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Michelle SuskauerSuskauer chosen president-elect designate
West Palm Beach attorney Michelle Suskauer has been chosen as president-elect designate of The Florida Bar. Suskauer will be sworn in as president-elect at the Bar's annual convention in Boca Raton on June 23, when current President-elect Michael J. Higer of Miami becomes president. Suskauer will begin her term as Bar president in June 2018.

Rep. Frank WhiteBill seeking information on lingering cases moves
Bills that would require the Florida Supreme Court to annually report for five years on cases that take longer than 180 days to decide after oral argument or otherwise become ready for decision have passed the House and cleared the first of four Senate committees.

Chief Justice LabargaJudicial Branch continues to pursue its funding priorities
While the Florida court system has a top priority of getting $22 million for technology improvements, it has several other goals for the 2017-18 state budget now being hammered out in the Legislature.

Bill SchifinoBar program offers online pro bono opportunities
Looking for a pro bono opportunity that won’t eat up your valuable time and is in your legal sweet spot? Well, here it is. The Florida Bar has partnered with a nationwide ABA program to provide online legal answers to low-income consumers, and Florida lawyers may sign up now to get involved.

Saving shelter dogsMiami lawyer uses his art to benefit abandoned pets
Stretching his paws under the shelter’s kennel gate, the lonely dog reached out for human contact. Miami lawyer Marcos Javier Garcia grabbed the paws in a kind grasp, at the same time he grabbed his camera for a shot that captures the bleakness of dogs abandoned at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Adoption and Protection Center.


Four elected to the YLD board, 15th Circuit runoff set

Four seats on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors were decided in March balloting, while one race resulted in a runoff.

How outsourcing and automation can benefit your firm and improve your work/life balance
PRI logoMost lawyers hire a CPA to do their taxes, but cannot imagine handing other routine tasks over to a professional outside of their office. Trying to do it all, especially if you are a solo practitioner, is a recipe for burnout and can result in costly mistakes.

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    April 1, 2017

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    BEGINNING APRIL 3, members are encouraged to log in to the Bar’s website and follow the instructions displayed, titled “Log in to the New MyFloridaBar,” to create a unique username and activate an account in the new system to more easily conduct e-commerce activities with the Bar.
    The Florida Bar is migrating to a new member portal that Florida lawyers will use to electronically interact with the Bar. The new MyFloridaBar portal will help members more easily conduct membership and e-commerce activities with the Bar. It will be phased in throughout the year, and will be used for the 2017 annual membership fee season. Members will receive an initial welcome email from the Bar explaining how the new system will work.

    Indications of interest in Bar executive director position are due March 31
    The Florida Bar’s Executive Director Search Committee has set a deadline of Friday, March 31, to indicate interest for the position of Executive Director to succeed its current executive director who has announced his upcoming retirement after 37 years in that position.


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    HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER and retired NBA basketball player Charlie Ward, along with the president of the Sarasota Bar and college football standout Keith DuBose, spoke at the Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture in Sports and Entertainment Law on the WMU-Cooley Law School, Tampa Bay campus.

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