10th Judicial   

         President's Message



It is hard to believe we are well under way into the new year.  January was another successful month for the Lakeland Bar Association. We hosted both our Bench Bar Reception and monthly luncheon.  Judge Oliver Green provided a wonderful forum for the reception while Mother Nature provided excellent weather.  We are fortunate to have such a wonderful relationship between the bench and bar in our circuit, which is something not all circuits get to enjoy.  Thank you, Judge Green, for once again allowing all of us into your home to enjoy good food and fellowship among our peers!

We were also lucky enough to have Lakeland Police Department, Chief of Police, Larry Giddens, come speak at our luncheon.  Chief Giddens once again put on a great presentation and we appreciate his efforts.  The citizens of Lakeland are well protected under the leadership of Chief Giddens and his officers. 

Our February speaker, Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, is a big proponent of “justice teaching” in public schools.  This leads me to ask, how many people would know Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, or CRC, has not only been appointed, but is meeting now?  The vast majority of Floridians are not aware that the CRC is comprised of 37 people who review Florida’s entire constitution and propose amendments to the voters.  The CRC was created in 1968 and the Florida Constitution requires its convening every 20 years.  Past CRC’s brought us some pretty big changes, including making public education a state duty, ensuring equal rights for women, and reforming how campaigns are financed.  Once the CRC has held public hearings across our state, the commission will choose amendments to appear on the November 2018 ballot for voters to decide.  Through Justice Lewis’ efforts, students will grow up learning more about the legal system and government from an early age. Hopefully, when futures generations are asked about the CRC, more than 1 in 10 people will correctly identify the process.

I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events.  As I write this, we are putting the finishing touches on the annual golf tournament at Eaglebrooke Golf and Country Club, which has proven to be a fun event we all look forward to.

Finally, we are currently seeking members to join the LBA board! If interested, please contact me personally.  We’d love to have you.





Art Fulmer, Jr.









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