PBCBA BAR BULLETINS

Palm Beach County Bar Association www.palmbeachbar.org Nominating petitions available for Board of Directors Members seeking to run for a position on the Board of Directors will need to obtain a nominating petition and must be a member in good standing of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. The nominating petition must be signed by no fewer than 20 members in good standing of the Association. Petitions for Presidentelect will be available on Friday, December 9 and are due back in the office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10. Petitions for director-at-large seats will be available on Friday, December 16 and are due back in the Bar office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18. Petitions may be obtained by calling the Bar office at 687-2800 or by sending an e-mail requesting a petition to ctbrown@palmbeachbar.org. For any of the positions, it is the candidate’s responsibility to verify ahead of time through the Bar office that the members that sign their petitions are members in good standing. Otherwise, the petition will be deemed invalid. The annual election of officers and directors for the Palm Beach County Bar will take place via online voting in April. January 2017 Judicial Profile: Judge Bradley G. Harper by Jean Marie Middleton A true “Native Son”, Judge Bradley Harper is a sixth generation native of Palm Beach County. He comes from a family of firsts; his great-great-great grandmother, Millie Gildersleeve, was the first midwife in Palm Beach County. Hence, it is no surprise that Bradley Harper would be the first African American elected to the Palm Beach County judiciary without first having been appointed by a governor. Judge Harper feels that his success in the recent election to the bench and his career is attributed to the fact that “the foundation for everything in my life is my faith which has allowed me to remain rooted and confident in the fact that seeking election to the judiciary was the right thing to do at the right time.” His faith was evident throughout his campaign as was noted by his Campaign Manager, Davicka Thompson. She states that “I was able to witness his faith first hand during some of the tough spots in the campaign.” Lawonda Warren, President of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association, stated that “we are extremely proud of our Past President. He ran a strong campaign and appealed to all voters in Palm Beach County.” Continued on page 4 Mark your calendar for upcoming Membership Events January 7: YLS 5K Run/Walk January 12: Diversity and Inclusion Happy Hour February 10 2nd Annual Screen on the Green February 16: NCS PGA National Happy Hour and Putting Contest March 10: Annual Bench and Bar Conference Inside... President’s Message ............................3 Legal Aid’s Cup of Justice..................4 Professionalism Corner........................5 Probate Corner.....................................7 ADR Corner.........................................9 Real Property Report.........................11 Diversity Corner................................13 New Members....................................14 Bankruptcy Corner.............................15 Five Tips for Taking a Deposition....17 Membership Luncheon Highlights....19 Personal Injury Corner.......................21 NCS Happy Hour Highlights.............23 Bulletin Board....................................35