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President William J. Schifino, Jr., and his family
WILLIAM SCHIFINO, JR., takes the oath of office with Chief Justice Labarga, as Schifino’s wife, Paola, holds the Bible, and daughters Amanda and Julia, and son Will witness the occasion.

Calling for a collaborative approach, Florida Bar President William Schifino, Jr., pledged to tackle challenges facing the profession head-on while listening to others. “As we travel this road together, we should never fear new ideas,” 56-year-old Schifino, the Tampa managing partner at Burr Forman, told those gathered at his swearing-in ceremony at the Bar Convention’s General Assembly.
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Michael J. HigerHiger becomes president-elect
Michael J. Higer of Miami became president-elect of The Florida Bar at its Annual Convention June 17 in Orlando. Higer is a partner of Berger Singerman’s dispute resolution team and is an experienced trial lawyer with a concentration in commercial litigation and civil trial work.

Access Commission seeks permanency
The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice has submitted its final report, summarizing its work for the last year and a half and making just one recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court: Don’t stop us now.

Chief Justice LabargaLabarga details the challenges ahead
Access to justice, court security, improved communications with the public about the justice system, and keeping the court system fair and accessible in an evolving world are challenges Florida courts will address in the coming years.


William HubbardFrom the Magna Carta to LegalZoom

Immediate past ABA President William Hubbard recently gave a talk to a Rotary Club in South Carolina on the rapidly changing legal marketplace.



Board to take up referral services at July meeting
Bar rule amendments that address for-profit lawyer referral services, online legal service providers, legal directories, and similar operations — and how lawyers interact with them — are set for a vote at the Board of Governors July 29 meeting in Miami Beach.


Katherine Hurst Miller and Arthur “Chris” Miller Miller leads the YLD
Educate. Advocate. Serve. Katherine Hurst Miller, the new Young Lawyers Division president, specified those three goals during her installation speech at the 2016 Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando. “You can help us educate, advocate, and serve.


'Technology has empowered the legal consumer'
During his year as president, Ramón Abadin was faced with a choice: engage Florida Bar members in a frank conversation or simply ignore the “transformative forces affecting our profession.”


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Ramon Abadin and Larry Smith
'Our grief, instead of having to be hidden, can be shared with the world'
Outgoing Bar President Ramón Abadin said he had known since his first day leading the Bar that Orlando attorney Larry Smith would be his choice to receive the Bar’s prestigious G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award for Smith’s long advocacy for equal rights on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.


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THE ANIMAL LAW SECTION hosted a booth at the Bar’s Annual Convention in Orlando so members could become more familiar with the Bar’s new section and meet therapy dog, Rikki, who assists crime victims at the courthouse and patients at hospitals.


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