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Deadline extended again to apply for a public member seat on the Board of Bar Examiners


Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before April 30, 2020, for one three-year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.  The Supreme Court of Florida will appoint one public member to serve on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.  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 ten meetings a year in various Florida locations, with travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed.  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.

Board members should be interested in seeking to improve the examination and its administration, and to evaluate carefully the character and fitness of applicants seeking admission to the Bar.  Board members should be free of adverse interests, conflicting duties, or inconsistent obligations that may interfere or appear to interfere with the proper administration of the Board’s mandate from the Court.

The vacancy will occur on November 1, 2020 with the expiration of the term of William F. Hodgkins of Lynn Haven.

Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may click here to download the Questionnaire for Public Member Vacancy or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain the questionnaire.  Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300 or submitted via email to [email protected]  no later than the close of business on Thursday, April 30, 2020.  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 telephone or personal interviews.

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