The Palm Beach County Bar Association has several 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.
2017 – 2018 Committee Chairs
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Chair: Rosine M. Plank-Brumback (561)625-9275
Promotes the use of ADR to lawyers, businesses and the public by sponsoring programs which enhance ADR skills.
Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
Chair: Jean Marie Middleton (561)301-01111
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.
Construction Law Committee
Chair: William “Bill” Cea (561)820-2888
Comprised of attorneys dedicated to the practice of construction law, the Committee’s focus is promoting legal education through its annual CLE Seminar. The Committee is also planning activities geared towards greater exposure for the practice area within the local community.
Elder Law Affairs Committee
Chair: Tequisha Yvette Myles
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: Kathryn Lewis Perrin (561) 379-2613
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
Co-Chairs: Rina K. Clemens (561) 848-8300 or Nichole J. Segal (561) 721-0400
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: Andrew Steven Kwan (561) 835-0900
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
Co-Chairs: Kelsey Carol Burke (561) 655-1990 or 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: Bradley S. A. Avakian (561) 246-3866
Works on programs to raise awareness in the community about illiteracy.
Chair: Jessica Callow (561) 438-7983
The membership committee is tasked with implementing, promoting and supporting the new “You’ve Been Served Initiative” which is designed to highlight the positive community services provided by Palm Beach County Bar Association Lawyers. This committee will also work to retain members and recruit new members to the organization.
Chair: Patricia C. DeRamus (561) 792-9057
The Paralegal Committee seeks to foster and promote the Paralegal Profession. This will be accomplished thru the advancement of educational standards for the experienced paralegal as well as the incoming new paralegals. The opportunity will be provided by educational seminars relative to the advanced Certified/Registered Paralegal along with the ethical obligations of all paralegals. The Paralegal Committee will provide member networking opportunities in similar areas of law. It is our goal to provide continuing legal education and ethical programs for the advanced and incoming paralegals to our profession.
Co-Chairs: Kara Berard Rockenbach (561) 727-3600 and Hon. Cory J. Ciklin (561) 242-2000
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
Co-Chairs: Misty Taylor Chaves (561) 835-6775 or Amy Pettway (561) 310-8060
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: Chioma R. Deere (561) 615-5666
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: Nadine V. White-Boyd (561) 351-6895
Business Litigation CLE: Chair: William B. Lewis (561) 278-6237
Community Association Law CLE: Co-Chairs: Tanique G. Lee (561) 655-6224 or Sandra M. Powery
Employment Law CLE: Chair: Shayla N. Waldon (561) 653-5000
Estate & Probate Law CLE: Chair: Duane Pinnock (561) 694-7979
Family Law CLE: Chair: Cathy Purvis Lively (561) 713-1197
Personal Injury / Wrongful Death Law CLE: Chair: Brian Patrick Sullivan (561) 615-8345
Real Estate Law CLE: Chair: Leanna L. Lalla (561) 475-2295
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: Samuel A. Walker (561) 408-3490
Circuit Court Civil Law Practice Chair: Jonathan S. Burns (305) 803-1865
Probate & Guardianship Law Practice Chair: Jamison C. Evert
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: Nicole Hessen (561) 246-6666