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Larry KriegerHappiness as a lawyer is not dependent on income or making partner in a large firm. Rather satisfaction doing work deemed important, healthy relationships with others, and having a sense of “autonomy and authenticity.”

Judy RushlowUnder new management and infused with fresh blood, Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., is joining the “health and wellness” wave that legal advocates hope will reshape an entire profession.

Parental leave rule revived
The Florida Supreme Court has asked the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee to once again consider a parental leave continuance rule.

Maggie McGowan DavisAs a clinical social worker, Maggie McGowan Davis was excited to learn about the Bar’s mental health and wellness efforts when she became part of the Bar’s Citizens Advisory Committee last year. Davis is one of 12 non-lawyer members on the committee — formerly known as the Citizens Forum — charged with being a sounding board for the Bar Board of Governors and evaluating content disseminated to the public by the Communications Committee.

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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 platform for four candidates running in two races in for 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.

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    March 15, 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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    FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW STUDENTS arrive at the recent Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation’s Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic, held this year at Zoo Miami. The event draws hundreds of students, lawyers, and judges, providing them an opportunity to find a mentor or mentee in a fun and informal setting.

    Judge Steve LeifmanWith the 2018 Legislative Session going full bore, the members of the Bar’s Special Committee on Mental Health in the Courts were already gearing up for next year’s session as well as improving education for lawyers about mental health matters.

    Court implements new policy for sexual harassment complaints against jurists
    The Florida Supreme Court has updated its sexual harassment policy and procedures for complaints against justices and judges.

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    Florida Bar CLE

    Are Death and Taxes Still Certain? Tax and Non-Tax Issues in Estate Planning 2018
    Friday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. - 5:10 p.m., Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.

    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.

    Advanced Trial Advocacy 2018
    Tuesday, May 15 - Saturday, May 19, University of Florida Levin College of Law.

    Journey Through the Florida Guardianship Galaxy 2018
    Friday, April 20- 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Stetson University College of Law - Tampa Campus.

    Annual Wealth Protection 2018
    Friday, May 4 - 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tampa Airport Marriott.

    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.

    Sunshine Law, Public Records & Ethics for Public Officers and Public Employees 2018
    Friday, April 13 - 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Rosen Plaza Orlando.

    Practicing with Professionalism
    St. Petersburg, April 6, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

    City, County and Local Government Certification Review Course 2018
    May 10, 8 a.m. -5:05 p.m, Omni ChampionsGate, Orlando

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