Welcome to the 2016-2017 Central Florida Family Law Inn year. This year, our Inn celebrates a decade of existence. It seems like only yesterday that a core group of the most highly respected family law practitioners and judges started our Inn. They laid a foundation that has built an Inn where members not only break bread together, but work together in a positive way to provide service to our community.
The board started this Inn year with a strategic planning session. During that session we re-evaluated the very foundation of our Inn and the direction we see the Inn going in the next decade.
During that session, we created a new mission statement for the Inn:
The purpose of the Central Florida Family law Inn, Inc. is to bring together family law practitioners (attorneys, judges, magistrates, professors and students) to socialize, learn, and enjoy a meal while receiving approved continuing legal education credits. The Inn provides social interaction and mentoring among Inn members at all levels from students to the judiciary. The Inn creates a diverse community in which the members share goals, resources, values, purposes, and provides accountability to each other. Though its efforts, the Inn seeks to improve the practice of family law in the Central Florida area.
The board as a team re-wrote our bylaws and articles of incorporation, which we will be asking you as our membership to vote on at the first Inn meeting. This is your Inn.
Our presentations this year will be educational, informative and entertaining. Our goal is that every presentation will have a minimum of one practical nugget that you can apply to your practice (regardless of whether you are a new lawyer or one who has been practicing for many years).
We have brought back some old favorites including the Judicial and the Ethical Moment. Last year, the board established an ongoing service to the community where Inn members traveled to Harbor House and gave one hour presentations to residents on family law. We will be continuing that service this year. Additionally, our goal is to have a minimum of one service project where the entire membership has an opportunity to do a hands-on community service together as an Inn.
We are working on our holiday party and the end of year party (which is a family party this year) which both promise to be great fun.
Consistent with our Mission Statement this will be a year of socializing, mentoring, learning and service. I can’t wait to get started.