Two common complaints about the new e-filing system for Florida courts — difficulty in getting through to a statewide help desk and variations in filing procedures between counties — were addressed by the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority Board at its May 23 meeting.
Commission to study the future of the profession
President-elect Eugene Pettis has set up a special commission to spend the next three years studying the “future practice of law.” Called “Commission 2016: Comprehensive Study of the Future Practice of Law,” it has won approval in concept from the Program Evaluation Committee and was explained to the Bar Board of Governors at its May 31 meeting in Sarasota.
PD triage not good enough
“Meet and greet pleas” — where harried assistant public defenders meet defendants for the first time for a few minutes in the courtroom at arraignment and know nothing about the case except for arrest forms provided by prosecutors, yet are expected to counsel them about the state’s plea offers.
Gov. Scott vetoes civil legal assistance funds
For the third year in a row, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a legislative appropriation for the Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance program. Scott nixed $1 million for the program as part of his $368 million of line item vetoes when he signed the now $74.1 million 2013-14 state budget on May 20.
Email survey asking questions about the Bar Examiners is not a YLD project
Florida lawyers who receive an unsolicited email with the subject line “Short Survey of the Florida Bar Admissions Process” should be aware that it is NOT an official survey being conducted by The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.
Governor inks expert witness, med mal bills
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law HB 7015, regarding expert testimony, and SB 1792, dealing with medical malpractice litigation June 5.
- Davis' federal bench confirmation vote still on hold
- PEC reviews Bar's Latimer Center for Professionalism
- FLABOTA sets its convention
- Lorenzo appointed to the Foundation
- E. Robert Williams American Inn of Court visits English and Irish counterparts
- Survey finds parents like the idea of a lawyer in the family
- Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library host Law Day events
- Jordan, Smith honored with leadership awards
- Cohen Battisti hosts animal charity event
- Bilzin Sumberg partner raise funds for Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
- CFAWL, OCBA host networking, lifestyle enhancement program
- One Campaign renews South Florida effort
- Rumberger Everglades fellowship created at UF
- Bak Middle School of the Arts visits the Palm Beach County courthouse
- Florida Supreme Court Historical Society seeks trustee applicants
- Comp claims judges seek reappointment, applicants sought for Miami vacancy
- Judge Williamson seeks reappointment
- Greenfield petitions for reinstatement
- Santa Rosa County accepting special master applications
- Palm Beach County accepting special magistrate applications
- ABA House of Delegates appointments to be filled
- Amendments to allow magistrates to handle foreclosures
- Amendments to family law forms
- Judgments and decrees interest rate set
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Do you have a disaster management plan?
If you look at NOAA maps of the places in the U.S. that experience the most tornado strikes, you’ll see that Florida has a bullseye target over most of the state. Hurricanes almost always spawn tornadoes. The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun.
JACQUELINE C. LEDON, of Legal Services of Greater Miami, and her son participated in the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Section’s “Service Juris Day.”
Law loosens strings on kids in foster care
For most kids, playing sports, sleepovers with friends, and going to prom are normal parts of growing up. But for thousands of foster children in Florida, these activities that most kids take for granted are often out of reach.
2013 Ethical Challenges for the Environmental Lawyer and Consultant - Audio CD Only
(This presentation is also included in 2013 ELULS Annual Update Audio CD - 1616C), Course Classification: Intermediate, August 8.
Gideon's Golden Truth: Confronting The Justice Gap as Florida's Indigent Right to Counsel Turns 50
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Webcast Only: Thursday, June 27, 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Florida Law Update 2013
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Thursday, June 27, Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Annual Attorney Trust Officer Conference
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15, Golf Tournament: Thursday, June 13, The Beakers - 1 South County Road - Palm Beach
Introduction to the Practice of Consumer Law
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation, Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Annual Florida Bar Convention, Boca Raton Resort & Club.
AIM Mediation: Advocacy Impasse & Marketing
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, June 26, Boca Raton.
Basic Basics 2013
Course Classification: Basic Level, Live Presentation: Friday, May 31, Tampa Airport Marriott
Workers' Compensation Trial Advocacy Workshop
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: June 14-15, OJCC--Rhode Building * 401 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami