Past Events


30th Anniversary of Judge Kenneth Ryskamp’s Appointment to the Southern District of Florida Bench

On April 22, 2016, the Palm Beach County Chapter hosted a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Judge Kenneth Ryskamp's appointment to the Southern District of Florida bench. The surprise event was coordinated with the help from Judge Ryskamp's law clerks and assistants, the Clerk of Court for the Southern District of Florida, and chapter members.

Former Chief Judge Federico Moreno presented Judge Ryskamp with a crystal vase engraved with the names of all the judges with whom Judge Ryskamp has served over the past 30 years and the flag of the Southern District court. The Chapter Officers adopted an eagles' nest in Haines, Alaska for Judge Ryskamp, because he is particularly fond of eagles. Judge Ryskamp then spoke to the group about some of his more interesting and notorious trial experiences.


Judge Kenneth Ryskamp and Judge Federico Moreno


(l to r) Kelly Hyman, Chapter Secretary; Judge Ryskamp; Sally Still, Chapter President; Stephen Giovinco, Chapter Vice President; and Garth Yearick, Chapter Treasurer


Judge Kenneth Ryskamp

Third 2012-2013 Chapter Luncheon


Professor Rogow addressing members of the Palm Beach County chapter on civil rights litigation.

The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association held its third luncheon of the 2012-13 season on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Colony Hotel. This month's speaker was Professor Bruce Rogow. Professor Rogow has been a professor of law at Nova Southeastern University Law Center in Fort Lauderdale since 1974, and has taught courses on Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Constitutional Law, Appellate Practice, Criminal Law and Legal Ethics. Professor Rogow has also litigated extensively over the past 48 years, having argued over 450 civil and criminal cases in federal and state appellate courts, including eleven cases before the United States Supreme Court. Professor Rogow provided an informative and entertaining discussion on the history of civil rights litigation over the past 50 years, including on issues such as the right to counsel and racial, gender and disability discrimination. Professor Rogow also provided his insights on the future of civil rights litigation, including on issues such as affirmative action, marriage equality and reproductive rights. 

Second 2012-2013 Chapter Luncheon


The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association held its second luncheon of the 2012-13 season on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Colony Hotel. The chapter presented a plaque to Immediate Past President Kelly Reagan, in recognition of his outstanding service in the office of President during the 2011-2012 season. This month's speaker was Murray Greenberg, Retired Miami-Dade County Attorney and Adjunct Professor of election law and state and local government law at the University of Miami School of Law, FIU College of Law and St. Thomas University College of Law. Mr. Greenberg provided an informative discussion on election law issues and fielded questions on the subject.

The Chapter’s next luncheon will be held on Friday, January 25, 2012 at the Colony Hotel, and will feature guest speaker Professor Bruce Rogow. For a complete listing of our chapter's upcoming events, please visit our website's calendar.
November 8, 2012 Reception

On November 8, 2012, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted a judicial reception at Nick & Johnnie's on Palm Beach for the Federal Judiciary for the Southern District of Florida, following a judicial conference held in West Palm Beach. At the event attended by members of the judiciary and the local bar, the chapter presented West Palm Beach's newest United States Magistrate Judges, William Matthewman and Dave Lee Brannon, with ceremonial gavels. Pictured here are (L to R) Magistrate Judge William Matthewman, Chapter President Jason Lazarus, Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon, and Chapter President-Elect Peggy Stumhofer.
September 2012 Luncheon

The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association held its first luncheon of the 2012-13 season on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Colony Hotel. The officers for the 2012-13 season (Jason Lazarus, President; Peggy Stumhofer, President-Elect; Ryon McCabe, Secretary; Heather Ries, Treasurer; and Sally Still, National Delegate) were installed. Congratulations and thanks to our Immediate Past President, Kelly Reagan, for his outstanding service as President. This month's speaker was Professor Michael Allen of Stetson University College of Law. Professor Allen was thoroughly informative and entertaining as he discussed the 2011-12 term of the United States Supreme Court and his predictions regarding the Supreme Court's upcoming term. Professor Allen teaches a number of courses at Stetson, including Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and the Federal Courts and the Federal System. Professor Allen also serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives and the Director of Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute. Out of the 11 years that Professor Allen has been teaching at Stetson, he has won the school's best professor award an amazing seven times!

Our next luncheon will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Colony Hotel, and will feature guest speaker Murray Greenberg, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, FIU College of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law, and Retired Miami-Dade County Attorney. Mr. Greenberg will be speaking on election law issues. For a complete listing of our chapter's upcoming events, please visit our website's calendar.
April 2012 Reception

On April 26, 2012, the Palm Beach County chapter of the FBA hosted a reception in conjunction with the 3rd Southern District of Florida Biennial Bench and Bar Conference. The bi-annual event includes a full day of educational sessions with panels of district court judges, magistrate judges, and bankruptcy judges. During the evening reception, retiring Magistrate Judge Ann Vitunac was honored, and her portrait unveiled to a standing room only crowd. Judge Vitunac was joined by a number of her former law clerks and judicial assistants at the podium during the reception. Magistrate Judge David Brannon is a newly appointed Magistrate Judge and has replaced recently retired Magistrate Judge Linnea Johnson.

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