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June 17, 2014

--The Florida Bar--

FLORIDA BAR OPPOSES FEE INCREASE TO FUND LEGAL AID -- Tallahassee Democrat,, June 17, 2014. [Also: LAWYERS ARE SERIOUSLY ASKING TO BE CHARGED HIGHER DUES -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription),, June 16, 2014; ATTORNEYS SEEK INCREASED FLORIDA BAR MEMBER FEES -- Miami Herald,, June 16, 2014; LAWYERS FILE PETITION TO BOOST BAR DUES TO AID THE POOR -- News Service of Florida (requires subscription),, June 16, 2014.]
In a teleconference Monday [June 16], Florida Bar President Eugene K. Pettis explained why the organization does not support a petition from 522 active members that the Florida Supreme Court amend Bar rules to permit a higher fee amount per attorney, but commended the group of attorneys for their efforts. “While we do not support this petition, we are all in on finding immediate and long-term solutions to address the problem. It’s something we have been doing and it’s something that we continue to do because it’s in the core of our mission,” Pettis said. The petition was filed Monday morning with the Supreme Court in Tallahassee and it seeks an increase in annual Bar membership dues of $100, with the money being directed to The Florida Bar Foundation for the purpose of providing legal aid to needy individuals and families. The petition cites the fact that funding from all sources for legal assistance to Florida’s poor has dropped to unsustainable levels. “It is important that we bring to the table all stakeholders in order to resolve this issue. An additional $100 on top of all that lawyers already contribute we do not believe is going to address the core of the problem,” Pettis said. Articles by The Associated Press and News Service of Florida were reprinted by several news outlets statewide.

--Legal Profession--

At the end of June, Sally Weintraub will end her 35-year run as a Miami-Dade assistant state attorney, a job largely devoted to convicting murders, robbers and child abusers. Several high profile cases, including the murder of foster child Rilya Wilson, bookend the long and accomplished career of a prosecutor who — at age 85 — has finally decided to retire after more than five decades practicing law in Florida. She joined The Florida Bar in 1962 and, at the time, Weintraub was one of the few female lawyers practicing in South Florida. She left a private firm after being snubbed for a promotion and then joined Legal Services of Greater Miami, where she represented indigent clients from South Miami-Dade in civil and criminal cases. After a few years, she started her own firm. Then-Dade State Attorney Janet Reno persuaded Weintraub to join the office in 1979. For now, Weintraub has no post-retirement plans other than to relax and play a little tennis.

BRAXTON GILLAM ON BEING JACKSONVILLE BAR PRESIDENT -- Jacksonville Daily Record,, June 16, 2014.
Milam Howard Nicandri Dees & Gillam shareholder W. Braxton Gillam IV reviewed his year as president of the Jacksonville Bar Association and said the association and the profession faced challenges that haven't changed for years, but faced some new issues as well. Gillam cited the growing partnership between the Bar association and Florida Coastal School of Law as one of the successes of 2013-14. Gillam will pass the gavel to 2014-15 President Troy Smith, a shareholder with Rogers Towers, Tuesday [June 17] during the association's annual summer judicial reception and swearing-in ceremony.

--Tech Tip Tuesday--

DELETE WHAT YOU JUST WROTE ON YOUR IPHONE -- The Florida Bar,, June 17, 2014.
Learn how to immediately delete what you just wrote on your iPhone by gentle shaking your device just once. For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.

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[Revised: 06-18-2014]