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Twenty-four speakers came to the microphone at the Bar’s September 18 public hearing on admission by motion with reciprocity for out-of-state lawyers and, when they finished speaking after almost two hours, the message was clear — they don’t like the idea.

Court orders private LRS overhaul
Lawyers who belong to private, for-profit lawyer referral services, such as 411-PAIN, 1-800-ASK-GARY, Injury Helpline, and Total Help, may have to leave those companies following a September 24 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court.

Court strikes rule on who may call themselves experts
A long-standing prohibition in Bar rules preventing non-certified lawyers from saying they specialize or have expertise in an area of law has been struck down by a federal judge.

Greg Coleman and AG Pam Bondi at the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice meeting
Greg Coleman and AG Pam Bondi at the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice meeting

Gwynne YoungHow to get businesses to care?
Access Commission struggles to engage private enterprise
How to persuade Florida’s business community to set aside “anti-lawyer perceptions” and fear of being sued by their employees — and understand that helping workers solve personal legal problems is good for business?

Panel begins making recommendations
In just 10 months since its creation by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice has proven it’s not just about talk — but working on taking concrete action.
Board of Governors nominating petitions are due December 15
Nominating petitions for the 2016 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All of the board positions are for two-year terms.

YLD nominations now being accepted
Nominating petitions for positions on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15.

16th Circuit Board of Governors Candidates' Platform Statements
Below are the platform statements for the two candidates -- Michael John Healy and Wayne LaRue Smith -- running for a vacant seat representing the 16th Circuit on the Bar Board of Governors. Ballots for this special election were scheduled to be mailed around September 25. Ballots must be returned by 11:59 p.m., on October 15.

Court presents its funding request
The judicial branch is again asking lawmakers to fund the second phase of its pay equity plan for court employees to address retention, recruitment, and equity problems.

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    The Florida Bar JournalShortly after a landlord and tenant enter into a commercial lease, bad blood develops between them. A dispute about the start of rent commencement culminates in an action for eviction over the nonpayment of rent. After the tenant answers the complaint, the landlord files a motion to determine the amount of rent due under the lease pursuant to F.S. §83.232 — par for the course in nonpayment of rent actions. F.S. §83.232(1) provides that in an eviction action...

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