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Prather, Schifino vie for Bar presidency

David C. PratherBoth are veteran Board of Governors members who have chaired key committees and understand the inner workings of The Florida Bar. Both are seasoned, board-certified lawyers rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, who have given back to their communities. And both want your vote for president-elect of The Florida Bar. Vying for
Bill Schifino, Jr.the opportunity to lead Florida’s more than 100,000 lawyers in 2016-17 are 49-year-old David C. Prather, of West Palm Beach, and 54-year-old Bill Schifino, Jr., of Tampa. Here’s a look at this pair of lawyers hoping to be sworn in as president of the Bar, following President-elect Ramón Abadin’s 2015-16 term.

20 elected to the Board of Governors, 11th and 16th circuit seats to be decided
Twenty lawyers have been elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors without opposition, while four others are contesting for two seats.

16 elected to the YLD board, 17 running for seats in five circuits
Sixteen lawyers have been elected to Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors of The Florida Bar without opposition, while 17 others are contesting for seats in five circuits.
Jonathon IsraelBar's Practice Resource Institute expected to debut in February
A new section of the Bar’s website geared to help Bar members with law practice office operations and to assist members’ use of technology to improve their practices has been previewed for the Board of Governors.

Portal's pro se tools to remain free
The Florida Courts E-Filing Authority has assured the Supreme Court that it has no plans to charge self-represented users of the under-development “Access to Justice tool” to prepare pleadings for filing in Florida’s courts through the portal.

Senior lawyers offer free retirement planning seminar
The Bar’s Senior Lawyers Committee is offering a complimentary seminar to lawyers of all ages and their firms on retirement, closing or merging firms, thinking about changing careers, or preparing for the future with effective succession planning.

Help shape the future of Florida's court system
Have a spare 10 minutes? That's the meager investment of your time it will take to help shape the future of Florida’s court system.

Committee preference forms available
Ramón AbadinRamón AbadinThe annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Ramón Abadin are available at As president-elect, Abadin will make 500 or so committee appointments, and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from whom to choose.

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    Premises Liability Revisited: The Law of Foreseeable Crimes Becomes Clearer and Murkier
    The Florida Bar JournalIn December 2009, The Florida Bar Journalpublished my article exploring the different paths taken by Florida’s appellate courts as to what constitutes a “foreseeable crime” for purposes of establishing premises liability. Back then, the Second District Court of Appeal had not weighed in on the issue, but in December 2013 the court staked out its position in Bellevue v. Frenchy’s South Beach Café, Inc., 136 So. 3d 640 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013). While the opinion adds clarity to Florida law by proclaiming a broad test of foreseeability within the Second District, it also muddies the waters when discussing the narrow test applied by the Third District, attributing that test to only two decisions that the opinion labels outdated or anomalous.

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    Greg Coleman and Barry Richard

    BAR PRESIDENT GREG COLEMAN, left, confers with Bar outside counsel Barry Richard after the board’s vote to withdraw the past results guidelines at its December 12 meeting in Amelia Island. Coleman also said it’s time to review other parts of the Bar’s advertising program, including the requirement that most ads be submitted to the Bar for review before they are published or aired.
    Bar drops past results guidelines for attorney ads
    Billboards that tout amounts that clients have won in lawsuits are again permissible for lawyers to use in television, radio, and indoor and outdoor display advertising. The Bar Board of Governors, following a federal judge’s ruling and results from a Bar-sponsored survey, have dropped advertising guidelines that said it was inherently misleading to use past results in those ads. These ads, however, must still be objectively verifiable and make no material omissions.

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