REMINDER:  It’s time to pay your Florida Bar dues and renew your Solo & Small Firm Section membership. FREE CLE (a $500 value), discounted CLE, leadership through committee service, out-of-country CLE trips … and more. Pay and renew today at

August 16 Webinar:  Attorneys as Medical Marijuana Patients – Considerations for Your Health, Wellness and Legal Practice

August 16, 12–1 PM live InReach Zoom webinar by Amanda Barton, Esq., of Mr. Cannabis Law, and Dr. Michelle Weiner, Director of Integrative Pain Management at Spine and Wellness Centers of America. Moderator:  Stephanie Cagnet Myron. Course number 7869 is approved for 1 CLE; 1 Mental Health & Wellness credit. SSF Section members register for only $50; registrants have 90-day, on-demand access. 

Florida’s voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of medical marijuana in 2016. But attorneys still have uncertainty as to whether compliant use of medical marijuana could compromise their licensures or legal practices. Join attorney Amanda Barton and Dr. Michelle Weiner, a pain management physician and medical cannabis expert, as they discuss the considerations of legally recommended medical marijuana use on a lawyer’s health, wellness, and practice of law. REGISTER

August 23 FREE CLE:  When ‘Powering Through’ Is No Longer An Option

August 23, 12–1 PM Free Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinar for Solo & Small Firm Section members* by Don Blackwell, Lake Mary, and Rebecca J. Bandy, Tallahassee, and moderated by Judge Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin. Course number and 1 General and 1 Mental Health & Wellness Credit pending approval.

*Registration will be approved when section membership is confirmed.

A candid and intimate look at some of the mental health challenges confronting our profession, including reflections on a ground-breaking panel discussion highlighting the lived experiences of several highly-accomplished legal professionals, aimed at inspiring attendees of the webinar to be more attentive and responsive to the mental health and wellness of their colleagues and loved ones. REGISTER

Thank You to 2023-2024 Section Annual Sponsor Florida Appeals

Whether you’re a professor, a law student, or a practicing attorney, The Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism at The Florida Bar and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division invite you to explore—a wealth of professionalism resources designed to help lawyers maintain the highest standards of ethics and professionalism, while earning CLE credits.

Created for law school classrooms and individual use, each resource is meant to review The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and case law. The goal is to challenge users to think about the highest ideals and tenets necessary for the proper practice of upholding civil responsibilities in and out of the courtroom. Start today at

Gary S. Lesser Receives Tradition of Excellence Award

Congratulations to Gary S. Lesser, Immediate Past President of The Florida Bar, who is the 2023 recipient of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s Tradition of Excellence Award. The award recognizes Bar members who have committed themselves to improving the standing of lawyers in the community while also diligently working to enhance the overall reputation of those who are general, solo, and small firm practitioners.

Current Solo & Small Firm Section Chair Cristina Alonso nominated Lesser for the award to recognize his leadership in creating initiatives that benefit solo and small firm members of the Bar. Lesser received the award during the Annual Florida Bar Convention in Boca Raton from Alonso and immediate past Chair Chris Johnson.

Upcoming CLE:  Register and Save the Dates

September 19, 12–1 PM—DUI Tips: What to Know Before You are Pulled Over (InReach Zoom Webinar by Justin Petredis, Petredis Law, Tampa). Registration opens soon.

September 27, 12–1 PM— How to Minimize the Impact of a Bankruptcy on Your State Court Judgment (Zoom Webinar – FREE CLE for Section Members by Megan Murray, Underwood Murray, P.A., Tampa) REGISTER

October 17, 12–1 PM— Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls & Disciplinary Actions (InReach Zoom Webinar by Sia Baker-Barnes, Searcy Denney, West Palm Beach). Registration opens soon.

October 25, 12–1 PM— Farm Labor Law Issues (Zoom Webinar – FREE CLE for Section Members by Michael Prendergast of FordHarrison, Jacksonville) REGISTER

October 27, 8 AM–12:35 PM—Annual Ethics & Professionalism Update: Scary Tales of Unprofessional & Unethical Conduct (InReach Zoom Webinar by various presenters). Registration opens soon.

Accessible Presentations: Persuasive PowerPoint Tips for All of Us

Visual presentations can pose challenges for people of many backgrounds, including individuals who experience color blindness, visual impairment or blindness, and reading disabilities such as dyslexia.

If you’ve spent considerable time and energy drafting a PowerPoint presentation with on-point messaging—whether for an internal meeting, a speaking engagement or even the courtroom—but what if the medium fails the audience? Here are some PowerPoint accessibility tips for getting your message to everyone.

Thank you to our 2022-23 section sponsors.