The Florida Bar Board of Governors met on May 22, 2015. The major actions of the board and reports received included:
A board-level committee and a Standing Committee on Technology were approved as recommended by the Vision Technology Committee. The Board of Governors committee will underscore the importance that technology now plays in the profession and the legal system, and it will act as liaison with the Florida Courts Technology Commission which oversees technology in the court system. Two additional technology related member benefits were also approved: Chrometa is a time keeper while working on a PC, Mac, iPhone or Android. Logikcull provides instant eDiscovery and document review via an internet browser or smart device. Florida Bar members can receive discounts on many services and products at www.floridabar.org/memberbenefits.
Legal technology and innovation will take center stage at The Florida Bar’s 65th Annual Convention ‘Charting a Course for the Future’, June 24-27, at the Boca Raton Hotel and Resort. To help Florida Bar members get up to speed on ever-improving technological options and issues in an ever-changing legal environment, The Florida Bar has teamed with Clio, a leader in cloud based practice management software, to present ‘InSession: Transforming Practices Through Technology’ on June 24. World class speakers will present the latest on law and technology issues along with legal futurist and international speaker Richard Susskind as the luncheon keynote speaker. One-day only registration is available for this seminar and it is included in the full annual convention registration. Register online, view the schedule and download the convention app at www.floridabar.org/annualconvention.
Nominations of three lawyers each for one vacancy on each of the 26 Judicial Nominating Commissions. The governor will make the final appointments for four-year terms beginning July 1.
The Florida Bar will continue to closely monitor the upcoming special session of the Florida legislature to advocate for court funding issues, particularly for needed remodeling and upgrades on the Third DCA courthouse, phase two of a pay parity initiative for court employees and salary increases for judges for the first time in eight years. Updates will be posted at www.floridabar.org/legislativeactivity.
The Young Lawyers Division reported on its many activities for May’s Health & Wellness Month recognition. The YLD designed the initiative to bring awareness to mental and physical issues that affect the quality of life of lawyers in Florida. Each day during the month of May 2015, the YLD posted on social media easy health and wellness challenges, tips, video clips, and relevant articles using the hashtags #livewell and #flayld.
The Wm. Reece Smith Leadership Academy will graduate its second class of fellows in June and welcome the third class of 52 members. The current class is making a $3,000 gift to The Florida Bar Foundation and along with many in the class becoming Foundation Fellows they raised more than $30,000 for the Foundation.
A report was received from a recent meeting of the Florida Courts Technology Commission which continues to address matters involving e-filing, e-service and other issues impacting members of the Bar. One of the issues being considered now is the submission of proposed orders. A change to the Rules of Judicial Administration may be needed for this procedure.