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Three Supreme Court justices and 28 district court of appeal judges — including 10 of the 15 judges on the Second DCA — have filed for merit retention on the November general election ballot.

Candidates square off in state attorney, PD races
Floridians appear generally satisfied with their current state attorneys and public defenders, according to
campaign filing records from the Department of State Division of Elections.

Litigation will determine if four seats are appointed or elected
While some heaved a sigh of relief at not drawing any opposition for their trial court candidacies and others in contested races are gearing up their campaigns, hopefuls for four judicial seats remain in limbo.

Deadline nears for Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements
Now that the qualifying period is over, judicial candidates for Florida’s trial courts will be busy filling out The Florida Bar Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statement, which is a key part of The Florida Bar’s voter education efforts.

Are you really a civil law notary?

A recent check of The Florida Bar’s website showed that 2,721 individuals have included “civil law notary” in their online profiles as a service they can provide. 

Ralph DeMeoAnimal Law Section becomes a reality on July 1
After many years of pushing to become a section, The Florida Bar Animal Law Committee will officially enjoy being one on July 1.

Linda FieldstoneA new way to resolve 'high-conflict family law dynamics' for elders
What happens when mama is sick and dying, but her two daughters can’t agree on how to care for her, and their rift explodes to the point it’s harmful to mama?

Cloudy with a chance of confusion
One of the most confusing aspects of modern technology can be dealing with the “cloud,” that amorphous sounding digital land where the bits and bytes of your records go to await your beck and call.

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    June 1, 2016
    New Email Scam Alert!
    The Florida Bar is warning its members about yet another fraudulent email that is being distributed; this one with the subject “Florida Bar Complaint - Attorney Consumer Assistance Program.” Do not click on any links contained within the email and delete it immediately. It is suspected that this email contains a link to malicious software known as Ransomware. The fraudulent email bears the name of Bar President-elect William J. Schifino, Jr., on behalf of the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP), and it informs members that a complaint has been filed against their law practice. If you have any questions about Bar complaints, call ACAP at 866-352-0707. If a Bar complaint has been filed against a member, the Bar will not initiate contact with that member via email.

    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BAR young lawyers recently organized a paddleboard outing in association with The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s second annual “Health and Wellness Month” in May, designed to bring awareness to the mental and physical issues that affect lawyers’ quality of life.


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