Growing Associates in Naples – GAIN – is accepting applications for its Class of 2014. GAIN is a leadership program designed for emerging leaders and professionals in Collier County ages 21-40 and is sponsored by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Applications are due January 3, 2014 and are available here: GAIN Application.


The Florida Bar is accepting applications through November 7, 2013 for three appointments to be filled in December: (1) one attorney to serve a 3 year term on the Florida Rural Legal Services Board of Directors; (2) six attorneys (one at-large and one from each state appellate district) to serve 2 year terms on the Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee; and (3) one delegate to represent the Northern District of Florida for a 4 year term on the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference. The Florida Bar’s special appointments schedule and application are available here: Special Appointments.

The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reese Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy will be accepting applications for the 2014-2015 class of academy fellows from December 1, 2013 through January 15, 2014. This six-session training program is designed to assist lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession. Information about the Leadership Academy is available here: Wm. Reese Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy

The Florida Bar is seeking applicants for its various standing and substantive law committees. The application period runs from December 1, 2013 through January 15, 2014. Appointments are made in the spring for committee service beginning in July 2014. Further information is available here: FL Bar Committee Service.


While this Ledger is not intended to serve as a job forum and we will not generally provide information about open positions, the Leadership Committee will provide notice of available judicial opportunities.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division, announced a vacancy for a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable John E. Steele. There is no stated deadline for applications, but interviews will be scheduled in January 2014. For further information, please click here: Judge Steele Law Clerk Vacancy.

The Seventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court through November 8, 2013. Information is available here: 7th Judicial Circuit Vacancy.

The Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Ninth Judicial Circuit through October 28, 2013. Information is available here: 9th Judicial Circuit Vacancy.


In an effort to fulfill the goals of this Leadership Committee, we will also share information to assist you in deciding whether to help promote fellow members of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). This should be in no way construed as an endorsement of any candidate.

Jessica Ehrlich, from the Pinellas FAWL chapter, is running for Congressional District 13 (Pinellas). FAWL encourages members to help Jessica expand her network by sharing information about her with other women lawyers. Information about Jessica Ehrlich and her campaign is available here: JessicaEhrlich.


The Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Bar are accepting nominations for the 2014 Pro Bono Service Awards through November 12, 2013. Awards are handed out in six categories to individuals and firms. Information and nomination forms are available on the Florida Bar’s website, here: Pro Bono Service Awards.