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Our March 18, 2015 members’ luncheon featured a panel discussion with several United States Circuit Judges. Participating Eleventh Circuit Judges included the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat, the Honorable Charles R. Wilson, the Honorable Peter T. Fay, the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson and the Honorable Susan H. Black. The Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple from the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Richard L. Voorhees, District Judge from the Western District of North Carolina, both sitting with the Eleventh Circuit that week, joined us as well. The discussion was moderated by the Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale, United States Magistrate Judge.

On January 22, 2015, the Hon. Brian J. Davis shared his impressions of his first year as a United States District Judge, comparing and contrasting with his nineteen years of service as a Circuit Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

We held our annual Spirit of Giving Luncheon on December 12, 2014, at the River Club. Our featured speaker was Joseph W. Hatchett, former Chief Judge of the Eleventh Circuit. In addition to Judge Hatchett’s remarks, the Court presented Spirit of Giving awards to lawyers who have gone above and beyond in providing service to those in need. The Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record article about the luncheon is available online here.

At our October 22, 2014 members’ luncheon, we were honored to hear from A. Lee Bentley, III, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. The Hon. Timothy J. Corrigan also gave an update on news from the Middle District of Florida, enlisted Mr. Bentley and Donna Elm, Federal Defender for the Middle District, to help entertain attendees, and swore in the Chapter’s Officers for the 2014-2015 Chapter year. In addition, the Chapter recognized President Susanne R. Weisman for her exceptional service.

On September 29, 2014, Stetson Law School Professor Michael P. Allen joined us for a members’ luncheon celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Judiciary Act.

On May 23, 2014, we held what we hope is the first of many lunches gathering together past presidents of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

On April 23, 2014, our Chapter held the Eleventh Annual Hon. Ralph W. “Buddy” Nimmons, Jr. Federal Practice Seminar.

Our February 20, 2014 members’ luncheon featured a conversation with all three of Jacksonville’s active United States District Judges: the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan, the Honorable Marcia Morales Howard, and the Honorable Brian J. Davis. The panel was moderated by the Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale, United States Magistrate Judge.

At our Veterans Day Luncheon, held on November 7, 2013, Major (P) Kevin C. Frein, Command Judge Advocate for U.S. Forces Garrison Command, gave a powerful presentation entitled “Judge Advocates in a Combat Zone: Leadership By Example.”

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter hosted the 10th Annual Nimmons Federal Practice Seminar.

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