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Lenders who have had a foreclosure suit dismissed can bring new action if the borrower continues to default after the dismissal and the case is brought within five years of a nonpayment, according to the Florida Supreme Court.

All appellate jurists retained and voters decide 20 runoffs
Voters retained all three Florida Supreme Court justices as well as all 28 district court of appeal judges up for retention on the November 8 general election ballot and they also settled runoffs in nine circuit and 11 county court judicial races.

Court takes up attorney-client privilege
Can a law firm representing a personal injury client be compelled to reveal if it referred the client to a particular medical facility, how many past clients have been referred to that facility, and whether it has a “cozy” relationship with those medical providers? Or is that information protected by attorney-client privilege?

Michael HigerTime to apply for Bar committees
The annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Michael Higer are available at beginning December 1. As president-elect, Higer will make 500 or so committee appointments, and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from which to choose.

Justice PerryJustice Perry set to retire

Justice James E.C. Perry will retire from the Florida Supreme Court on December 30, and the court gathered December 7 to honor his service. “After over 16 years of proudly serving the citizens of the state of Florida, first as a circuit judge and currently as a justice of the Florida Supreme Court, I am constitutionally mandated to retire by the end of my current term,’’ Perry wrote in a letter delivered to the governor’s office.

Board of Governors nominating petitions are due December 15

Nominating petitions for the 2017 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All of the board positions are for two-year terms.

YLD board nominations now being accepted
Nominating petitions for positions on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15.

Leadership Academy provides many benefits
Many people think of the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Leadership Academy, as a group of vibrant, talented lawyers participating in a program designed to enhance their leadership skills. The Bar’s Leadership Academy is certainly that, but also much more.

Rep. George Moraitis, Jr.Rep. Moraitis uses his legal expertise to craft bills
This former submarine officer is a dirt lawyer. And he uses his real estate law experience as a state representative and ties to the Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section to craft bills.

Peter R. Palermo Program participants
U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE MARCIA G. COOKE of the Southern District of Florida visited St. Thomas University School of Law in November to speak to high school student participants in the Peter R. Palermo Program.

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    December 1, 2016
    Fraudulent email alert!
    The Florida Bar warns its members about a fraudulent email with the subject "The Office of The State Attorney Complaint" that is being distributed. 

    #LoveYourLawyerDay event
    MEMBERS OF THE TALLAHASSEE BAR ASSOCIATION (lawyers, judges, and FSU College of Law students) pose for a photo and video GIF shoot in front of the Leon County Courthouse celebrating the November 4 #LoveYourLawyerDay!

    Legal access gateway being tested

    The Florida Legal Access Gateway (FLAG) — an online system aimed at eventually helping anyone with any size legal issue — got its official launch October 20 at the Bar’s Fall Meeting and recognition that its pilot project is airborne.

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