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Jay CohenIn the wake of a lawyer disciplined for improper solicitation, a Bar committee is reminding members to be vigilant and report inappropriate approaches to potential clients to the Bar. The discipline case involves a South Florida lawyer who met a potential client who had been in an auto accident. F.S. §817.234(8)(b) prohibits solicitation except by general advertising within 60 days of such incidents. Violation is a third-degree felony.


Gov. Scott vetoes alimony/time-sharing legislation
Citing a reason raised by the Bar’s Family Law Section, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill revising Florida’s alimony and child time-sharing laws. Scott’s April 15 veto came only a couple days after supporters and opponents of SB 668 had protested at the Capitol and jammed his office to make their views known.


Zackary ZurowesteYLD website details how to start your own firm
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division has launched a new website, “How to Start Your Own Law Firm,” at startmyfloridalawfirm.com.


Chief Justice LabargaChief Justice Labarga takes his access message to Washington

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has made improving access to civil justice one of the priorities of his tenure as head of Florida’s judicial branch, creating the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice.


Judicial Campaign Conduct Forums scheduled for May
Local judicial campaign conduct forums jointly sponsored by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar Board of Governors will be held Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13.

The use of senior judges challenged
The continued use of senior judges to handle foreclosure cases in much of Florida is unconstitutional because it has amounted to a permanent assignment, according to a St. Petersburg lawyer.

Online career counseling available
David Behrend, director of Career Planning Services for Lawyers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and Michael Cohen, executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, will offer a free career counseling program for lawyers via computer or telephone from the privacy of their home or office. The next session is Wednesday, May 11, at 11 a.m.


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