.); and U.S. Bankruptcy Judges Kesha Tanabe (D. Minn), Caryl Delano (M.D. Fla.), Denise Barnett (W.D. Tn.), Roberta Colton (M.D. Fla.), and Catherine McEwen (M.D. Fla.).

The “Roadways to the Bench” program is intended to cultivate interest in pursuing federal judgeships and to demystify the judicial application and selection process. The program reached full capacity and received excellent reviews. The TBCFBA thanks Dana Robbins, Board Member for her assistance to the US Courts in spearheading the local portion of this event.
Young Lawyers’ Happy Hour at Magnanimous Brewing

On April 6, 2023, the Young Lawyers Division hosted members and guests for a Happy Hour at Magnanimous Brewing. Attendees enjoyed light networking in a relaxed environment. The event was well attended by TBCFBA members and received rave reviews. Thank you to the YLD and those who attended for making the event a success.
YLD Hosts “Just Desserts” at HCBA’s 19th Annual Judicial Food Festival

On Saturday, March 25, 2023 the YLD committee hosted a booth themed "Just Desserts" at the HCBA 19th Annual Judicial Food Festival. Some visitors to the booth opted to answer trivia questions about the federal judicial system and the local federal judiciary---and to get their "just des[s]erts." (Do you know which last name is shared by a Middle District of Florida judge and an 11th Circuit judge?) Others cut straight to the "just desserts" that our committee members brought: homemade cinnamon-sugar cake balls, brownies, and Rice Krispie treats, as well as donuts and muffins. Thanks to volunteers Molly, Christopher, Ali, Paige, and Andrey; everyone who visited the booth to support us; and HCBA for a great day!
Call for Announcements

Starting in May 2023, the TBCFBA welcomes its members to share announcements and photographs of personal milestones, e.g. birth or wedding announcements, in its monthly newsletter. Anyone interested in sharing personal milestones should email Erik Johanson.
For questions or to submit announcements or other content,
please contact Erik Johanson.