Location: Lauderdale Yacht Club 1725 SE 12th St. Fort Lauderdale FL 33316
The Honorable Judge Towbin Singer
Judge Michele Towbin Singer was born and raised in South Florida. She graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and received her juris doctorate from Boston University School of Law. She passed the bar exams in Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio.
Her work experience includes practicing corporate and securities law as well as family and criminal law. She was an assistant public defender for eighteen years where her experience included being a training attorney responsible for supervising and teaching attorneys new to criminal circuit court. She also litigated in juvenile and county court.
She was elected as a circuit court judge in 2006 where she presided over drug court, mental health court and in felony criminal court. The Drug Court of Broward County has been changing the lives of thousands upon thousands of criminal offenders for the better. The drug court of Broward opened in the summer of 1991 and remains a treatment court. That is, it focuses on addressing the client’s drug addiction and its underlying causes as an alternative to prison. In addition to her work in court, Judge Towbin Singer is very active in the community. She is an adjunct professor at the St. Thomas University School of Law where she teaches trial advocacy as well as a judicial internship class. She is on the Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts. She is a member of the NADCP and FACDP as well as on the board of Governors of the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse. She also loves to host school tours of the courthouse where students can observe trials and other hearings as well as participate in a mock trial or watch an interactive crime scene presentation. Judge Towbin Singer continues her commitment to our youth by being on the board of directors of Harmony Development Center, a nonprofit organization that provides services to troubled and at risk youth and families in Broward County.
Location: Judith Kolva's Home 2500 East Las Olas Boulevard, Penthouse 8
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
In a placid, suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon they become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But they carry with them a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo. Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.