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Not every lawyer has the luxury of being able to walk down the hall to consult with a colleague when a perplexing legal question arises. But that doesn’t mean they have nowhere to turn for help. Since 2013, The Florida Bar, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division, has offered Lawyers Advising Lawyers, a peer-to-peer service giving members across the state access to veteran attorneys who can help answer procedural and substantive legal questions.

House talks term limits
What would it mean if term limits were imposed on the state’s appellate courts? Maybe, “less than you think,” according to one House staffer, who also said there is precedent for limiting the number of years jurists may serve.

Stacy ButterfieldClerks brief senators on their budget bind
Florida clerks of court face a $37 million — and likely growing — deficit in their 2016-17 court-related fiscal operations, a Florida Senate panel has been told.

Legislators receive a death penalty education
Legislators went to law school when the House Judiciary Committee and Criminal Justice Subcommittee met, learning about the ramifications of U.S. and Florida Supreme Court opinions about the death penalty and what they should do to fix the statute.

Chris SprowlsHouse Judiciary takes up workers' comp
Two-thirds of a 14.5 percent approved rate hike for workers’ compensation insurance for Florida’s businesses can be attributed to a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling that claimants’ attorneys deserve fair fees even when they win only modest benefits.

John F. Harkness, Jr.Bar Executive Director Harkness announces retirement
“Tomorrow will be the first day of the last year I will be with the Bar.” With those quiet words at the end of the Bar Board of Governor’s January 20 meeting in Tallahassee, Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., announced he’s stepping aside after 37 years running The Florida Bar.

 Michelle Suskauer and Lansing “Lanse” Scriven10 questions for the Florida Bar president-elect candidates

The following questions were posed by the News to Bar president-elect candidates Michelle Suskauer of Ft. Lauderdale and Lansing “Lanse” Scriven of Tampa. Ballots for the contested election will be mailed to eligible voters on or before March 1. Voters will have the option of voting online in lieu of returning their paper ballot. All votes must be received before midnight, March 21.

Board of Governors Candidates Platform Statements
Here are the platform statements for the 2017 candidates for The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Six candidates are running for three seats, one each in the Eighth, 13th, and 20th circuits.

Katherine Hurst Miller'Who We Are' tells the YLD's story
All over the internet, short explanatory videos have been popping up as easy communication tools for businesses and organizations. Aligned with the times when it comes to technology, the Young Lawyers Division has created such a video that will be affixed to their webpage and social media accounts in mid-January.

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    February 1, 2017

    Mark Olive

    Olive wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award
    Standing tall for the forgotten persons on death row, Mark Olive received the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award at the Florida Supreme Court on January 19.


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