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.
2014- 2015 Committee Chairs
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Chair: Amber E.B. McMichael 713-1400
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: Kalinthia Dillard 434-7471 and Julia Wyda 477-7800
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: Benjamin Greenberg 274-9109
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 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: William Lazarchick, Jr. 655-3993
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: Yelizaveta B. Herman 653-2900
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: Kirsten Herndon 655-8944
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: Abigail F. Jorandby 586-7116
Works on programs to raise awareness in the community about illiteracy.
Co-Chairs: Judge Jeffrey J. Colbath 355-7844, Joanne O’Connor 659-3000
Addresses ways to instill a sense of professionalism in Bar members; responds to negative publicity concerning the legal profession; reviews complaints referred to the Professionalism Council and conducts an annual CLE program on ethics and professionalism.
Small Claims Court Clinics Committee
Chair: Lloyd A. Comiter 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: Shannon J. Sagan 996-1804
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: Edwin M. Walker, III 309-2874
Seeks to improve the practice of law and law firm marketing through use of 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: Brian K. McMahon 642-3000
Business Litigation CLE: Chair: David Steinfeld 316-7906
Community Association Law CLE: Chair: Tanique Lee 655-6224
Employment Law CLE: Chair: Lindsey Wagner 653-0008
Estate & Probate Law CLE: Chair: Matthew Triggs 241-7400
Family Law CLE: Chair: C. Debra Welch 687-7900
Personal Injury / Wrongful Death Law CLE: Co-Chairs: Kelly Hyman 686-6300, Matthew Lane 651-7273
Real Estate Law CLE: Chair: Sandra R.B. Wallace 623-5498
Securities Law CLE: Chair: Matthew N. Thibaut 832-5900
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: Stephanie Serafin 659-5455
Circuit Court Civil Law Practice Chair: Joseph Galardi 835-0900
Criminal Law Practice Chair: Thomas Prestia 360-3785
Probate & Guardianship Law Practice Chair: David Garten 689-0054
Transaction Law Chair: Marilyn Perez-Martinez 655-5444
Unified Family Practice: Chair: Abigail Beebe 689-4378
Workers Compensation Law Practice Chair: Kurt Alan Wyland 275-2990