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Professionalism panels are active, but use is still sparse

Justice LewisMost circuits around Florida have set up local professionalism committees to review complaints against lawyers, but only a few have actually received any complaints, according to reports filed with the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism.

Professionalism standards letter for distribution to clients in the works
A letter that Florida lawyers can voluntarily give to clients informing them about the Bar’s professionalism standards and the professionalism enforcement system may soon be available.

Gray's mission was to 'destroy everything segregated'
Fred GrayEducated at a Northern law school at a time Southern states provided African-Americans tuition to study law out of state so as not to integrate their own law schools, Fred D. Gray could not wait to return to Alabama and, “Destroy everything segregated I could find.”

Gov. Scott appoints 27 to judicial nominating panels
Gov. Rick Scott in July made 27 appointments to nine judicial nominating commissions. “I am proud to appoint these 27 individuals across the state to faithfully serve Florida families,” Scott said. “I am confident that they will select judicial nominees who will serve with humility while respecting the rule of law.”

Governor rejects two Bar slates of JNC nominees
Gov. Rick Scott rejected two slates of judicial nomination commission nominees submitted by the Bar. Scott asked the Bar to submit a new slate of nominees for the 15th Circuit JNC and the Second District Court of Appeal JNC.

Sandy SolomonWho should makes the rules?
“So who died and made you boss?” Rules of Judicial Administration Committee member Sandy Solomon quoted that favorite saying of his mother as he summed up reaction to activities of a subcommittee he chairs. The subcommittee is charged to look at how much rules of procedure for different areas of law can be consolidated into the Rules of Judicial Administration.

Business Law Section helps pass 'green' corporations bill
Business organizations can now convert, merge, or form as a “benefit corporation” or a “social purpose corporation.” The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section was heavily involved in the passage of this law during the recently completed legislative session.

Educating the public is key to professional independence
Joe HatchettThe best way to guarantee the independence of the American lawyer is to help develop the public’s understanding of, and respect for, the courts and the ideal of judicial independence.

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    Gregory W. Coleman: President of The Florida Bar
    The Florida Bar JournalSurfing when the wind whips up big waves. Skiing behind a Mako fishing boat. Fishing, diving, swimming, and hanging out at the beach with friends.

    When you’re a kid living on Singer Island north of Palm Beach, there are plenty of saltwater amusements. Teenaged Greg Coleman, with sun-bleached hair and a golden tan, knew that all too well. And he had the incriminating report card from The Benjamin School to prove it: straight C’s.

    “Son, you need to curtail some of these activities, or I am going to find a place for you to go to school where you don’t have these distractions,” Bill Coleman warned his son....

    August 1, 2014
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    PERENICH, CAULFIELD, AVRIL & NOYES in the Tampa area recently gave back to the community of Ponce De Leon Elementary through its Summer Read & Play Project.

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