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YO U N G L AW Y E R S D I V I S I O N Here is some information hot off the press F rankly, I don’t know that the title of this article applies because this information is hot off of the internet, but I don’t know another idiom that would apply, so “hot off the press” is what you get. On Saturday, January 12, 2019, while in St. Augustine at the Affiliate Outreach Conference, we were lucky enough to witness the launch of the Local Bar Affiliate Website . Now, granted, this was only a launch which will go to a soft rollout before being full-fledged and all access. But I figured the earlier you know about this gem of a website, the better. The idea behind the Local Bar Affiliate Website is that each organization that is an affiliate of The Florida Bar will have their own page in one central location. So, a user from one main webpage can click on a link which will take them to the individual webpage for any affiliate in the State. The goal is that each affiliate will keep their pages updated so that anyone throughout the State can check out the affiliate’s page and learn about the affiliate, including, without limitation, information about the community, events that they are hosting, CLEs that they are offering, links to the affiliate’s calendar (including a master circuit-wide calendar), and information for registering for events. Essentially, this site will provide all information an affiliate needs to share with or communicate to members, or potential members, about what they are doing, all in one convenient location. While the information sharing will be wonderful, the “big picture” for this social media website is so much greater. The bigger hope is that affiliates across the State will coordinate events so that there isn’t just one or two affiliates in the State that are doing events for something like Martin Luther King Day, Law Week, or Health and Wellness, to name a few, but instead that affiliates will work to coordinate the same event to occur on the same date but in different locales. Or, if an affiliate member from a different area will be visiting your area for a conference or vacation, then they can look to see what events are going on while they will be visiting and they can reach out to request attendance YLD PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Erin Itts, Esq. Itts Law, LLC at an event. The hope, the biggest hope, is to make this large State feel a little smaller, allowing for some unity and togetherness so that we can all strive for that ultimate goal of furthering the practice of law and professionalism among young lawyers. Stay tuned for an upcoming notification of when the website is in full swing so that you can check it out and all that it has to offer. A s we enter into the second half of the bar year, I thought it would be nice for the young lawyers of the circuit to hear from others, besides me, about practice tips, so I went to the best resource that we have, the judiciary of the 12th Judicial Circuit who are seated here in Sarasota. I have asked a random selection of judges to provide us with practice pointers, tips, or judicial pet peeves. For the remainder of the bar year, I will provide their tips rather than my own. That being said, this month for your Practical Guide to Being a Young Lawyer come words of wisdom from Judge Hunter Carroll, who has indicated that he does not have any pet peeves to speak of, but he does have practice pointers to share. Those pointers having an overarching theme of “Please be kind to the Judicial Assistant.” 1. Feel free to contact a Judicial Assistant (J.A.) for hearing time that may not be available/viewable on JACS due to a cancellation. Once hearing times are offered by the J.A., t here is no need to include the J.A. on the email communications regarding coordinating , just notify the J.A. of the final agreed upon date and time. 2. If an agreement is reached (yay!) and hearing time is no longer needed, be sure to cancel the hearing time on JACS or if the cancellation timeframe on JACS has passed, be sure to notify the J.A. as soon as possible so that the J.A.’s do not spend unnecessary time preparing the file and materials for hearing. 3. When speaking with a J.A. by telephone, email, telepathy, or whatever, please be nice . 4. There is no person in a judge’s professional life that they rely upon more heavily than their J.A., so be kind . 5. As for a few non-J.A. tips, keep written and oral argument simple, clear and concise . Directly state your point at the beginning of your argument so the judge has context for your argument. While Sherlock Holmes-esque reasoning to solve mysteries is fun in movies, it is wasted in court hearings. 6. Finally, always be professional … even when your opponent is not. A special thank you to Judge Carroll for sharing these important practice pointers and being the first Judge to step up to the plate to share his thoughts with our young lawyers. We very much appreciate it! S C BA N E W S Slate offered for YLD Board By BRIAN D. GOODRICH YLD Nominating Chair T he Nominating Committee presents the following slate of officers and directors to serve on the Young Lawyers Division Board for 2019–2020: Brian D. Goodrich , President; Sara Castro , President- Elect; Patrick McArdle , Secretary; Caroleen Brej , Treasurer; and Erin A. Itts , Immediate Past President. Jodi Ruberg and Natasha Selvaraj will continue as directors through 2020. New directors slated include Warren Chin, Alisa Heedy , Pamela Hernandez , and Robert Young . Representing the South County Division will be Andrew Conaboy . The slate proposed by the Nominating Committee shall be elected by voice acclamation of the members present at the Annual Meeting, or for any contested position, by the majority of those present at said Meeting. Thank you to all those who expressed an interest in serving. I look forward to a great year. The Docket · March 2019 5