In Memoriam:  Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy

From Solo & Small Firm Section Chair Jacina Parson:  “It is with deep sadness that I write today to let you know that our friend and colleague Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy has passed away. We all remember her warm smile, compassionate character, fierce loyalty, and strong work ethic. Theresa devoted her life to church, family, friends, and community. She zealously defended her clients and empathized with their families and loved ones. Her courage and strength were incredible. She fought with every ounce of her energy to fight her cancer and buy precious time with her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis, Thaddeus, TJ, Theresa’s entire family and her innumerable friends. We will share details of Theresa’s memorial service and celebration of life as soon as they become available.”

Read a tribute to Theresa in the Tampa Bay Times.

Exploitation Recovery Law: What Non-Elder Law Attorneys Need to Know About Protecting Vulnerable Adults

April 19, 12–1 PM Live GoToWebinar presented by Shannon Miller of The Miller Elder Law Firm, Gainesville, and moderated by General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin.

Shannon Miller, a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Elder law, will provide a basic overview of how to prevent vulnerable adult exploitation in Florida and how to pursue the recovery of exploited assets. She also will provide an update on the current statutory changes in pursuing cases involving the exploitation and undue influence of vulnerable adults in Florida.  The latest statutory changes have created new ways to recover assets from exploiters through criminal and civil means, perhaps creating a new niche area of practice to add to your tool kit.  Shannon will also educate you on how to identify the exploitable brain and what the current clinical research tells us.

Course number 5812 is approved for 1.0 General CLE and 1.0 Elder Law certification credit. Section members register for only $50. REGISTER

How Legal Marketing Pros Approach Law Firm Web Design

Whether you’re considering a new website or a makeover, you first need to know your goals, budget, technology needs, and who is writing your content.

In this article, legal marketing experts offer seven key questions to ask yourself and your team, content and design pro tips, and sage advice that just might save you time and money on your project.

*FREE CLE*  Pandemic Parenting While Lawyering:  Elevating Your Priorities and Thriving in a Post-Covid Legal Environment

April 27, 12–1 PM, free Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinar for Solo & Small Firm Section members.* Presented by Melissa Caballero Alton, Alton Law, Miami Lakes and Samantha S. Loveland, Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP, Jacksonville office, and moderated by Joshua Hertz. Course number 5890 is approved for  1.0 General CLE credit. 

The challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic have undoubtedly changed the way we practice law, but how we prioritize home life, work life, and parenting have been entirely revolutionized as well. This CLE will explore the unique trials and tribulations lawyers face as they attempt to excel in their career as well as in parenthood—and how to use the changes of post-pandemic lawyering to benefit them in both.

*Registration will be approved when section membership is confirmed. REGISTER

Reminder: Florida Bar Offers Free Tech Helpline for Members

In case you missed it, Florida Bar members have access to a free tech helpline for non-emergency issues and assistance. Need to install a new printer? Want to improve your home office security or boost your proficiency in Word or Excel?

LawTech Partners operates the helpline, which generally is open Monday through Friday 9 to 5. The company is owned by Adriana Linares, a skilled trainer and technology specialist who understands the needs of law firm users and their profession-specific confidentiality requirements.

The helpline is primarily for solo and small-firm practitioners who are less likely to be able to afford their own IT service but is available to all Florida Bar members in good standing that need non-emergency, remote computer, software, and related technical support. Get started today at LawTech Partners then follow the prompts.

Upcoming  CLE (Some Free for Section Members)

April 19 @ 12 – 1 PM—Exploitation Recovery Law: What Non-Elder Law Attorneys Need to Know About Protecting Vulnerable Adults (registration opens soon)

April 27 @ 12 – 1 PM—Free CLE for Section Members. Pandemic Parenting While Lawyering: Elevating your Priorities and Thriving in a Post-Covid Legal Environment

May 17 @ 12 – 1 PM—Hot Topics in Florida Legal Ethics (registration opens soon)

May 18 @ 12 – 1 PMPower your Firm by Understanding your Numbers: From Financial Statements and Budgets to Goal Setting

June 23 @ 8 AM – 5 PM—2022 Florida Law Update (live and live webcast during The Florida Bar Annual Convention; registration opens soon)

Thank you to our 2021-22 section sponsors.