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The Florida Bar News – Sept. 1 Edition: Bass Leads the ABA , Bar’s Effort to Protect Against Identity Theft, and ABA Wellness Report

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The September 1 Bar News is now available. Top stories include Miami’s Hilarie Bass becoming ABA president, the Bar’s effort to protect lawyers and the public from identity theft, and an ABA report that addresses lawyers’ well-being.

MIAMI’S BASS LEADS THE ABA
While serving as ABA president, Bass said the two most critical issues she will face that have direct relevance to Florida are access to justice and low bar passage rates.

The access to justice problem is not only limited to the Sunshine State — the problem spans across the U.S. — and Bass said the ABA wants to use technology to find more efficient ways to bridge that access gap completely.

BAR WANTS TO PROTECT FLORIDA LAWYERS AND THE PUBLIC FROM IDENTITY THEFT

The Florida Bar has made security of its members’ information a top priority and focuses time and resources to keep up with evolving threats,” said Shanell Schuyler, director of intake at the Bar’s Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program.

She advises both members of the public who have been contacted by someone claiming to be a Florida Bar member, as well as lawyers who believe their identities have been stolen, to call the ACAP Hotline at 866-352-0707. The more information the Bar has about the latest fraudulent schemes, the better able the Bar is to prevent future scams by educating members and the public, she said.

REPORT: LAWYERS’ WELL-BEING FALLS SHORT

A new report from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being titled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change” focuses on the need to address lawyers mental health.

Read these and other stories featured in the September 1, Bar News.