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Special Appointments: FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCES TWO VACANCIES – Dec. 7

October 24th, 2018

The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its Feb. 8, 2019, meeting: The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2022. The 33-member Board of Directors administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall…

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR FLORIDA HURRICANE MICHAEL SURVIVORS

October 15th, 2018

A legal aid hotline is now available for Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929. The hotline operates through a partnership including The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Both English and Spanish voicemail recordings give instructions…

Hurricane Michael: The Florida Bar Shares Legal Resources and Information Ahead of the Storm

October 9th, 2018

Tallahassee, FL –  As Northwest Florida continues preparations in advance of Hurricane Michael, The Florida Bar wants to share essential information and guidance for those who may be affected by the storm.  The safety and security of all Floridians is the utmost concern, which is why the Bar urges everyone to take precaution and follow…

Special Appointments: THE FLORIDA BAR SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR APPOINTMENTS TO BE MADE IN DECEMBER – Nov. 9

September 24th, 2018

Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee: Five lawyers, one from each state appellate district, to serve two-year terms commencing January 1, 2019. The Florida Bar president receives the recommendations of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for consideration. The committee is composed of 11 lawyers appointed by The Florida Bar and 11 realtors appointed by…

THE FLORIDA BAR SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR TWO FLORIDA JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION VACANCIES

September 11th, 2018

Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission: Two attorneys to serve six-year terms commencing on January 1, 2019 and expiring December 31, 2024. The 15-member commission is authorized under Article V, Section 12, Florida Constitution, to investigate complaints against judges whose conduct demonstrates a present unfitness to hold office and recommends disciplinary action to the Supreme Court. No…

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR VACANCIES ON JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSIONS

July 27th, 2018

The Florida Bar is accepting applications for lawyer vacancies on each of the 2nd DCA, 3rd DCA, 9th, 15th, 17th and 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commissions. On July 17, 2018, we received notification from the Governor’s office of two commissioner resignations and six rejected slates of Florida Bar JNC nominees. Pursuant to Section 43.29(1)(a), Florida Statutes, The Florida Bar…

NEW LEGALFUEL.COM BRIDGES GAP BETWEEN BUSINESS AND LAW FOR PRACTICING ATTORNEYS

July 25th, 2018

 The new website provides Florida attorneys with strategic tools designed to help fuel their law practices with increased efficiencies and profitability. The Florida Bar has launched a new resource to assist Florida lawyers in the business of law called LegalFuel: The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar. LegalFuel provides critical business tools and support…

A CALL FOR ENTRIES ISSUED FOR THE PARKER THOMSON AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING LEGAL JOURNALISM IN FLORIDA AND THE SUSAN SPENCER-WENDEL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD– DEADLINE JULY 31

July 11th, 2018

The call for entries is out for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida and the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. The Florida Bar Board of Governors and the Media & Communications Law Committee renamed the media awards as a tribute to Miami lawyer Parker Davidson Thomson’s countless contributions to media law….

JEFFREY HEARNE IS HONORED AS THE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWYER OF THE YEAR

June 21st, 2018

Miami attorney Jeffrey Hearne was honored with the 2018 Florida Bar Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award for his commitment to tenants’ rights and advocacy, mentoring young attorneys and working on projects to benefit consumers across Florida. The award was presented June 15 at the Annual Convention of The Florida Bar in Orlando by…

FLORIDA FREE LEGAL ANSWERS EXPANDS ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR FLORIDIANS IN ITS FIRST YEAR

May 9th, 2018

Since Florida Free Legal Answers, a cooperative effort between The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, was launched one year ago, Florida lawyers have answered more than 2,200 legal questions by Floridians. The virtual legal advice clinic gives low-income Floridians a way to have legal questions answered free of charge and gives lawyers a…