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The August 15 Bar News: Parental leave continuance, military spouse rule and the work of a former public defender in Afghanistan

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The August 15 Bar News is now available with stories including:

The Board of Governors supporting a position that a parental leave continuance be added to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.

The Board of Governors agreed on July 27 to support the position that a parental leave continuance be added to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. The board’s input —which was requested by the Supreme Court — along with the majority and minority positions of the Bar’s Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, will be submitted to the court by Aug. 31.

The Supreme Court adopting a military spouse rule.

The Bar’s proposed rule to allow lawyer-spouses of military personnel stationed in Florida to practice law cleared Supreme Court muster on July 19. The court approved creating Chapter 21 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and also new Rule of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar 2-23.7. The changes allow the lawyer spouses of military personnel, if they meet several conditions, to practice in Florida for up to five years without taking the bar exam.

A former public defender spending the better part of five years working to improve Afghan justice.

After more than 27 years as the public defender in the Eighth Circuit, Rick Parker was still passionate about the pursuit of justice, but tired of the headaches of management. In 2010, U.S. State Department contractor Pacific Architect and Engineers was looking for legal experts to help the Afghan government modernize its criminal justice system. Parker got his wish and worked nearly five years in a war zone, returning safely in March 2016.

Read these and other stories featured in The Florida Bar News.