CLE in Havana, Cuba!

A car on the streets of Havana.

Join your fellow members and friends as they CLE in CUBA!

When: February 27th – March 1st, 2020
Where: Plaza Hotel in Havana, Cuba

Contact: Manatee County Bar Association for details
Phone: (941) 741-4091 or email:

Download Full Itinerary Here (PDF 566kb)


Price Total Price for the full Cuba CLE program: $1398 pp in Dbl. Single room: $ 1548.

Sign up quick before prices go up!

Estimated round trip air TPA-HAV = $358 + Visa $ 75 Children receive a discount of 40% off!

Terms $500 deposit to secure your space

Full payment due 60 days prior to departure

Yes, this trip is open to family and friends! The tour operator will be taking non-CLE recipients to local markets, etc. during the CLE.


61 days or more prior to departure, full refund less processing fee ($250)

60 days to 31 days prior to departure date 50% refund

30 days to 0 days prior to departure date NO refunds

*photo courtesy of www.maketimetoseetheworld

For more information or to register Please contact Graceann at

Manatee Educational Television METV

Logo image for METVAs a part of our continuing mission of Fostering Professionalism in the Practice of Law The Manatee County Bar Association is proud to have been featured on Manatee Educational Television, METV on several occasions. Please enjoy these videos by simply clicking on any of the links below.


LawDay 2018

Veterans Drug Court Luncheon

MCBA Luncheon, Prof. Mary Adkins

Dedication of the Gilbert Smith, Sr. Jury Assembly Room 2018

MCBA Luncheon, Historian Jeff LaHurd

MCBA Announces Winners of Community Service Awards


President Elect Charles Telfair, IV, President Alexandra St. Paul, Jaime Delgado, Tracy Pratt, and Past President Paul Grondahl 

At the Annual Meeting of the association in June 2016, the Manatee County Bar Association recognized two members for their record of service to our community.  In the 20th annual presentation of the awards, Bradenton attorney Jaime L. Delgado received the William C. Grimes Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Service and attorney Tracy B. Pratt received the Community Service Leader Award.  The purpose of the awards is to highlight members of the Bar Association who provide service to the community through participation in organizations and activities beyond the scope of the Bench, Bar and mandatory pro bono legal services.

Attorney Jaime Delgado was born in El Paso, Texas.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was an Inertial Navigation Systems Specialist on F4 Wild Weasels.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and earned his law degree from Stetson College of Law and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Stetson University.  A partner in the law firm of Kallins Little Delgado, and past winner of the MCBA Community Service Award, Delgado primarily practices in the areas of Personal Injury and Criminal Defense

With a wide range of charitable and civic affiliations, he has been a Past President of the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, Past President of METC, Past President of Manatee Community Action Agency, and is the current Chair of the Community Leadership Council for USF Sarasota-Manatee.  He is a current member of Legal Aid of Manasota, UPL Florida Bar Committee and the current Attorney Coach for the St. Stephens Episcopal School Mock Trial Team.  He also has served as a Judge in the Teen Court Program and is a past member of the 12th Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee


Mr. Delgado summarizes his most significant contribution to community service by saying: “Community service is very simple for me.  I try to help out wherever I can.  It is a way for me to try and shape policy at a local level.  I must admit, I have very little involvement in professional organizations as I concentrate on more educational or non-profits.  As a first-generation citizen, I know that it only takes one generation to change the path of a family.”


For these reasons and more, attorney Jaime L. Delgado has earned the 2018 William C. Grimes Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Service. 

Tracy currently serves as the currently serves as the Vice Chair of Project 180, a non-profit that helps individuals reintegrate from prison back into community life.  Highlights from her resumé include working with Innocence Project New Orleans, and helping death row exonoree, John Thompson, start a first-of-its-kind housing and transitional support program for exonorees; and, working with the Louisiana Civil Justice Center to coordinate legal aid services around the state after Hurricane Katrina, and to coordinate free legal assistance for those effected by the BP oil spill.


Here in Florida, she has been the Vice President of Healthy Start Manatee and is a current member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.


In accepting her award, she discussed how “growing up poor, in a single mom household” shaped her future as one that wants to be an advocate for those who are most vulnerable.


For her dedication to many good causes and her support of youth in our community, Tracy Pratt is a worthy recipient of the 2018 Community Service Leader Award.


Nominations for the awards were submitted by fellow members of the Manatee County Bar Association.  To ensure the integrity of the judging, a panel of community representatives was assembled by Committee Chair Fred Moore.   Members of the judging panel that evaluated the nominations and selected the recipients included founder of Grapevine Communications, and founder of the women’s giving circle, Sisterhood For Good, Angela Massaro-Fain, and the Honorable Charles Sniffen, of the 12th Judicial Circuit.




Graceann Frederico, Executive Director
(941) 741-4091


BRADENTON, FL., May 15, 2018— The Manatee County Bar Association (MCBA) is pleased to announce the winners of its Law Day 2018 essay contest. Seventh grade students attending public, private, or home school in Manatee County, Florida were invited to submit essays on “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom,” the theme for Law Day 2018. Held annually in May, Law Day celebrates the role of law in society and cultivates a deeper understanding of the legal profession. The Law Day essay contest provided an opportunity for students to learn about the United States legal and justice system.

Receiving first place is Matthew Iacobelli of Nolan Middle School. In second place is Amber Polis and in third place is Grace Pino, both of St. Joseph Catholic School. The contest was judged without knowledge of the students’ identities or school affiliation, and scoring was based on originality and interpretation of the Law Day 2018 theme. The winner and the first and second runners-up will receive prizes and recognition by the MCBA at the MCBA’s Law Day Luncheon in May 2018.

Judges of the essay contest included retired Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan, an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School in Tampa; Mary R. Hawk, a principal and partner with the law firm of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles & Hawk, P.A. in Bradenton; and Jamie Serino, Executive Director of Take Stock in Children of Manatee County. Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, a labor and employment attorney with Williams Parker in Sarasota, coordinated the contest and donated the prizes for the top scoring students.

About the Manatee County Bar Association

The Manatee County Bar Association is a nonprofit voluntary organization for attorneys and judges in Manatee County, Florida. The association serves the communities of Bradenton, Palmetto, Ellenton, Parrish, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and the Cities of Anna Maria Island. Dedicated to enhancing the legal profession, serving the community, and promoting fellowship, the Manatee County Bar Association has approximately 345 members.

MCBA learns constitution revision history at General Membership Luncheon

The MCBA was very excited to host Professor Mary Adkins, University of Florida Levin – College of Law, as she taught on the history of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission at the March membership meeting.  Professor Adkins brought the 1966 CRC to life as she discussed her new book, “Making Modern Florida.”  You may read the article in the Bradenton Herald here:

Diversity & Inclusion Symposium – CLE Event

The MCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee held its first event on February 9th, 2017 at the MCJC!  Appx. 80 attendees attended the Diversity & Inclusion Symposium which was moderated by Judge Charles Williams.  Judge Claudia Isom, 13th Judicial District did a tremendous presentation addressing “Implicit Bias”, and a panel discussion followed which featured panelists Judge Karimu Hill-Harvey (retired, New Jersey) and Alan Perez, esq. Mallard Law Firm, Sarasota.


Panel Discussion: l to r: Judge Williams, Judge Isom, Judge Hill-Harvey, and Attorney Perez

Speakers: l to r: Lori Dorman, Judge Williams, Judge Isom, Judge Hill Harvey, Alex Perez