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FLA logoIn the 12 plus years that I have been working with attorneys, and other members of the legal community, I have come to discover the dearth of coping skills available to them in dealing with the increasing pressures of practicing law. Filled with self-deprecating thoughts, they all-too-often find themselves retreating into the dark abyss of depression.

Hilarie BassMiami's Bass to lead the ABA
Hilarie Bass of Miami assumed the role of president-elect of the ABA at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Bill SchifinoBoard sets priorities
With six action items for the coming year, the Board of Governors has approved the Bar’s 2016-19 strategic plan. President Bill Schifino presented the plan at the board’s July 29 meeting and said the annual strategic planning retreat, held last April, did not make any changes to the five main objectives of the strategic plan but did identify six issues that could be addressed immediately by the board.
Former prosecutor takes on clemency case

All across the United States on August 3 around 1:30 p.m., 214 inmates were summoned from their cells in federal prisons and taken to rooms to wait for phone calls. They weren’t told why, and usually phone calls bring bad news — like the death of a family member. But this time, the news was good: “You’re going home.”

Gov. ScottGov. Scott encourages Floridians to apply for the Constitution Revision Commission
Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Governor’s Office will begin accepting applications for the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.

Guide for Florida VotersGuide for Florida Voters now available in Spanish
The Guide for Florida Voters, an informative brochure about judicial elections in the state, is now available in Spanish (Guía para los Votantes de la Florida) through the Cuban American Bar Association.

Rep. Edwards delves into criminal issues affecting kids
Katie EdwardsAs a former executive director of the Dade County Farm Bureau, Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Sunrise, might seem an unlikely prospect to lead the charge for reforming laws under which juveniles can be charged as adults — also known as direct filing — in criminal court.

Bar eyes expanding house counsel rule
Attorneys admitted or otherwise authorized in other countries could act as authorized house counsel for
companies located in Florida under Bar rule amendments approved by the Board of Governors.

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    September 1, 2016

    Charles D. Michel and Claudia Michel/Kyle Niemi/Coast Guard
    Adm. Charles Michel and his wife, Claudia
    Florida lawyer earns his fourth star
    Florida Bar member Charles D. Michel was promoted to the rank of four-star admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard. As vice commandant, Michel oversees the Coast Guard’s operations, strategic development, organizational governance, and management of the service’s more than 58,000 employees and 30,000 volunteers.

    Three Florida Supreme Court justices lead the list of 31 appellate jurists who will be on the merit retention ballot November 8, and in-state members of The Florida Bar soon will be asked their opinions of those up for retention.

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