Advancing professionalism among our members while serving our community.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 2019-2020 Highlands County Bar Association President. We have exciting events and community service opportunities planned just for you! Our theme this year is “Equipped to Serve.” We intend to “equip” our bar with valuable information by featuring dynamic and experienced professionals at our Membership Meetings, who will discuss the legal topics you identified in the HCBA Survey. The Florida Bar has approved these sessions for 1.5 General/0.5 Ethics credits per session (register). Throughout the year, we will also encourage each member to “serve” or donate at least 4 hours to our local Legal Aid. Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society (HFLA) works to reduce domestic violence in our communities, to promote economic self-sufficiency, and to foster stability for low-income families through quality and strategic legal advocacy. It is our hope that you will use the information we “equip” you with for the betterment of our community.
We will continue to invest in our youth through the scholarship in memory of former HCBA President Janette Seamans Branham. The scholarship provides a local high school senior with a two-year, full-tuition scholarship to South Florida State College.
Other major events include: HCBA Foundation Gala to support the scholarship fund, Red Mass, HCBA Barbecue, and Law Day luncheon and awards ceremony. We meet on the third Wednesday of most months in the Jury Assembly Room of the Highlands County Courthouse in Sebring. All meeting notices are found here on our website and in regular emails to our members.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please click "Join" to submit an application. All members of the legal profession who do business in Highlands County are welcome and encouraged to attend.
I look forward to equipping and serving the Highlands County Bar Association throughout this year!
April E. Rolle, Esq.
2019-2020 President, Highlands County Bar Association