THE AUGUST BAR NEWS: Ambitious agenda for Mental Health and Wellness Committee, ‘quiet restructuring’ for county courts, and panel explores challenges facing women lawyers
The August Bar News is now available with stories including:
An enhanced hotline for distressed lawyers, better member benefits for attorneys looking to boost their well-being, and resources for local bars sponsoring health and wellness events are the priorities this year for the Bar’s Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers.
Beginning January 1, the $15,000 “amount in controversy” threshold that determines whether a lawsuit is filed in county or circuit court doubles to $30,000. Administrators have been preparing for a year, but the exact ramifications remain uncertain until litigants begin to file.
Senior U.S. District Judge Pat Seitz, the first woman to serve as president of The Florida Bar in 1993-94, said much has changed since she became a lawyer nearly 50 years ago. She recalled that it seemed that there were only a “handful of women” in the profession at the time, and the only women working at her firm were the secretaries.