Florida courts will soon have more money and a new law to attack the state’s backlog of mortgage foreclosure cases, assuming Gov. Rick Scott signs the two measures.
Magistrates to help move foreclosures
To help address the state backlog of more than 350,000 mortgage foreclosures, the Supreme Court approved an amendment to the Rules of Civil Procedure to allow general magistrates to hear those cases.
Clerks budget removed from direct legislative oversight
Florida’s county clerks of courts will no longer be under direct legislative budget oversight, if Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill approved by the Legislature. SB 1512, passed in a package of appropriations-related legislation, ends the practice begun in 2009 of having the clerks’ court-related budgets reviewed as part of the broader budget for the state court system.
Med mal bill awaits governor's signature
A bill limiting the pool of expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases and giving defendants earlier access to the plaintiff’s health care providers has cleared the Legislature.
Fee statements are on the way
Florida Bar members are now receiving their 2013-14 fee statements, reflecting no increase in annual fees, which are payable July 1 and late after August 15.
Technology seminars take center stage at Bar convention
Need to get up to speed on everything “E”? The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention June 26-29 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club has what you need, especially on June 26, when technology-centric seminars are featured throughout the day.
Wells publishes his account of Bush v. Gore
Much has been written about the contested 2000 presidential election on the brink of a constitutional crisis, but now we hear from Charley Wells, the chief justice when the eyes of the world focused on the Florida Supreme Court.
- Bar names 59 Leadership Academy fellows
- Pershing to direct the Foundation's legal assistance to the poor grants
- Josefsberg to receive Foundation Medal of Honor
- Bar offers 15 free online office management CLEs
- Board approves probate changes
- Loranzo appointed to the Foundation
- Seminar will introduce attorneys to the practice of consumer law
- Seminar will teach lawyers how to teach civics education
- West Pasco Bar hosts 'Ask a Lawyer'
- Smith wins ABA diversity award
- Stone to lead Florida Coastal
- Red Mass slated for Ft. Lauderdale
- Martin County FAWL hosts Judicial Panel
- Broward Legal Aid honors GrayRobinson
- Florida JAG officers train in NJ
- HAWL gives students a tour of the courthouse
- Tax Section honors Calfee
- Palm Beach Bar organizes a Shadow-a-Judge Program
- Vernis & Bowling lends a hand to Habitat for Humanity
- Florida Supreme Court Historical Society seeks trustee applicants
- Comp claims judges seek reappointment, applicants sought for Miami vacancy
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Florida Bar Resources
Picking Cotton: Ordinary Business Records Doctrine as Applied to Insurer’s Privilege Claims
The revised opinion of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in State Farm Florida Ins. Co. v. Aloni, 101 So. 3d 412 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012), illustrates the conflict among Florida’s district courts in analyzing the application of privileges to an insurer’s claim file in a coverage action by an insured. Courts uniformly recognize that work product must be produced “in anticipation of litigation” for an attorney work product privilege to arise; however, Florida courts have differed in their analysis of that standard in the context of defining when an insurer’s claim file is subject to discovery in a coverage action....
Measure dealing with the sentencing of juveniles dies
When the hankies dropped signaling the end the legislative session, measures to amend the sentencing laws for juveniles who commit murder or other serious crimes ended for the year.
THE FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT-ELECT EUGENE PETTIS urged University of Florida Levin College of Law graduates at their commencement May 10 to build careers based upon service to others, to be courageous, and to make sacrifices for what they know to be right.
Making a difference one bike at a time
Joe’s business started with just a few goats. Every day he delivered five liters of milk to customers in his small village in the Republic of Zambia in southern Africa. Months later, Joe owned a herd of goats, employed four people, and produced enough milk to supply his and several neighboring villages.
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