Palm Beach County: A Great Place to Practice and Live
Why Practice Law in Palm Beach County?
Choosing to build or continue your legal career in Palm Beach County is a smart business decision that comes with the added value of a great lifestyle. Palm Beach County is the largest and one of the most populous counties in Florida. It boasts 42 miles of pristine sandy beaches and offers unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities, including boating, diving, fishing and tennis. It is also home to more than 175 golf courses, many of which are open to the public.
If open space is your style, you’ll feel at home with the more than 80 county-owned parks and countless other municipal parks throughout Palm Beach County. These facilities offer families the opportunity to enjoy youth and adult activities year round.
Palm Beach County also has more than 2,000 restaurants, and a number of highly acclaimed cultural and performing arts centers, including the renowned Kravis Center, and numerous universities and colleges.
Many Palm Beach County public schools are “A” rated and have consistently been ranked among the top schools in Florida, including Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Suncoast Community High School, which are ranked among the highest in the nation.
In addition to its broad range of recreational, cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities, Palm Beach County also has a per capita income of more than $50,000, the highest in the state.
With so much to do and so many advantages for your career and lifestyle, there is good reason that 1.2 million people have chosen to call Palm Beach County “home”.
And Justice for All
The new Palm Beach County Courthouse was opened in 1995 and features up to date media and technology, including wireless internet communication throughout the building. With large and comfortable courtrooms, meeting rooms and conference room available, and an onsite cafeteria, attorneys can feel confident that everything they need to present their cases is available to them. The original 1916 courthouse houses the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. The original courtroom contains educational displays about Florida’s legal history as well as information on the judicial system, the election process, the Constitution and original historical artifacts.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
The Palm Beach County Bar Association (PBCBA) is committed to meeting the needs and desires of the community’s growing minority population, which numbered nearly 40%, according to the 2008 Census update. A host of governmental programs, businesses, foundations and bar associations are here to support you every step of the way. For example, the Palm Beach County Office of Small Business Assistance Program serves as a clearinghouse for business information and referral services and provides technical assistance and training opportunities. The Paragon Foundation of Palm Beach County offers funding and financial opportunities to worthy black and minority businesses. Many private corporations, such as Scripps Florida, actively promote and encourage diversity. The PBCBA in partnership with the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association (an affiliate of the National Bar Association), the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) are making strides in helping to ensure that minority lawyers in Palm Beach County have every opportunity to thrive in the community; through the Bar’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion the PBCBA aims to continue this focus in the years to come.
Anti-Discrimination Policy for the Palm Beach County Bar Association
The Palm Beach County Bar Association is committed to a policy of inclusion and diversity with respect to the composition of its staff, its membership, the chairs and members of its committees, and its officers. Consistent with this policy of promoting inclusiveness and diversity, the Association does not discriminate against any individual because of such individual’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, citizenship status, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, familial status or responsibilities, U.S. Military or veteran status, or age.
PBCBA is Here to Help
PBCBA welcomes the opportunity to help you build your legal career in Palm Beach County. Consider the many benefits we offer:
- Discounted CLE Seminars
- Members only functions such as wine tasting events, luncheons with U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament
- Bench Bar Conference attended by over 1,000 members of the legal community including approximately 80 members of the Judiciary
- Opportunity to serve on Bar Committees with fellow attorneys and judges
- Ability to participate in organized public service projects
- Active Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Committee to assist practitioners in setting up their own office by providing monthly luncheon seminars
- For a complete listing of all of our member benefits, please click here
Diversity Internship Program
Join the PBCBA – Law Student Member Application
Road to the Bench Mentor Program
Links to other voluntary Bar Associations:
F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association
Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association
Florida Association for Women Lawyers – Palm Beach County Chapter
The Caribbean Bar Association
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida
Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic Site
Rich in Culture. Rich in Diversity.
Get to know the richness of Palm Beach County’s history and culture. Venues such as the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum located in the restored 1916 Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens located in Delray Beach and The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum located in Palm Beach reflect the richness and diversity of Palm Beach County from its earliest days. Palm Beach County remains one of the most diverse communities in Florida.
PBCBA is proud to be part of such a wonderfully diverse community and we welcome the opportunity to help you live your dream and build your career in Palm Beach County. For more information on the committee, contact co-chairs Jean Marie Middleton or Dean Xenick.