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A proposed constitutional amendment to limit service of Florida’s Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges to two terms passed out of its third House committee February 4, in a 11-6 vote along party lines.

Sen. Joe NegronCourt system budget proposals released
The House and Senate appropriations subcommittees with oversight of the judicial branch budget unveiled their fiscal year 2016-17 funding recommendations in late January.

Chief Justice Jorge LabargaLabarga will serve second term as chief
Jorge Labarga became the first person of Hispanic descent to lead Florida’s judicial system as its chief justice. On July 1 he will become the state’s first chief justice to succeed himself in that office since the end of the Civil War.

Bar Center naming ceremony
THE TALLAHASSEE campus of The Florida Bar was named after longtime Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., center, in January. Also pictured at the dedication ceremony are President Ramón Abadin, left, and President-elect Bill Schifino.
Board of Governors Candidates' Platform Statements
Here are the platform statements for the 2016 candidates for The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Eleven candidates are running for four seats in the Second, 11th, and 17th circuits. Ballots will be mailed around March 1 and must be returned to the Bar’s election company before midnight March 21. As in past years, members will have the option of voting with a paper ballot or online. Instructions will be included with the ballots. If any of the races result in a runoff, those ballots will be mailed around April 1 and must be returned by April 22.

Florida's judicial pay lags behind big states
Florida may be the third largest state with a rapidly growing population, but its judicial pay is nearly unchanged from 10 years ago, and ranks lower than other large states.

Gordon GloverPanel to study bar exam and student internships
A new special committee with members of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, law school deans, the Bar, and Supreme Court justices has been created to look at issues related to the bar exam and law students serving as certified legal interns.

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    Blackwell wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award
    Within Bruce Blackwell beats a servant’s heart, nurtured from compassion shown to him when he was a small child. When he was 6 years old, his mother died of cancer. He has almost no memory of her, except lying beside her in her sick bed. When he was 11, his father was killed in an accident.


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