THE SEPTEMBER BAR NEWS: Lawyer advertising, trial court change preparation, and the ‘go-to-guy’ when vets need help
The September Bar News is now available with stories including:
Unless it’s posted on a billboard, lawyers appear to be losing interest in printed types of advertising, while showing an accelerating interest in internet ads and a continuing preference for TV and radio spots. Ads submitted for Bar review jumped about 10 percent for the 2018-19 Bar year over the previous 12 months, with TV and radio, internet, and billboard ads showing strong increases.
ARE THERE ENOUGH MEDIATORS FOR HIGHER THRESHOLD COUNTY COURTS?
Florida Bar members should not be concerned that an impending restructuring of Florida’s trial courts — designed to shift more civil cases from circuit to county courts — may create a shortage of county certified civil mediators. Florida lawmakers agreed earlier this year to revise the “amount in controversy” threshold that determines whether a civil lawsuit is filed in county or circuit court. State court administrators have been working for the past year to prepare for the change, which comes after months of deliberation by a working group of appellate, circuit and county court judges, and other stakeholders appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady.
HALL IS A ‘GO-TO-GUY’ WHEN VETS NEED HELP
Sixteen years ago, Matt Hall was an Army sergeant in the Fourth Infantry Division as it swept from Baghdad to the Iranian border, liberating villages and hunting Saddam Hussein. It’s been years since the Hill Ward Henderson senior associate traded his uniform and rifle for a business suit and briefcase. But if his memories of Operation Iraqi Freedom are fading, Hall’s dedication to protecting fellow soldiers remains remarkably intact.