Focusing on how Florida can bolster diversity among its judges and the commissions that nominate judicial candidates is the mission of a new task force appointed by Bar President Eugene Pettis. The President’s Task Force to Study the Enhancement of Diversity on the Bench and the Judicial Nominating Commissions will work to determine why diverse candidates are not applying for appointment to the JNCs or for judgeships.
YLD sets three diversity symposiums for May 9
The Young Lawyers Division is expanding its efforts to promote diversity by hosting diversity symposiums in three parts of the state simultaneously. Events are set for May 9 at Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, and Florida International University College of Law in Miami.
Add-on fee for legal aid sought
One hundred and eighty-two Bar members submitted a petition to The Florida Bar, in preparation for filing it with the Supreme Court, seeking to raise Bar membership fees by up to $100 to help legal aid agencies. The petition, prepared by former Justice Raoul Cantero, was submitted to the Bar on February 26.
When Brother Mark traveled to Franciscan friaries in Europe, he admired impressive murals on the walls. But at St. Paul’s Friary in Clearwater — a converted motel where he lives with other Franciscan brothers who return from missions and hope to escape the winter cold — there was a blank wall in the dining hall crying out for a mural.
Fourth Circuit Board of Governors Platform Statements
Here are the platform statements for the 2014 candidates for The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Ballots for the election will be mailed around March 1 and must be returned no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 21.
YLD Board of Governors Candidates' Platform Statements
Here are the platform statements for the 2014 candidates for The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Ballots for the election will be mailed around March 1 and must be returned no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 21.
Court says no to undocumented Florida lawyers
Saying it was bound by the supremacy of federal law, the Florida Supreme Court declared March 6 that unauthorized immigrants are ineligible for admission to The Florida Bar. Now José Manual Godinez-Samperio — who graduated at the top of his class at Florida State University and passed the Florida bar exam three years ago — pins his hopes with the Florida Legislature on becoming a lawyer.
Clients' Security Fund works to right wrongs
A once respected personal injury lawyer in Ft. Lauderdale was the master of an elaborate ruse, cheating friends and clients by forging signatures on checks and lying about fraudulent settlements. He admitted he stole more than $1 million over 20 years to prop up a lavish lifestyle spinning out of control because of his gambling and sex addictions.
Track bills on The Florida Bar's website
The 60-day annual legislative session in Tallahassee can seem a confusing, rushed, and hectic mishmash of activity.
- Court system eyes a new home for the Fourth DCA
- Leadership Academy formally dedicated as the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Leadership Academy
- BLSE opposes expanding the use of 'specialist'
- Board of Governors to meet in Palm Coast in March
- Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year nominations sought
- Judgement and decrees interest rate set
- Trial Lawyers Section makes a third major Foundation gift
- FSU's BLSA captures Marshall mock trial
- FSU group seeks animal law writing competition entries
- Palm Beach YLD participates in Habitat build
- Jazz for Justice set for April 6 in Tallahassee
- Bill would allow foster kids to drive like other teens
- Koening joins the Bar board
- Owens wins Workers' Comp Section award
- Ethics Panel delves into social media, ex parte communications
- International email and phone scams reported
- Malcolm Cunningham Bar celebrates Black History Month with scholarship luncheon
- Tallahassee Bar hosts annual chili cook-off
- Proposed Amendments to Jury Instructions in Civil Cases (Products Liability)
- 2014 Judicial Nominating Commission nominations to be made
- FBBE needs public members
- May appointments to be filled
- Appointments to be filled in May
- Bar Examiners have vacancies
- Florida Bar Foundation seeks applicants
- Adler petitions for Bar reinstatement
- Garcia-Riveiro petitions for reinstatement
- Bar board to consider petition that would raise Bar fees to fund legal aid programs
- Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewal
- Judge Murphy seeks senior judge status
- Legislative Actions
- Amendments to Jury Instructions in Civil Cases
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Florida Bar Resources
Negotiability of Promissory Notes in Foreclosure Cases: Ballast Is Not Luggage
The negotiability of promissory notes in mortgage foreclosure cases is the subject of extensive litigation in Florida courts. The central issue is what instructions or undertakings on a note destroy its negotiability. Arguing against the negotiability of the note has of late become an important defense against foreclosure. If the note is not negotiable, and the plaintiff is not the original maker of the note, the plaintiff cannot establish standing merely by possession of the original
Business Law Section pushes for financial literacy course
The Business Law Section, Florida Chamber of Commerce, and 43 legislators have come together to support a measure that would require a full-semester financial literacy course for high school students.
Florida lawyer experiences first-hand the turmoil in Venezuela
On Valentine’s Day in New York City, Tampa lawyer Jose Toledo was struck by a crowd gathered in Central Park to show sympathy for the plight of anti-government protesters in Venezuela.
On the Move
Environmental and Land Use Law Audio Webcast Series
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Dates March 20, April 17, May 20, June 19. 12:00 noon - 1:00pm est
Medical Malpractice Seminar
Course Classification: Advanced Level, One Location: March 14, USF Health Continuing Professional Development
Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, Tampa.
The Art of Objecting: A Trial Lawyer's Guide to Preserving Error for Appeal
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation and Webcast: Friday, March 14, Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel.
Hot Topics in Evidence - 2014
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation and Webcast, March 21, Tampa Airport Marriott.
Advanced Health Law Topics and Certification Review 2014
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: Friday & Saturday, March 7 & 8, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.
Navigating the World of ADR
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood.
Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Symposium
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: Thursday, March 20 -21, Webcast Only: March 21, Hilton Tampa Downtown.
Advanced Trial Advocacy - 2014
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: May 13-17, University of Florida Levin College of Law.
IRS: We Got What it Takes to Take What You Got (Round 2)
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation: Friday, April 25, Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando.
Advanced Administrative and Government Practice Seminar 2014
Course Classification: Advanced Level, Live Presentation and Webcast: Thursday April 10, FSU University Center Club
Stadium Drive, Tallahassee.
Wills Trusts & Estates Certification Review Course
Course Classification: Advanced Level, April 4-5, Hyatt Regency Orlando Intemational Airport.