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NOMINATING PETITIONS SOUGHT FOR FOURTH CIRCUIT SEAT ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

January 15th, 2020

Executive Director Joshua E. Doyle has announced a vacancy on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar due to the resignation of Fourth Circuit board member Michael G. Tanner. Tanner was finishing out a two-year term on the board. The office commences on June 19 and continues for a term ending June 25, 2021,…

22 LAWYERS WILL RECEIVE FLORIDA BAR PRO BONO AWARDS IN SUPREME COURT CEREMONY JAN. 30

January 9th, 2020

The Florida Bar will recognize 22 lawyers for their work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients at a Jan. 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. Established in 1981, The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards are intended to encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor.  The annual awards…

18th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURTS JUDGE LISA DAVIDSON TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED JUDICIAL SERVICE PRO BONO AWARD

January 9th, 2020

The Hon. Lisa Davidson (photo), chief judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit serving Brevard and Seminole counties, is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Judicial Service Award. The award, which honors outstanding and sustained service to the public especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services, will be presented by Chief Justice…

STARR LAW OFFICE TO RECEIVE COMMENDATION FOR PRO BONO WORK

January 9th, 2020

The Starr Law Office, P.A., will receive the 2020 Law Firm Commendation at the annual Pro Bono Awards ceremony on Jan. 30 at the Supreme Court of Florida. The commendation honors significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. The commendation will be presented by Chief…

JUDGE KAREN SUE JENNEMANN, TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED FEDERAL JUDICIAL SERVICE PRO BONO AWARD

January 9th, 2020

The Hon. Karen Sue Jennemann (photo), a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida in Orlando and dedicated advocate for pro bono and public service, is the 2020 recipient of the Chief Justice’s Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award. The award, which recognizes an active or retired federal judge for outstanding…

ORLANDO’S MARY ANN ETZLER TO RECEIVE 2020 TOBIAS SIMON PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD

January 9th, 2020

Attorney Mary Ann Etzler (photo) of Orlando, a champion of pro bono legal aid for decades, is the recipient of the 2020 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, the highest statewide pro bono award. The award will be presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a Jan. 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of…

YOUNG LAWYER BELKIS C. PLATA OF JACKSONVILLE TO BE HONORED FOR PRO BONO SERVICE

January 9th, 2020

Belkis C. Plata (photo), a Jacksonville attorney, is the recipient of the 2020 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. The award recognizes public service or legal aid performed by a lawyer who is 35 or younger or who has not practiced for more than five years. It will be presented in a…

MIAMI-DADE CHAPTER OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS TO RECEIVE STATEWIDE PRO BONO AWARD

January 9th, 2020

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers is the recipient of the 2020 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award, which will be presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a Jan. 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. The award recognizes a Florida voluntary bar that has demonstrated a significant…

SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 15 ATTORNEYS

December 27th, 2019

Summaries of orders issued from Nov. 21 to Dec. 26, 2019 The Florida Bar, the state’s guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 15 attorneys, disbarring five and suspending 10. One attorney was also ordered to pay restitution. Attorneys suspended for periods of…

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JNC NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS

December 26th, 2019

The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission has received applications from the following individuals, listed below in alphabetical order, to fill the vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court created by the resignations of Justice Barbara Lagoa and Justice Robert Luck to assume federal judicial office. 1. Judge Kimberly Bonner (Twelfth Judicial Circuit) 2. Judge Hunter…