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THE AUGUST BAR NEWS: Mental Health and Wellness Committee, restructuring in county courts, and challenges facing women lawyers

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The August Bar News is now available with stories including:

HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMITTEE SETS AMBITIOUS AGENDA

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.

COUNTY COURTS PREPARE FOR A ‘QUIET RESTRUCTURING’

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.

PANEL EXPLORES CHALLENGES FACING WOMEN LAWYERS

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.