The FAWL Monthly E-Newsletter
May 2019
President's Message
Dear FAWL Members,
It has been a great joy to see the number of women on the Fifth DCA double and our numbers grow to an unprecedented 40% on the Third DCA in the past couple of months. I feel confident our voice has been heard and I am so proud of the women putting their names forward for consideration for appointment to appellate positions. 
I have so enjoyed meeting many of you as I spent time sharing what FAWL has accomplished and what we have left do and discussed laws impacting women in the workplace with Martin County, Palm Beach, South Palm Beach, and St. Johns. I look forward to seeing everyone to Celebrate Suffrage, a fantastic year, our award winners, and our incoming board, at Annual. 
I am particularly excited to see a new generation of leaders joining the FAWL Board. Our Mission is in such good hands. See you in Boca on June 26!   


Annual Awards & Installation Celebration
FAWL 2019 Annual Awards & Installation
Wednesday, June 26
Free Webinar for Members
Tips, Take-A-Ways, and Tea
A free webinar for FAWL members
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m. ET

May is Health and Wellness Month and National Women’s Health Month, so we invite you to get comfortable, pour a cup of tea (or coffee), grab a (healthy) snack, and join us for a wonderful discussion on career transitions, wellness, and mentoring with Kristen Adams, Interim Dean and Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law.   

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    

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

  • Tampa   Register
  • May 6, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Hillsborough County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 26th Floor, Conference Rooms A&B

  • Tallahassee   Register
  • May 24, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • First District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr.

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 May 1st Winner!

Congratulations to Zarra Elias, the second winner in our Member-Get-A-Member campaign. She is a member of our Hillsborough chapter and is a Partner in the Tampa office of Akerman LLP. Zarra recruited new member Melissa Torres, who is an Associate in the same office and joined our Hillsborough chapter. As the winner of our second monthly drawing, Zarra will receive a $250 Amazon gift card.

There is only one more drawing - June 1.
Recruit new members now and be eligible for this final drawing.

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
Judicial Nominating Commission Applications Due May 10th

Governor Ron DeSantis is soliciting applications for Gubernatorial appointments to each of the Judicial Nominating Commissions (JNC) across the state.

It is important women are well represented on the JNC and this begins with increasing the number of female applicants! FAWL encourages all qualified members to apply. Interested applicants must complete the application found here and submit the application to by Friday, May 10, 2019, at Noon.
For any questions or assistance, contact FAWL JNC Chair Adrienne Rabinowitz at .
Recently Elected Members to 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.
Jodi Ruberg
Twelfth Circuit, Seat 2
Member, Sarasota Chapter
Ciara C. Willis
Thirteenth Circuit, Seat 3
Member, Hillsborough Chapter
We Want to Highlight Your Chapter's Incoming President!

We want to highlight every Incoming President for the June newsletter. If you haven't done so already, please submit the name, Chapter, and headshot of your President for 2019-2020 to no later than May 19, 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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McCumber Daniels is a full service, Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated civil litigation and appellate firm with offices in Florida and Pennsylvania. The firm offers a wide variety of litigation services for insurers, health care facilities, businesses, financial institutions, and licensed professionals. With years of legal, corporate, medical, administrative and legislative experience, they are able to provide full-service representation for clients in all types of disputes or litigation.

McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig, Puig & Ross is a proud Diamond Annual Sponsor of FAWL. President-Elect Kyleen Hinkle is an attorney in the firm's Tampa office.

FAWL Annual Sponsors
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