Inclusion/Mentoring/Fellowships

Jim Moon

Chair

Mariane Dorris

Vice Chair

Honorable John Olson

Federial Judiciary Co-Chair

Honorable Michael Williamson

LRP Liaison

Honorable Gill Freeman

State Judiciary Co-Chair

Who We Are

The Inclusion/Mentoring/Fellowships Committee is a diverse group of members of The Florida Bar, including judges, academics and private practitioners who are charged with the task of fostering an inclusive environment within the Business Law Section so that all members are motivated to contribute to the goals of the section and succeed professionally. In fulfilling the charge of fostering a more inclusive environment, the committee serves as a key strategist for increasing the number of diverse members of The Florida Bar involved in section activities and plumbing the educational pipelines into the profession for greater diversity. The committee is a catalyst for professional development and leadership opportunities within the section for diverse members. Through its work and programs, the committee provides a forum for members to address diversity and inclusion issues and build networks for change in our section and the legal profession.

Current Projects

BLS Scholars Program – Sponsor a Law Student From Your Alma Mater

Please welcome our BLS Scholars!

Congratulations to each of our BLS Scholars!  We will have 18 designated BLS Scholars from 11 of the 12 Florida law schools, Ave Maria, Barry, FSU, Florida Coastal, FIU, FAMU, Nova, St. Thomas, Stetson, UF and UM, in attendance at this year’s Retreat.  Indeed, our exceptionally diverse class of BLS Scholars are among the top students from their respective law schools.

Pictures and resumes of our Scholars can be found here.

BLS Mentoring Program

The Business Law Section's Mentoring Program seeks to connect recently graduated law students and young lawyers with experienced attorneys within our membership to provide guidance on career and professional development and growth. Learn more here

Sponsorship of Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation

The Business Law Section of the Florida Bar is a sponsor of the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation and its annual Minority Mentoring Picnic.  The Section hosts a tent at the picnic where members greet students and discuss the benefits of membership in the Section as well as the value of mentoring for law students and new lawyers.

See photos from past years: 2013, 2011, 2009

The Business Law Section Fellowship Program

The Business Law Section of The Florida Bar (the “Section”) consists of numerous active committees and an Executive Council with more than 60 members. The Section is committed to recruiting young lawyers and diverse lawyers to join, participate (and ultimately serve in leadership positions) in the Section.

The Section has implemented a Fellowship Program to provide a two-year subsidy to six qualified applicants who express an interest in becoming active in the substantive work and leadership of the Section. During their participation in the Fellowship Program, selected Fellows will receive leadership training and work closely with leading attorneys in the Business Law field. At the end of their Fellowship term, we are confident all Fellows will find the program enhanced their personal and professional development

Past Events

  • Chester L. Ferguson Minority Mentoring Reception:   The Section participated in the Chester L. Ferguson Minority Mentoring Reception held at the Chester L. Ferguson Law Center in Tampa, Florida. Members from the Section hosted minority students who attended the reception about the benefits of membership in the Section and how to get more involved as a student in Section events. 20122014, 2015
  • Central Florida Diversity Mentoring Picnic.  The Florida Business Law Section participated in the Second Annual Central Florida Diversity Mentoring Picnic on Saturday, September 21. The Picnic, hosted at the FAMU Law School in Downtown Orlando, was sponsored by several law-oriented organizations, including the BLS, in an effort to connect law students with those organizations and possible mentors. A number of law students from FAMU and Barry Law School attended and expressed interest in becoming “associate” members of the BLS. Volunteers from BLS answered students’ questions, detailed all of the benefits of becoming members of the BLS as students, and explained how to get involved in the BLS, including attending the mid-year meeting in Orlando and following BLS’ social media outlets. And what would a picnic be without food? Students and volunteers alike, of course, partook in a savory buffet of burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ, and otherwise enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in Orlando. Overall, the picnic was a success and allowed BLS the opportunity to reach out to law students and get them involved in the Section and interacting with its members.  
  • Business Law Section Trial Skills Seminar. The Business Law Section partnered with the Cuban American Bar Association and the Caribbean Bar Association to host its first Trial Skills Seminar in Miami-Dade County.  The seminar was attended by 18 new trial advocates primarily from diverse backgrounds who were trained in a small group setting on trial advocacy skills by an esteemed group of facilitators including several circuit court judges and trial practitioners from the South Florida area. 2013
 

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