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September 1, 2013
New Senior Lawyers Committee approved

All Florida lawyers are eligible to join

Florida lawyers are encouraged to join the Bar’s new Senior Lawyers Committee, after the Board of Governors approved procedures, goals, and a budget for the committee at its Amelia Island meeting.

Ray Abadin The board approved the recommendations of the Program Evaluation Committee in setting up the Senior Lawyers Committee, including that it will be open to all Bar members regardless of age, according to PEC Chair Ray Abadin.

Abadin said the Senior Lawyers Committee could eventually become a section and is initially set to meet at least twice a year during the Bar’s Annual Convention and Midyear Meeting, although it could meet more frequently.

According to information provided to the board, the goal of the committee is to “serve the interests and needs of the profession by fostering an interchange of ideas, sharing the accumulated knowledge and experience of its members, and addressing issues that are of particular significance to senior lawyers.”

To realize that goal, the committee will address issues particular to senior lawyers, pointing out benefits senior lawyers provide to the Bar and the community from their experience and wisdom, and helping senior lawyers in their choices of continuing or winding down their careers.

Board member Bill Davis said it’s important to emphasize that the Bar is not seeking to impose any extra scrutiny of senior lawyers through the creation of the committee.

A Bar survey of members 55 and over revealed their top four concerns were employment opportunities for senior lawyers, discounts on products or services, assistance on the sale or closure of a law practice, and help with technology.

Anyone wishing to serve on the new Senior Lawyers Committee may email Lani Fraser at The Florida Bar, lfraser@flabar.org by September 30.

[Revised: 07-20-2014]