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Chair's Message

February 2019


Sarah Lahlou-Amine
Sarah Lahlou-Amine

Are you ready to rock? Save the date for our events at the Florida Bar Annual Convention on June 27, 2019, as we prepare to Rock the Yacht!

Section members, as many of you know, the Section's programming at the Florida Bar Annual Convention is one of our biggest, most important gatherings of the year. From committee meetings to our Executive Council meeting to our signature dessert reception, if you've been waiting for the right time to get involved, this is it!

Our leaders have been working hard on implementing exciting new initiatives, as well as bringing new life to many of our older traditions. Learn more at our committee and Executive Council meetings on June 27, 2019, at the Florida Bar Annual Convention. The energy of our leadership will inspire you, and you're sure to find a project that matches your interests. Not sure where to begin? Feel free to reach out to me. It would be my pleasure to meet you and to introduce you to some of the most welcoming people I know — my fellow Section members and leaders.

And I really do hope you're ready to rock! The theme for our signature dessert reception this year is Rock the Yacht, and it promises to be a great time for all. The reception will take place on the evening of June 27. So, wherever your dinner plans take you, be sure to save room for dessert, and bring a friend (or two!) to wrap up a great day of meetings with us. The dessert reception is also where we announce our Section's prestigious annual awards, the James C. Adkins Award and the John R. Hamilton Pro Bono Award. Please be on the lookout for our call for nominations. Recognizing dedication to excellence in appellate practice and service to our community is one of the greatest highlights of our reception.

Whether you're looking for engagement in the appellate community, access to programming that will sharpen your skills, or other ways to take your career to the next level, the Section offers incredible opportunities for development. I know many of you have heard me describe our gatherings at the Florida Bar Annual Convention as a family reunion for the appellate community, and I really believe that our day-long program of events offers the best opportunity throughout the year to network and get involved. Come join us and be a part of our exciting initiatives, reconnect with friends, and dance the night away as we Rock the Yacht!

Greetings Appellate Practice Section Members, thank you to those who attended our Committee and Executive Council meetings during the Florida Bar Winter Meeting. If you were there, you know that our theme for 2019 is implementation!

You, the members of the Section, have brought so many great ideas to Section leadership over the past year, culminating in an incredibly productive planning session in Washington, D.C. We are ready to act on these great ideas, and we are already moving full steam ahead.


Sarah Lahlou-Amine, Chair
Appellate Practice Section
(813) 384-3994
slahlou@bankerlopez.com