Schifino sworn in as Bar president
WILLIAM J. SCHIFINO, JR., of Tampa was sworn in as the 68th president of The Florida Bar on June 17 at the Bar's Annual Convention in Orlando. Miami attorney Michael J. Higer was sworn in as president-elect during the same ceremony. During his year as president, Schifino vows to work on an issue that grabbed his attention three years ago: Finding a way to connect lawyers who are unemployed or underemployed with citizens who don’t have access to legal services. That effort would dovetail with the work of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, created by Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.
Bar proposes new rules on who may call themselves 'experts'
Rules allowing lawyers who are not board certified to say in advertising that they are experts or specialize in an area of law have been approved by the Bar Board of Governors.
Court rules on appointments or election cases
There will be one more judicial race in Florida, after the Supreme Court granted a writ of quo warranto filed by two attorneys who sought to replace a Palm Beach County judge who, under the state’s resign-to-run law, gave up her seat to run for the circuit bench.
This year’s Annual Florida Bar Convention at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek was one of the best yet, and certainly one of the best I have experienced. The topics were timely and enlightening, our participants were active and engaged, and the staff handled all issues with grace and speed. I would also like to thank the community of Orlando for its graciousness in the light of great tragedy, and we again want to express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
Much of the success of the event was thanks to the incredible work and dedication of the 2015-2016 Annual Convention Committee Members and especially the co-chairs, Renée Thompson and Melanie Griffin. Without their commitment to creating an innovative agenda, and making the social events beyond fun, the Convention would not have been the smashing success it was. I also want to recognize the individual committee members:
|Barbara Cocciolo||Erin Jackson|
|Sean Desmond||Charles Jeffries, Jr|
|Mariane Dorris||Wilnar Julmiste|
|Iris Elijah||Barbara Leach|
|Hon. Alan Forst||Dayanna Lopez|
|Kimberly Gessner||John Maceluch, Jr.,|
|Elizabeth Gibson||Kristen McMullen|
|Laura González-Marqués||Yvonne Patterson|
|Yolonda Green||Stacy Perez|
|Paige Greenlee||Alice Sum|
|Ward Griffin||Jill Weiss|
Thank you again. I know that next year’s Annual Florida Bar Convention will be even better with the work of the incoming committee members and leadership of Chair Melanie Griffin. I hope to see you all in Boca Raton next June.
In accordance with recommendations from the Supreme Court’s Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, the Bar Board of Governors has received a series of rule amendments expanding the role that retired — or emeritus — attorneys can take in pro bono cases.
Archiving justices' papers not a moot point
The dust has settled in the Florida Supreme Court library for only a brief period of time, as student volunteers from Florida State University College of Law break from an archiving project to participate in moot court.
Brenner leads The Florida Bar Foundation
Orlando attorney Matthew G. Brenner will take office July 1 as president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice.
Supreme Court strikes workers' comp provision
For the second time in two months, the Florida Supreme Court has found unconstitutional a section of the state’s workers’ compensation law, but also — with one exception — denied a request to find the entire law unconstitutional.
- Scammers using real lawyers' phone numbers
- Collaborative law divorce rules in the works
- Agarwal named solicitor general
- All legislative positions to sunset
- Florida schools compete at Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition
- YLD lauds Bass as its 'Outstanding Women Lawyer'
- International Litigation and Arbitration certification goes to the Supreme Court
- Lawyers to the Rescue host monthly clinics
- Bar strives to educate voters
- Davis rejoins Bar's PI staff
- Online career counseling available
- Tampa area bars host 'Demystifying the JNC Process' program
- Proposed board action
- Board to make July appointments
- Family Law Rules Committee three-year cycle amendments
- Appellate Court Rules Committee three-year cycle report
- Amendments to criminal jury instructions
- Makemson wants to serve as a senior judge
- Heydasch petitions for reinstatement
PERENICH, CAULFIELD, AVRIL & NOYES in Clearwater recently held its Sixth Annual Read & Play Project. Each year, the firm presents a ball and a book to every third-grader at a local elementary school for the summer.
Becoming a doctor/lawyer at the same time
When Kimi Swartz was a preschooler, she had to dress up for graduation, so she borrowed her dietician mom’s white coat. Even before kindergarten, she pretended to be a doctor and she’s never changed her
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