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Membership Committee

Dana Robbins


Juan Mendoza

First Vice Chair
Christina Taylor

Christina Taylor

Second Vice Chair
Hon. Karen Specie

Hon. Karen Specie

Judicial Chair

Who We Are

The mission of the Florida Bar Business Law Section Membership Committee is to recruit new members and to retain current members of the Florida Bar Business Law Section, to promote diversity and inclusion, and to promote participation in pro bono work by current and new members of the Florida Bar Business Law Section.

Annual Meeting Recap

We had a very well attended committee meeting, which was very productive, more so than past meetings since our committee met together with IMF; it is clear that our two committees have a number of aligned interests, particularly in light of the utilization of our fellows who are not only mentees to those of us who serve as mentors, whether formally or informally, but also serve as mentors for all of our scholars.

We will continuing to explore and evaluate where we should be expending efforts; distinguishing between short term and long term goals, including but not limited to various grass roots efforts, whether by approaching law firms, calling upon friends to join our Section, or reaching out to past members.

We will continue to issue surveys and continue examining and analyzing historical and empirical data (for instance, analyzing former members who are no longer members).

We will continue planning and preparing events, including Happy hour / social events (I believe we have a karaoke event in the Gables in the making).

We will continue collaborating with CLE Committee to further benefits to membership

We will continue encouraging our active members and members of EC to serve as mentors

Scholars Update:

In 2015, we had 19 Scholars from 11 law schools

In 2016, we had 27 students from 10 law schools

This year, we are ahead of the curve… and were able to connect with the various law schools before the

Based on the feedback we have received from our Scholars to date, we remain excited about the continued growth of the ever expanding Scholars Program

We will continue reaching out to members of executive counsel to assist us and provide ideas as to how to increase membership

BLS Scholars Program

BLS Mentoring

The Business Law Section’s Mentoring Program seeks to connect recently graduated law students and young lawyers with experienced attorneys within our membership to provide guidance on career and professional development and growth. Learn more here.

Current Projects

In order to increase membership and participation in the Florida Bar Business Law Section, the Membership Committee has developed a strategic plan to communicate the benefits of membership through multiple channels. The Committees immediate objectives are to: (1) enhance our relationship with law schools throughout Florida; (2) create and distribute through the website and social media promotional videos; (3) reach out to potential new members through existing members and law firms; (4) plan and host social events with young lawyers and other sections of the Florida Bar; (5) promote the Section’s mentoring program; and (6) reach out to current members by sending them updates of current events and news of the Florida Bar Business Law Section.


FIU Scott Norberg
FSU Liaison Dean Henley
NSU Liaison Prof. Marilyn Cane
UF Liaison Prof. Danny Sokol
UM Liaison Prof. Andrew Dawson


To join this committee please sign into your profile and select this committee from the committee list.


This committee will January 25 at 4:00 p.m. joint with the IMF committee in Longboat 2. 

Membership Committee Meeting Agenda January 25, 2023

Full meeting schedule