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The Florida Supreme Court has accepted Bar-proposed amendments to lawyer referral service rules that widen their application to any “qualifying provider” that links consumers and lawyers. But the court also ordered the Bar to submit a rule within 90 days that prohibits a lawyer from accepting clients from any entity that in addition to legal services also refers callers to any nonlegal professional work stemming from the same incident.

Michelle SuskauerThe Florida Bar’s Special Committee on Gender Bias and Diversity is shifting to oversight as a subcommittee gets down to the nitty gritty of implementing a 12-point action plan.

Legislature sets court budget
Supreme Court justices got a raise they weren’t looking for and funding was restored by $2 million for trial court personnel salaries, but almost $26 million sought for trial court technology was left unfulfilled and money for a new Second District Court of Appeal courthouse was not approved.

Albert E. Dotson, Jr.
NEARLY 80 BILZIN SUMBERG employees and family members recently joined together at John F. Kennedy Middle School for the firm’s annual Bilzin Sumberg Cares Project Day.
It might have been billed as the definitive case that would decide whether the Daubert or Frye standards would control the qualification of expert witnesses in Florida courtrooms, but the Florida Supreme Court spent much of its March 6 oral argument debating whether the case should even be before it.



Here are the platform statements for the 2018 candidates for The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Eighteen candidates are running for seven seats, on each of seven different circuits. Ballots will be mailed around March 1 and must be returned to the Bar’s election company before midnight March 21. As in past years, members will have the option of voting with a paper ballot or online. Instructions will be included with the ballots.
Below are the platforms for two candidates running for an out-of-state seat on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Ballots will be mailed around March 1 and must be returned to the Bar’s election company before midnight March 21. As in past years, members will have the option of voting with a paper ballot or online. Instructions will be included with the ballots.
Three candidates have filed to fill the unexpired term of 19th Circuit Board of Governors member John Stewart, who will be sworn in as the Bar’s president-elect at the June Annual Convention. Below are the platform statements from the candidates. Ballots will be mailed by the Bar’s elections company around March 1, and must be returned by 11:59:59 p.m. March 21. Bar members will have the option of voting online or by paper ballot and instructions will be included with the mailed ballot.

Mindfulness tends to reveal its benefits — whether it be moments of clarity and calm, being less overcome by impulses and feeling emotionally reactive, or experiencing greater focus and concentration — to those who set aside time to practice.

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    April 1, 2018
    Charles T. CanadyThe Florida Supreme Court has named Justice Charles T. Canady of Lakeland, who has served in all three branches of state government, as its next chief justice. He will preside over Florida’s state courts system for a term starting July 1 and lasting through June 30, 2020.

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    Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente and U.S. Foundation Trustee Eugene Pettis.
    Justice Pariente wins O'Connor Jurist Award
    The American College of Trial Lawyers has presented its Sandra Day O’Connor Jurist Award to Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente.
    You’re probably familiar with the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, the statewide access point for electronic submission of court records. It’s the industry pacesetter, giving Florida court system users a simple and secure digital solution while saving filers thousands of dollars in related expenses.

    CRC panel backs off restoration of rights issue
    It’s all but certain the Constitution Revision Commission will not send voters an amendment on restoring felons’ civil rights that would compete with a citizens initiative restoring their voting rights.

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    Hot Topics in Evidence 2018
    Friday, May 4, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Orange County Bar Association.

    Avoiding Collateral Damage
    Friday, April 20, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Tampa Marriott Waterside

    Land Use 2018 & 41st Annual Local Government Law In Florida 2018
    Thursday, May 10, 9 AM - 4:50 PM (2629); Friday, May 11, 8:15 AM - 5 PM (2631); and Saturday, May 12, 8:15 AM - Noon (2631), Omni Championsgate Orlando.

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    Tuesday, May 15, - Saturday, May 19, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville

    Wills, Trusts & Estates Certification & Practice Review Course 2018
    Friday, April 6 - 6:55 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Saturday, April 7 - 6:55 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Hyatt Regency Orlando.

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    9th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium
    Thursday, April 12 - 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, April 13 - 7 a.m. - 4:50 p.m., The Don CeSar, St. Petersburg Beach.

    Masters of DUI 2018
    Friday, April 27 - 8 a.m. - 4:55 p.m., Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina, Ft. Lauderdale.

    The Federal Seminar 2018
    Monday, April 23 - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24- 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., State and Local Legal Center Washington, D.C.

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