Welcome! It’s a great day to be a lawyer in Martin County!
On behalf of the Martin County Bar Association (MCBA) I welcome you to our website, the online portal for the MCBA. A voluntary bar association founded in 1955, we serve both Martin County’s legal community and the legal needs of the public in the Treasure Coast. Our membership of more than 470 attorneys, paralegals, and legal industry professionals includes residents of Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties. We deliver camaraderie, high quality continuing legal education, information about our members to the general public, public education on the law, collegial social events, and networking opportunities for all our members.
We are perhaps best known for our wonderful luncheon events. We offer our members free monthly luncheons featuring local, state, and national leaders, and we arrange for CLE credit for each of these lunches—at no extra charge. Our first speaker of the year, Eve Samples of the Stuart News, shared with us how she and her publication experience and respond to the changes that have shaken the newspaper industry, and she provided insight as to how the editorial board evaluated candidates for elected office this year. Since Eve kicked the year off, we have hosted local elected officials like our Chief Judge Elizabeth Metzger, Clerk of Court Carolyn Timmann, Supervisor of Elections Vicki Davis, and University of Florida College of Law Dean Laura RosenburyL. During the holidays we heard from nationally-renowned attorney Willie Gary, and in February NFL/MLB attorney Mark Rodgers, an agent for many pro athletes including Seattle Seahawk QB Russell Wilson, shared stories from his career at the highest levels of the sports world. Luncheon speakers for the rest of the bar year include U.S. Senator George LeMieux, President of the Florida Bar Bill Schifino, and long time community leader Larry Crary.
Our free luncheons present just the beginning of all we do. The MCBA monthly newsletter, The SideBar, provides valuable legal information, and the opportunity to publish your articles, as well as advertise your services. Our annual Judicial Reception, Golf Tournament, Canoe Trip, Tennis Tournament, Softball Tournament, and Spring Installation Banquet will afford you the chance to build better social relationships with your peers. In April, we will host our first annual MCBA Race to the Courthouse 5K, an event that promises fun for our members and their families. Our 35+ committees, both substantive and social, offer more opportunities to improve your practice, earn additional CLE credits, and network with other MCBA members. We offer free CLE CDs that you can check out from the Clerk of Court’s office. Our directory of member attorneys, judges, paralegals, and court staff in Martin County is available online, and we plan to publish our 2017 hardcopy Legal Directory in early 2017. Further, we have built a significant social media presence online, via Facebook and Twitter; we regularly share photos of our members and interact with both local and state leaders in the Bar and business community. These connections can further your practice in intangible ways that will redound to your benefit. When you say you are a member of the Martin County Bar Association, attorneys from the rest of the state know you hail from the best voluntary bar association in the State (if I do say so myself).
Please take a look around the site, and make sure to visit our calendar tab to see all the events we have planned. Join me, and more than 470 other MCBA members, and take advantage of all of the benefits the Martin County Bar Association offers. You won’t regret it.
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