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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 three times per year and usually draw 350 to 500 people. (This year, we will hold a Membership Reception in the place of our usual September luncheon on Sept. 11 at The Vault in downtown Tampa.) These luncheons feature distinguished guest speakers who are of keen interest to our general membership. Our first luncheon, in late October or early November, is held in conjunction with the annual Bench Bar Conference. Our second 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: Oct. 3, 2019; Jan. 8, 2020; and May 12, 2020

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 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: October 3, 2019

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

To learn more about Bench Bar 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 5, 2019

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

Diversity & Inclusion Networking Social

Students, law firms and other legal organizations come together in the fall for the HCBA's Diversity & Inclusion 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: September 7, 2019

Time and location: 1-3:30 p.m., Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, 1610 N. Tampa St., Tampa 33602

To learn more about the Diversity Networking Social, click here.

Judicial 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 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: February 29, 2020

Time and location: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., on grounds of Stetson Tampa Law Center, 1700 N Tampa Street.

For more information about the Judicial Food Festival/5K Pro Bono River Run and to register, click here. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Installation of Officers & Directors

At the end of each Bar year in June, 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.

Date: June 2020