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Part of my focus this year is on the mental and physical wellbeing of our members. So many of us don’t take any time to take care of ourselves. I hope to introduce some activities we can all use to relax and recharge.

Our year will start off with our Organizational Meeting to be held at Amelia Island Plantation starting July 4. The Omni has upgraded this property and it is a beautiful location to visit and bring the whole family. This is by far our most popular meeting with Section members and their families returning year after year to catch up with other tax lawyers and their families. The friendships and connections that are made at Amelia are extra special. If you are a new tax lawyer who is just getting involved with the section or a more seasoned member who just never got involved, please try to join us at Amelia. It is a great time to explore what the Section has to offer you and what you can do for the Section!

The Organizational meeting will start with the Firecracker 5K on the morning of the 4th, followed by our Annual Ullman Year in Review. The Ullman Year in Review is run this year by Michael O’Leary, who has assembled a great group of speakers on a variety of topics. Each topic is discussed for 20-25 minutes — just enough time to hit the highlights for the year. The 4th will conclude with the Chair’s Welcome Reception and fireworks. Friday is our Director’s meeting and New Tax Lawyer’s reception. Saturday the 6th are the Section and Division meetings as well as our Executive Council lunch where we will honor Christopher Pavilonis as the recipient of the Marvin C Gutter Outstanding Public Service Award winner for 2019-2020. Christopher is an attorney with the Jacksonville office of IRS Chief Counsel. Christopher has been a great friend to the section, on top of his outstanding work with many of the section members on tax court cases. Thank you to Harris Bonnette and Mitch Horowitz for the nomination of Christopher for this award.

For our Fall meeting we will return to the beautiful Don CeSar hotel on St Pete Beach. Headlining this meeting is our CLE, Best At The Beach: Sophisticated and Innovative Estate Planning after Tax Reform. Cristin Keane and Paul Lee are chairing this event and have gathered an all-star lineup of speakers inclduing some of the best minds in estate planning – Ron Aucutt, Turney Berry, Paul Lee, Ellen Harrison, Carlyn McCaffrey and Clary Redd. You don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to hear these speakers live in the beautiful setting of St. Pete Beach. As part of the health and wellness initiative we will be having some morning stretching on the beach, and hopefully also having some puppies come visit us from Pet Pal Rescue, a local no-kill shelter.

Next up we are going International!!! That’s right – the Tax Section is leaving Florida and arriving in Paradise Island Bahamas for its Annual Meeting. Our meeting will start off on Thursday May 7th with our Director’s meeting and dinner at Café Martinique. Friday will be an International Law CLE chaired by Shawn Wolf. Shawn is structuring this CLE so that the morning is more basic International Concepts with the afternoon being a little deeper dive into the topics. Attendees can register for either the morning or afternoon session individually if they wish to spend more time enjoying the fabulous Atlantis Resort activities. The meeting with culminate with the Tax Attorney of the Year Dinner on Saturday evening where we will honor Cristin Keane as the Gerald T. Hart Tax Attorney of the Year. Please bring your family and join us for what will be a fun filled meeting honoring a very deserving member of the Tax Section. The room block will be open immediately after the Amelia meeting. Reserve your room early please so we assure everyone who wants to attend can take advantage of the fantastic room rates the Bar was able to secure on our behalf.

All of these fabulous events are made possible in part by our sponsors. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with our sponsors and the products and services they provide. They are often in attendance at our meetings so you can get to know them on a more personal level and learn how they may be able to provide a benefit to you and your clients.

As you can see the Section is going to be very busy this year. Be sure to keep up with all things Tax Section by following us on social media on Facebook.com/FLBarTaxSection,  and https://twitter.com/FLBarTax. Every month Ileana Garcia provides us with an E Newsletter that will have the most current events, links to registrations as well as articles of interest to our members. Please be sure to click on the link you receive in your email to read over this great resource.

If you are already volunteering your time to the Section I thank you; if you are not yet and want to get involved please feel free to email or call me. I will be happy to find a spot for you to volunteer. Thank you and I look forward to a productive and fun year.

Janette McCurley

Tax Section Chair, 2019-2020