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The Florida Bar has launched a newly enhanced online Lawyer Referral Service designed to provide users with a modern, easy-to-navigate conduit to more than 600 participating Florida attorneys across 120 practice areas. The service, which is free to use, utilizes artificial intelligence categorization to help guide users from their computer or mobile device and instantly connects them…

The Florida Bar News February 2019 Cover

The February News is now available online with stories including: Cyber security training offered by LegalFuel. A recent LogicForce survey of 300 American law firms revealed a 41 percent increase in the number of data security audits demanded by their corporate clients. Rules will allow credit card fees to be passed on to clients. Bar…

JNC and judicial vacancies

Whenever a judicial vacancy occurs, the governor fills the vacancy by appointment from a list of candidates nominated by the circuit’s Judicial Nominating Commission. Applications for nomination to a judicial seat and applications for appointment to serve on a Judicial Nominating Commission can be found on this page; Judicial Nominating Commission member lists can be…

Criminal Justice Summit 2018 Program

This past October, a diverse group of stakeholders were convened for the first ever Florida Bar Criminal Justice Summit to provide in-depth education and awareness of key criminal justice related issues, share and discover ideas and potential best practices, and provide state leaders with different perspectives on potential solutions. The summit was convened by Bar…

Jan 1 2019 Bar News

The January 1 issue of The Florida Bar News is now available with stories including: Dori Foster-Morales becoming the Bar’s president-elect designate. The Miami family law attorney, a veteran Board of Governors member who leads the high-profile Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers, was certified as the Bar’s next president-elect. How Hurricane…

Jan-Feb Bar Jounal 2019

The Jan-Feb 2019 Issue of The Florida Bar Journal and digital edition are online featuring: The 2018 Florida Bar Criminal Justice Summit: A First Step in Improving Florida’s Criminal Justice System by Ellen S. Podgor This unique forum of diverse constituencies started with a Florida Bar survey of state attorneys, public defenders, and other key Florida criminal…

Dec. 15 Bar News 2018

The December 15 Bar News is now available with stories including: Facebook is OK for judges, but it is not recommended Judges don’t have to automatically recuse themselves from cases where a lawyer appearing before them is a Facebook friend, according to a majority of the Florida Supreme Court, but a different majority would be…

Committee Meetings

President-elect Stewart will make about 500 appointments to over 70 committees and he wants to make sure he has a diverse group of lawyers from which to choose. Read the committee letter and login to submit the form. The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the term beginning on July 1, 2019…

Bar News December 1 2018

The December 1 Bar News is now available with stories including: The chair of the Bar Examiners promoting mental-health counseling As the new chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, Miami bankruptcy lawyer Scott Baena has some reassuring news for aspiring attorneys. “No law student should avoid mental-health counseling” because they are concerned about…

The Florida Bar News Nov. 15, 2018

The November 15 Bar News is now available with stories including: From arrest to reentry, Bar’s Criminal Justice Summit seeks solutions The idea of Bar President Michelle Suskauer who convened it October 16-17 in Tampa as a venue for hashing out problems for a system that has a high incarceration rate, high recidivism, little leeway…