The Florida Bar Family Law Section Monthly Newsletter

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We are all horrified by the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. As a section, we believe it is important that Florida's children, an especially vulnerable part of our community, are protected.

This year, the Family Law Section was able to make another charitable donation to the Florida Bar Foundation of $75,000 for continued support of the Children's Legal Services Grant Program. We presented the check to Foundation Executive Director Bruce Blackwell during our executive council meeting in January. The foundation's priorities for its Children's Legal Services grants include representation of foster youth and access to special education, medical, developmental and mental health services required under law. Our large donation to the foundation in addition to the "Kids Deserve Justice" license plate initiative and gifts from attorneys on their annual Florida Bar fee statements help support these grants. We encourage all of our individual members to consider supporting the foundation's important efforts.

Just a reminder, our committees and executive council meet every year in January during the same weekend as the Annual Marital and Family Law Review Course to make it more convenient to enjoy the review course and attend section meetings. Please consider joining us next year for our midyear meetings at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

We are heading into spring and are nearing the end of the legislative term. The section remains highly involved in promoting and moving legislation in Florida to protect children and families. Please stay alert for calls to action that are necessary to ensure the appropriateness of any legislative activity, and sign up for this year's Family Law Section legislative update on April 19. V isit our website  events page  regularly  for up-to-date information on events and informative CLEs from the Family Law Section.

Lori Caldwell-Carr is this month's EC Spotlight. Lori not only is a member of the executive council, but she is active in our Finance, Membership, and Rules and Forms committees. She also is co-chair of Publications. We are lucky to have Lori as a contributing member in the section  ---    she is very talented, organized and committed. Learn more about Lori Caldwell-Carr in this month's EC Spotlight!

Nicole L. Goetz, Naples
Chair, Family Law Section of The Florida Bar
Apply for Section Executive Council and Committees

Apply by March 29, 2018, for Family Law Section leadership positions for the 2018-2019 Bar year. We are accepting applications for executive council, section secretary--- an executive committee position--- and new members for legislation and the section's other committees. Please download the forms and complete your applications and committee preference forms based on your interests and qualifications. Return all forms to Section Administrator Gabrielle "Gabby" Tollok, at .
  • Committee options and officer contact information can be found on the committee webpage.
  • Questions regarding committees can be directed to Gabby Tollok or the committee officer(s).
  • Live committee meetings occur three times throughout the year: Fall Meetings (date/location TBD - Fall 2018), Midyear Meetings (January 23, 2019, at Gaylord Palms), and Annual Meeting (June 26, 2019, at Boca Raton Resort & Club). Some committees also elect to hold conference call meetings at other times during the year.
  • Anyone is welcome to attend the committee meetings held during Annual Convention this year on June 13, 2018 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek.
2018 In-State Retreat

Register now for the May 25-28  in-state retreat

Please join your Family Law Section colleagues for networking, CLE and fun during the annual in-state retreat and executive council meeting at the newly renovated  JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort . Bring your family and enjoy the resort's private, three-mile, pristine white sand beach nestled along the sparkling blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The resort features South-Pacific culture décor an d furnishings, the luxurious Spa by JW®, two private 18-hole championship golf courses and a new Balinese-inspired Kane Tiki Bar and Grill overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

You'll earn 2.0 credits during Saturday's CLE ---   Bias: Not That There is Anything Wrong With It! Understanding the Role of Cognitive Bias in Case Resolution ---   by Jill Kelderman , PhD ABPP and John F. Schutz .

Options on the schedule include a 10,000-island wave runner tour, a trolley trip to Naples, a dolphin watch and shelling tour, and a day at the beach. Additional registration is required for some of the outings. Register online and book your hotel room today.  We hope to see you there!
2018 Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award Recipients

Five members of the  Family Law Section were honored with   Florida Bar President 's 2018 Pro B ono Service Awards during a presentation ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court in January. Congratulations to Pamela Masters (7th Circuit), Robert L. Young (12th Circuit), Hilary A. Creary (17th Circuit), Timothy A. Moran (18th Circuit) and Jeffrey Battista (19th Circuit). Thank you to each of these outstanding section members for their volunteer service. View more photos from the ceremony on Facebook at this link.
Women of Distinction

Congratulations to these Family Law Section members who are among the Dade County Bar Association's 2018 Women of Distinction. The presentation event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14,  starting at 6 p.m. at the Rusty Pelican in Miami. 
Upcoming CLE
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Stephens' Squibs

Click  HERE for this month's Squibs family law case summaries.

Squib of the Month Lopez v. Hall, 43 Fla.L.Weekly S11 (Fla. 2018). Supreme Court resolves conflict and confirms it is permissible to award attorney's fees pursuant to 57.105 in injunction proceedings. Strong dissent by Justice Pariente.
Event Photos

In case you missed it, the  Family Law Section had a busy January.
  • The section's 2018 Midyear Committee Meetings took place Jan. 25. 
  • The annual Marital and Family Law Review Course, co-sponsored by the Family Law Section and AAML - Florida Chapter was held Jan. 26-27. 
  • The Family Law Section Executive Council meeting wrapped up the week's events on the afternoon of Jan. 27.
Special thanks to Phil Wartenberg and Review Course Committee members  Bonnie Sockel-Stone, Heather Apicella and Sarah Kay for their hard work in making the CLE event a huge success! 

Here are some great photos taken by  CATECOMM , Deb Welch and  Sarah Kay  that commemorate the events, which were held at the  Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando . More photos will be posted soon to the Family Law Section website photo gallery.

Lori Caldwell-Carr and her daughter  Sheridan at the Hancock Building in Chicago. Sheridan is graduating from Northwestern Law School in May and will  be the third generation of women lawyers in the family. Lori's mother also is a lawyer.
Executive Council  Member Profile: 
Lori Caldwell-Carr
Who is someone who inspires you? The person who inspires me daily is my maternal grandfather, Stanton Gould. He died many years ago, but his inspiration lives on. He lived his life with passion, persistence and a relentless commitment to the truth. His motto was "family first."
How do you define success? Living every day to my highest and best purpose.
Why do you practice family law? Families are the cornerstone of our society. Family law attorneys with the assistance of other professionals (mental health and financial) have the ability to assist families in transitioning from one type of family to another.
What is something few people know about you? I meditate daily and do yoga twice a week.
Favorite quote? I actually have two that I keep on my desk. One I saw at a modern art museum in Washington, D.C., and the other I saw in a bar in Costa Rica. "Belief + Doubt = Sanity" and "Be Nice or Leave."
Favorite family law case? The one that is on point to support my legal argument at the time.
Favorite book and why? So many great books ... this is hard. I guess it would have to be "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" by Deepak Chopra. Read it in 1996 and it changed my life.
Favorite TV show and why? "The Good Wife." I really related to the main character.
Favorite Song Lyric? "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey."
Favorite superhero? Batman.
Best place you have traveled? South Africa when Mandela was president.
Proudest accomplishment within the section? Being appointed and serving as chair of Rules and Forms.
What benefits do you receive as a result of your section participation? Knowledge and input on important issues involving Florida families.
Coffee or tea? Hot vanilla latte please!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items could you not live without? Tim, Sheridan and Celeste (I know they are people ... not items, but they are really all I can't live without.)
Anything else ... Thank you to all of the active members that contribute their time, energy and passion to the section. It matters!
Alberto Romero Making a Difference Award

Please submit nominations by May 31, 2018, for the  Family Law Section of The Florida Bar's 2018 Alberto Romero Making a Difference Award. The award recognizes the work of section members and affiliates who provide outstanding pro bono services, engage in significant volunteer community activities that improve the lives of Florida's children and families ---  and encourage other section members to volunteer. Magistrate Diane Kirigin, a former section chair, founded the award.  Eddie Stephens received the award in 2017.

The Alberto Romero Making a Difference Awards will be presented at the Family Law Section's Annual Luncheon in June. The section will select one member and one affiliate member to honor for their service and commitment to their communities. If you have questions, please contact  Robin Scher at (561) 626-5640 or Details are at this link.

The Family Law Section WANTS YOU to write for one of three publications: The Florida Bar Journal, the Family Law Section's  Commentator and/or FAMSEG. For more information contact C. Debra Welch or  Lori Caldwell-Carr.
Journal : To be considered for publication in The Florida Bar Journal, the article should be scholarly and relate in some manner to family law. It should be 12-15 pages in length, complete with end notes. 
Commentator : The Family Law Section's glossy quarterly magazine. Articles could range from substantive articles to advice about lifestyle and wellness. 
FAMSEG : Have an announcement? Pictures of a section event? Something light and fluffy? FAMSEG is your place! If you have any of the above or suggestions to improve the look and feel of FAMSEG, please contact Editor Ron Kauffman.
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