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Chief Justice LabargaBusiness leaders make Florida's civil justice access commission unique
“What’s the use of having a great civil justice system, if a large segment of our population does not have access to it?” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga posed that question November 24, just before signing an administrative order creating the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice.

Barry RichardCourt hears arguments on raising Bar fees for legal aid
Every other week the sign goes up on the center-city, seven-story brownstone that houses Jacksonville Area Legal Aid: “We are closed this Friday due to lack of funding.” It’s a grim display for one of five metropolitan areas in the U.S. where 45 percent or more of the population faces an active debt collection, according to Jim Kowalski, executive director of JALA. And it’s a message that is repeated throughout Florida, as legal aid agencies reduce hours and cut attorneys.

YLD's technology webinar captures viewers worldwide
Michael OrrSomewhere in the expansive country of China, a Florida attorney was tuned into a Young Lawyers Division webinar on social media when it aired online in October. Plugged in at the same time were viewers oceans away in various time zones — the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Panama, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.


Senior lawyers offer free retirement planning seminar
The Bar’s Senior Lawyers Committee is offering a complimentary seminar to lawyers of all ages and their firms on retirement, closing or merging firms, thinking about changing careers, or preparing for the future with effective succession planning.

Judges may make contributions to legal aid societies
A judge may donate money to a legal aid organization whose attorneys appear before the judge, according to the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.
That is, unless the judge concludes that the circumstances of the donation would “cause a reasonable perception that the judge’s ability to carry out judicial responsibilities with integrity, impartiality, and competence is impaired.”

Committee preference forms available
Ramon AbadinThe annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Ramón Abadin are available at floridabar.org. As president-elect, Abadin will make 500 or so committee appointments, and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from whom to choose.



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    Premises Liability Revisited: The Law of Foreseeable Crimes Becomes Clearer and Murkier
    The Florida Bar JournalIn December 2009, The Florida Bar Journalpublished my article exploring the different paths taken by Florida’s appellate courts as to what constitutes a “foreseeable crime” for purposes of establishing premises liability. Back then, the Second District Court of Appeal had not weighed in on the issue, but in December 2013 the court staked out its position in Bellevue v. Frenchy’s South Beach Café, Inc., 136 So. 3d 640 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013). While the opinion adds clarity to Florida law by proclaiming a broad test of foreseeability within the Second District, it also muddies the waters when discussing the narrow test applied by the Third District, attributing that test to only two decisions that the opinion labels outdated or anomalous.

    December 15, 2014
    Prather, Schifino vie for Bar presidency

    20 elected to the Board of Governors, 11th and 16th circuit seats to be decided
    West Palm Beach attorney David C. Prather and Tampa attorney William J. Schifino, Jr., are both running for president-elect of The Florida Bar. Additionally, 19 incumbents on the Board of Governors were re-elected without opposition, one is newly elected, and two seats – in the 11th and 16th circuits – have contested elections

    J.B. Harris
    DURING A THREE-WEEK TREK through Nepal, Coral Gables attorney J.B. Harris reached Mt. Everest Base Camp. “At 17,585 feet above sea level, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding,” said Harris.


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