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Board of Governors rejects reciprocity

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Board of Governors rejects reciprocity

The Board of Governors October 16 unanimously voted to reject admission by motion with or without reciprocity for Florida. 

“As lawyers, it’s our nature to analyze an issue, debate its merits and then determine the right path forward,” said Florida Bar President Ramón Abadin. “The Florida Bar fostered a discussion among our members surrounding the issues of admission by motion/reciprocity, which is exactly what we set out to do at the beginning of this process. We will continue to facilitate dialogue among our members as we address critical topics including legal education, technology, and access to legal services in conjunction with the work of the Supreme Court’s Florida Access to Civil Justice Commission.”

Abadin said given Florida’s standing as one of the fastest-growing states in the country, “we must work together to ensure legal professionals can stay competitive in today’s fast-changing landscape.” 

Admission by motion/reciprocity was only one of the topics being examined as part of The Florida Bar’s Vision 2016 platform, an initiative introduced in 2013 to identify and discuss a range of challenges facing the state’s legal profession. Vision 2016 is concentrating on four areas: admissions, technology, education and access to legal services.

An upcoming issue of the News will have full coverage of the board’s action.

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