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July 1, 2017
Proposed board actions

Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar publishes this notice of intent to consider the following items at its July 21, 2017 board of governors meeting in Miami. This is governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. If approved by the board, most of these amendments must still be formally filed with the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective. Additionally, non-substantive edits to conform to the Supreme Court style guide are not always noted in the summary. To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments, email [email protected] or call Kelly Berglund at 850-561-5751. Reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication.

Chapter 1 General

RULE 1-3.7 REINSTATEMENT TO MEMBERSHIP

Within subdivision (c), changes 10 hours to 11 hours for the number of continuing legal education hours required for each year or partial year of retirement or delinquency. Within subdivision (g)(2), changes 30-hour continuing legal education requirement to 33-hour continuing legal education requirement for reinstatement of inactive members who are required to complete continuing legal education requirements to be reinstated.

Chapter 4 Rules of Professional Conduct

RULE 4-1.10 IMPUTATION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST; GENERAL RULE

Removes commentary regarding imputation of conflicts when a lawyer changes firms and changes commentary titles.
Standing Board Policies

STANDING BOARD POLICY 5.52 SECTION OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP

Standing Board Policy 5.52, regarding election of section officers and executive council, is deleted in its entirety.

Chapter 2 Bylaws of the Florida Bar

Changes from quorum requirement to authorization for electronic meetings.

BYLAW 2-9.2 STANDING BOARD POLICIES

Adds that the board may adopt or amend rules of order and that adoption and amendment of standing board policies and rules of order are effective on specific date set by the board of governors.

Within rule 2-9.6, adds to the requirement that the bar follow Robert’s Rules of Order an exception for electronic meetings and other provisions in rules of order in the standing board policies.

RULE 20-6.1 GENERALLY

The amendment increases continuing education requirement from 30 to 33 hours within a 3-year cycle and adds that 3 of the 33 hours must be in technology.

RULE 20-8.3 COMPLAINT PROCESSING

Within subdivision (e), amendment adds the requirement for a Florida Registered Paralegal to notify their supervising lawyer if a complaint has been filed against them.

RULE 20- 8.6 DISPOSITION OF COMPLAINTS

Within subdivision (g), the amendment adds “letter of advice.”

[Revised: 12-16-2017]