10th Judicial   

         President's Message


Happy New Years!  Another decade has arrived!  The futuristic world of 2020 is here!  Those of you who have been attorneys for more than the past twenty years have seen changes arrive to the legal profession that in the nineties seemed impossible.  We have more and more attorneys telecommuting at least part time, on-line legal services keep gaining traction, reams of legal files which use to be hauled into courtrooms have been replaced by laptops and CLE’s are being offered virtually.  Who does legal research the old- fashioned way?  How many of us could still sit down and Shepardize a case using the book? Tomes that grace our law libraries are gathering dust and are now used mainly as photographic backdrops for law advertisements.  Has any law firm actually purchased hard copies of Fla. So. 3rd or Shephard’s?  Finally, perhaps sadly, much of the work that used to be performed by legal secretaries drafting letters and memos from dictaphones has been replaced completely by word processors.

So where can an attorney go to get away from all this mechanization?  Your local Lakeland Bar Association of course!  Nothing is better than sitting down to a meal with people of your own profession, turning off the cell phone for an hour and participating in some of the old face-to-face. So, please do a favor to any of your attorney friends who have put off joining and let them know that one of the best sanctuaries from their daily stress is a monthly luncheon with the Lakeland Bar Association – here’s looking at us! 

A quick word of thanks to Kristen Carlson who opened her beautiful Lake Hollingsworth home to us for our holiday gala, replete with a candle-lit brick patio, classical carols on the piano, gourmet food provided by Fresco’s and wonderful conversation.  The party was supposed to end by nine, but as hardly anyone left at the intended hour, conversation kept flowing into late night. Kristen was a good sport about it and didn’t mind a bit!  If you missed it, all is not lost.  We have a Bench/Bar St. Patrick’s Day party calendared for March 13.


Don Conway

P.S. Don’t forget about the Golf Tournament following our February meeting – sign up your foursome now with Art Fulmer as spots are going quickly!


Don Conway

President 2019-2020

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