Join us for a special January Hot Topic as we kick off our Centennial year with guest speaker Secretary of State Laurel Lee. Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis as Florida's 36th Secretary of State and began serving in February 2019. Secretary Lee previously served as the Circuit Court Judge in Florida's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. She was appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Rick Scott in 2013 and re-elected without opposition in 2014. Prior to serving as a Judge, Secretary Lee was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida where she initiated and prosecuted a wide range of criminal offenses. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Secretary Lee worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Middle District of Florida and as a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge James S. Moody, Jr. She previously practiced law at Carlton Fields, P.A. in Tampa where she specialized in antitrust and complex business litigation. The Secretary of State is Florida's Chief of Elections, Chief Cultural Officer and the head of the Department of State. This Hot Topic will be in a special event space, next door to our usual venue at Four Points by Sheraton and operated by them. It's called Bricks and Brass, at 320 W. Tennessee Street. Some of you may know it as the old Mays-Munroe building, recently renovated. Parking is in the lot we normally use behind the main Four Points building. Just walk around to the front of the building for the entrance. Because parking is at a premium in the evenings, carpooling is encouraged!