Free webinar explaining temporary supervised practice program for recent bar exam applicants set for Wednesday
The program is a joint effort of the Bar's YLD and the Board of Bar Examiners
The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners will host a free webinar Wednesday, September 2, to explain how the recently approved supervised practice program for law graduates and participating lawyers will work.
The event, “Florida Bar Exam Update: Explaining the Temporary Supervised Practice Program with Florida Board of Bar Examiners General Counsel James Almon,” is set for 1-2 p.m., and you may register by clicking here. The program will be beneficial for both law school graduates and lawyers who plan to participate in the program.
On August 28, the Bar Examiners approved the first 63 applicants for the supervised legal practice program for the summer bar exam applicants that creates a way for applicants to work despite delays caused by the pandemic and online testing failures. The program will last until 30 days after the results of the February 2021 bar exam are released. The application for Temporary Supervised Practice may be accessed here.
Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales has promised to recruit an applicant to work at her firm and is urging Florida lawyers to follow her lead.
“Please lend a helping hand to our recent law school graduates who have been unable to take the bar exam due to the pandemic,” Foster-Morales said on her Facebook page. “Thank you, YLD, for taking the lead.”
YLD President Adam White reported to The Florida Bar Board of Governors last week that the division plans to launch a webpage to help the estimated 3,000 recent law school graduates who have been unable to take the July bar exam due to the pandemic and technical difficulties with a vendor’s software that forced the Bar Examiners to reschedule the exam for October 13. The website, White said, will link Bar applicants with attorneys who are willing to participate in the supervised practiced program. It will also house the video of the webinar and provide other helpful links.
To qualify, a 2020 bar applicant must meet a number of requirements, including graduating from an ABA-accredited law school, not having taken a bar examination in Florida or another jurisdiction before February 1, 2020, and receiving a letter of clearance as to character and fitness from the Bar Examiners.
Supervising attorneys will assume professional responsibility for all services provided by the supervised practice participant, and for the quality of the practice participant’s work, and must assist in the practice participant’s preparation to the extent the supervising attorney considers it necessary, according to the Supreme Court order authorizing the program.
The supervising attorney also must enter an appearance in any matter in which a supervised practice participant enters an appearance and is required to be present “at all critical stages of the proceeding” in any case in which the graduate represents a person who has a right to appointed counsel.
Wednesday’s webinar has been approved for one hour of CLE credit.