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Charles McBurneyCharles McBurney is a member of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, an eclectic array of 27 leaders from all branches of government and the business world. But on this February day, the Republican legislator and attorney from Jacksonville chaired the House Judiciary Committee and invited his legislative colleagues to ask questions of Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Bar President Greg Coleman.

Lawyer Suicide: Finding a ray of sunshine through a dark cloud
In a January 2014 article, CNN asked the question “Why are lawyers killing themselves?” It was a sobering look into the dramatic rise in lawyer suicides across the United States.

JNC applicants needed
There is still time for Florida lawyers to apply to sit on one of the state’s 26 judicial nominating commissions.

11th Circuit Board of Governors Candidates' Platform Statements
Here are the platform statements for the 2015 candidates for The Florida Bar Board of Governors in the 11th Circuit. Ballots for the election will be mailed around March 1 and must be returned no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 23.

Seventh Circuit Board of Governors Candidates' Platform Statements
Five lawyers have filed to complete an unexpired term on The Florida Bar Board of Governors representing the Seventh Judicial Circuit. The winner will replace Sandra Upchurch, who resigned after being elected to the circuit bench, and will serve for a term that expires in June 2016.

YLD Board of Governors Candidates' Platform Statements
Here are the platform statements for the 2015 candidates for The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Ballots for the election will be mailed around March 1 and must be returned no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 23.

Young lawyers vie for YLD grants
Katherine Hurst MillerCozy beds for foster kids in Lee County. An appreciation luncheon for nursing home veterans in Marion County. A boat-building project for children to enjoy waterways in Indian River County. A speech and debate competition for high school students in Orange County. These are a few community-enrichment projects that young lawyers who are deeply involved in local bar associations plan to execute with the financial assistance of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Track bills on the Bar website
The 60-day annual legislative session in Tallahassee can seem a confusing, rushed, and hectic mishmash of activity. Bills with confusing titles are introduced in committee, amended, sent to another committee, altered again and then — if they’re still alive — eventually make it to the floor. Where, again, they can be rewritten in their entirety.

Educating 'seasoned' lawyers about their options
Jake SchickelProviding relevant and free CLE for senior attorneys, helping them find ways to mentor and stay active in the practice — including with pro bono — or helping them ease into their preferred retirement, if that’s their choice, occupied the Bar’s Senior Lawyers Committee at its recent meeting.

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    We Need a Hard Eight: Florida’s Growing Exception to the Eight Corners Rule
    The Florida Bar JournalLawsuits bring stress, anxiety, and the threat of financial ruin. To respond to this threat, responsible people and businesses purchase some form of liability insurance. Liability insurance entitles the policyholder to two important promises. First, the insurer will indemnify the policyholder by paying for covered losses falling within the policy’s limits. Second, the insurer will provide the policyholder with a defense from a lawsuit potentially covered by the policy. This second promise, known as an insurer’s “duty to defend,” typically includes appointment of counsel and payment of attorneys’ fees and other legal costs incurred in the policyholder’s defense. Liability insurance is sometimes referred to as litigation insurance because liability policies, in addition to indemnifying loss, are designed to “protect[] the insured from the expense of defending suits.

    March 1, 2015

    Susskind to highlight The Florida Bar's 65th Annual Convention

    Sean DesmondLegal technology and innovation will take center stage at The Florida Bar’s 65th Annual Convention June 24-27 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. “It is not practice as usual,” said Annual Convention Chair Sean Desmond of Tallahassee. Desmond said this year’s theme, “Charting a Course for the Future,” is in keeping with President Greg Coleman’s vision for his administration — to focus on the technology that is rapidly revolutionizing the profession.




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