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LCBA to Host Voluntary Bar Leadership Conference in Bonita Springs

Fort Myers, FL – June 24, 2014 – The Lee County Bar Association (LCBA) is pleased to announce it has won a bid to host The Florida Bar’s annual Voluntary Bar Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs from July 11 to 12. The annual conference of seminars and networking events draws executive council members, foundation officers, executive directors and staff from the more than 250 voluntary bar associations across Florida.

Following an Early Bird Roundtable Discussion and a buffet lunch, Fort Myers Mayor Randall P. Henderson will officially open the conference at noon on Friday, July 11 with an address focused on Southwest Florida and its particular strengths and issues. LCBA President John D. Agnew will introduce the mayor.

Certified Practice Advisor Nora Riva Bergman will serve as keynote speaker. The Florida Bar President Gregory Coleman will also deliver an address. Interactive breakout session topics include tax, regulatory and financial management; pro bono programming; cloud storage and electronic communications; mentoring; procuring resources from The American Bar Association and The Florida Bar; diversity and inclusion; the various District Courts of Appeal; succession planning and much more.

Executive Director Nanci DuBois, who also serves on the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee of The Florida Bar, submitted the bid for the LCBA to hold the conference in Southwest Florida. “We are delighted to be holding this annual Conference here, and have a superb line-up of sessions from which every bar leader will benefit. The keynote speaker was instrumental to Lee County Bar Association’s own strategic planning and long-term goals development, so I know her message will be both inspiring and educational,” said DuBois.

Voluntary Bar Leadership Conference Chair Sarah Cortvriend said, “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Voluntary Bar Leader’s Conference because we have a great program lined up with wonderful speakers and panelists. The conference is relaxed and fun but educational too, and it’s a great opportunity for us to engage with lawyers and bar association executives from across Florida. We’re very appreciative that the Lee County Bar Association is hosting the Conference this year. They were selected as the host bar association by the Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee because they had the best proposal out of a number of submissions by other bar associations around the state.”

About the Lee County Bar Association

The Lee County Bar Association, a 501c6 not-for-profit organization, has served the citizens and legal community of Lee County since 1949 and has a current membership of nearly 800. The purpose of the organization is to further the education of its members, create meaningful interaction among its members and inform the community on important legal matters.

The LCBA supports the citizens of Lee County by providing free legal clinics on important topics of local interest; promoting the Rule of Law with student programs such as its annual Mock Trial competitions, and School Speakers for Constitution Week; and providing a Lawyer Referral Service to connect the public with qualified attorneys. For more information, call (239) 334-0047 or visit