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Ramon Abadin sworn-in as presidentDescribed by many as a free-thinking, fearless adventurer who revels in pushing people out of their comfort zones, Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin admitted he actually has three fears. “I fear failure. I fear apathy. I fear complacency,” 56-year-old Abadin, a trial lawyer and partner at Sedgwick LLP in Miami, told the General Assembly June 26, at the Bar’s Annual Convention.

Chief Justice LabargaBusinesses need an effective and efficient court system
If Florida wants to live up to its potential as the third largest state in the U.S., it will take better technology for its courts, better pay for its judges and court staff, and better access to courts for its residents.

Unbundled services for civil cases proposed
With the support of new Bar President Ramón Abadin, the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee is recommending a rule change that would allow lawyers to provide “unbundled” services in civil cases – and perhaps in most other types of cases.

Bill Schifino, Jr.Schifino steps into the role of president-elect

A lawyer’s lawyer. A successful business person. A team leader sensitive to sole and small-firm practitioners who may feel isolated among Florida’s 100,000 lawyers. That’s how Board of Governors member Jay Cohen described Tampa lawyer Bill Schifino, Jr., before he was sworn in as president-elect of The Florida Bar on June 26.

Coleman presents General Assembly awards
At the Bar’s Annual Convention General Assembly, outgoing President Greg Coleman presented the following President’s Awards of Merit:

Sheri Hazeltine and Justice LewisJustice teaching honors leaders in civics education
Three Justice Teaching Awards were presented by Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis during the Judicial Luncheon on June 25 at The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton. The awards honored a teacher, a volunteer, and a judge for their dedication in teaching Florida students about their government and the courts.

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    Ramón A. Abadin: President of The Florida Bar
    The Florida Bar JournalSoot and smoke swirled in the engine room of the Langfitt, where young Ramón Abadin sweated in 120-degree heat as a “wiper” cleaning behind boilers. Abadin was glad to snag this job working on the 351-foot dredge boat at the mouth of the Mississippi River for two summers after freshman and sophomore years at Tulane University in New Orleans. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paid $15 an hour, big money for a kid working his way through college in the late ’70s. His Cuban-American parents in Miami couldn’t afford to send him away to college, so Abadin cobbled together tuition and living expenses with financial aid, a little scholarship money, and his own resourcefulness....

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    GORDON J. GLOVER OF OCALA swears in as the 2015-16 YLD president, ready to lead the division’s nearly 25,000 members. His twins, Elsa and Bennett, and wife, Ashley, are beside him


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