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January 28, 2020

About 50 Jacksonville Bar Association and D.W. Perkins Bar Association members got an inside look at The Florida Bar Grievance Committee process on Jan. 8 at the JBA offices in Jacksonville. Thanks to Craig Shoup, JBA executive director, this recorded CLE is now available for other voluntary bars to use as programming and as a member benefit. The CLE seminar was sponsored by the JBA and the D.W. Perkins Bar Association.

“The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee is very excited to begin to regularly offer pre-recorded plug-and-play CLEs as another service from The Florida Bar to our statewide voluntary bar community,” said Vivian Hodz, committee chair.  The concept is to share relevant content between voluntary bar associations so that programs and materials are easily available and accessible to voluntary bar leaders.

Each quarter, The Florida Bar will record one CLE already being presented by a voluntary bar and will post it to the Voluntary Bar Center website where it can be used by other bars for their member luncheons or other bar-related events.“The Jacksonville Bar Association was most generous in offering us the opportunity to record this workshop, one with a subject matter that has bar wide appeal and very important that we all understand,” Hodz said. “We are hopeful that the wonderful example set by Craig Shoup in Jacksonville is followed by the other large staffed bars and other voluntary bar associations and that they step up and allow us the opportunity to record a program that can be shared to help voluntary bar members in other parts of the state,” Hodz concluded.

From reviewing complaints brought against attorneys and determining probable cause, to levels of discipline and more, the workshop was moderated by D.W. Perkins President Latoya Williams Shelton and featured a panel of speakers comprised of Carlos Leon, Bar counsel in the Lawyer Regulation Department at The Florida Bar; staff investigator Camille Burban; Amber Donley, former chair of one of the two 4th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committees; The Florida Bar Board of Governors 4th Circuit representative and designated grievance reviewer Michael Tanner; attorney Sheldon Vann; and JBA Executive Director Craig Shoup.

If your organization would like to access the CLE for use in a voluntary bar event, please contact Jeff Doran, Manager, Voluntary Bar Services at  [email protected] or 850.561.5773 for the password.  Participants earn 1.0 CLE hour for the course.