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Town Hall: COVID-19 Court Operations & Recovery

President Dori Foster-Morales hosted a statewide town hall meeting, “Florida Bar Town Hall: COVID-19 Court Operations and Recovery,” on March 30, 2021 to provide Florida lawyers with court operations updates and plans and a status report on the legal profession.

The program, CLE Course #4651, featured opening remarks by Chief Justice Charles Canady, followed by an update on the efforts of the Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19 by its chair, Judge Lisa Munyon of Orlando. Judge Margaret Steinbeck, chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission, discussed the branch’s legislative budget request for 2021-22, particularly portions that address the trial courts’ pandemic recovery plan and COVID-19 response needs. Florida Bar President-elect Mike Tanner also talked about the work of the Bar’s Pandemic Recovery Task Force.

Poll Results

In your law practice, what has been your greatest challenge during the pandemic from the perspective of practicing law?
Introducing and handling evidence 30%
Being able to collaborate with clients and experts during proceedings 27%
Effectively direct and cross exam witnesses 8%
Inability to have informal discussions to work on resolutions 35%
Which change to the practice of law would you like to see continue after the pandemic?
Virtual evidentiary hearings 17%
Virtual depositions 16%
Virtual mediations 14%
Virtual client consultations 9%
Increased work from home 39%
Reduced formal office space 5%
When it is safe, how should The Florida Bar handle meetings and/or seminars?
Hold events only virtually 7%
Hold events only in person 2%
Hybrid events – Offer option to attend virtually any in-person events 91%

Panelists

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady
Chief Justice Charles Canady
Judge Lisa Munyon
Judge Lisa Munyon
Judge Margaret Steinbeck
Judge Margaret Steinbeck
Dori-Foster-Morales
President Dori Foster-Morales
Mike Tanner
President-elect Mike Tanner

Florida Bar News Coverage

Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales joined judges and Bar leaders around the state to discuss how Florida attorneys are coping during the pandemic and what the Bar can do to assist members in their legal practice and beyond. Find your circuit and watch below!

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Past Events

Circuit Date Video Link
First Circuit Aug. 19 Watch the First Circuit Town Hall
Second Circuit Aug. 25 Watch the Second Circuit Town Hall
Third Circuit Sept. 24 Watch the Third Circuit Town Hall
Fourth Circuit Sept. 9 Watch the Fourth Circuit Town Hall
Fifth Circuit Aug. 26 Watch the Fifth Circuit Town Hall
Sixth Circuit Sept. 10 Watch the Sixth Circuit Town Hall
Seventh Circuit Sept. 15 Watch the Seventh Circuit Town Hall
Eighth Circuit Aug. 17 Watch the Eighth Circuit Town Hall
Ninth Circuit Sept. 14 Watch the Ninth Circuit Town Hall
Tenth Circuit Sept. 23 Watch the Tenth Circuit Town Hall
Eleventh Circuit Aug. 5 Watch the Eleventh Circuit Town Hall
Twelfth Circuit Sept. 9 Watch the Twelfth Circuit Town Hall
Thirteenth Circuit Aug. 11 Watch the Thirteenth Circuit Town Hall
Fourteenth Circuit Sept. 2 Watch the Fourteenth Circuit Town Hall
Fifteenth Circuit Aug. 24 Watch the Fifteenth Circuit Town Hall
Sixteenth Circuit Aug. 20 Watch the Sixteenth Circuit Town Hall
Seventeenth Circuit Aug. 10 Watch the Seventeenth Circuit Town Hall
Eighteenth Circuit Aug. 31 Watch the Eighteenth Circuit Town Hall
Nineteenth Circuit Aug. 13 Watch the Nineteenth Circuit Town Hall
Twentieth Circuit Sept. 23 Watch the Twentieth Circuit Town Hall