From her a capella rendition of “Me and Bobby McGee,” to stories about riding on the back of a Harley at a judicial conference and adjusting to life away from the convent, former Chief Justice Rosemary Barkett had everyone laughing at the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual dinner.
Panel to lobby against direct filing of children
One of the Legal Needs of Children Committee’s top priorities for more than three years — and a key recommendation of its 12-year-old predecessor commission — was realized when The Florida Bar Board of Governors unanimously approved a legislative position to oppose the direct filing of children to adult criminal court in Florida.
E-filing help desk is fully staffed
The Service Desk for the Florida courts electronic filing system is fully staffed and operational and response time for most user calls has dropped from a few days to a few hours.
YLD Board of Governors Candidates' Platform Statements
Here are the platform statements for the 2014 candidates for The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Ballots for the election will be mailed around March 1 and must be returned no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 21.
Senior Lawyers Committee charts its course
Passing along professionalism standards and practice skills to younger lawyers. Finding a way to use lawyers who no longer represent clients but want to remain active in Florida Bar activities. Getting assistance with ever-changing technology. Those were among the many topics and suggestions raised at the initial meeting of the Bar’s new Senior Lawyers Committee.
Polston says court system employees are underpaid
Funding for Florida’s courts has stabilized, but judicial system employees still remain underpaid compared to other branches of government. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston made those and other points when he addressed the Bar Board of Governors at its January 31 meeting in Tallahassee.
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.
- Foundation continues to struggle with downturn in IOTA funds
- YLD donates to the Foundation
- Bar gets its clean audit
- Bar board considers trust account rules amendments
- Sarasota YLD takes top honors for civics education project
- YLD awards $50,000 to local affiliates for service projects
- Board eyes confidentiality, nonrefundable fees issues
- Red Mass set for Tallahassee
- Benchmarks aims to brighten citizens' civics IQs
- Bar recognizes AG Bondi
- Opinion allowing title companies to audit trust accounts revised
- Bar supports efforts to protect immigrants from being exploited
- Shuster & Saben donates dozens of toys
- 50-year senior counselors to be recognized
- Manuel & Thompson host mock trial for kids
- 2014 Judicial Nominating Commission nominations to be made
- Lepore petitions for reinstatement
- Bennett petitions for reinstatement
- Board of Bar Examiners has vacancies
- FBBE needs public members
- May appointments to be filled
- Alachua Value Adjustment Board needs special magistrates
- Amendments to the Family Law Rules of Procedure
- Amendments to the Rules of Judicial Administration
- Amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Proposed board actions
- Appointments to be filled in May
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Florida Bar Resources
Negotiability of Promissory Notes in Foreclosure Cases: Ballast Is Not Luggage
The negotiability of promissory notes in mortgage foreclosure cases is the subject of extensive litigation in Florida courts. The central issue is what instructions or undertakings on a note destroy its negotiability. Arguing against the negotiability of the note has of late become an important defense against foreclosure. If the note is not negotiable, and the plaintiff is not the original maker of the note, the plaintiff cannot establish standing merely by possession of the original
One woman in a wheelchair — excluded from a voluntary bar social gathering in a basement wine cellar without an elevator — sparked a strong directive from the Florida Supreme Court: All bar meetings must be accessible to all.
Bill would double jury size for life felonies
Size matters — when it comes to juries. Bills in the House and Senate to double the number of jurors from six to 12 in life-felony cases have favorably passed out of committees.
Florida teen is Britain's youngest barrister in more than 600 years
If there’s a down side to being an overachiever, when Gabrielle Turnquest was a 12-year-old high school student in Kissimmee, she was too young to date. When she was 14 and started taking college courses, she was too young to drive a car. When she made history at Liberty University in Virginia for receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology at 16, with plans to get her Ph.D. by 18, she soon learned no one would want to take clinical psychological advice from a teenager. And when she was studying law at The University of Law in London, she was too young to vote for president of the United States.
On the Move
Environmental and Land Use Law Audio Webcast Series
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Dates March 20, April 17, May 20, June 19. 12:00 noon - 1:00pm est
Evidence: A Family Law Practitioner’s Winning Game Plan
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: Friday, March 7, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm EST
B Hotel Walt Disney World Resort.
Medical Malpractice Seminar
Course Classification: Advanced Level, One Location: March 14, USF Health Continuing Professional Development
Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, Tampa.
The Art of Objecting: A Trial Lawyer's Guide to Preserving Error for Appeal
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation and Webcast: Friday, March 14, Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel.
Hot Topics in Evidence - 2014
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation and Webcast, March 21, Tampa Airport Marriott.
Advanced Health Law Topics and Certification Review 2014
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: Friday & Saturday, March 7 & 8, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.
Navigating the World of ADR
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood.
Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Symposium
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: Thursday, March 20 -21, Webcast Only: March 21, Hilton Tampa Downtown.
Advanced Trial Advocacy - 2014
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: May 13-17, University of Florida Levin College of Law.