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The OCBA holds many social events throughout the year. Select the event(s) you would like to attend and proceed to check out. Although there may be no fee for some events, we ask that you RSVP through this portal so we can get an accurate attendance count and plan accordingly. To see event details, please click on the event title.

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  • 2021 New Lawyer Training Program: Jump Start Your Career – October 1 and 2, 2021 – Seacoast Bank and Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, P.A

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    2021 New Lawyer Training Program: Jump Start Your Career – October 1 and 2, 2021 – Seacoast Bank and Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, P.A

    The Orange County Bar Association Presents:

    The New Lawyer Training Program 2021

    Date: Friday, October 1 & Saturday, October 2, 2021

    This dynamic, intensive two-day training program designed especially for young lawyers, participants will learn from the experts on how to navigate the court system and practice with professionalism and success. These practical sessions – and much more – will help new attorneys become professional, confident, and successful practitioners in Orange County and beyond. This program provides up to 10 hours of CLE credit and breakfast, lunch and all educational materials are included.

    Day 1 – Practicing in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

    8:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., Orange County Courthouse (location may change due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

    • Welcome and Introduction to the Courthouse
    • Tour of the Orange County Courthouse
    • Judicial Assistant Panel Lunch and Learn: Hearing Scheduling, Notices, and Judicial Communications
    • Best Practices of County Court / How It’s Different from Circuit Court
    • Courtroom Etiquette
    • Best Practices for Private Criminal Defense & Plea Bargaining
    • Best Practices for Dissolution of Marriage & Domestic Violence Hearings

    Day 2 – Practicing Law: The Nuts and Bolts

    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Orange County Bar Association Center

    • About the Young Lawyers Section of the OCBA
    • OCBA Mentoring Program Information
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility: Practical Tips to Avoid a Bar Grievance
    • My Experience in Solo Practice
    • Technology for the Solo Practitioner
    • Professionalism: How to Fight for Your Clients Yet Remain Friends with Opposing Counsel
    • The Ins and Outs of Mediation
    • Marketing Your Law Firm
    • Sponsor Segments: Lawyer Networking & Relationship Building, Small Business Banking / Budgeting

    Attendee Testimonials

    “Incredibly helpful. The information I’ve learned is priceless. Coming in and being able to network on an intimate level which is vital to our profession was eye-opening.”

    “Attending was the best decision for someone like me who will be opening his/her own law firm in the next two months.”

    Program Fee

    Early bird prices end August 1, 2021!

    Student: $125 (OCBA student membership included) If you are not already an OCBA student member please contact to join at this rate.
    OCBA Members: $150
    Non-members: $175

    Prices after August 2, 2021

    Student: $125 (OCBA student membership included) If you are not already an OCBA student member please contact to join at this rate.
    OCBA Members: $175
    Non-members: $195

    OCBA members are eligible to participate in the OCBA’s Mentoring Program at no additional cost! Student participants from Central Florida are also eligible to participate in the Young Lawyers Section Mentoring Program.

    Sign up today! This event is currently sold out, please contact Stephanie Sadi at to be put on a waitlist.

  • OCBA Mentoring Program – 2021 Fall Session – November 5, 2021

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    OCBA Mentoring Program – 2021 Fall Session – November 5, 2021

    OCBA Mentorship Program Kick-off Luncheon

    November 5, 2021

    Location: OCBA Center – 880 N. Orange Ave

    In this four-month program, mentors and mentees will meet at mutually convenient times to discuss the practice of law.

    Except as indicated on the application, mentees must be practicing attorney members of the OCBA. They can be of any age or level of experience.

    Only mentees are required to pay the $20 program fee.

    Participants in the New Lawyer Training Program are not required to pay the additional participation fee.

    Mentees: If you have not yet completed the application form, please download them and submit via email to Haley Lynch at

    Program Application

    Registration Deadline – October 1st 2021

    For additional information, or if you have questions, please contact program chair Kristopher Kest at, or 407-514-2667.

  • Member Perks (Hybrid)- November 3, 2021 – Sponsored By Seacoast Bank

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    Member Perks (Hybrid)- November 3, 2021 – Sponsored By Seacoast Bank

    Join us and an opportunity to meet and connect with other OCBA members

    Speaker: Bill Sublette

    AN ATTORNEY BY PROFESSION, BILL SUBLETTE earned his law and bachelor degrees from the University of Florida. After graduating from law school in 1988 he moved to Orlando, and in 1992 he won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. During his time in the Legislature he filled a variety of leadership positions, including stints as Chairman of the Education Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the House Public Responsibility Council, and Chairman of the Orange County Legislative Delegation.

    Since leaving the Legislature, Bill has served as Chairman of the Orange County Jail Oversight Commission, and he has led, as President or Chair, a number of community organizations, including public broadcaster WMFE, the Orange County Bar Association, the local American Cancer Society, and the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Bill has also been a tireless advocate for children’s issues. Locally he has served as a Guardian ad Litem for over 60 children, and has chaired, the Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families Community Advisory Board. He has also served as the statewide chair of the Children’s Campaign 5 Promises to Children initiative, as co-chair of the statewide Trust the Voters campaign with Senator Bob Graham, and sat on the Governor’s Blueprint Commission for Juvenile Justice.

    Throughout his career Bill has worked to improve the quality of our public schools. He served as President of the Blankner School Foundation and School Advisory Committee. In 2003, Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando called on him to serve as Chair of the Mayor’s Education Action Council, and in 2004 he was asked by Mayor Crotty, Mayor Dyer and the Orange County School Board to Chair the Blue Ribbon Panel on Education, a group of 25 community leaders charged with studying the Orange County Public School system and making recommendations for the improvement of our public school system. In 2010 he became Florida’s first countywide elected Chair of a local school board, the Orange County School Board, a position he served in until 2018.

    Bill and his wife Suzie are the proud parents of three children: Alex, Aubrey, and Jack.

    Program is from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

    OCBA Center with virtual option | This event is for OCBA members ONLY. | Registration is required.

    If you have questions about registration, please call Stephanie Sadi at 407-422-4551 ext. 233.

    ***Please note this event is for OCBA Members only.  Please make sure you are logged into your OCBA account or you will not be able to register***

    Please fill out the form below to let us know how you will be attending.

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