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When: Oct. 3, 2018
Noon - 1 pm
Where: Hilton Tampa Downtown
211 N Tampa St.
Tampa, Florida  33602
United States
Contact: 813-221-7777

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Please note: Due to overwhelming response, the Bench Bar Membership Luncheon is officially Sold Out! Additionally, we will be unable to accept any unregistered walk-ins for the luncheon so we can accommodate all paid non-members and currently registered members and guest speakers.

HCBA members may still attend the Judicial Reception beginning at 5:30pm but please register to attend via the website 


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan A. MacManus

Topic: Election 2018: Florida in the Spotlight Again!

Dr. Susan A. MacManus is a USF Distinguished University Professor Emerita in the Department of Government and International Affairs, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies.

MacManus received her M.A. from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. from Florida State University. For years, she directed the annual USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey—the state’s most extensive annual public policy survey of adult Floridians (

From 1998 to 2015, she served as political analyst for WFLA News Channel 8 (Tampa’s NBC affiliate). Beginning with the 2016 presidential election, she has been the political analyst for ABC Action News (Tampa’s ABC affiliate.) Since 2008, she has been a featured columnist on—a widely read Florida-based political website. She has appeared on every major broadcast and cable television and radio network and been interviewed by major newspapers in Florida, the U.S., and abroad. She is Florida’s most-quoted political scientist. MacManus is not affiliated with any political party. 

MacManus has authored or co-authored a number of publications on Florida politics, including Florida’s Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government, Politics in Florida, 4th ed., Young v. Old: Generational Combat in the 21st Century?, and Targeting Senior Voters. MacManus and her mother, Elizabeth, are the authors of two local Florida history books published by the University of Tampa Press: Citrus, Sawmills, Critters & Crackers: Early Life in Lutz and Central Pasco County and Going, Going, Almost Gone: Lutz-Land O' Lakes Pioneers Share Their Precious Memories. She co-edits a series with Dr. David Colburn (University of Florida) on Florida Politics for the University Press of Florida. She serves on the UF Bob Graham Center For Public Service Council of Advisors and on the Board of Directors of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Florida Citizenship. MacManus chaired the Florida Elections Commission from 1999-2003.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor

Abrahamson & Uiterwyk
The Bank of Tampa
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Brannock & Humphries
Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.
Dennis Hernandez & Associates PA
HCBA Trial & Litigation Section
Holland & Knight LLP
Wagner McLaughlin

Breakfast Bar
Burr & Forman

Coffee Break
Gunn Law Group, P.A.

Afternoon Break
Burnetti, P.A.

Adams & Reese
Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Greenberg Traurig
Paul | Knopf | Bigger
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta
Stetson University College of Law

GrayRobinson, P.A.
Gunn Law Group, P.A.
Hill Ward Henderson
Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP
Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Akerman LLP
Ansa Assuncao, LLP
Bajo | Cuva | Cohen | Turkel
Banker Lopez Gassler P.A.
Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig
Carlton Fields
Clark & Martino, P.A.
Curry Law Group, P.A.
de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.
Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A.
Law Office of Kevin J. Napper, P.A.
Ogden & Sullivan, P.A.
Older, Lundy & Alvarez
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell
Seacoast Bank
Shook Hardy & Bacon
The Suarez Law Firm
Thomas & LoCicero PL
Trombley & Hanes