The OCBA Foundation, Inc.

The Orange County Bar Association Foundation focuses on community education. From the consequences of one's actions, to how the judicial system works, to supporting the local schools, to mentoring, the Foundation helps citizens gain a better understanding of the judicial system.

The Foundation has supported the 2015 Spreading the Dream Initiative, which is a partnership between the African American Council of Christian Clergy, FAMU School of Law, and Orange County Public Schools. The program will reenact portions of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case for all OCPS 8th grade students on January 13, 2015 at the Dr. Phillips Art Center. The initiative will also provide venues for a series of evening events from January 13, 2015 to January 15, 2015 for students and parent, and the community in order to create awareness of and education about the importance of the Civil Rights era. These events will include educational and cultural activities for the entire community. We invite you to spread the word!


Justice Teaching Volunteers Needed! Please join hundreds of attorneys throughout the state as they teach school students about our system of government and the basic principles underlying our constitutional institutions and structures. In additional to helping our students to become knowledgeable citizens, you can earn CLE!

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Special Presentation - February 2013 - Video


Was Atticus Finch just another victim? The Orange County Regional History Center and the Orange County Bar Association presented a critical analysis of the jury's verdict in "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.See the video.


Mock Trials. Local high school mock trial teams, guided by teachers and attorneys, serve as lawyers and witnesses in mini-trials in the classroom and in state, regional and national competitions.


Training Symposium for Teachers. Educators meet to learn methods for teaching students about the law, including how laws affect individuals and the community. Much of this training was completed in partnership with the University of Central Florida's Lou Frey Institute for Politics and Government. See articles in back issues of The Briefs, or visit the Foundations' Facebook page.


Law Week. Law Week activities, spanning several months, include Goldilocks mock trials for elementary school students; DUI mock trials for middle and high school students presided over by judges, attorneys, and police officers, with students serving as jurors; student job shadowing with judges; lawyer in-class presentations; presentations by a person convicted of DUI Manslaughter and the legal and personal consequences of the conviction; student poster and essay contests; and the Naturalization Ceremony.


Justice Teaching. The Foundation supports the Florida Supreme Court's call for attorneys to volunteer to assist in teaching civics at Florida’s schools.See articles in back issues of The Briefs, or visit the Foundations' Facebook page.


Law Magnet Program. The Foundation supports the Orange County Public School's Law Magnet Program by providing guest speakers and judges for the annual mock trial competition.  See articles in back issues of The Briefs, or visit the Foundations' Facebook page.


Boys and Girls Clubs. The Foundation has been a partner with Boys and Girls Clubs.  Board members have served as educational speakers for the annual Summer Zone experience. See articles in back issues of The Briefs, or visit the Foundation's Facebook page.


AVID. The Foundation has supported the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program, an elementary and post-secondary college readiness system that is designed to increase scholastic learning and performance. Volunteer Board members have served as guest speakers to inspire participants in the program to rise to academic challenges.


A Gift for Teaching. The Foundation has been a partner with A Gift for Teaching, a charity that provides school supplies to teachers and classroom in need. See back issues of The Briefs, or see the Foundation's Facebook page.


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For more information about the OCBA Foundation, Inc., or to make a donation, please contact Nichole Mooney, Foundation President.


2014-2015 OCBA Foundation, Inc.


Nichole M. Mooney, Esq.

Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth,
Capouano, Bozarth
P.O. Box 2346
Orlando, FL 32802
Ph: 407-428-5110
Contact by email


Wiley S. Boston, Esq.

Holland & Knight LLP
200 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 2600
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-425-8500
Contact by email

Thomas A. Zehnder, Esq.

Immediate Past President
King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A.
25 E. Pine St.
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-42202472
Contact by email



The Hon. Faye Allen
Ninth Judicial Circuit

Frank M. Bedell, Esq.
Bedell Dispute Resolution

Jessica K. Hew, Esq.
Burr & Forman, LLP

Norberto S. Katz, Esq.
Ninth Judicial Circuit Hearing Officer

Kristyne E. Kennedy, Esq.
Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.

R. Gavin Mackinnon, Esq.
Kelley Kronenberg, P.A.

The Hon. Wilfredo Martinez
Ninth Judicial Circuit

The Hon. Julie O'Kane
Ninth Judicial Circuit

Janie Phelps

Antoinette Plogstedt, Esq.

Nikki R. Rodeman,FRP
Law Office of Kevin Cannon, P.A.

Diego "Woody" Rodriguez
Orange County Public Schools

Cynthia G. Schmidt, Esq.
University of Central Florida

Nicholas A. Shannin, Esq.
The Shannin Law Firm

William E. Sublette, Esq.
Sublette Law Offices

Thomas P. Wert, Esq.
Roetzel & Andress, LPA