Our Lakeland Bar Monthly Meetings now held at Lakeland Country Club

Join us on Friday, October 8 with guest speaker Chief Justice Charles Canady

Our next LBA meeting of the year will be on Friday, October 8 from 12:00—1:00 PM at the Lakeland Country Club.

This is our pro bono recognition month co-hosted by Florida Rural Legal Services.  Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady will be our guest speaker.

Justice Charles Canady was born in Lakeland, Florida, in 1954.  He is married to Jennifer Houghton Canady, and they have two children.  He received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1976 and his J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1979.

Justice Canady practiced law with the firm of Holland and Knight in Lakeland from 1979 through 1982.  He practiced with the firm of Lane, Trohn, et al., from 1983 through 1992.

From November 1984 to November 1990, Justice Canady served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, and from January 1993 to January 2001, he served four terms in the United States House of Representatives.  Throughout his service in Congress, Justice Canady was a member of the House Judiciary Committee.  For three terms, from January 1995 to January 2001, Justice Canady was the Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Upon leaving Congress, Justice Canady became General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush.  He was appointed by Governor Bush to the Second District Court of Appeal for a term beginning November 20, 2002.

On August 28, 2008, Justice Canady was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Charlie Crist and took office on September 8, 2008. He served as Florida's 54th Chief Justice from July 2010 through June 2012. He was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chief Justice for a second time starting July 1, 2018, and a third time starting July 1, 2020.

Seating is limited.... register today!

Please contact Lisa at 863.838.6691 if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this event.

Congratulations to this year's Jerry DeVane Recipient Jay Geary

 Jay Geary (3rd from left) with Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson PA received this year's Jerry DeVane Award at the Law Day Luncheon.  His colleagues attended the luncheon to celebrate with him.  Read more about this award by clicking on the LBA honors page

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Upcoming events

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Thursday, October 21

6:30 PM

Lake Miriam Plaza
6:30 PM

Cost per person $30 ( a $55 value)

Menu includes:

Seared Scallops with Citrus Vinaigrette and Crispy Prosciutto 

Butternut Squash Risotto with Truffled Mushroom, Pecorino & Sage 

Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Vanilla-Rosemary Scented Demi and Potato-Fennel Gratin

Pumpkin Cheesecake w/ Gingersnap Crust

Registration by clicking the event above!

Lakeland Bar Monthly Meetings are Inperson in 2021-2022

Join us at the Lakeland Country Club beginning is September at NOON on the second Friday of each month.  Our speakers include:

October 8 -   Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady &
                                                            FRLS pro bono awards

November 12 - Florida Representative Sam Killebrew

January  14 - Past Presidents Recognition Luncheon

February 11-  CLE  and our annual Golf Tournament

March 11- Neal O'Toole CLE

April  8 - Judicial Assistants Recognition luncheon

May 6 - Law Day Luncheon with Michael Tanner




President - Melodie Lopez
Vice President – Kevin Albaum
Treasurer -
Nicholas Sellars    
Secretary -
Randy Mink
Past President - Barbara Davis


Tony Stevens 
Hon. Michael McCarthy 
Liesl Weeks    
Collin Clark
Nick Troiano 
Jillian Spangler
Ramona Blankinship
Martha Tellez
Elliott Mitchell
Deborah Carroll

Lakeland Bar Association
PO Box 2883
Lakeland, FL 33806


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