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Chair's Message Archive

2021

May 2021 — Chris Donovan
Well, we made it to May! Vaccinations are on the rise, serious coronavirus cases are on the decline. Our Annual Convention will be virtual again, but things are definitely looking promising for a return to live events soon. Not to mention, we had a really good response to last month's survey about the 2022 retreat. I can definitely tell everyone's itchin' to travel somewhere and see each other again. Thank you all for responding. Click here to read more.

April 2021 — Chris Donovan
Happy Easter, everyone. I'm sure by now you've all seen, and are probably not surprised by, The Florida Bar's decision to make this year's Bar Convention a "hybrid" event. While the details are still forthcoming about what this really means, the Appellate Practice Section's Committee and Executive Council Meetings will, unfortunately, be virtual again. Click here to read more.

March 2021 — Chris Donovan
The older I get, the more I find that springtime is my favorite time of year. As a kid, my favorite was summertime, probably because there was no school and it was light out longer. But, as an adult, especially one who lives so far south in tropical Naples, I live for days like today where the temperatures hold steady in the 60's, the humidity is low, the continual cool breeze is refreshing, and I can comfortably have the windows open or sit outside without becoming a hot mess. Click here to read more.

February 2021 — Chris Donovan
Typically, being Chair of the Appellate Practice Section is awesome - especially when I get to draft my Chair's Message, bragging about all the good things happening in the Section. Click here to read more.

January 2021 — Chris Donovan
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

We made it out of 2020—finally! Like every new year, some things change and some things stay the same. One thing changing is the look of our e-blasts. Click here to read more.


2020

November 2020 — Chris Donovan
The year has certainly left much to be desired for so many of us. But I hope everyone can take a moment this week to slow down, relax a bit, and find some silver lining to be thankful for. Click here to read more.

October 2020 — Chris Donovan
Ghouls, Goblins, Ghosts, and Pro Bono . . . Wait, what?!?!

YES, it's Halloween. But more importantly, it's National Pro Bono Week. For many, this may be a spooky thought, but it does not have to be. Click here to read more.

September 2020 — Chris Donovan
Fall. You know what that means, right? Pumpkin spice lattes. Leaves changing color. The temperature begins dropping. And ... wait a minute. This is Florida. So, the latter two probably aren't really true (unless you live in Tallahassee, and then maybe). While fall in Florida does mean pumpkin spice lattes (and hurricanes — ugh!), what gets me excited about fall is the Appellate Practice Section's Fall Meeting!Click here to read the article. Click here to read more.

July/August 2020 — Chris Donovan
It's been just over a month since I took the helm of our amazing Section. So, let me begin my first Chair's Message by thanking you for trusting me with your Section. It's an honor to serve.Click here to read the article. Click here to read more.

June 2020 — Nicholas A. Shannin
Which Section of the Florida Bar was just featured in a front-page article of the Wall Street Journal? Read for yourself how the grammatical exploits of past chairs Duane Daiker and Sarah Lahlou-Amine punctuate why your Appellate Practice Section is the most-buzzworthy Section of our Bar! Click here to read the article. Click here to read more.

May 2020 — Nicholas A. Shannin
The new 'normal' seems to be half right: with new developments coming daily, 'normal' appears to mean anything but. One thing that may truly qualify for normalcy, even after we become free of the awful virus that required the development, is the virtual ubiquity of remote appearances. Be your medium Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Google Duo, courts, governmental bodies, homeowner associations, bridge clubs, and family gatherings have all found the technology to be readily available and fundamentally useful. In the past week alone I Zoomed in to make my appearance as an attorney fee expert; mediated with Zoom and its useful breakout rooms; and receive my invitation to appear at an appellate oral argument via Zoom. Three different legal functions, none of which would have used them two months ago, and all of which may continue to use Zoom well into the future. Click here to read more.

March 2020 — Nicholas A. Shannin
I am reaching out to each of you in this most uncertain of times to remind you that your Section and your Bar are here to work through these challenges alongside you. We have all been impacted, professionally and personally, by COVID-19 and the amazing efforts being taken to slow its spread, to "flatten the curve", to stave off this unseen menace as long as possible. Click here to read more.


2019

October 2019 — Nicholas A. Shannin
Did you know this week is National Pro Bono Week? This annual event helps to focus attention to the need for lawyers to engage in pro bono work and to thank those lawyers who have donated their time and talent to pro bono causes. This year, our Section has plenty to celebrate! Click here to read more.

Setpember 2019 — Nicholas A. Shannin
Dear Appellate Practice Section Members, As the Florida Bar heads into its Fall Schedule, I've got several updates of interest to our members: APS Fall Meeting Cancelled: Dorian came and went, sparing our state the brunt of its gray clouds. Unfortunately, the too-close-to-call storm caused the cancelation of the DCA Judicial Education Conference, and with it, our APS Fall Meeting. Your Executive Committee investigated several options for a replacement meeting on or around the Florida Bar Mid-year meeting, but the timing of the DCA Conference cancellation proved too close to that meeting to allow us to obtain meeting space, and other options had logistical challenges that outweighed the usefulness of an interim meeting prior to the Florida Bar Winter Meeting. Click here to read more.

June 2019 — Sarah Lahlou-Amine
Dear Section members It has been an honor serving as your Chair. From our adventures in Washington, D.C., to the addition of new pro bono programming serving our country's veterans, to an annual meeting filled with incredible energy and momentum, I couldn't have asked for more. You are an incredible group of lawyers, and you've made my work for the Section a true pleasure. Click here to read more.

February 2019 — 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! Click here to read more.

January 2019 — Sarah Lahlou-Amine
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! Click here to read more.


2018

November 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.

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.


2017

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.


2016

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.