Young Lawyers’ Boot Camp Series

July 16, 2015

The Young Lawyers Section, in conjunction with the Broward County Bar Association, is proud to announce that its inaugural Young Lawyers’ Boot Camp Series was a huge success! The Series was kicked off on January 27, 2015 with the first session in the series titled: I Filed My Motion, Now What? The session included a great panel discussion featuring Broward County Judge Stacy Ross, attorney Bob Kelley of Kelley/Uustal, and attorney Marissa Pullano of Brinkley Morgan, moderated by attorney Sara Sandler of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson. In the first session, the panel discussed practical tips for new attorneys, including notes on professionalism and tips on how to present a winning argument in court.

The second session in the series, I Thought My Argument/Deposition was Great; What Did the Judge Think? A Perspective from the Bench, took place on March 3, 2015. This session included a lively panel discussion featuring Broward County Judges Tim Bailey, Sandra Perlman, and Raag Singhal as well as YLS Board members Todd Baker of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, Brent Reitman of Krupnick Campbell et al., Sara Sandler, and Jeff Wank of Marshall Dennehey, et al. The panel discussed the do’s and don’ts of appearing for a hearing before the court and also included a tour of the Broward County Courthouse by Brent Reitman and Todd Baker.

On April 28, 2015, the YLS and BCBA hosted the third session in the Boot Camp Series, Game Over: Dispositive Motions. This session included a panel discussion featuring Broward County Judge William W. Haury, Jr., attorney Robert Vaughan of Kim Vaughan Lerner, and attorney Alison F. Smith of Weiss Serota et al., moderated by attorney Brent Reitman. The panel provided invaluable tips and advice on filing various motions with the court, including motions for summary judgment, directed verdicts, and motions to suppress.

The final session in the four part Boot Camp Series, Trial Preparation/Mock Voir Dire, was hosted on June 2, 2015. The session included an extremely informative panel discussion featuring Broward County Judge Mindy Soloman, attorney Robert Vaughan, and Nova Southeastern University School Of Law Professor, and former Assistant State Attorney for Broward County, Charles “Chuck” Morton, moderated by Florida Young Lawyers Division Broward County Circuit Representative, Valerie Barnhart of Kelley Kronenberg. This panel discussion provided helpful and important tips for trial preparation and notes for conducting a successful voir dire.

Each session in the Boot Camp Series was CLE approved and was followed by a networking hour for the panelists and attendees. The final session was concluded with a “graduation” ceremony for those “recruits” who attended all four sessions. The YLS and BCBA would like to thank the sponsor of this event, The Florida House Experience, a drug and alcohol treatment center dedicated to helping people live a sober and productive life. To learn more about The Florida House Experience, please visit their website at

The YLS and BCBA would like to congratulate the Boot Camp Series Diversity Scholarship recipients who have received a scholarship, funded by the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, to attend the entire four part series: Lilleth Bailey, Leila Billings, Benjamin Crego, Kaysia Earley, Jason Fletcher, Jessica Garrett, Ruby Green, Paul Kim, Christina Lehm, Nekishia Lester, Francese Lucius, Eunice Murphy, Harold Pryor, Marie Triche, and Nikeisha Williams. The Boot Camp Series scholarship recipients were honored at the YLS February Luncheon on February 19, 2015.