Lawyers who have ignored the Supreme Court administrative order to electronically file their court documents could soon find their paper filings rejected. But if they’ve been reluctant to do electronic filing because they’ve had trouble getting advice, the good news is an expanded help desk for the Internet portal that handles electronic filing for Florida courts likely will be up and running in December, about two months ahead of its initial schedule.
Are problem-solving courts the answer?
Drug addicts. Alcoholics. People with serious mental illnesses. Homeless veterans. They wind up in Florida’s courts and are locked behind bars, not for being a danger to society, but because there is nowhere else for them to go.
- Stop treating mental illness as a crime
- Drug courts: twice the bang for half the bucks
- Our veterans need help
Members are taking advantage of the Bar's health insurance exchange
More than 2,000 Florida Bar members have completed the initial registration process to participate in the Bar private health insurance exchange that was launched October 1.
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.
Governor: New federal flood insurance plan could be disastrous for Florida
George D. Shaeffer, a disabled retiree, does not live on waterfront property, but he has seen the flood insurance rates on his 900-square-foot house in Redington Beach, a barrier island in Pinellas County, climb from $2,171 to $15,946 a year.
Lobbyists: Get your paperwork in order
With a clear mandate from the Senate president and House speaker, the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee hurriedly passed guidelines November 4 on how lobbying firm compensation reports should be filed and audited.
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.
- Public members give board a different perspective
- Diversion to Disbarment, the Florida lawyer discipline system
- January Solo and Small Firm Conference Focuses on technology
- House examines state and federal standards for summary judgment
- Community association managers take UPL issue to the Legislature
- Free Benchmarks seminar set for Winter Meeting
- Tomasino sworn in as Supreme Court clerk
- Bar Foundation seeks Medal of Honor Award nominations
- Online career counseling available
- UF's Bennett Inn nationally recognized
- Judgment and decrees interest rate set
- Anti-Defamation League sets jurisprudence lunch
- Board to examine referral services, ad rules, and technology
- Selig Goldin Memorial Award Nominations sought
- Justice Teaching in West Palm Beach
- Judicial Management Council position available
- Board to make Foundation appointment
- 11th Circuit Judicial Conference position available
- Foundation seeks director applications
- U.S. 11th Circuit to amend rules
- Jury instruction panel needs members
- 2014 Judicial Nominating Commission nominations to be made
- Amendments to the Rules of Judicial Administration
- Amendments to Conference of Circuit Court Judges bylaws
- Amendments to rules pertaining to the need for new judges and redefining circuits and districts
- Amendments concerning e-filing and e-service
- 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
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...
Intermittent rain and shine did little to dampen spirits at the 10th Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah November 9.
Committee preference forms available December 1
The annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Greg Coleman are available on The Florida Bar’s website December 1 at floridabar.org.
The Florida State University College of Law is accepting applications from college juniors at Florida State as part of a new 3 + 3 program. Under the recently approved program, students who meet certain admission requirements can complete a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years rather than the traditional seven, saving a year of time and costs.
On the Move
Practicing with Professionalism Fall 2013
Course Classification: Basic Level, Live Presentations (10 locations): through December 12, Miami * Orlando * West Palm Beach * Tampa * Tallahassee * Jacksonville * Ft. Lauderdale * St. Petersburg.
Annual Civil Trial Update and Board Certification Review Seminar
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation and Webcast: February 17-18, Tampa Airport Marriott.
Probate Law: Essential Issues and Development
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: Friday, December 6, Ft. Lauderdale.
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.
Administrative Law Audio Webcast Series: Ethics for Constitutional Officers
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Audio Webcast Presentation Dates: December 4, 2013 -- 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm EST, January 8, 2014, and February 5, 2014, -- 12:00 noon - 1:15 pm EST
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.