The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar Celebrates 50th Golden Anniversary

The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar Celebrates 50th Golden Anniversary

More than 150 Family Law Section members and guests attended the Section’s 50th Anniversary Gala held at The Ritz Carlton, Naples on August 26, 2023. Notable attendees included The Florida Bar President Scott Westheimer; previous Florida Bar Presidents Dori Foster-Morales and John Stewart; American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Florida Chapter President Caryn Green; members of the judiciary and many Section Trustees, including Steve Sessums, who served two terms as Chair from 1981-83.

Michelle Klinger Smith, B.C.S. chaired the 1920s themed event, which featured live music, dinner, dancing, and a video montage with photos featuring Section members and events from the past several decades.

“Michelle and the entire 50th Anniversary Committee did an outstanding job organizing this multi-faceted event,” said Sarah E. Kay, Section Chair. “It was truly a fun way to celebrate the past 50 years of Section accomplishments and be reminded of all that the Section has achieved in helping Florida’s children and families.”

The Family Law Section was formed in 1973 and has evolved into a thriving organization of more than 4,000 members from across the state, including attorneys, members of the judiciary, paralegals, and professional affiliates. The Section’s mission is to promote the highest standards of professionalism and legal advocacy in the delivery of a wide array of services to Florida families while seeking the consistent, fair, and expeditious administration of justice.

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