Message from the President

Thank you for visiting the Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court’s website.  Please feel free to explore the website to learn more about our Inn.  For members, please log in and take advantage of the CLE credits that you have earned, and review the various legal resources that have been compiled from the presentation materials that our members have assembled.

Within this message you will find information about the history of our Inn and learn about what our plans are for the year.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our administrator.

Our Mission Statement:
To bring together family law practitioners (attorneys, judges, magistrates, professors and students) to provide social interaction and education for our members.  We will create a diverse community which shares goals, resources, and values, and offers mentorship, accountability, and comradery.  Through its efforts, the Inn will improve the practice of family law in Central Florida.

Our History:
We are celebrating our Inn’s 15th year.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to the attorneys and judges that undertook the grand endeavor of gathering our local community and giving a structured forum that allowed us to break bread together, further educate ourselves, and promote a higher level of professional practice.  This effort has been a resounding success, as our Inn is now one of the largest and most recognizable legal organizations in Central Florida.

Our Meetings:
Our Inn meets as a whole once a month to enjoy a presentation by one of our pupilage groups.  There are 8 meetings of the whole Inn annually.  Each member of our Inn is assigned to a pupilage group, and that pupilage group meets several times throughout the year to prepare a presentation and for social activities.  Each pupilage group is assigned a member of the judiciary, a member from our Inn’s board, and a diverse cross section of attorney practitioners.  Additionally, our membership joins together for community improvement projects and parties.

This Year’s Topics:
I am excited to announce the 2019-2020 Inn year’s topic:  The Seven Wonders of the World!  In keeping with our new tradition of an annual theme, our Inn will be taken on a tour around the world, and explore various legal topics associated with the most intriguing destinations on our planet.

What’s New This Year:
Our Inn welcomes its newest pupilage group, the Wellness Committee.  Our Inn has embarked on an initiative to ensure that our community is taking the steps necessary to lead healthy and productive lives.  Our profession has a long history of failing to care for our own needs and using negative outlets to address the stress innate within our work.  This initiative is intended to bring awareness to these issues, provide positive outlets to address them, encourage open discussion about the topic, and provide resources to our membership to make positive adjustments to their lives.  Please feel free to reach out to our administrator, Susan Staggs, any member of our Board, our me directly if you would like to be more involved in this project, or if you would like to learn more about the resources that are available to you.

A Reminder:
As the Inn grows in size and services it is not uncommon that some of us have forgotten the resources at our disposal.  Don’t forget that each new member is assigned a mentor, and any member is entitled to a mentor upon request.  We also have a Reconciliation Council for any disputes that arise between our members.  Should you have an issue with a member and desire assistance in resolving it, or should you know two members that are at odds, please contact any member of the Board and we will be happy to assign a member of our Reconciliation Council to assist in reaching resolution.  This program has resulted in a number of our members resolving their issues and has produced some very close friendships.

A Final Note:
The family law bar in Central Florida enjoys one of the most collegial and professional levels of practice in the profession at large.  This is due, in no small part, to our willingness to invest in each other and our community through engaging each other on a personal level as well as a professional level.  I look forward to investing into our community with you, as it will pay us all tremendous dividends in the future.  It will be my pleasure to break bread with each of you over the course of the upcoming year.

Andrew Windle