BOCA RATON, FL (April 30, 2019) — It was an evening of legal camaraderie and inspiration as more than 150 members and supporters of the South Palm Beach County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (SPBCFAWL) gathered at Woodfield Country Club to honor Robin I. Bresky, Esq. as the organization’s 2019 “Woman Lawyer of the Year”. The evening, attended by attorneys, members of the judiciary and government officials, was chaired by SPBCFAWL Past President Ellen M. Leibovitch; the award presented by the chapter’s Past Presidents’ Committee.
Founded in 2003, SPBCFAWL (www.spbcfawl.org) is a volunteer bar association dedicated to advancing the professional status of women lawyers, promoting the rights of women generally, enhancing the visibility of women within the legal profession and within their communities, and creating and maintaining supportive networks among women in the legal and other professions. Members who primarily practice law in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth, Fla. uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promoting reform in law, and facilitating the administration of justice. Programming includes monthly luncheons with special guest speakers, receptions, social and special events held throughout the year.
“The past presidents of this chapter unanimously decided (without Robin’s input, of course) that Robin was an obvious choice for this award,” shared Ellen M. Leibovitch when introducing Bresky. A few words to describe Robin are authentic, driven, confident, respected, trusted, engaging, generous and inspiring. Her appellate and litigation acumen and track record, legal authority and advocacy, industry leadership and innovation, and giving back to the community make her stand out in our legal and civic communities.
In her thought-provoking remarks, Bresky reminded the audience of FAWL’s mission to create gender equality in the legal profession. “We are supposed to get the message out, and we are supposed to fix it,” shared Bresky. “As Sheryl Sandberg says in her book – Lean In…’whoever has the power, takes over the noun’. That’s why we still must point out and refer to the WOMAN president, the WOMAN judge, the WOMAN managing partner. We need to reach a point where the power is equal and we don’t need to identify the “WOMAN” in the role. FAWL exists because we are not yet where we need to be; we have not achieved gender equality.”
She continued to note that “it takes time for society to change, and clearly we have changed. Explicit bias is far less prevalent; it’s not gone, but it’s certainly better. In our legal profession, more women than men are graduating from law school, more women are in leadership positions, more women are on the bench. There are more women on the Florida Bar Board of Governors than ever before.”
Robin Bresky, founder of The Law Offices of Robin Bresky, is an elected member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, has served on its Appellate Court Rules Committee and is active in its Appellate Practice Section. She is a past president of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, Florida State FAWL and the South Palm Beach County FAWL chapter. She has also served three terms as chair for the Palm Beach County Bar Association Appellate Committee and two years on the Board of Directors. Bresky has served on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County since June 2007 and on the board of the Fourth District Court of Appeal (DCA) Historical Society since its inception.
Bresky received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to founding The Law Offices of Robin Bresky in April of 2000 to provide appeals and litigation support, she was a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office in Broward County. The Law Offices of Robin Bresky recently expanded its services to include estate planning, trusts and probate administration.
She is the 2019 event chair of the 10th Anniversary Project Nuremberg Lawyer Luncheon “Holocaust, Attorneys and the Power of Law” presented by Temple Beth El of Boca Raton in conjunction with the South Palm Beach County Bar Association and Lynn University. Proceeds benefit the Holocaust, Law and Jewish Ethics Programming at the synagogue.
To benefit the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County by raising South County awareness of the nonprofit and funds to support its services for victims of domestic and elder abuse, Bresky and her law firm started off the new year “in justice for all” with the inaugural BRESKY BASH at Mizner Park. The initiative recruited more than 60 civic, legal, corporate, nonprofit and community leaders to leave their comfort zone to perform and then lead a professionally choreographed first-ever “Community Dance for Justice” during a full day of family activities.
Recognizing the importance of balance in our demanding professional and personal lives, she founded the Attorney Wellness Exchange known as AWE (www.awe.law) with chapters in South and North Palm Beach County and Broward.
Event sponsors included Grand Benefactor Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC and Gold Sponsors BB&T; Greenberg Traurig, P.A and Joel M. Weissman, P.A.
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