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Open hearing will explore reciprocity
The Florida Bar will host an open hearing for Bar members on Friday, September 18 at 1 p.m., at the Tampa Airport Marriott, with the goal of providing an opportunity for member feedback on admission by motion and reciprocity This forum will coincide with The Florida Bar Fall Meeting of Rules & Other Select Committees, September 16-19, and is part of the broader effort to discuss Vision 2016, a comprehensive study addressing the future practice of law across four key areas: Legal Education, Technology, Bar Admissions, and Access to Legal Services.

The clock is ticking: Clemency Project volunteers needed now
Nellie L. KingWhat do Valarie Bozeman of Pompano Beach, Nathaniel Brown of Orange Park, Mark Anthony Jones of Boynton Beach, Roy Larry Lee of St. Petersburg, Marlon McNealy of St. Petersburg, and Jeffrey Jerome Toler of Pensacola have in common? All are Floridians sentenced to life in federal prison for cocaine convictions, and President Obama commuted their sentences so they can be freed.

PDF/A to be the standard for all e-filed documents
In a move that will eventually have repercussions for lawyers when they electronically file documents with the court system, the Florida Courts Technology Commission has designated the document format known as PDF/A as the way electronic court records should be stored.

Gordon GloverYLD wants to change the certified legal intern rules

Law students who are ready to suit up and get some hands-on experience as certified legal interns are finding one particular hurdle standing in their way: Receiving their character and fitness clearance letters from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners is taking anywhere between six to nine months.

FCTC to create way for judges and lawyers to exchange proposed orders
With most circuits indicating an interest, the Florida Courts Technology Commission is asking that the statewide e-filing portal for the court system incorporate a way for judges and lawyers to exchange proposed orders.

Judge Steve LeifmanMiami Judge Leifman wins William H. Rehnquist Award
Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman has been named the National Center for State Courts’ recipient of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. Judge Leifman is being recognized for his work helping people with mental illnesses who are either in the criminal justice system or at-risk of incarceration.

John A. YanchunisFoundation to benefit from $500,000 cy pres award
An Orlando-based U.S. district judge presiding in the Middle District of Florida has approved a $10 million funded settlement in a case involving late-fee charges by Bank of America. As part of that settlement, the court directed a $500,000 cy pres award to The Florida Bar Foundation.

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    No Rachmones: The Dynamics of Florida’s Pay-to-Play Eviction Litigation
    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...

    September 1, 2015
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    Encouraged to Dream
    Foster children learn as Miami-Dade PD's 'Summer Scholars'
    In a state-of-the-art courtroom at the Stearns Weaver law firm in Miami, Davenson Cadet straightened his red bow tie, climbed up in the witness stand, and testified as a defense witness, while real judges wearing black robes presided over the mock trial. He was among a group of foster children, ranging in age from 11 to 18, who participated in the fifth year of the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Summer Scholars program that introduces students to the justice system and spotlights potential careers.

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    34th Annual Attorney Trust Officer Liaison Conference
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: Friday, August 28, - Saturday, August 29, Golf Tournament: Thursday, August 27, The Breakers Palm Beach.

    7th Annual FUNdamentals: Lawyers at the Bedside: The Intersection of Legal and Medical Ethics
    Course Classification: Advanced Level, One Location: Friday, September 18, Orlando Airport Marriott.

    Solving the Puzzles: Updates on Net Neutrality, Public Records, Negotiated Rules, and Cyber Security 
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Friday September 11, Tallahassee.

    Practice Before DOAH
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Friday October 2, Division of Administrative Hearings, Tallahassee.

    Effectively Litigating Employment Cases From Inception Through Trial
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Marriott West Palm Beach.

    Annual Ethics Update 2015
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: October 2, Tampa.

    How to Be an Estate Planning Wizard
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: Friday, October 9, Orlando.

    Basic Family Law 2015
    Course Classification: Basic Level, Live Presentation: Friday, October 30, Tampa Airport Marriott.

    Estate & Trust Tax Planning/Asset Protection: Tricks, Treats and Really Scary Things
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: Friday, October 23, Renaissance Tampa International Plaza.

    41st Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, October 22-23, The Florida Hotel & Conference Center, Orlando.

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