The Florida Bar

December 2019 Meeting Summary

Report from BOG

The Florida Bar Board of Governors met on December 6, 2019 in Orlando. The major actions of the board and reports received included:

Previously approved by the Board, the proposed new Chapter 23 was filed with the Florida Supreme Court on Dec. 12. Chapter 23 creates a voluntary registration program for online legal service providers and provides minimum requirements for registrants. Comments may be filed with the Supreme Court during the 30 days after the filing of the report.

A request was received from the Supreme Court for The Florida Bar to launch a study of the regulation of the legal profession in Florida. President Stewart announced that the study group will begin work next month, will file quarterly updates, and has a July 1, 2021, deadline to deliver a final report to the Court and the Board. The Court has asked that the study address a rapidly changing legal environment and possible challenges Floridians face in securing legal services. Read more in The Florida Bar News.

Proposed amendments to Rule 1-3.8 were approved to allow the Bar, for the first time, to pay a limited number of inventory attorneys a set amount to wrap up the practice of lawyers who die, disappear, or are suspended or disbarred. The proposal will require Supreme Court approval. Procedures were approved to allow the Ethics Department to give advice to out-of-state lawyers authorized to provide legal services in Florida. These changes would cover authorized house counsel, foreign legal consultants, and out-of-state lawyers practicing in federally preempted areas. Previously, Ethics Counsel staff could only give opinions to current Florida Bar members in good standing.

Four new member benefits were approved, including the Technologies for Justice/Equity in Sentencing Analysis System, Practice42, PaperStreet, and Horizon Legal Solutions.

  • The Technologies for Justice/Equity in Sentencing Analysis System web-based software allows users to analyze sentences in prior cases.
  • Practice42 is a website design, maintenance and internet marketing services.
  • PaperStreet is a website design, maintenance and internet marketing services.
  • Horizon Legal Solutions developed a Language Pickup mobile app that would allow Bar members to facilitate the scheduling of an interpreter/translator within minutes.

These benefits will be added to the more than 70 free or discounted products and services — financial services, travel accommodations, shipping, practice management resources and legal research — already offered to Florida Bar members.

Important Links and Reminders

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