The Seventeenth Circuit and the Broward County Bar Association presented “Black History Month: A Celebration of the Black Legal Community” on Friday, February 16, 2018. Several hundred attendees gathered in the jury room as “Broward’s Legal Firsts” honorees were celebrated for their contributions to the legal community.


The annual Broward County High School Mock Trial Competition welcomed five schools to the central courthouse, Fort Lauderdale High School, American Heritage, Cardinal Gibbons, David Posnack Jewish Day School and Miramar High School, to compete Friday, February 16, 2018.  American Heritage, the winner of the competition, will now compete in the statewide competition in Tallahassee in March.

Chief Judge Tuter welcomed the students, coaches, parents and teachers in the morning as well as judged the final round of the competition.
Many judges, lawyers and law students volunteered to be judges and jurors during the competition as did the following judges: Stacey Schulman, Elizabeth Scherer, Dennis Bailey, Deborah Carpenter-Toye, Betsy Benson, Jennifer Hilal, Martin Fein, Keathan Frink, Marina Garcia-Wood, and Jack Tuter. Magistrates Phoebee Francois, Randi Glick Boven and Phillip Schlissel also assisted.

Judges in the Unified Family Court division attended a lunch and learn training last week regarding members of the military, and their families, in the court system. “MARRIED TO THE MILITARY” A Family Law Presentation was put together by the United Way of Broward County, Mission United, and Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc.


Judge Diaz, Judge Williams, Judge Towbin Singer and Judge Kuntz from the 4th DCA recently spoke to a group of first year Nova law students at the Annual Judicial Roundtable Panel on ” The Importance of Professionalism in Adversarial Legal Writing” held in the Jury Room of the central courthouse.


Broward Young Lawyers for Literacy recently spent the morning reading to 1st and 2nd graders at Northfork Elementary in Fort Lauderdale. The group, started by Judge Robert Diaz, goes to a different school to read to, and with, students, the third Friday of every month.