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REGISTRATION FOR THE FIRST SESSION OF THE 2021 REPORTERS’ WORKSHOP WEB SERIES IS NOW OPEN

May 10th, 2021

The first webinar in the Reporters’ Workshop Web Series “Covering Trials After a Pandemic” will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 11:00 A.M – 12:30 P.M. This webinar present by The Florida Bar’s Media & Communications Law Committee is free and open to all members of the media. For over 30 years the…

FLORIDA BAR WILL HONOR NEARLY 850 50- AND 51-YEAR MEMBERS AT LUNCHEON

May 4th, 2021

The Florida Bar will honor 447 attorneys for 50 years of dedication to the practice of law during a luncheon at The Florida Bar Annual Convention at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, 398 attorneys from the law school class of 1970, who were unable to be recognized at a luncheon last…

FLORIDA BAR ANNOUNCES FINAL 2021 ELECTION RESULTS FOR BOARD OF GOVERNORS

April 23rd, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – One seat on The Florida Bar Board of Governors has been decided in a runoff election. Winning a two-year term on the board is Michael J. Gelfand, Fifteenth Circuit, Seat 4. Gelfand outpolled Manual Farach, 946-802. He will take office June 11, 2021. Ballots were sent to eligible attorneys in the contested circuit….

WEST PALM BEACH ATTORNEY GARY S. LESSER ELECTED FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT-ELECT DESIGNATE

March 23rd, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Longtime Florida Bar leader and West Palm Beach attorney Gary S. Lesser has been elected as President-elect Designate of The Florida Bar. Lesser will be sworn in as president-elect at the Annual Florida Bar Convention on June 11, when current President-elect Michael Tanner, of Jacksonville, becomes president. Lesser will serve as president for…

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE PARKER THOMSON AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING LEGAL JOURNALISM IN FLORIDA AND THE SUSAN SPENCER-WENDEL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

March 8th, 2021

Nominations are now open for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida and the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. The entry deadline is April 5, 2021. Submit entries here. The first-place award recipient for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida will receive a cash prize of $500, a plaque…

CITIZENS ADVISORY GROUP CREATES LIST OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN FLORIDA’S LEGAL AND JUSTICE SYSTEMS

February 2nd, 2021

To involve more Floridians in the state’s legal and justice systems, The Florida Bar’s Citizens Advisory Committee has compiled information, links, and contacts of more than a dozen ways nonlawyer volunteers may apply for appointments. These resources are posted at floridabar.org/volunteer. While they cannot practice law, there are more than a dozen ways that Floridians…

HALLANDALE BEACH’S ANTHONY C. MUSTO TO RECEIVE TOBIAS SIMON PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD

January 12th, 2021

Attorney Anthony C. Musto (photo) of Hallandale Beach, who has been dedicated to provid­ing pro bono legal services for his entire 45-year career, is the recipient of the 2021 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, the highest statewide pro bono award. The award will be presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a Jan….

13TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE BARBARA TWINE THOMAS TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED JUDICIAL SERVICE PRO BONO AWARD

January 12th, 2021

The Hon. Barbara Twine Thomas (photo), judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit Criminal Division serving Hillsborough county, is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Judicial Service Award. The award, which honors outstanding and sustained service to the public especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services, will be presented by Chief Justice…

YOUNG LAWYER FAY OLGA PAPPAS OF WINTER PARK TO BE HONORED FOR PRO BONO SERVICE

January 12th, 2021

Fay Olga Pappas (photo) is the recipient of the 2021 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. The award recognizes public service or legal aid performed by a lawyer who is 35 or younger or who has not practiced for more than five years. The award will be presented in a Jan. 28…

VIRGINIA M. HERNANDEZ COVINGTON TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED FEDERAL JUDICIAL SERVICE PRO BONO AWARD

January 12th, 2021

The Hon. Virginia M. Hernandez Covington (photo), a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award. The award, which honors outstanding and sustained service to the public especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services,…