Practice Sections have been organized to give members an opportunity to interact with others practicing similar areas of law and to sponsor meetings and CLE programs. A description of purpose for each of the Sections is provided below. Click here for current listing of Section Chairs.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section sponsors continuing legal education and training opportunities for ADA professionals.
The Appellate Practice Section is an organization committed to promoting excellence in Florida's state and federal appellate courts. Its members include certified and non-certified appellate lawyers and others interested in the appellate process. Through quality continuing legal education, the Section seeks to encourage collegiality and communication among members of the appellate bench and bar, as well as among appellate and non-appellate lawyers within the bar.
The Business Section provides educational and networking opportunities for business lawyers focusing on business and commercial transactions and working collaboratively with other sections in areas of overlapping interest and concern. The section meetings are typically held once a quarter and address topics of interest to business practitioners, most of which offer CLE credit as well. The section also co-hosts presentations with other sections from time to time.
Civil Trial Section
The Civil Trial Section supports local practitioners as they seek to meet the highest standards of civil trial practice in Florida's state and federal trial courts. The Civil Trial Section supports its diverse membership with continuing legal education, aimed at promoting ethics, advocacy, and litigation skills for local practitioners.
Estate Planning & Probate
The purpose of the Estate Planning & Probate Section is to provide an organization within the SCBA open to persons having an interest in estate planning, probate and trust law; to assist the SCBA in interpreting and carrying out public and professional needs and objectives in the fields of estate planning, probate and trust law; to develop and maintain proper professional relationships between estate planning, probate and trust lawyers and non-lawyer groups and other lawyer groups. The Section holds bi-monthly luncheon meetings.
The Family Law Section offers bi-monthly educational luncheon programs of interest to attorneys. It promotes continuing discussions between the Bench and Bar. When new judges rotate into the Family Law Division, the Section sponsors a “Judges Speak” workshop where guidelines for courtroom procedure are addressed. The Section publishes and distributes a brochure for clients entitled, “What to Expect…Divorce in the 12th Judicial Circuit.”
The Guardianship Section provides SCBA probate section members with an active guardianship practice, the opportunity to discuss guardianship law and policy, including court procedures and policy, the role of professional guardians and examining committee members, and the duties and responsibilities of the court appointed attorney.
Labor & Employment
The Labor & Employment Law Section is open to persons having an interest in labor and employment law in order to provide practice development and knowledge in the areas of labor and employment law to its members, furnish educational opportunities to its members, the bar and the public, foster professionalism and fellowship among its members, assist the SCBA in interpreting and carrying out public and professional needs and objectives in labor and employment law, strengthen proper professional relationships among its members, the bench, the bar and the public, serve as an information source for the public on labor and employment law, and render public service to the community in the areas of labor and employment law. Luncheon meetings are held quarterly.
The Real Property Section focuses on issues of interest to real estate practitioners through luncheon meetings and periodic seminars.
Solo / Small Firm Practice Section
True solos and partners in firms with no more than five members are eligible to participate in the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section. Meetings feature speakers on issues relevant to solo and small practices, including practice management, marketing and technology. Networking luncheons, an interactive session featuring several members speaking about their law practice, are held twice a year.
State & Local Government
The State and Local Governmental Law Section is composed of attorneys practicing in the field of governmental law, including career members of the staff of city attorneys, county counsels and private attorneys representing public agencies on a contract or other regular basis.
Commercial Litigation Sub Section