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Pay Your Annual Florida Bar Fees Online Now

Did you know … Florida Bar members and paralegals can now pay their 2018-19 Florida Bar fees online by signing into the MyFloridaBar Members Portal at member.floridabar.org and clicking the “Pay My Fees” button on your profile page? That’s right! Paying your Bar dues is easier than ever! This electronic fee statement is the easiest way to…

The Florida Bar News May 1, 2018

The May 1 Bar News is now available with stories including: When lawyers need help, let’s make sure they don’t fear getting it Most lawyers work in stressful jobs. It is no surprise, then, that stress-related disease hits attorneys at a much higher rate than other people. It is a normal hazard of the job….

The April 15th edition of The Florida Bar News is now online with stories including: The Constitution Revision Commission thinking about increasing the retirement age of judges to 75. Proposal 41, submitted by Commissioner and former Bar President Bill Schifino, raises the age of what has been referred to as “constitutional senility” for judges from…

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…

BOG seal

Ballots for runoff elections in the 1st and 11th circuits for Board of Governors representatives have been emailed/mailed to members in these circuits who are eligible to vote. Bar members may vote online at https://www.esc-vote.com/flabar or by paper ballot. Instructions for electronic voting were included with the e-ballots and paper ballots. Votes must be received…

Florida Bar News April 1

Court sets new rules for referral services The Florida Supreme Court has accepted Bar-proposed amendments to lawyer referral service rules that widen their application to any “qualifying provider” that links consumers and lawyers. But the court also ordered the Bar to submit a rule within 90 days that prohibits a lawyer from accepting clients from any…

March 15, 2018 Florida Bar News Cover

Town Hall sparks conversation on personal satisfaction Florida State University Law Prof. Larry Krieger, who has spent a generation teaching and researching lawyer satisfaction, was the speaker February 20 at the first of The Florida Bar’s Town Hall meetings addressing the health and wellness of lawyers and getting feedback on what the Bar can do…

The Board of Governors makes several appointments each year. Current openings include: Special appointments Deadline to apply: Monday, April 9 Two lawyers (one under-36 delegate) to serve two-year terms on the American Bar Association House of Delegates commencing August 2018, at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting. Applicants must also be ABA members. Five lawyers…

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…