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Justices question the Bar's plans for matching services
A querulous Supreme Court interrogated a Florida Bar representative during an April 5 oral argument about the Bar’s proposed amendments to existing rules that create the new term “qualifying providers” for entities that seek to link lawyers and clients. The justices also pressed the Bar on why it ignored a 2015 directive from the court that Bar members should own or manage all private lawyer referral services.

John StewartHackers are increasingly targeting lawyers' computers
Law firms of all sizes are magnets for computer hackers simply because of the nature of what lawyers do.

Sunset Cove in Key Largo
Sunset Cove in Key Largo
The mating habits of penguins in Antarctica and the amount of snow and ice in the Himalayas might seem like an odd impetus for The Florida Bar’s Tax Section, but those are some of the reasons the section is launching a study of sea-level rise and what it means for tax revenues for local governments.

Workers' comp bills moving in both chambers
Fees would be capped at $150 an hour for attorneys representing claimants in workers’ compensation cases, and carriers and employers could request a separate review of those fees under a bill passed by the Florida House.



Court declines to amend certified legal interns rule

The Supreme Court rejected rule amendments supported by the Bar to speed up the process of law students becoming certified legal interns.

Sen. Greg SteubeSenate now considering judicial education bill
A bill to remove Supreme Court oversight of judicial education programs has cleared its first hurdle in the Florida Senate, passing the Judiciary Committee by a 5-4 vote.

A constitutional question of a prosecutor's discretion
The day Ninth Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala stood on the courthouse steps and held a press conference announcing her decision not to seek the death penalty in a high-profile cop-killer case or any other current capital case — words that would reverberate nationwide — first she called Gov. Rick Scott.

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    May 1, 2017
    Bar fee statements to be emailed this year
    Florida Bar members will — for the first time — receive their annual fee statements electronically this year and are being encouraged to pay their annual fees and provide the required certifications and pro bono information using the new MyFloridaBar Members Portal that may be accessed via the Bar’s website.

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    The Florida Bar is upgrading and improving the MyFloridaBar Members Portal, with almost 50,000 new accounts already created and ready to go in the new system. Log in now to set your username and to get your new password so there is no interruption in access to your MyFloridaBar Members Portal. Note: Make sure that your internet browser is fully updated to access the system. Call 1-866-854-5050 during business hours or email Membership Records if you need further assistance. (Members should continue to report CLEs on the current site until May 1.)
    The Florida Bar is migrating to a new member portal that Florida lawyers will use to electronically interact with the Bar. The new MyFloridaBar portal will help members more easily conduct membership and e-commerce activities with the Bar. It will be phased in throughout the year, and will be used for the 2017 annual membership fee season. Members should have already received an initial welcome email from the Bar explaining how the new system will work.


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    Public Finance in Florida 2017
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Thursday - Saturday, May 11-13, Caribe Royale Orlando.

    Basic Criminal Law 2017
    Course Classification: Basic Level, Friday, May 19, Tampa Airport Marriott.

    The Frances D. Sheehy Memorial Advanced Tax Procedure Seminar
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    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation and Webcast, Friday, June 9, Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

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    Course Classification: Basic Level, One Live Location: April 28, Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore.

    40th Annual Local Government Law in Florida
    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Friday - Saturday, May 12-13, Caribe Royale Orlando.

    Advanced Trial Advocacy 2017
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    Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: Friday, April 28, St. Thomas University, School of Law.

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    The Ins and Outs of Community Association Law 2017
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