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President’s video #4, March 2013

Hello. I’m Gwynne Young, president of The Florida Bar.

The Florida Bar website continues to expand as a central source of information and as a hub for members to conduct Bar business. I’d like to tell you about three new features that have just been added to

As Florida lawyers prepare for mandatory e-filing, The Florida Bar has created a dedicated webpage for links, resources and education to assist in this new development in the practice of law. The first e-filing deadline is April 1 for civil cases and for the Supreme Court.

Although e-filing is not a Florida Bar program, the page on the Bar website links directly to the portal of the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority through which all state court filings will be made. If you haven’t already done so, go to the portal for step-by-step directions for registering.

Also on the Bar’s webpage is a complete list of the deadlines for the types of cases and courts, a video overview of the portal, document submission standards, and a manual on how to e-file.

Listed prominently on this webpage are an email and phone number for support. Bookmark it, and watch for more resources and educational programs to be added.

The Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for its first class of fellows. This new program was developed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession while enhancing their leadership skills.

Find details on the Leadership Academy and the application on the Bar’s website at

Selected from applications submitted by April 1, the participants in the Leadership Academy will meet three times together at statewide Bar meetings and three times in their geographical branches. Meetings will include two half-day sessions and a networking dinner. The curriculum will focus on leadership training – such as running an effective meeting and dealing with conflict -- as well as networking and mentoring.

We’re now several weeks into the 2013 Legislative Session. The Florida Bar is closely monitoring legislation of interest to the legal profession and is actively supporting adequate funding of the state courts system. Weekly updates are posted to the website every Friday afternoon and we also have links to track bills and contact legislators.

To receive messages regarding what’s new on the website, be sure to like our Facebook page or join the Twitter feed. Stay current on Bar matters by reading The Florida Bar News online or via the smartphone app.

It’s a new electronic world for the legal profession and The Florida Bar will continue to help you navigate it.

Thank you.

[Revised: 06-26-2013]