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The 2019 Florida Bar Annual Convention

This year was the 69th anniversary of The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention which was held in Boca Raton, Florida at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort and Club. Attendees had a cornucopia of special events and sessions to choose from, including 83 credits worth of CLE programming and a luncheon featuring Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The ever thoughtful convention planners even arranged to have discounted spa services and child care available for those in need. 

It was a special treat to see our good friend John Stewart ascend to the presidency of the Florida Bar as another good friend Michelle Suskauer passed the gavel to him. We had the privilege of interviewing both of them about their path to leadership and investment of years volunteering for the bar association with its over 107,000 members.

All in all our convention coverage spanned 15 episode with 26 participants including Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T Canady, Florida Bar President-Elect Dori Foster-Morales, and return guests like Denis deVlaming and Kevin Johnson. Among the many topics discussed were updates to Florida Law, Blockchain, data breaches, legal education, bar admissions, prepaid legal insurance, and technology competence. 

Below is our entire catalog of episodes recorded from the 2019 Florida Bar Annual Convention as well as a list of the participants who contributed.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: A Year in Review with Past President Michelle Suskauer

The Florida Bar’s Immediate Past President Michelle Suskauer joins host Laurence Colletti for a discussion about her initiatives, favorite achievements, and path to leadership. Stay tuned to hear what’s next for her as she passes the gavel. 

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Bar President John Stewart

Florida Bar President John Stewart sits down with host Laurence Colletti for a conversation about his journey to leadership, emphasis on technology, and upcoming objectives including a new pilot program with the Supreme Court of Florida to evaluate current court rules.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Looking Ahead with President-Elect Dori Foster-Morales

Florida Bar President-Elect Dori Foster-Morales joins host Christine Bilbrey for a conversation about her role as president-elect, work-life balance, and goals for her presidency in 2020.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: A Conversation with Chief Justice Charles T. Canady

The Florida Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Charles T. Canady sits down with host Renee Thompson for a conversation about recent appointments of new justices, additional funding for the court, and how they are planning to better serve the community with technology. 

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Anessa Allen Santos / Blockchain for Lawyers and Its Impact on the World

Hosted by Renee Thomson and Karla Eckardt, this episode welcomes Anessa Allen Santos for a discussion about Blockchain technologies and their impact on the practice of law.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Practicing Better with the Technologies of Today and Beyond

Hosted by Jonathon Israel, this episode features Janette Smith, Christine Senne, and Anessa Allen Santos discussing technology competence and the tools lawyers should use to be more efficient in their practice of law.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Chapter 9 and Prepaid Legal Insurance Plans

Host Laurence Colletti is joined by Howard M. Rosenblatt for a discussion about prepaid legal insurance, what it covers, and how it affects the delivery of legal services.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Employment Law Updates

Returning guest Kevin Johnson sits down with host Geoff Probst for a conversation about his Employment Law presentation from the Florida Law Update session. Together they discuss changes in the law, recent cases, and the impact of gig economy employees and medical marijuana.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Criminal Law Updates with Denis deVlaming

Returning guest Denis deVlaming sits down with host Laurence Colletti to talk about his Criminal Law presentation from the Florida Law Update session through a rapid-fire review of pivotal Supreme Court cases. 

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Jason Silver on Student Education and Admissions to the Bar

Outgoing Chair of the Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee Jason Silver joins host Laurence Colletti for a discussion about the role of his committee, the bar exam, and recommendations to better prepare the next generation of attorneys. 

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Data Breach Update with Chris Dix and Ryan Bilbrey

Chris Dix and Ryan Bilbrey sit down with host Laurence Colletti for a conversation about their presentation on data breaches, the average cost thereof, what firms are at risk, and recommendations for insurance to carry.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Elder Law and Estate Planning Updates

Peggy Hoyt and Alex Douglas sit down with host Geoff Probst to talk about their presentations on Elder Law and Estate Planning from the Florida Law Update session. Stay tuned for their practice tips.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Blockchain and its Role in Litigation Today and Tomorrow

Hosted by Jonathon Israel, this episode features Zachary L. Catanzaro, Daniel Maland, and Darren Spielman discussing the impact of new technologies on the practice of law.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Victim’s Rights with Stephanie Cagnet Myron

Victims’ rights attorney Stephanie Cagnet Myron joins host Laurence Colletti to talk about her area of law, the risks of online communications, and cyberbullying. Stay tuned for her advice to parents about having their kids online.

Florida Bar Annual Convention 2019: Developments in Business Law with Paige Greenlee

Paige Greenlee joins host Laurence Colletti to talk about her Business Law presentation from the Florida Law Update session. Together they delve into this year’s pivotal cases with memorable fact patterns. Some of the results might surprise you.  

 

Participants (in alphabetical order):

  1. Christine Bilbrey (Senior Practice Management Advisor at The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute)
  2. Ryan Bilbrey (Founder of Reckoning Consulting Partners)
  3. Chief Justice Charles T. Canady (The Florida Supreme Court)
  4. Zachary Catanzaro (Attorney at Law)
  5. Laurence Colletti (Legal Talk Network Executive Producer)
  6. Denis deVlaming (deVlaming & Rivellini)
  7. Chris Dix (Smith Hulsey & Busey)
  8. Alex Douglas (Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson)
  9. Karla Eckardt (Practice Management Advisor at The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute)
  10. Paige Greenlee (Founder of Greenlee Law)
  11. Peggy Hoyt (Hoyt & Bryan)
  12. Jonathon Israel (Director at The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute)
  13. Kevin Johnson (Johnson Jackson)
  14. Daniel Maland (Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton)
  15. Dori Foster-Morales (President-Elect of The Florida Bar)
  16. Stephanie Cagnet Myron (Cagnet Myron Law)
  17. Geoff Probst (Attorney at Law)
  18. Howard Rosenblatt (Attorney at Law)
  19. Anessa Allen Santos (Founder and Managing Attorney of IntelliLaw)
  20. Christine Senne (Vice President of Legal and Compliance for Fluent)
  21. Jason Silver (Outgoing Chair for The Florida Bar’s  Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee)
  22. Janette Smith (Attorney at Law)
  23. Darren Spielman (Kain Spielman)
  24. John Stewart (President of The Florida Bar)
  25. Michelle Suskauer (Immediate Past President of The Florida Bar)
  26. Renee Thompson (Upchurch Watson White & Max)

 

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After receiving his J.D. and MBA, Laurence Colletti went into solo practice with emphasis in general business and commercial real estate. He has always carried a strong passion for web-based media with a particular interest in podcasting and video. Laurence leverages his legal background against that passion to help bring sophisticated, relevant content to Legal Talk Network podcasts. You can follow Laurence on Twitter at @LaurenceEsq.