As electronic filing for attorneys through the Florida courts’ statewide portal is expanding to include criminal cases, officials are looking at the next group to be granted e-filing access – pro se litigants. The Florida Courts Technology Commission at its recent meeting voted to recommend that once e-filing is expanded to all lawyers involved in criminal cases that the next group to receive access be pro se parties.
Committee preference forms are online
Push for house counsel participation underway
The annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Greg Coleman are available at floridabar.org.
Greenberg Traurig rolls out new grad residency program
Would you board a jet knowing it’s the rookie pilot’s first trans-Atlantic flight with passengers? Would you want your loved one, who is suddenly slurring her speech and feeling dizzy, to see the newbie who graduated No. 1 in his medical school class, but had never treated a patient before? Would you trust your important legal issue to the fresh-faced graduate just out of law school, with no real hands-on experience?
Nominating petitions for the 2014 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 16. All of the board positions are for two-year terms.
YLD nominating petitions now being accepted
Nominating petitions for positions on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 16.
Animal Law Committee pursues section status
The leadership of the Bar’s Animal Law Committee has set its sights on becoming a section and is asking those interested in the field to show their interest in the formation of an Animal Law Section.
Innocence Project of Florida's work frees another innocent man
For the first time in almost a decade, Cheydrick Britt said he is looking forward to celebrating the holidays, his heart full of gratefulness and joy. “Thank God for DNA,” said Britt, of Tampa, who was wrongfully convicted of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation in May 2004, and spent more than nine years in prison on a 30-year sentence.
Track bills on The Florida Bar's website
The 60-day annual legislative session in Tallahassee can seem a confusing, rushed, and hectic mishmash of activity.
- Supreme Court remembers England
- Barkett to receive FSCHS lifetime achievement award
- First DCA wins Davis Productivity Award for tech work
- Court weighs in on traffic court rules and incriminating evidence
- Lawyer suspended for unprofessional conduct
- Florida foster youth shine at the Capitol
- Minority business lawyers gather for litigation seminar
- Practitioners learn the ins and outs of legal malpractice
- YLD doles out $25,000 in grants
- Ave Maria's Dean Milhizer to step down on July 1
- Leach named Orange County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
- USDC-SDFL attorney renewal fees due
- Court amends how new circuits are determined
- Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida elects new officers
- Selig Goldin Memorial Award Nominations sought
- Foundation seeks director applications
- 2014 Judicial Nominating Commission nominations to be made
- Amendments to criminal case jury instructions
- Amendments to rules dealing with Court Appointed Parenting Coordinators
- Amendments to the Probate Rules
- Amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure
- Adorno petitions for reinstatement
- Proposed UPL advisory opinion concerning Medicaid planning activities by nonlawyers
- UPL hearing for Goldberg formal advisory opinion request
- Ninth Circuit has a judicial opening
- Hillsborough County needs a judge
- 17th Circuit JNC to fill a circuit vacancy
- Fifth Circuit JNC to fill a Hernando vacancy
- Compensation claims judges needed in Ft. Lauderdale and Melbourne/Sebastian
Florida Bar Resources
A Civil Litigator’s Guide to the Privilege Against Self-incrimination in Florida’s State and Federal Courts
When Hal Litchford reviewed decisional trends concerning the privilege against compelled self-incrimination in civil litigation for The Florida Bar Journal in 1983, the invocation of that privilege was an infrequent concern to many civil practitioners. On the rare occasion the privilege was asserted in civil proceedings, the effect depended on which party asserted it. At the time, the Florida Supreme Court had a precedent of automatic dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims when the plaintiff asserted the privilege. Such consequences were often prefaced with the tenet that a litigant was not entitled to both silence and a lawsuit...
For Robert Stines, dealing with difficult clients and facing tough judges in the courtroom are easier than it used to be. “I remember someone saying, ‘Once you walk into a ring with someone who wants to rip your head off, life becomes so much simpler,’” said Stines, a lawyer and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. “I don’t know if that’s it, but it really has helped me maintain even stress levels. My mood is so much better and things that used to bother me don’t anymore.”
Bar's health insurance exchange is signing up members
Florida lawyers who want to obtain health insurance through The Florida Bar’s private health insurance exchange by February 1 must have their applications completed by January 15. Those wanting to have health coverage take effect on January 1 had to have completed the registration process by December 15.
On the Move
Annual Civil Trial Update and Board Certification Review Seminar
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation and Webcast: February 17-18, Tampa Airport Marriott.
Advanced Appellate Practice and Certification Review 2014
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: Thursday, January 16, 2014, Tampa Airport Marriott.
Representing the Physician 2014: Hot Topics
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: Friday, January 17, 2014, Hyatt Regency Orlando Convention Center.
Annual Civil Trial Update and Board Certification Review Seminar
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: February 17-18, 2014, Tampa Airport Marriott.
Practicing Before the Legislature
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Friday, January 31, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, The Capitol Building, Tallahassee.
Appealing Administrative Action Under the Administrative Procedure Act
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Webcast and Live Presentation: Friday, January 24, 2014, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.
Conquering The Technology Curve
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, January 24 - 25, 2014.
Emerging Trends on the Development Front for Environmental,
Land Use and Real Estate Practitioners
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation and Webcast: January 31, Tampa Airport Marriott.
Advanced Federal Practice - 2014
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: January 31, Hilton Miami Downtown.