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Author: Dorohn Frazier

No-show jurors Feb. '20

A proposal that would limit the penalties judges could impose on so-called “no-show” jurors is heading to the Senate floor. The Senate Rules Committee voted Feb. 19 to approve SB 1590 by Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach. The measure was prompted by a 2019 contempt-of-court case in which a 15th Circuit judge ordered a 21-year-old West…

SO - Diversity Feb. '20

Bar sections intent on enhancing diversity may want to take a cue from the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section’s Fellowship Program. At the Bar’s Winter Meeting in Orlando, the RPPTL’s Michael Gelfand discussed with the Bar’s Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion the section’s efforts to attract and cultivate young, diverse leadership. See…

Bar survey

A great majority of Florida lawyers are pleased with The Florida Bar’s stewardship of the legal profession, according to the 2019 Membership Opinion Survey. Eighty-two percent of all respondents rated The Florida Bar as an excellent or good advocate for the profession, the highest rating ever received for that question, which dates to 1995, said Mike…

Diversity growth - Feb. '20

After several years’ gestation, the Florida Hispanic Bar Association, aimed at being an umbrella for existing local Hispanic bars, plans to launch this summer. “Everything fell into place in terms of having all the right relationships and support around the state on the effort to launch the Florida Hispanic Bar Association,” said Vivian Hodz, who…

Pres. Stewart -SO

In his February President’s Video Message, Florida Bar President John Stewart gives an update on The Florida Bar’s priorities during the 2020 Legislative Session, discusses how the Florida Supreme Court is working to keep Florida’s legal system efficient and accessible, and lists what Florida Bar members can do to provide input and stay informed. See…

Young Lawyers Division

The brainchild of former YLD President Christian George, “#StigmaFree YLD” was launched last year as part of The Florida Bar’s mental health and wellness campaign. The original series featured high-profile attorneys, including members of the Board of Governors, describing how they overcame alcoholism, addiction, depression, and other forms of mental illness. See the entire Florida…

Florida Lawyers Assistance

David Behrend, M.ED., director of Career Planning Services for Lawyers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and Judith Rushlow, executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, will offer a free career counseling program for lawyers via computer or telephone from the privacy of your home or office. The next session is on Wednesday, March 11, at 12 p.m. See…

Feb. '20 - SO tip

Make an Outline Like a good brief, the key to an effective CLE is organization. No one wants to listen to someone darting from one topic to another. That’s why an outline is critical. If you start with an outline, it’s easy to see the big picture. You’ll understand how you want the topics to…

Speaking Out - Feb. calendar '20

Apr. 21, 6 p.m., Miami, Paralegals/Legal Assistants/Attorneys. Topic: Landlord Tenant. Apr. 21, 6 p.m., Lake Park, Lake Park Library members. Topic: Immigration and Naturalization.

The Florida Bar is grateful to you for speaking to groups about their basic legal rights and responsibilities and the role of lawyers in American society. Please complete this form after your events as your feedback is valuable. Also, please tell your local civic and social clubs that might want to make a presentation about the…