FIRST LAWYER ADMITTED UNDER MILITARY SPOUSE RULE
A rule change that took effect in September 2018 removed a major barrier for spouses of military personnel who wish to practice law in Florida. For Bailey L. McGowan, the first person to take advantage of the change, it meant she didn’t have to be a substitute teacher after all.
Florida has more than 55,000 active-duty service members in bases from Pensacola to Key West. The rule change, proposed by The Florida Bar’s Military Affairs Committee and approved by the Florida Supreme Court, was created for people just like Bailey McGowan.