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September 2018 — Sarah Lahlou-Amine
The holiday season always makes me reflect upon all that I'm thankful for. When it comes to the Section, I have many thanks to give. I'm thankful for our Section's leadership — my fellow officers, our Executive Council members, and our Committee Chairs — who keep our Section going, not just in a business-as-usual sort of way, but in a creative and growth-minded way. Our leadership is always looking for new opportunities for our Section and ways to bring more value to our members. Speaking of those opportunities, stay tuned to hear more about some exciting new initiatives that came out of our facilitated planning session in D.C. and how you can get involved! Click here to read more.

August 2018 — Sarah Lahlou-Amine
Will we see you in D.C.? The deadline to register for the Appellate Practice Section's 2018 Fall Meeting and Retreat is fast approaching! September 3 is the last day to reserve your hotel room at our reduced rate, and September 14 is the last day to register to attend or sponsor the program. I want to share with you what we have planned ... Click here to read more.

July 2018 — Sarah Lahlou-Amine
Dear Section Members, in selecting me to serve as Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar, you have given me the ultimate honor, and I am so grateful. Thanks to the hard work of Immediate Past Chair, Kristin Norse, and countless others who have led our Section, we are doing amazing work and our future as a Section is bright. Click here to read more.

June 2018 — Kristin Norse
It's been a whirlwind of a year, and I could not have enjoyed it more. The Section is full of committed, hard-working members who make the job of chair a pleasure. I wanted to take this last opportunity to write to you to provide an overview of the Section's activities, much of this taken from our Annual Report. I leave the Section at the end of this month in the very skilled and capable hands of Sarah Lahlou-Amine who has been a constant support and has already made great strides on planning an even better year ahead. Click here to read more.

May 2018 — Kristin Norse
We are fast approaching the end of The Bar year and our annual events as a Section. This year we have plenty of reasons to celebrate and some unique opportunities to do so. Next month, I'll provide a recap of all the accomplishments of the Section over the past year. In the meantime, I want to personally invite you to join us at the annual meeting events to network with your colleagues, hear about all the great work that's being done by the Section, and connect with the Section. Click here to read more.

January 2018 — Kristin Norse
True confession: I am a believer in New Year's resolutions. I readily admit that not all of my resolutions stick. But the beginning of each new year provides a needed reminder to take stock of your accomplishments and blessings, reflect on any shortcomings, and chart the best path forward. Click here to read more.


November 2017 — Kristin Norse
As the weather cools and the days get shorter, the Appellate Practice Section is still hard at work. Thank goodness for Pumpkin Spiced Lattes to keep the energy level up! Here's a few of the things we have cooking. Click here to read more.

October 2017 — Kristin Norse
September has been an eventful month so far, to say the least. My main hope as I write this message, just days after Hurricane Irma left our state, is that our members are safe and secure and have or will have creature comforts (like air conditioning!) restored quickly. Click here to read more.

September 2017 — Kristin Norse
I hope you are enjoying the summer and some hard-earned time off for family, friends, and adventure. Thanks to the Section's new social media push, I've been able to see some of you in your "natural habitat" as it were. Keep those photos and "shares" coming! And if you haven't started following us on Facebook or Twitter, do it now! Click here to read more.

June 2017 — Duane A. Daiker
One of my final duties as Chair of the Section required me to deliver a report at our annual meeting. Preparing for this report has given me the opportunity to contemplate our many accomplishments in the past year. Click here to read more.

Winter 2017 — Duane A. Daiker
I am writing my first "Chair's Message" from my balcony overlooking Mallory Square in Key West. We just finished our first retreat and long range planning session in over a decade. Appellate lawyers from all over the state descended upon the Conch Republic to have a voice in the future of our section. Click here to read more.


Winter 2016 — Christopher V. Carlyle
I am both humbled and excited to serve as the Appellate Practice Section s Chair for the 2015-2016 year. I am in the enviable position of leading the Section at a time when its finances have never been stronger. The Section s reserves are at an all-time high, and Immediate Past Chair Ceci Berman began the process of addressing the long range planning for the Section in light of these reserves. Click here to read more.