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March 1, 2018 Bar News

37 proposals on the way to the full CRC Thirty-seven proposed amendments — only five dealing with Art. V issues — have cleared committee review at the Constitution Revision Commission and are headed for consideration by the full body. It’s still possible that proposals that were defeated in committee could be revived by a majority vote for debate…

An alert manager at a local bank is the only thing that prevented hackers from stealing more than $120,000 from a small, father-and-son law firm in St. Lucie County. “It was almost a disaster,” said Roger Messer of Messer & Messer in Port St. Lucie. “All I can advise is, know your banker.” The breech occurred…

Mental health issues touch every facet of our legal community – from sole practitioners and law firm partners all the way down to law school students who feel daily pressure to graduate and become licensed and successful as soon as possible. Under the direction of the Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers,…

The Board of Governors makes several appointments each year. Current openings include: Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill three vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Florida that handles matters of bar admission. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill three five-year terms…

Bar News cover February 15, 2018

Litigation insurance costs may be passed to clients. After an intense debate, the Board of Governors has decided it’s permissible for attorneys to ask their clients to pay for “litigation cost protection”, a new type of insurance that fundamentally alters the risk equation in contingency fee cases. Promoters say it gives sole practitioners and smaller…

LegalAcc_News

The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) has launched a Legal Accelerator website to serve as a one-stop hub for obtaining advice on a variety of issues frequently faced by young lawyers (or any Florida Bar member delving into a new area of law or practice). Florida Bar members can enter the site by signing…

JNC and judicial vacancies

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…

2018 Pro Bono South Florida

2018 Pro Bono Awards

The Florida Bar recognized 21 lawyers for their pro bono service at a Jan. 25 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. Florida Bar President Michael J. Higer presented the 2018 awards. Watch the ceremony on Gavel to Gavel. The awards recognize pro bono service in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits as well as service by…

Bar News Cover Feb. 1 2018

Top stories include the YLD launching a virtual mentor resource, the full CRC considers a proposal to increase the retirement age of judges and the results of the 2017 Membership Opinion Survey. YLD launches its Legal Accelerator Legal Accelerator provides resources including nearly 1000 mentoring videos on more than 500 topics for Young Lawyers. The…

Just Adulting Child in Hat

#JustAdulting App Updates

What is #JustAdulting? Once you turn 18 years old, you are legally considered an adult in this country. But what does that actually mean? From the right to cast your vote in the next election to entering into a lease for your first apartment to serving on a jury, you are about to enter a…