The Palm Beach County Bar Association has 29 committees. Members are appointed to these committees each spring by the incoming President and their terms run from July 1 – June 30. New members can be appointed throughout the year. Sign up for a committee.
2016 – 2017 Committee Chairs
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Chair: Theodore A Deckert (561)835-9800
Promotes the use of ADR to lawyers, businesses and the public by sponsoring programs which enhance ADR skills.
Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
Co-Chairs: Grasford W. Smith (561) 659-3000 and Nadine V. White-Boyd (561) 351-6895
Promotes principles of diversity and inclusion as set out in the Corporation’s Anti-Discrimination Policy; and implements or continues programs designed to increase the diversity of the Corporation’s membership and the local legal community.
Elder Law Affairs Committee
Chair: Heather Boyer Samuels (561) 733-4242
Addresses the needs of the elderly such as crimes against the elderly, Alzheimer’s, access to the Courts and educating the elderly. Also sponsors two CLE seminars for members of the Bar on elder law issues.
Guardianship Education Committee
Chair: Brian M. O’Connell (561) 832-5900
Staffs guardianship education classes required for all wards to attend. The committee also works with the judiciary by reviewing the contents of the classes.
Judicial Relations Committee
Chair: Liz Herman (561) 653-2900
Serves as liaison between the Bar and the Judiciary; it plans, implements and coordinates programs for better relations between the Bench and Bar, including the annual Bench Bar Conference, Judicial Lunch seminar series, judicial relations spokespersons who conduct in person meetings with the judges, and the bi-annual judicial evaluations administered by the PBCBA.
Law Related Education Committee
Chair: Amy Shayne Levenberg Terwilleger (561) 650-0658
Works to promote effective community, law related education programs for adults and students in Palm Beach County, with an emphasis on respect for the legal system and civics education. The committee seeks to maintain and enhance the cooperative efforts of attorneys and educators in the field of law related education in Palm Beach County. This committee may include ex officio members who are not members of the Bar, but have an interest in promoting the committee’s goals and objectives.
Law Week Committee
Chair: Heather Wallace-Bridwell (772) 286-9881
Plans, organizes, promotes and coordinates the activities of Law Week. These programs include conducting mock trials in the schools as well as providing various opportunities for the public such as mock trials and speakers in the schools and dial-a-lawyer programs for the public.
Lawyers for Literacy
Chair: Andrew Steven Kwan (561) 835-0900
Works on programs to raise awareness in the community about illiteracy.
Co-Chairs: Kara Berard Rockenbach (561) 727-3600 and Lawrence P. Rochefort (561) 653-5000
Addresses ways to instill a sense of professionalism in Bar members; responds to negative publicity concerning the legal profession; sponsors a breakfast for newly admitted attorneys; reviews complaints referred to the Professionalism Council and manages the Bar’s mentor program.
Small Claims Court Clinics Committee
Chair: Lloyd A. Comiter (561) 883-7806
Presents monthly clinics for the public on small claims court procedures at locations throughout the county. Participants must have recent experience in small claims court matters in order to participate on this committee.
Solo & Small Firm Practitioner’s Committee
Chair: Ronald S. Kaniuk (561) 292-2127
Provides an opportunity for solo practitioners to meet and network in an informal setting such as brown bag lunch meetings, pizza and beer seminars and happy hours to exchange information and assist each other with office practices and procedures.
Chair: Robert William Wilkins (561) 659-3000
Seeks to improve the practice of law and law firm marketing through use of technology. Conducts several seminars to help educate the members on the fast paced changes in legal technology.
The Continuing Legal Education Committees gives members an opportunity to interact with others practicing in similar areas of law. General committee meetings may be submitted for possible CLER credit from The Florida Bar. The function of each committee is to plan, organize and conduct at least one CLE program per fiscal year. Members are also asked to participate in the Speakers’ Bureau by addressing community organizations as requested.
Bankruptcy Law CLE: Chair: Eric A. Rosen (561) 802-9044
Business Litigation CLE: Chair: Kent B. Frazer (561) 653-5000
Community Association Law CLE: Chair: Tanique G. Lee (561) 655-6224
Employment Law CLE: Chair: Gerard Joseph Curley, Jr. (561)655-1980
Estate & Probate Law CLE: Co-Chairs: Peter J. Forman (561)998-7847 and Brett C. Barner (561) 296-7771
Family Law CLE: Chair: Cathy Purvis Lively (561) 713-1197
Personal Injury / Wrongful Death Law CLE: Co–Chairs:Matthew Lane (561) 651-7273 and Tim Murphy (561) 507-5700
Real Estate Law CLE: Chair: Sandra R.B. Wallace (561) 623-5498
Securities Law CLE: Chair: Jonathan B. Butler (561) 671-3642
Court Advisory and Practice Area Committees initiate and consider suggestions to improve the practice in their respective area. Members are also asked to participate in the Speakers’ Bureau by addressing community organizations as requested and assisting in the coordination of the agenda for the annual Bench Bar Conference.
Appellate Law Practice Chair: Nichole J. Segal (561) 721-0400
Circuit Court Civil Law Practice Chair: Brian R. Denney (561) 686-6300
Probate & Guardianship Law Practice Chair: Brian McKenna O’Connell (561) 832-5900
Transaction Law Chair: Sheryl Wood (561) 386-2554
Unified Family Practice: Co-Chairs: Trisha P. Armstrong (561)689-4378 and Georgia T. Newman (561) 296-1400
Workers Compensation Law Practice Chair: Jeffrey M. Friedman (561) 471-2800