Read the message sent on April 3 from Florida Bar President John Stewart with updates on Bar operations and court changes due to COVID-19. You can also read his message from March 20 on this archive page.
Florida Bar offices closed on March 19. Certain Bar staff are working remotely and essential functions are continuing.
March 13: President Stewart sent a message to Bar sections and committee leadership encouraging them to limit non-essential travel and evaluate live events scheduled between now and April 30 to see if they should be cancelled, postponed, or made virtual.
STATUS OF BOARD CERTIFICATION DEADLINES AND EVENTS
2020 2nd Cycle Exams – The Florida Bar Certification Exams originally scheduled for May 7-8, 2020, have been rescheduled to September 10-11, 2020.
Certification Annual Fees – The April 6, 2020 deadline to pay annual Board Certification fees has been extended to May 15, 2020.
2020 Recertification Applications – Recertification applications have been given a three-month extension. The new deadline for 1st cycle recertification applications is August 31, 2020. The new deadline for 2nd cycle recertification applications is October 31, 2020. If you complete your requirements and application before the new deadline, please do not delay in submitting your application, as this will assist staff and the certification committees.
- 1st Cycle Areas: Admiralty & Maritime; Adoption; Appellate Practice; Aviation; Civil Trial; Condo & Planned Development; Education; Elder; Immigration & Nationality; International Law; Labor & Employment; Marital & Family; Tax
- 2nd Cycle Areas: Antitrust & Trade Regulation; Business Litigation; City, County, & Local Gov.; Construction; Criminal Appellate; Criminal Trial; Health; Intellectual Property; International Litigation & Arbitration; Juvenile Law; Real Estate; State and Federal Gov. & Administrative Practice; Wills, Trusts, & Estates; Workers’ Compensation
STATUS OF UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
March 19-22: Solo & Small Firm Section Long Range Planning Meeting (Charleston, SC) – postponed until further notice.
March 23: Trust Accounting Workshops (Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee) – postponed.
April 1-5: RPPTL Out of State Meeting (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – cancelled.
April 2-3: Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Council Meeting (Washington, DC) – cancelled in-person meeting; will continue via conference call.
April 13-15: Board of Governors Strategic Planning Committee – cancelled.
April 15: Worker’s Compensation Section Executive Council Meeting (Orlando) – plans unknown at this time.
April 16-17: BLSE Committee Meeting (St. Petersburg) – cancelled in-person meeting; will continue via conference call.
April 17: Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice (Tampa) – cancelled.
April 25-May 3: Business Law Section Executive Council Retreat 2020 (Santorini & Athens, Greece) – cancelled.
April 29: Ethics School (Fort Lauderdale) – postponed.
April 29-May 3: City, County and Local Government Annual Meeting (Orlando) – plans unknown at this time.
April 30-May 3: ELULS Long Range Planning Retreat 2020 (Sarasota) – plans unknown at this time.
April 30-May 3: Trial Lawyers Section Out of State Retreat (Chicago) – cancelled.
May 6-8: Tax Section Annual Meeting (Paradise Island, The Bahamas) – cancelled.
May 7-8, 2020: Cycle 2 Board Certification Exams (Tampa) – rescheduled for Sept. 10-11.
December 16: Trial Lawyers Section Advanced Trial Advocacy Workshop (Gainesville) – cancelled.
STATUS OF UPCOMING CLE EVENTS
If you were registered for any of these events, you will be contacted by The Florida Bar regarding refunds and future scheduling.
March 13: (3586) RPPTL Section Trust & Estate Symposium (Fort Lauderdale) – postponed until further notice.
March 26-27: (3508) Advanced Health Law Topics & Certification Review 2020 (Orlando) – cancelled.
March 27: (3523) 2020 Advanced Topics in Administrative Law (Tallahassee) – cancelled.
March 27: (3465) Basic Personal Injury 2020 (Fort Lauderdale) – postponed; plan to reschedule to fall, 2020.
April 2-3: (3510) Advanced Labor Topics 2020 (Washington, DC) – postponed; plan to reschedule to fall, 2020.
April 3: (3464) Criminal Law Update (Miami) – postponed until further notice.
April 3: (3509) Practicing Before the First District Court of Appeal 2020 (Tallahassee) – rescheduled to November 6, 2020.
April 15-17, 2020 – (0000) Worker’s Compensation Section Forum (Orlando) – plans unknown at this time.
April 16-17: (3512) 11th Annual IP Symposium (Miami) – postponed; plan to reschedule to fall, 2020.
April 17-18: (3588) Wills, Trusts & Estates Certification Review Course (Orlando) – postponed until further notice
April 17-18: (3590) Real Property Certification Review Course (Orlando) – postponed until further notice.
April 24: (3514) Basic Estate Planning (Orlando) – postponed until further notice.
April 24: (3585) RPPTL Section Guardianship 2020 (Tampa) – postponed until further notice.
April 30: (3516) Land Use 2020 (Orlando) – plans unknown at this time.
April 30: (3515) CCLG Certification Review Course 2020 (Orlando) – plans unknown at this time.
May 1: (3518) Estate and Wealth Preservation (Tampa) – postponed until further notice.
Florida Board of Bar Examiners
The deadline for fall 2019 1L students to file a late student registration has been extended to Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the FBBE website for more information and updates.
FBBE has added a FAQ page to assist anyone with questions about Bar exams or other relevant topics.
Bar-related classes and events
Check our law school directory page for direct links to Florida law schools for announcements regarding moving classes online or making cancellations.
Check with your local voluntary bar association for local event cancellations.