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CONNECT WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES

The Hillsborough County Bar Association hosts numerous full-membership events during the Bar year, which are free to HCBA members. We encourage our members to take advantage of these opportunities to make new connections and build meaningful relationships with their colleagues in the legal community. 

Membership Luncheons

HCBA Membership Luncheons are held four times per year and usually draw 350 to 500 people. These luncheons feature distinguished guest speakers who are of keen interest to our general membership. Our Bar year kickoff luncheon, in September, gives members a chance to reconnect after the summer break. Our second luncheon, in late October or early November, is held in conjunction with the annual Bench Bar Conference. Our third luncheon, in January, celebrates diversity and inclusion within the Bar. And our final luncheon of the Bar year, in May, celebrates Law Day and highlights heroes in our community.

Upcoming luncheon dates: Sept. 21, 2016; January 11, 2017; and May 2017

Time and location: Noon - 1 p.m., Hilton Downtown Tampa, 211 N. Tampa St., Tampa 33602

For more information and to register, visit the HCBA calendar.

To learn more about our membership luncheon sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Bench Bar Conference & Judicial Reception

Held in the fall, this all-day educational conference gives attorneys, judges and legal support staff the chance to attend an an array of continuing legal education sessions on cutting-edge topics. The conference is broken up into morning and afternoon sessions, with an HCBA Membership Luncheon at noon. In the evening, the conference ends with a judicial reception, giving attendees a chance to mingle and continue their discussions.

Date: November 10, 2016

Time and location: All day, Hilton Downtown Tampa, 211 N. Tampa St., Tampa 33602

To learn more about Bench Bar sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Judicial Pig Roast/Food Festival & 5K Pro Bono River Run

Held in the spring, this family-friendly event is a casual afternoon of good food and fun. It starts with a 5K race in which runners pledge pro bono hours for the upcoming year. After the race, everyone is welcome at the Judicial Pig Roast/Food Festival, which features a cook-off among law firms, judges and other organizations, as well as a booth decoration contest, music, and time to relax and catch up with colleagues.

 

Date: March 11, 2017

Time and location: 4:30 - 7 p.m., on grounds of Stetson Law campus, 1700 N Tampa St, Tampa 

To learn more about Judicial Pig Roast/5K Pro Bono Race sponsorship opportunities, click here.

 

Holiday Open House

In December, the HCBA invites members and their guests to enjoy an evening of holiday festivities at the beautiful Chester H. Ferguson Law Center. The lounge, lobby and banquet hall are filled with attorneys, judges and friends of the Bar as the HCBA celebrates the holidays in style.

Date: December 1, 2016

Time and location: 5 - 7:30 p.m., Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, 1610 N. Tampa St., Tampa 33602

Diversity Networking Social

Students, law firms and other legal organizations come together each February for the HCBA's Diversity Networking Social, which aims to help students build meaningful professional relationships with HCBA members. Students from all the law schools in Florida are invited, and local law firms and legal organizations are encouraged to host an information table. This is a great opportunity to meet mentors and make connections in the Tampa Bay area.

 

Date: February 18, 2017

Time and location: Noon, Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, 1610 N. Tampa St., Tampa 33602

Installation of Officers & Directors

At the beginning of each Bar year, the HCBA hosts a swearing-in ceremony for our new president, board of directors and officers. All members are invited to this special event, where they can meet with the Bar's leadership and mingle with their colleagues. 

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