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Clerks struggle with $22 million shortfall

‘The whole system that we as lawyers have come to expect is going to come to a grinding slow motion'

Bob InzerFrom one end of Florida to the other, customer service at 67 county clerks’ offices will suffer because of a budget deficit of $22.4 million for the current fiscal year ending September 30. Clerk employees are being laid off. Hiring is frozen. Those staffers lucky enough to keep their jobs will work harder with no raises.


Court rejects fee increase for legal aid
The Florida Supreme Court has declined — for now — to allow the Bar to increase annual membership fees in order to provide additional funding for legal aid through The Florida Bar Foundation. A split 4-3 court said July 9 that while Florida is facing a significant decrease in funding for legal aid and there is an urgent need for new solutions to ensure that every person has equal access to the judicial system, “because we believe this issue requires further study and a more comprehensive approach, we decline to adopt petitioners’ proposed amendment at this time.”



RJA panel rejects call for lawyers to indemnify clerks
A request from Florida’s elected clerks of court for a rule change giving them indemnification if confidential information winds up in online court records because of an attorney’s failure has been rejected by the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee.
Dissident says change is slow, but coming to Cuba

Jesus Gomez ManzanoTall, bald, distinguished — and wearing a guayabera shirt in a sea of business attire — René de Jesús Gómez Manzano, a defense lawyer and famous Cuban dissident, accepted a resolution from the International Law Section honoring his work to advance freedom and human rights in Cuba. Gómez Manzano accepted on behalf of others in Cuba “who are striving to defend human rights in our country.”


Opinion addresses 'cleaning up' clients' social media accounts
After some minor amendments, a proposed ethics advisory opinion addressing how lawyers before litigation can advise clients on “cleaning up” their social media accounts has been approved by the Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee.


Panel studying improper solicitation begins work
Jay CohenA special Bar committee looking at improper client solicitation by lawyers has set up two subcommittees and is seeking input from Bar members. Special Committee to Study the Unethical and Illegal Solicitation of Legal Business met during the Bar’s Annual Convention to pursue its charge of looking at potentially improper ways some lawyers are seeking business

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    Ramón A. Abadin: President of The Florida Bar
    The Florida Bar JournalSoot and smoke swirled in the engine room of the Langfitt, where young Ramón Abadin sweated in 120-degree heat as a “wiper” cleaning behind boilers. Abadin was glad to snag this job working on the 351-foot dredge boat at the mouth of the Mississippi River for two summers after freshman and sophomore years at Tulane University in New Orleans. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paid $15 an hour, big money for a kid working his way through college in the late ’70s. His Cuban-American parents in Miami couldn’t afford to send him away to college, so Abadin cobbled together tuition and living expenses with financial aid, a little scholarship money, and his own resourcefulness....


    August 1, 2015
    Veterans in Washington. D.C.

    THE HONOR FLIGHT SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER recently carried 65 World War II and Korean War veterans from Miami to Washington. Florida lawyer Rick Woolf, a Navy veteran of Vietnam, is a board member of HFSF, a nonprofit created to honor America’s WW II and Korean veterans.

    Donny MacKenzieMacKenzie leads the Foundation
    Jacksonville attorney Dominic C. “Donny” MacKenzie took office July 1 as president of The Florida Bar Foundation.









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