“I am a new lawyer and the flat rate increase will truly be a disproportionate burden on young lawyers with smaller salaries.” — Jonathan Baker, Sarasota
“While the goal of providing legal aid to the poor is certainly laudable, let us not forget that the current economic malaise has not left our profession untouched.” — David Lazarovic, Miami
“Such funding should be voluntary, and tax deductible as a charitable gift.” — Angela M. Malloy, Boca Raton
“Charity is voluntary, or should be. The [petitioners] should not be tying it to our ability to practice law, particularly now, when the ability to practice law doesn’t seem to be worth very much on the open market, judging by all the unemployed and underemployed lawyers out there.” — Diane Cassaro, Jacksonville
Those were among the 25 comments — all against — received by The Florida Bar and included in the Bar’s response filed with the Florida Supreme Court August 13, in opposition to a pending member initiated petition that seeks to raise Bar fees for legal aid.
Rule would address contact with represented government officials
Does the right to redress grievances to government officials trump Bar rules prohibiting attorneys from contacting those represented officials about disputed matters or issues in litigation? The Bar Board of Governors is considering an amendment to Rule 4-4.2 (Communication With a Person Represented by Counsel) in the wake of a grievance case last year that upset the City, County and Local Government Law Section, Florida Association of County Attorneys (FACA), and lawyers who represent government entities. They have proposed an amendment to the rule and its comment.
Florida is 'far ahead of the curve' when it comes to e-filing
As it made plans about expanding and improving its e-filing services for the state courts, the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority also heard that its system is one of the most advanced and trouble- free for any state.
As soon as it looked promising that the lawyers for special-needs foster children legislation was going to pass, a group of attorneys got busy working on training materials.
Thunderdome Tallahassee trains legal aid leaders
To address the need for equal access to justice for low-income families and children, the Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association has launched Thunderdome Tallahassee, a hands-on legal group training program to provide education, mentoring, networking, and leadership to a new generation of lawyers serving Leon County.
Number of grads sitting for the bar expected to decrease
The number of law graduates who take the bar exam in Florida has risen about 75 percent in the past 20 years, but may fall off some in the future as applications to law schools decline.
- Lawyer-run program for foster children alters lives
- Governor appoints six to JNCs
- Bar Budget process to be reviewed
- Online career counseling available
- Contact info for local professionalism committees is now available
- USDC-MDFL Bar renewal period is about to close
- Bar's Tax Section honors Tiktin
- PDs honor Sen. Joyner
- Bar Aviation Law Committee influences aspiring aviators
- Video added to Vision 2016 story
- Attorneys who serve voluntary suspensions must notify clients
- Trial Lawyers Section increases its Foundation giving to $75,000
- Women lawyers group forms in Pasco County
- Bar YouTube winners announced
- FSU Law to host a screening and panel discussion of '15 to Life: Kenneth's Story'
- Justice Teaching at Bethune Elementary School of the Arts
- Civil jury instruction panel accepting applications
- Biennial Bar rules proposals
- Second DCA JNC applications being accepted
- 15th JNC applications being accepted
- Montaner petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Munoz petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Toledo petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Smith petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Suarez petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission vacancy
- Fifth DCA needs a judge
- Seventh Circuit has an opening
- Alachua County needs a judge
- Fourth Circuit needs a judge
Florida Bar Resources
Gregory W. Coleman: President of The Florida Bar
Surfing when the wind whips up big waves. Skiing behind a Mako fishing boat. Fishing, diving, swimming, and hanging out at the beach with friends.
When you’re a kid living on Singer Island north of Palm Beach, there are plenty of saltwater amusements. Teenaged Greg Coleman, with sun-bleached hair and a golden tan, knew that all too well. And he had the incriminating report card from The Benjamin School to prove it: straight C’s.
“Son, you need to curtail some of these activities, or I am going to find a place for you to go to school where you don’t have these distractions,” Bill Coleman warned his son....
165 lawyers earn board certification
The Board of Legal Specialization and Education congratulates the 165 lawyers who, in 2014, earned Florida Bar board certification, a designation that places them among the only group of Florida lawyers who may use the terms “specialist,” “expert,” or “B.C.S.” for board certified specialist when referring to their legal credentials. Board certified lawyers are “evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise.”
- Board of Governors endorses juvenile law certification area
- Education law certification panel pushes to increase its numbers
- RPPTLS executive council touts certification
On the Move
The Elder Law Litigator: Lover and Fighter
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: September 12, Boca Raton Resort.
6th Annual FUNdamentals: Moving Day! Moving into 2015 under the Affordable Care Act: Helping healthcare lawyers advise healthcare providers how best to position themselves under the Affordable Care Act
Course Classification: Advanced Level, One Location: Friday, September 19, Orlando Airport Marriott.
The Family Law Practitioner's Guide To Successful Planning, Taking, and Using Depositions
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: Thursday, October 2, Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel.
40th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, October 23-24, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.