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Message from the Chair

The Year Ahead: Building on Success and Forging New Connections

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I hope you are enjoying the summer and found time to relax with family and friends during this time of the year.

As we begin a new bar year, we look forward to your continued involvement with the Section. If you’re not already involved, we hope that you’ll find a Section program or committee that interests you and leads to more interaction with the Section. Please feel welcome to attend our Executive Council meetings, and share your thoughts and ideas. You will see that the Section offers many opportunities to connect with opposing counsel, judges and administrative agency officials with not only similar practice areas, but similar interests as well.

We have lots to look forward to this coming year.

Several high-quality seminars and webcasts are in the process of being planned. Our first seminar, “Effectively Litigating Employment Cases From Inception Through Trial,” will take place on August 18, 2017, at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Some of the speakers for this outstanding program include the EEOC’s District Director, Michael Farrell; the Director of the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity, Pamela Guerrier; and Sean Flynn, Deputy Chief for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. It is not too late to register online; registration will also be available on-site. The Palm Beach seminar is the first of four live seminars we’ll be hosting this year. The next seminar, the Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, is scheduled for October 19-20, 2017, at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

This year, the Judicial Outreach Committee will continue its seminars for judges throughout the State of Florida. In addition, we have started the Corporate Counsel Committee, which will be chaired by Chelsie Flynn of Lockheed Martin. The goal of the Corporate Counsel Committee is to serve as a resource center for corporate counsel while allowing the opportunity for a collaborative environment in which outside counsel and in-house counsel can communicate on matters impacting their business.

We have also started the Workplace Health and Safety Committee, which will be chaired by our 2009-2010 Section Chair, Eric Holshouser. The goal of this Committee is to enhance the education of attorneys concerning issues related to workplace health and safety laws and matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

We have a number of other active committees in our Section that will be holding meetings in the next couple of weeks. If you are interested in participating in any of our committees but have not signed up yet, please contact me at, and we’ll hook you up.

We hope to see you at our meetings, programs and receptions and look forward to a great year.

Zascha Blanco Abbott | Chair