During her tenure as 2017-2018 Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section, attorney Nicole L. Goetz created the ad hoc Bounds of Advocacy Committee and appointed members from throughout Florida to update the “Bounds of Advocacy” practice guide to reflect recent and significant changes that impact the practice of Florida family law. The “Bounds of Advocacy” outlines goals for family lawyers in Florida, and guides Florida lawyers through the quagmire of professional and ethical dilemmas that are unique to the practice of family law. The publication offers goals for professional cooperation, competence and advice, conflict of interest, fees and children. It suggests a higher level of practice than the minimum baseline of conduct required by The Florida Bar rules—and spells out guidelines for situations that often arise in family law where the rules don’t provide sufficient guidance.
Attorney Nicole L. Goetz of Nicole L. Goetz, P.L., as 2017-2018 Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section, presented numerous awards during the section’s Annual Awards & Installation Luncheon in June. The awards honored members’ dedication, hard work, enthusiasm and service in leadership roles and on section committees during the 2017-2018 Florida Bar year. As Immediate Past Chair, Nicole remains active in the Family Law Section as a member of its Executive Committee.
Each year, the Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section presents an honorarium to a deserving charitable organization. Nicole L. Goetz served as the 2017-2018 Section Chair and presented her $5,000 honorarium to Lee Health Foundation to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Pediatric Oncology Unit. Nicole L. Goetz P.L. Paralegal Lisa M. Singleton accepted the donation during The Florida Bar Annual Convention in June. The Singleton family has had an extremely positive experience with Golisano, a state-of-the-art, family-centered, full-service children’s hospital.