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The Florida Bar Journal
June, 2017 Volume 91, No. 6
Annual Reports Go Digital

by John F. Harkness, Jr.

Page 8



Just as it’s natural to take a look back and reflect on the accomplishments of the past 12 months as the calendar turns to a new year, the same is true as we get ready to turn the page on another Bar year.

In April, your president traditionally asks the chairs of the Bar’s standing committees, sections, and divisions for a report on their group’s activities for the year. And as always, the Journal complies and publishes these reports to inform the membership of the important work these varied entities perform in their efforts to improve our system of justice. These annual reports also remind us of the dedication these many hundreds of volunteer lawyers bring to their work for the betterment of the profession.

But just like it’s doing in so many other aspects of our lives, technology is evolving many of our Bar traditions, too.

This year — for the first time — the annual reports of the committees, sections, and divisions will not appear in the printed edition of the June Journal. Rather, they will be published on the Journal’s web page and in the digital edition.

This move is not meant to diminish the importance of these reports; it is just taking full advantage of the technology on hand. Archiving these reports online will ensure their accessibility for many years to come, as well as save the Bar money in printing and postage costs. Printing the close to 70 pages of annual reports about doubles the size of the June publication.

The transition to the web will also free up the Journal to do more of what it does best — chronicling the evolution of law in this state through scholarly, educational articles on issues of substantive Florida law.

That said, I encourage you to visit the Journal’s web page to review the notable activities highlighted in the reports; whether it be the Business Law Section’s efforts to modernize Florida’s fictitious name statute and fraudulent transfer statute; the International Law Section’s TED-inspired ILSTalks that educated, motivated, and inspired its members on topics such as international investigations from a former CIA officer’s perspective, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and lifting the Cuban embargo; or the Young Lawyers Division’s ongoing advocacy and guidance for those just entering our profession.

There is a lot of good information in these reports that relate directly to your practice area. They also always remind me that ours is a truly public-spirited profession.

[Revised: 05-26-2017]