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Urgent Information on Approval for Voluntary Bar CLE Courses Related to COVID-19

Florida voluntary bar associations providing remote programming related to the pandemic will now be able to get those courses approved for CLE credit.

Beginning March 24, The Florida Bar LSE course approval team will remotely review and approve a limited number of timely and relevant CLE course submissions during the Bar’s temporary closure.

The courses should be directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic and may include, but are not limited to, teleworking, mental health and wellness, ethics, technology, or specific programming needs arising out of an unexpectedly modified business climate.

For CLE approval, the course must be held between now and Friday, May 15.

Local bar associations should email an application for CLE accreditation, however, instead of applicable fees being remitted with the application, voluntary bars will be invoiced. If the course has no fee based on the application criteria, then no fees will be charged. In addition, late fees and rush fees will not be charged for these timely pandemic-related submissions.

Please remember that this process is being done remotely and the turnaround time will depend on the number of applications received and the team’s other remote work. Courses will be reviewed and approved in the order applications are received.

All regular CLE applications for programs after May 15 and those unrelated to the current pandemic should be submitted in the regular course of business following instructions on the application.

Questions should be emailed to Nikita Wilson and Maritza McGill.

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Announcements, alerts and changes caused by the coronavirus affecting Florida Bar members are posted at floridabar.org/covid19Check with your local voluntary bar association for local event cancellations.

 

2020 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

Plans for the 2020 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference are beginning to click and we have online registration open for those who want to register early. All things VBLC 2020 can be found on the conference web page, including hotel reservations, registration, Young Lawyers Division scholarships and more. Plan now to attend!


This Really Happened CLE

The Solo & Small Firm Section is offering a one-hour professionalism CLE at no charge to voluntary bar associations and legal aid organizations. “This Really Happened: Taking the High Road of Civility and Professionalism” discusses actual examples of unprofessional and uncivil conduct that have occurred in the everyday practice of law, identifies potential rule violations and suggests possible ways to handle or remedy the situations. The presentation is available as an online video webcast and as an audio webcast CD, which can be shipped or downloaded. The PowerPoint and presenter notes also are available. If your organization would like to reserve the CLE, please email Solo & Small Firm Section Administrator Ricky Libbert or call her at 850-561-5631.

Law Day 2020

The 2020 Law Day Resources are now available. Visit the American Bar Association’s website for logos, activities and more to support your local Law Day efforts.

Information Clearinghouse

Information Clearinghouse

Our Information Clearinghouse provides useful materials to assist voluntary bar leaders in managing and leading a voluntary bar.

The SideBar

The SideBar

The SideBar is an electronic digest of local, special interest and substantive bar association news. Send your local bar achievements and team volunteer activities.

Events Calendar

Events Calendar

The Voluntary Bar Events Calendar  features the activities of the voluntary bar associations around the state. Send your events to [email protected].

Bar Leaders Conference

2020 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference

Every year, Florida’s local and specialty bar leaders gather to network and share the latest best practices and management techniques.  The past and future conferences provide tools to chart your course for success.

Bar Association Listing

Bar Listings

The Florida Voluntary Bar Association Listing provides contact information for local and specialty bar associations. Submit updated contact information here.

Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee

Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee

The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee page provides the scope of the committee, their projects, and the member list.