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Gill FreemanJon PolenbergA new Business Law Section task force could be paving the way for a statewide network of business courts, possibly with one in each of Florida’s five appellate districts. The “Business Courts Task Force” is co-chaired by Jon Polenberg, a shareholder in Becker & Poliakoff, and retired 11th Circuit Judge Gill Freeman, who served as Miami-Dade County’s first business court judge. Polenberg, a member of the Business Law Section’s Executive Council, stressed that the task force’s first assignment is a need determination.

A poll of Florida Bar members regarding the merit retention election of one state Supreme Court justice and 17 appellate court judges indicates support for all to be retained.

Michelle Suskauer and Christian George
PRESIDENT MICHELLE SUSKAUER and Christian George, president of the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, tape a welcome video for new Florida Bar members. “No matter your practice area or place of employment, the Bar has resources for you,” Suskauer says in the video.




Scott initiates JNC process to replace retiring justices
Governor Rick Scott has called on the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission to begin the process of selecting replacements for three retiring Supreme Court justices and said he expects to work with his successor to choose the new justices.

Agenda takes shape for board's October meeting
The Board of Governors could move a significant step closer to settling a debate over the way lawyers and law firms advertise their specialties when it convenes October 12 on Amelia Island.

Federal practitioners are well advised to review the federal rules, local rules, case management and scheduling orders, and any discovery practice manuals that may exist in their district.1 These sources of information, however, do not completely address each of the practices and procedures of the individual federal judges.
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  • October 1, 2018

    Kids making art
    GARY A. FORSTER of Forster Boughman Lefkowitz & Lowe in Orlando and his family recently volunteered their weekend to the Art for Veterans project, an initiative by Orange County Public Libraries to support our vets through the creative healing of child-made art.

    Young lawyers urged to apply for JNCs
    Rep. Alex AndradeIncoming state Rep. Alex Andrade, a Pensacola Republican and YLD member, is issuing an unusual challenge to fellow beginning lawyers. Andrade wants more young lawyers to apply for service on the state’s Judicial Nominating Commissions — not despite their lack of experience, but because of their unique perspective.

    Gov. Scott makes JNC appointments
    Gov. Rick Scott recently announced the following appointments and reappointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions.

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    Family Law Appeals - How Could They Possibly Be Any Different Than Other Appeals?
    November 14, 1:00 PM - 05:00 PM, Live Audio Webcast.

    Annual Ethics Update: Back to Basics, The ABC's of Ethics 2018
    Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30 AM - 1:25 PM, Renaissance Hotel International Plaza, Tampa.

    Health Care Regulatory & Compliance 2018
    Friday, November 2, 2018 - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando.

    Basic Administrative Law 2018
    Friday, November 2, 2018 - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, University Center Club, Tallahassee.

    Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum 2018
    Thursday, October 25 - Friday, October 26. Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando.

    Second Annual Attorney Loan Officer Conference 2018
    Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando.

    Basic Discovery 2018
    Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:30 AM - 4:20 PM, Tampa Airport Marriott.

    Social Media, Corporate Communications and the Legal Ethics of Both
    September 21, 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM, Live Audio Webcast

    Family Law Appeals - How Could They Possibly Be Any Different Than Other Appeals
    November 14, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Live Audio Webcast

    The 2018 Pat Dore Administrative Law Conference: An APA Odyssey
    Friday, October 12, 8:30 AM - 5:10 PM, Hotel Duval, Tallahassee.

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