FLMB NEWSLETTER Court Connection - July 2020




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Court Connection: e-Edition


The Court is proud to share the e-edition of the Court Connection.

For readers who prefer to read the newsletter on paper, it can be printed in its entirety by downloading a full-text PDF version.

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Telephonic Appearance Procedures


In light of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, and the “Safer at Home” and “Stay at Home” orders of certain municipalities and counties in the State of Florida, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and continuing until further notice, the Court has implemented the following policies:

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Local Bar Events


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Local Bar Associations

News and events from your local bar association


By:  Katheryn Hancock, Esq., President

On August 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., the JBBA will host a webinar entitled: The Many Perspectives of the SBRA.

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By:  Christopher Thompson, Esq., President

Despite the pandemic, the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association remains committed to providing its members and the Central Florida bankruptcy law community at large with monthly, high-quality CLE presentations.

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On April 10, 2020, a virtual town hall was held on COVID-19 changes to bankruptcy procedures and operation, featuring a panel including: the Hon. Karen S. Jennemann; the Hon. Lori V. Vaughan; Robert B. and Tammy Branson of BransonLaw PLLC; Lori Patton, Chapter 7 Trustee and founder of the Law Office of Lori Patton, P.A.; and Laurie K. Weatherford, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division.

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On August 6 at noon, please join us for an online Bankruptcy Judicial Town Hall: Practicing Bankruptcy in a Post-COVID-19 World, sponsored by TBBBA, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association Tampa Bay Chapter.

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Bradley M. Saxton & C. Andrew Roy Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A.

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Clerk's Message

Can We Have a "Do Over" for 2020?

             By: Sheryl L. Loesch, Clerk

As we’ve all ridden this rollercoaster called COVID-19 since early Spring, I think we’ve all run the gamut of emotions – from disbelief, to concern, to fear, to perseverance, to hope, and back to concern and possibly fear again. We ask ourselves, when will this end? Will life ever return to normal? 

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Judge's Corner

Judge's Corner



Chief Judge Delano Celebrates Twelve Years on the Bench

June 25th marked Chief Judge Delano’s 12th anniversary on the bench.  Instead of having their usual anniversary lunch, she and her former law clerks celebrated virtually via Zoom.

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Bankruptcy Lawyer Wins Prestigious Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award


Fehintola “Kemi” Folasade Oguntebi, a solo practitioner with a consumer bankruptcy practice, received this year’s Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award from the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.  Congratulations to her and thanks for her service!

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FLMB's Outreach Committee and Virtual Staff Activities Play Starring Role in Recent FJC Program

By: Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen

As part of the Federal Judicial Center’s annual Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges, I was to host a roundtable discussion in Philadelphia this month on Community Outreach.

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Congratulations Graduate!!!


Judge McEwen and A'isha Muhsin, the judge's former intern, at the WMU-Cooley Law School graduation earlier this year.

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By Honorable Catherine Peek  McEwen

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By Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen

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Staying Connected While Social Distancing

While practicing social distancing, we found some creative ways for our staff to stay connected.

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Staying Connected


Dear Point & Click: Answers to Technical Questions

Dear Point and Click,

Question 1: How do I pay my admission renewal fees?

Question 2: What do I do if I miss my admissions renewal deadline, and how does it affect my ability to appear in the Bankruptcy Court?

Question 3: I’ve heard that it is time to renew my admission. However, I did not receive a notification. What should I do?

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