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Florida lawyers call for change

Lanse ScrivenTear down the anti-reciprocity wall that keeps Florida lawyers from practicing in other states without taking that state’s bar exam — and vice versa. Change the curriculum so law students receive more practical hands-on experience, rather than just learning to think like lawyers.

Howard CokerPanel to study unethical solicitation
Former Bar President Howard Coker will chair a new Bar special committee charged with investigating unethical solicitation of potential clients by lawyers and law firms. The Board of Governors at its October 24 meeting unanimously approved the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee to create the Special Committee to Study the Unethical and Illegal Solicitation of Legal Business.

Judicial branch's top budget request: employee pay raises
PK JamesonWhen Chief Justice Jorge Labarga outlines his goals, rising to the top is securing cost-of living raises for court employees and judges who have gone without for more than seven years. “We have judicial assistants who, in Miami where the cost of living is much higher, were actually being helped with food stamps,” Labarga said, of many court support staff whose salaries hover around the $30,000 mark.
Board of Governors nominating petitions are due December 15
Nominating petitions for the 2015 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All of the board positions are for two-year terms.

YLD nominations 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 15.

Bar gears up tech plans to assist membership
Greg ColemanBar President Greg Coleman is kicking into high gear his program to help Bar members with technology. He gave an overview during the Member Benefits Committee and the Special Committee on Technology/Office Tools & Resources meetings at the Bar’s Fall Meeting October 16 and 17 in Tampa.

All DCA judges retained, judicial runoffs decided
All of the district courts of appeal judges on the November ballot were retained by voters, and the general election also resolved several outstanding circuit and county court runoff elections set up by the August primary balloting.

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    Animal Law in Florida: Here and Now
    JournalThe Florida Bar Animal Law Committee (ALC) is pleased to present this special issue of The Florida Bar Journal. While the Journal is no stranger to the subject and has published a number of articles in recent years, the growth in awareness of and interest in animal law from attorneys, law students, law schools, and the public has increased exponentially in recent years. Of course, the first question that is often asked by those who are unfamiliar with the ALC and animal law is “what is animal law?”

    November 15, 2014
    Minority Mentoring Picnic participants
    ON A SUNNY SATURDAY at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah, law students, lawyers, and judges from across the state gathered to support minority mentoring in the profession and participated in outdoor activities. Bar President-elect Ramón Abadin described the family-friendly event as “just wonderful.”

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