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.
2022–2023 Committee Chairs
Promotes the use of ADR to lawyers, businesses, and the public by sponsoring programs that enhance ADR skills.
Bankruptcy Law CLE
Business Litigation CLE
Community Assn. Law CLE
Chair: Scott Lee | Scott@swjlawgroup.com
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.
Chair: Mark Stempler | MStempler@beckerlawyers.com
Comprised of attorneys dedicated to the practice of construction law, the Committee’s focus is on 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
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.
Employment Law CLE
Chair: Denise Mutamba | DMutamba@torcivialaw.com
Estate | Probate Law CLE
Family Law CLE
Chair: Erskine Rogers | ERogers@cjamiesonlaw.com
Guardianship Education Committee
Chair: Frank Pilotte | FPilotte@urphyreid.com
Staffs guardianship education classes required for all wards to attend. The committee also works with the judiciary by reviewing the contents of the classes.
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.
Chair: John Webber | JCW@bclmr.com
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: Kelsey C. Burke | KBurke@pioffl.com
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.
Dedicated to promoting literacy and a love of reading in our Palm Beach County communities.
Local & Gov’t Land Use
Local Government & Land Use Committee will be made up of city, county and other local government lawyers practicing land use law and private sector attorneys representing and practicing before local governments and agencies. The committee will provide relevant CLE’s and networking opportunities.
Chair: Ashley Houlihan | AshleyHoulihan@pbcelections.org
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.
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.
PI | Wrongful Death CLE
Probate | Guardianship
Chair: James Evert | JEvert@gunster.com
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.
Real Estate CLE
Chair: Gemma Torcivia | GTorcivia@tgjustice.com
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: Christopher Hopkins | CHopkins@mcdonaldhopkins.com
Seeks to improve the practice of law and law firm marketing through the use of technology. Conducts several seminars to help educate the members on the fast-paced changes in legal technology.
Chair: Sandra Powery Moses | SMoses@legalaidpbc.org
Chair(s): Kate Ehrlich | Ken@eninjurylaw.com; Nicole Hessen | Nicole@injuredworkersonly.com