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Leading The Florida Bar is the Florida Bar President and our Board of Governors.
The President's page contains information about the Bar's current President including a schedule and biography.
The Board of Governors page provides agendas, minutes and much more.
The Board of Governors Committees formulate and report on matters of policy concerning the activities of the Bar.
Review the names and year of service for each Bar president since 1950.
A guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, The Florida Bar is the statewide professional organization of lawyers.
The Florida Bar serves as an advocate and intermediary for attorneys, the court and the public.
Here are Frequently Asked Questions about The Florida Bar.
Read about how The Florida Bar began.
The Research, Planning and Evaluation Department of The Florida Bar conducts an annual survey and provides other reports to continuously review the purposes and objectives of The Florida Bar.
Section membership is voluntary and offers information and education in a specific area of law. Sections also provide opportunities to meet other attorneys within an area of practice.
Appointment to a committee can be a stimulating and rewarding experience. These groups, along with the governing Board, do much of the work of The Florida Bar.
Over 2,000 Bar members serve on 68 standing committees.
The Board of Governors Committees formulate and report on matters of policy concerning the activities of the Bar.
Special committees are appointed to study and make recommendations in response to issues of significance to the legal profession or system of laws in Florida.
The local grievance committees are composed of lawyers and nonlawyers and are responsible for continuing the investigation of possible lawyer misconduct referred by Bar discipline attorneys.
Complaints alleging that an individual is practicing law without a license are investigated by one of 32 local circuit committees.
A Florida Registered Paralegal is a person with education, training, or work experience, who works under the direction and supervision of a member of The Florida Bar and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a member of The Florida Bar is responsible and who has met the requirements of registration as set forth in Chapter 20 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. A Florida Registered Paralegal is not a member of The Florida Bar.
The Florida Bar staff serves as an in-depth resource for our members and the public on Bar services and programs. Bar staff are listed by program area.
The Florida Bar Legal division has branch offices handling lawyer regulation and the unlicensed practice of law in five locations around Florida.
Apply for exciting employment opportunities at the Bar.
The Florida Bar accepts complaints against attorneys, investigates those complaints and prosecutes attorneys who engage in unethical conduct. For individuals who are unsure if a lawyer has acted ethically or who are dissatisfied and wish to consider whether filing a complaint may be appropriate, The Florida Bar operates the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP). The ACAP telephone number is toll-free: 1-866-352-0707.
The Florida Bar provides information for the public on certain general areas of law as well as specific legal issues in our Consumer Pamphlets.
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The Florida Bar has assembled a group of outstanding lawyers throughout the state who speak to groups within their communities as a public service, they are our Speakers Bureau.
A brief overview of Florida's Court System and links to court websites.
Materials and resources for public education on maintaining a fair and impartial judiciary are provided by the Bar's Committee on Judicial Independence.
The Clients' Security Fund was created by The Florida Bar to help compensate persons who have suffered a loss of money or property due to misappropriation or embezzlement by an attorney.
Prepaid Legal Services plans work by making prior arrangements with lawyers to provide specified services to plan members at reduced fees.
Legal Aid agencies are the organizations that refer pro bono cases to attorneys around Florida.
The Florida Bar Directory lists active, inactive, and retired members of The Florida Bar searchable by name, location or certification.
Affiliates may participate in activities of The Florida Bar as authorized by the Board of Governors, but are not members of The Florida Bar. They may not engage in the practice of law or appear as attorneys before the courts of the state unless specifically listed for restricted practice.
Opportunities to serve the purposes, programs and activities of the organization of The Florida Bar are available through the various committees.
A directory of links to state and federal courts, clerks, and judicial associations.
Access links to Florida law schools, voluntary bar associations and other state bars.
Find Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and Rules of Court Procedure and more.
Access websites of State and Federal agencies.
Take a look at our many calendars created to keep Bar members and the public informed about Bar activities.
The Bar holds three meetings each year to give members an opportunity to network, attend committee meetings and earn CLE credits at seminars with respected legal scholars.
Read about media coverage of legal issues of interest to Florida Bar members.
Take a look at our extensive news releases about legal events and issues.
Access a list of sources, legal images and background papers on many legal topics of interest to reporters.
We have listed the most commonly requested sources and other information here.
Find downloadable images from the Bar here. We offer a host of visual materials to complete your story.
Access important information crucial to reporting legal issues in Florida.
The Florida Bar follows key issues and has prepared background papers to inform you quickly on crucial matters facing the profession. Each report provides an overview of the issue, the Bar's position, and the facts and statistics to illustrate the point.
No one covers the legal profession like The Florida Bar News. We're your resource for statewide news on law related issues.
Take a look at past issues of The Florida Bar News, the premier source of scholarly articles on law in Florida.
The Florida Bar Journal is the premier source of practical articles on Florida law.
Take a look at past issues of The Florida Bar Journal, the premier source of scholarly articles on law in Florida.
Find the author of an article in The Florida Bar Journal, the premier source of scholarly articles on law in Florida.
Find article submission guidelines for The Florida Bar Journal, the premier source of scholarly articles on law in Florida.
Active Florida Bar members receive 10 magazine issues and a directory edition each year. To order a specific issue or subscribe, look below.
Request an article from The Florida Bar Journal here.
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Forms and applications available for Bar business.
Order Continuing Legal Education materials online from the Lexis.com bookstore.
The Florida Bar has historically studied specific legal issues through standing and special committees. The reports on these issues are listed here.
Read the newsletters and reports of Bar programs and departments in these publications.
News and events for and about Florida Voluntary Bar Associations.
A newsletter for Board Certified Lawyers
Describes the practices of individual federal judges in all three districts.
A digest dedicated to the interaction and education of volunteer speaker members of The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau.
The Federal Corner provides practitioners and others easy access to links that are relevant to federal practice in Florida.
A quarterly publication of the Center for Professionalism.
The free mobile App allows users to access Florida Bar News articles and a quick member look up via the Find A Lawyer search.
Members may access all transactional services from the Member Profile page. Login for free legal research, update member information, sign up for CLE courses, designate an inventory attorney and use many other online services.
The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program's mission is to assist the members of The Florida Bar in their continuing legal education and to facilitate the production and delivery of quality CLE programs and publications.
Members of the Bar are subject to a Continuing Legal Education Requirement (CLER). Each member is assigned a reporting date and required to attend 30 hours of approved CLE every three years. New lawyers are assisted in the transition from law school to law practice through the Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR) classes.
Do you want to know more about starting a new practice? Do you want to learn more about professionalism or about risk management? Do you have questions about practice management or do you need help with your job search? Whatever your needs. we have a RESOURCE for that.
Links to discounts and offers available for Florida Bar members.
LOMAS was created to assist members dealing with all of the business aspects of setting up, managing, merging or closing a professional practice.
The Florida Bar Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession, in their chosen path, while enhancing their leadership skills.
The Florida Bar Ethics department is working hard at helping members negotiate the complicated legal system. Review ethics opinions by subject and access many other resources.
A vital part of the legal community, there are more than 250 voluntary bar associations throughout Florida. See what they are doing and how you can be involved.
The Florida Bar’s objective is to foster an inclusive environment in which lawyers, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability are motivated to succeed professionally and contribute to the goals of their profession. Here you'll find diversity news, events and resources.
The Florida Bar is one of the leading organized bars in the nation. Browse the various links to find the services offered by The Florida Bar.
Talk with an experienced attorney to learn more about being an attorney or about a new area of law. There are seasoned attorneys available to counsel our next generation of lawyers through Lawyers Advising Lawyers.
Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. is a non-profit corporation created to identify and offer assistance to bar members who suffer from substance abuse, mental health, or other disorders which negatively affect their lives and careers.
Your destination for exciting legal jobs, judicial openings, and service opportunities.
Visit the vendor sponsored site to find a job or post an opportunity.
Ads from Employment to Expert Witnesses, all can be found in the Classifieds.
The Bar is an equal opportunity employer.
The Board of Governors makes several appointments each year.
The Florida Bar President-elect appoints interested Bar members to serve on standing committees each year. The committee preference form is posted online from December 1 to January 13. All appointments begin July 1 of each year.
Applications, member lists and announcements for both judicial openings and Judicial Nominating Commission member appointments.
Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice. More than 4,500 Florida lawyers are recognized as specialists in one or more of 24 certification areas.
Find board certified attorneys by specialty areas and cities.
The Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) is charged with identifying for the general public and the profession those attorneys who have substantial experience and have demonstrated special knowledge, skills and proficiency in certified areas of practice and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law. The BLSE oversees the work of all the certification committees.
A Florida Registered Paralegal is a person with education, training, or work experience, who works under the direction and supervision of a member of The Florida Bar and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a member of The Florida Bar is responsible and who has met the requirements of registration as set forth in Chapter 20 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. A Florida Registered Paralegal is not a member of The Florida Bar and may not give legal advice or practice law. Florida Registered Paralegal and FRP are trademarks of The Florida Bar.
Welcome to the Center for Professionalism. Created as a joint project of the Supreme Court and The Florida Bar, the award-winning Center for Professionalism is here to serve you!
More than 130,000 citizens are referred each year to Florida attorneys through our Lawyer Referral Service. Join now and build your practice.
The Florida Rules of Procedure can be found here, arranged according to area of law.
A listing of pending rule changes and related rule announcements.
Extraordinary lawyers are recognized around the state for their efforts above and beyond the call of duty to serve the legal community and Florida as a whole.
The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar contain -- among other topics -- the Bylaws of The Florida Bar organization, the Rules of Discipline, the Rules of Professional Conduct, and other chapters on specific regulatory topics.
Bar counsel, referees and the Supreme Court of Florida follow these standards before recommending or imposing discipline.
Processing and investigation of inquiries and complaints are a basic responsibility of the Bar as mandated by the Florida Supreme Court. The Bar serves to protect the public from unethical lawyers.
Lawyer advertising and business solicitation are strictly regulated by The Florida Bar. Lawyer advertising can provide crucial information about legal rights and increases access to lawyers for the public.
The Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) program was established by the Supreme Court of Florida to protect the public against harm caused by unlicensed individuals practicing law.
The Supreme Court of Florida has given The Florida Bar the duty to investigate and take action against the unlicensed practice of law. Here you will find information on how to protect yourself against the unlicensed practice of law, how to file a complaint against someone you believe is practicing law without a license, and information about the Bar's unlicensed practice of law offices and committees.
Attorneys licensed in another state may represent someone in a court proceeding in Florida with the court's permission and in arbitration proceedings in Florida. Certain requirements must be met in order to appear and copies of the motion or verified statement must be filed with The Florida Bar.
Rule 10-9.1 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar allows the Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law to issue proposed formal advisory opinions concerning activities which may constitute the unlicensed practice of law.
Authorized House Counsel (AHC) are attorneys certified by The Supreme Court of Florida to perform limited legal services while working for a business organization. Look here for more information.
The Florida Bar's Foreign Legal Consultancy Rule allows a foreign attorney to advise clients on the laws of the country under which the attorney is admitted to practice.
The Legislation committee considers proposals for legislative or political action by The Florida Bar or other subgroups, confirms whether such action is within the scope of the Bar's authority, and recommends whether a position should be formally adopted or recognized by the board.
Here you will find the master list of all Bar, section, division and committee positions for the legislative biennium.
Although legislative sessions only last for 60 days, throughout the year there are committee meetings and other important dates including Organizational Session and bill filing deadlines.
Legislative activity of The Florida Bar is defined by a number of state and federal court opinions about the First Amendment rights of individual members in connection with political or ideological activities of their unified bar.

[Revised: 04-16-2014]