The Florida Bar

Free Online CLE – Florida’s Legal Profession and History: Celebrating the Past and Looking to the Future

March 26, 2020

In case you missed our wonderful CLE, “Florida’s Legal Profession and History: Celebrating the Past and Looking to the Future,” you are still in luck. The presentation was recorded and is available on the Committee’s web page free of charge. It is an excellent way for you to receive 2.5 General CLE Credits, of which 1.0 is eligible as a Technology CLE Credit. The CLE presentation featured Jonathan Israel and Retired Judge E.J. Salcines.

During the first half of the program, Israel explained the current state of The Bar and what the future holds, as well as, how technology has impacted The Bar and the legal profession in Florida, as a whole. He also included a forecast of where technology is likely to take the legal profession in the next decade. During the second half of the program, Salcines discussed landmarks and milestones in Florida legal history, most of which he experienced firsthand during his almost 60 years as a member of The Florida Bar.

Jonathon Israel is the Director of the Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar, where he provides law practice management and legal technology consulting to Bar members. He is a member of the ABA Law Practice Division where he serves on the Legal Technology Resource Center Board, the Law Practice Today Board, and the Legal Project Management Committee.

Many of you are acquainted with Judge Salcines as he is a legend in the legal profession. Judge (Ret.) Salcines has been an active member of The Florida Bar since 1963, retiring as a Judge of the Second District Court of Appeal where he served for 10 years plus an additional 5 years as a Senior Appellate Judge. He was a career federal and state prosecuting attorney and was elected prosecuting attorney in the 13th Judicial Circuit for 16 years, first as County Solicitor, and then as State Attorney. He was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court as Florida’s first Statewide Prosecutor investigating narcotic smuggling. He was Vice President of the National District Attorneys Association and Past President of the Florida’s Prosecuting Attorneys Association, who in 2014 presented him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He was responsible for hiring the first African American lawyer and the first female lawyer as prosecutors in Hillsborough County.

Judge Salcines is well known as a storyteller and makes history alive. He is widely sought as a speaker and we were so lucky to have him as a presenter. If you are ever in Tampa and are not lucky enough to see Judge Salcines in person, you can see his statue on the Riverwalk, as he is truly a legend to the citizens of Tampa, not just to the legal profession.

Leslie Reicin Stein
Senior Lawyers Committee Chair