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Deadline extended for public members to apply to sit on the Board of Bar Examiners


Florida Board of Bar Examiners SealMembers of the public are invited to volunteer on or before April 7, 2023, for one vacancy on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

A joint screening committee of Florida Bar Board of Governors members and Board of Bar Examiners members will recommend three nominees for the vacancy to the Supreme Court of Florida.  The Supreme Court of Florida will appoint one public member to serve on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for a three-year term commencing November 1, 2023, and expiring on October 31, 2026.  The board ensures that applicants seeking admission to The Florida Bar have met the requirements of the rules with regard to character and fitness, education, and technical competence prior to recommending to the Supreme Court of Florida an applicant’s admission to The Florida Bar.

A public member volunteer must have a bachelor’s degree and be deemed qualified by the court to assess whether applicants for admission to The Florida Bar meet the essential eligibility requirements for admission under the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar. Past public member volunteers have possessed experience in education, medicine, psychology, science, accounting, statistical analysis, retired military, and various other professions.  Lawyers are not eligible.

Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Board members should be willing and able to devote the equivalent of 3-4 days’ work a month, or up to 350 or more hours per year on board business, depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed.

The vacancy will occur on November 1, 2023, with the expiration of the term of Sanjena V. Clay of West Palm Beach.

Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may download the Questionnaire for Public Member Vacancy or call Bar headquarters at 850-561-3127, to obtain the questionnaire. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 or submitted via email no later than the close of business on Friday, April 7, 2023.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. A joint committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners will review all applications and may request virtual or personal interviews.

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