The FAWL Monthly E-Newsletter
April 2019
President's Message
Dear FAWL Members,
What a wonderful Women’s History Month we enjoyed in March. I particularly appreciated the wide variety of bar associations who chose to spotlight trailblazing women lawyers who have made their mark in our profession and state. We also have had the chance to celebrate our future trailblazers, as we had several members elected to statewide positions on The Florida Bar and appointed to judicial positions by Governor DeSantis. 
Please make plans now to celebrate our annual award winners, the accomplishments of this year, and our incoming leadership at Annual in Boca. As we spend the year learning more about the Suffrage Movement and the sacrifices made to get the vote, I hope that we all come to appreciate and exercise our rights even more by playing an active role in our government. I was honored to serve as the voice of FAWL at the Out-of-State Board of Governors meeting in Washington D.C. last week. The experience was a great reminder of the importance of having a seat at the table. 


Annual Awards & Installation Celebration
FAWL 2019 Annual Awards & Installation
Wednesday, June 26
Free Webinar for Members
The Election and Judicial Nominating Process
Thursday, April 25, Noon - 1 p.m. EDT
Free for FAWL Members
Committee Announcements
Call for Webinar Presenters & Topics

FAWL's Webinar Committee is seeking guest speakers and topic ideas to present during future FAWL webinars. Do you have a unique idea for a webinar topic and presentation regarding issues affecting women attorneys? Is there any area you would like to see us delve into? Would you like to be a speaker? Send your suggestions and recommendations for consideration to .
FAWL in Love with GAL Training Opportunities 

Get ready to FAWL in Love with GAL (Guardian ad Litem) by participating in an upcoming one-day training for volunteers at multiple locations throughout the state. CLE credit is pending. The full training outline is available here .

Upcoming Training Dates and Locations    
  • Tallahassee   Register
  • April 26, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • First District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr.

  • West Palm Beach   Register
  • May 2, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fourth District Court of Appeal, 110 S. Tamarind Ave.

  • Fort Lauderdale   Register
  • May 3, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Broward County Courthouse Jury Room, 201 S. 6th St.

The training is free but only open to FAWL members who volunteer to serve as a mentor for the FAWL in Love with GAL project. A limited number of travel scholarships are available. For more information visit here

If you are interested in hosting a training, or are interested in being a presenter, please contact Thomasina Moore, GAL Board Liaison, at  for more details.
Member-Get-A-Member Contest
Congratulations to the April 1st Winner!

Congratulations to Farah J. Sheik, the first winner in our Member-Get-A-Member campaign. She is a student member of the University of Miami chapter and Miami-Dade FAWL. Farah referred new member Arden Lilian Snell, who joined our University of Miami chapter. As the winner of our first of three monthly drawing, Farah will receive a $250 Amazon gift card.

There are two more drawings - May 1 and June 1.
Recruit new members now and be eligible for both drawings.

Share with your colleagues the benefits of becoming a FAWL member and encourage them to join. For each qualifying member you recruit and who joins and pays their dues at the time of on-line application before June 1, 2019 you will receive one entry into our monthly prize drawings! Make sure the member you recruit enters YOUR name in the designated field in the on-line Membership Application so that this will be a qualifying member for you. The FAWL staff will handle the rest.

What’s in it for me?

  • You receive one entry for each new member you recruit who identifies you as the person responsible for her or his recruitment.
  • Drawings will be held May 1 and June 1 for all entries received before 11:59 p.m. ET the previous day.
  • The prize in each of the drawings is one $250 Amazon gift card.
  • Winners and top recruiters will be recognized on the FAWL website and in FAWL print and electronic publications.
  • You can win more than once.

For more information including rules and marketing material visit
Save the Dates
2019 Annual Summit
October 3-5, 2019
  • Host Hotel: Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
  • Agenda and Registration TBA

2020 Lobby Days
January 29-31, 2020
  • Host Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
  • Agenda and Registration TBA
Call to Action
Candidates for The Florida Bar Board of Governors and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors

Congratulations to the following members recently elected to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Board of Governors.
Marianne Curtis
Eleventh Circuit, Seat 1
Iris A. Elijah
Eleventh Circuit, Seat 4
The following FAWL members are candidates in a runoff for The Florida Bar Board of Governors and the YLD Board of Governors. To vote for the candidates in your circuit, click here . Voting begins April 1 and ends April 22.
The Florida Bar Board of Governors
Eleventh Circuit, Seat 4
Alice Sum
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors
Seventh Circuit, Seat 1
Carleen A. Leffler
Twelfth Circuit
Jodi Ruberg
Thirteenth Circuit, Seat 3
Ciara C. Willis
To read the candidate statements of each member, click  here .

* FAWL does not endorse any candidate and this information is provided for informational purposes only.
We Want to Highlight Your Chapter's Incoming President!

We want to highlight every Incoming President in the June Newsletter. Submit the name, Chapter, and headshot of your President for 2019-2020 to no later than April 26, 2019.
Kyleen Hinkle
FAWL President-Elect
Pinellas (PFAWL)
Please send your news and direct press inquiries to Public Relations Director Iris A. Elijah and Executive Director Kevin Hudson at .
Featured Annual Sponsor
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Mrachek Law is a proud Silver Annual Sponsor of FAWL, and attorney Donna Eng serves on the State Executive Board as FAWL's Development Director.
FAWL Annual Sponsors
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