Terms for a $6 million loan to the financially strapped Florida Bar Foundation have been approved by the Bar Board of Governors. The board at its July 25 meeting in Palm Beach approved the loan terms recommended by its Investment Committee, which include that the loan can be secured by the Foundation’s IOTA revenues.
Family Law Section to weigh in on same-sex divorce in Florida
Can a lesbian couple married in another state get a divorce in Florida? The Family Law Section has been given permission by the Bar Board of Governors to file an amicus brief in an appeal of 13th Circuit Judge Laurel Lee’s order, where she said she lacked authority under the Florida Constitution and state law to grant divorces to same-sex couples.
Should judicial candidates personally solicit funds?
The U.S. Supreme Court has asked The Florida Bar to respond to an appeal that challenges the judicial canon prohibiting in-person solicitation of campaign contributions by judicial candidates.
Ft. Lauderdale attorney Adele Stone mused on the irony of grumblings about there being too many lawyers, while most of the legal needs of the poor and middle class go unmet. Board of Governors member Lanse Scriven talked about 14 states that now use a common bar exam, and a person passing the exam can get a license in any of those states. And in Toronto, he said, Walmart is offering legal services.
How are local professionalism panels working?
“It works because we care, and we let them know we care.” West Palm Beach attorney David Prather identified that as the key to the 15th Circuit’s Local Professionalism Panel, set up under the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism’s plan to have a local means of addressing lawyers’ professional conduct.
Proposed 'past results' advertising revision on hold until December
“A proposal to revise the Bar’s guidelines on using past results in lawyer advertisements has been delayed until at least december. Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics Chair Carl Schwait told the Board of Governors last month that the committee was reluctant to change the guidelines because they had already been modified once since they were adopted last December.
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE FRED LEWIS, right, and Annette Boyd Pitts, left, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association, received the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education.
- Ex parte communication in a criminal case is a poor idea
- Morton wins Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award
- Animal Law Section recognizes Barroso
- Allende appointed to the ABA House of Delegates
- Revamped Speakers Bureau needs volunteers
- Jax's Drysdale named Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year
- Cooley pro bono bankruptcy clinic to assist Tampa clients
- Cooley assists A Kid's Place
- Schifino leads Hillsborough County Bar Foundation
- Lane nominated to lead the Tax Section
- PILS turns 25
- Isom wins Judge William M. Hoeveler Award
- Death sentence reviews are automatic, even if it's against the client's wishes
- Awards bestowed at Henry Latimer Inclusion Luncheon
- Biennial Bar rules proposals
- Second DCA JNC applications being accepted
- 15th JNC applications being accepted
- U.S. 11th Circuit to amend its rules
- Foster petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Russell-Love petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Toledo petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Smith petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Suarez petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Proposed Family Law Rules amendment
- Amendments to criminal jury instructions
- Ninth Circuit JNC to fill a circuit opening
- Fifth DCA needs a judge
- 10th JNC to fill a Polk County opening
- Seventh Circuit has an opening
- Alachua County needs a judge
- Fourth Circuit needs a judge
Florida Bar Resources
Gregory W. Coleman: President of The Florida Bar
Surfing 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....
A dozen years later, a cause to celebrate
The hard-fought battle and long wait to give children lawyers in dependency court was cause for celebration at the Legal Needs of Children Committee meeting. The Legislature passed and Gov. Scott signed into law a $4.5 million appropriation and statutory authorization for lawyers to assist the most vulnerable children with special needs in five categories.
JUDGE CYNTHIA NEWTON of Clearwater fulfilled a dream when she braved choppy waters and gusty winds to complete her first Ironman competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
On the Move
The Elder Law Litigator: Lover and Fighter
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: September 12, Baca Raton Resort.
6th Annual FUNdamentals: Moving Day! Moving into 2015 under the Affordable Care Act: Helping healthcare lawyers advise healthcare providers how best to position themselves under the Affordable Care Act
Course Classification: Advanced Level, One Location: Friday, September 19, Orlando Airport Marriott.
The Family Law Practitioner's Guide To Successful Planning, Taking, and Using Depositions
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: Thursday, October 2, Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel.