Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Law Day 2014

The Citrus County Bar Association is celebrating our annual Law Day with a variety of events for the legal community and the general public. 


Our Law Day Luncheon will be held on April 29th at Noon at the Plantation on Crystal River. The theme for this year’s Law Day is “Why Every Vote Matters: American Democracy and the Rule of Law.” Esteemed President of the Florida Bar, Eugene Pettis, will speak at the luncheon. We will present the Liberty Bell Award to a person or group who has promoted this year’s Law Day theme, and we will also honor local high school students with scholarships based upon their essays regarding a theme-related prompt.

This will be a great opportunity for networking with members of the Citrus County judiciary and legal community, and we encourage everyone to attend, especially anyone running for public office as this is an election year. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from John Sullivan or Tanya Williams.


The Citrus County Bar Association will welcome the Fifth District Court of Appeals to our Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness on April 2nd.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Meeting Reminder - General Meeting

Just a reminder that there will be a CCBA Meeting today at noon at the Citrus County Courthouse, in the first floor jury assembly room. A video presentation of the Florida Supreme Court justices will be shown which will provide CLE credit for those who attend.

A delicious lunch will be provided by Natalia's in Crystal River.

If you are not yet a member of the CCBA - it's not too late to join! Visit our membership information page to find out how to join.

We hope to see you all there today!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meeting Reminder - Family Law Section

This is to remind you that we will have our first meeting of the year for our Family Law Section of the C.C.B.A. It will be Thursday, September 26th, at Noon in the Jury Assembly Room on the first floor of the Citrus County Courthouse.

The topic of discussion will be Administrative Order C2007-22-B and Fam. R. Civ. P. 12.285 and their impact on the effective and efficient practice of family law. Family law attorneys, as well as our county's judges, will be asked to weigh in on the impact of the rules.

A delicious barbecue lunch will be served.

If you are a member and are planning to attend, please RSVP to the e-vite, or email one of our officers. If you are not yet a member and would like to join, you can get more information here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

General Meeting Minutes

       President Tanya Williams began the meeting and Secretary Jessica Czaya led the group in the pledge of allegiance. After the pledge, Judge Patricia Thomas officially swore in the newest leaders of the C.C.B.A., Tanya Williams, President, Adam Czaya, Vice President, Jessica Czaya, Secretary, and Montyce VanNess, Treasurer.

General Announcements
       President Williams discussed the events the Bar Association is planning for the upcoming year including some events the Association participated in last year and some new events like happy hour mixers.

Family Law Section
       President Williams introduced Steven Fichtman, Chairman of the Family Law Section of the CCBA, to discuss upcoming events for the Family Law Section. Attorney Fichtman informed members of the first meeting which will take place on September 26th at Noon in the Jury Assembly Room of the Citrus County Courthouse. The topic will be Standing Administrative Order C2007-22-B and Fam. R. Civ. P. 12.285, which impact every case, the ability to resolve cases in a timely matter, the likelihood of motion hearings and trial, and the amount of time and attorney fees in a case. The meeting will look at the practical application of the order and rules, and Attorney Fichtman will personally invite every family law attorney practicing in our community as well as senior and board certified lawyers in and around the community for a variety of perspectives on the impact of the rule and order. The goal of the meeting will be to open honest dialogue about the impact on family law practices and practitioners from the point of view of the attorneys as well as the judiciary. Looking ahead to the upcoming year, the Section will have six meetings and will aim to provide education and information (with CLE credits) with an eye toward the day-to-day practice of family law. The Section will host one or more "View from the Bench" meetings which will allow attorneys to submit questions to our Judges to get their perspective on issues, practice questions, or problems that practitioners face. More information on these meetings will be provided in the future.

       Attorney Fichtman encourages all those attorneys who are practicing in the field of family law to sign up for the Family Law Section, if you have not done so yet.

Guest Speaker
       Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Angela Vick, spoke to the group regarding recent and upcoming changes in the Clerk's office. She opened the floor to any questions or concerns regarding e-filing and announced that criminal court e-filing will go into effect beginning October 1. She also discussed that recent mortgage foreclosure legislation has slowed foreclosure fillings by about 70%, and that the Clerk's office is working through those issues. The Clerk's office is looking forward to the implementation of Smart Bench, an electronic reader program that will allow our Judges to automate paper processes in the courtroom. Please check out the "Clerk's Corner" portion of this blog to see the latest updates from the Clerk's office.

Closing Remarks
       President Williams concluded the meeting by reminding members about our blog and Facebook page. Be sure to like our Facebook page for reminders about meetings and events. You can subscribe to our blog feed in the "Follow by Email" Bar to the right to receive blog posts by email. We are all looking forward to an exciting and successful year for the CCBA and we hope to see you at our Family Law Section meeting on September 26th, or our next general meeting on October 24th.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Meeting - Thursday, August 22nd at Noon

Join us for our first meeting of the year on Thursday, August 22nd at noon in the Jury Assembly Room of the Citrus County Courthouse. We will have a special guest speaker, Angela Vick, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Citrus County, and a delicious selection of Cuban food from Natalia's will be served. We hope you'll all join us for a great start to the new year for CCBA.

Membership dues for the year are due prior to the first meeting date. For information on dues, see our Membership Information page.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Year End Meeting and New Officers Announced

At the final meeting of the year, President Megan Fitzpatrick nominated new officers, which were voted on by members in attendance. The officers for the 2013-2014 year will be:

  • President Tanya Williams
  • Vice President Adam Czaya
  • Treasurer Montyce VanNess
  • Secretary Jessica Czaya
  • Past President Megan Fitzpatrick
The former Treasurer, Brittan Mitchell, announced that the Bar Association operated at a profit this year and Past President Megan Fitzpatrick announced that the Bar Association would be funding the Fitzpatrick-Bradshaw scholarship in full this year without asking for additional contributions from members. 

Dates for the upcoming year's meetings are expected to be announced in mid to late July, and members will be notified by email and by notice in their courthouse boxes.

The Citrus County Bar Association would like to congratulate the new officers, thank Megan for her service as President this year, and also express deep gratitude to Brittan, who served as Treasurer for the C.C.B.A. for several years and who has done an outstanding job.

As a reminder, there will be no general meeting in July, and regular meetings will begin again in August.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Meeting Minutes - April 18, 2013

In lieu of a guest speaker, representatives from the Clerk of Court answered attorneys' questions about the ongoing use of the E-Filing system.

President, Megan Fitzpatrick, shared information on the upcoming events related to this year's Law Day.

The Citrus County Bar Association will participate in a Habitat for Humanity project on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 8:00 am. Contact Jack Moring for more details.

The Law Day Luncheon will be on Friday, May 3rd, at Noon at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club in the Hampton Room. The Luncheon will feature a guest speaker who will speak on the year's theme, Realizing the Dream: Equality for All, which celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Tickets for the event are $25.00 and are on sale now. To purchase, contact Megan Fitzpatrick, John Sullivan, Jack Moring, or Steven Fichtman.

The Association is holding an art contest for local high school students. Three winners from each school will be selected for cash prizes.

The Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 18th. Entry fee is $50.00 which includes greens fees, cart fees, breakfast and lunch, and raffle tickets. Businesses or individuals can sponsor a hole for $100.00 which will place a customized sign near the hole of sponsorship. The C.C.B.A. is also accepting donations from businesses as raffle prizes. To participate, or to make a sponsorship or donation, contact Megan Fitzpatrick.

The Fifth D.C.A. will be visiting on May 21st. We will host middle school students from Pope John Paul II Catholic School. A lunch will be held for visiting Judges.

The next meeting will be a Family Law Section meeting on May 16th at Noon in the Jury Assembly Room of the Citrus County Courthouse. The Section will discuss important legislative changes that will impact a Family Law practice.

President Fitzpatrick ended the meeting at 12:45.