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  • 09/15/2020 5:20 PM | Seema Patel (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar | Article | September 15, 2020

    Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Jamie Grosshans has been named to the Florida Supreme Court by Gov. Ron DeSantis, replacing the unsuccessful nomination of Fifteenth Circuit Judge Renatha Francis. DeSantis made the announcement and introduced Grosshans at 5 p.m., ending an uncertain day after the Supreme Court ordered the governor on Sept. 11 to select a replacement for Francis by noon on the 14th. The court took that action after agreeing with a challenge from Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windemere, that Francis was ineligible for the Supreme Court because she had not been a Bar member for 10 years, as required by the Florida Constitution.

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  • 04/07/2020 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an Emergency Order on 4/6/20

    CLICK HERE to view the order. 


  • 04/07/2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    The following items are being offered as shared resources to assist legal professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    For the latestCourt and Bar announcements, member resources and Bar event changes that may affect Florida Bar members, as well as general information for Floridians affected by the COVID-19 crisis.visit.www.floridabar.org/covid19

  • 04/07/2020 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an Emergency Order on 4/6/20

    CLICK HERE to view the order.

  • 04/04/2020 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    The update covers the Safer at Home executive order, Bar resources for members, and the status of Bar meetings.

    Dear Fellow Florida Bar Members:

    I hope this correspondence finds you, your families, and friends well in these uncertain times. Although we Floridians are very resilient when it comes to hurricane planning and recovery, this pandemic provides unique dilemmas every day, day after day. Please be assured Bar leadership and our staff are working to the best of our abilities to assure continued member services and Bar operations at the highest level.

    Above all, I hope you are observing the health and safety guidelines and working remotely if possible to reduce community spread of COVID-19.

    This update covers the recent Safer at Home executive order, the Bar’s resources for members during the pandemic and that status of meetings as of today.

    Provision of Legal Services During the Pandemic

    We’ve heard from a number of members who have questions about the statewide Safer at Home Executive Order 20-91, issued on April 1 by Governor Ron DeSantis, as to its application to the legal profession.

    The Executive Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors met on March 23 and took a position that law firms are essential businesses, either entirely or when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities. The Bar’s position respectfully requested that any state, city and county protective pandemic protocols include a statement that law firms are essential businesses either entirely or when “necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities” especially when time-sensitive legal work is necessary to assist the public in solving urgent needs during these unusual times. On March 27, I sent a letter to the Governor’s General Counsel regarding this request.

    The Safer at Home Executive Order 20-91 refers to essential services and activities. Although specifics are not provided regarding provision of legal services, you should carefully review this, and all other relevant orders, and use your best judgment to determine whether your work meets the mandates of the order. The Governor said he has received questions about the meaning of essential activities under his Safer at Home order. “It’s less important what you do, than how you do it,” DeSantis said, and he went on to say that the goal is to avoid close contact with people outside your home to reduce the transmission rate. The Governor also advised that local municipalities can place more stringent restrictions than the statewide order, so we must be vigilant to assure we’re meeting state and local requirements.

    We stress that the absolute best course to take at this time is to work remotely using electronic communications and to avoid in-person contact as directed. When that isn’t possible, you should follow the health and safety guidelines issued by national state and local health officials (posted on our COVID-19 webpage) concerning proper hygiene, social distancing, and other recommended protocols.

    Also, you should frequently check for current court orders and notifications from the clerks of court. We have links to all of the courts’ and clerks’ websites under Member Resources at www.floridabar.org/covid19.

    Member Resources Expansion

    Daily updates are being made to the Bar’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. It now includes sections on court announcements, Florida Bar announcements, and member and consumer resources. Please read more about what’s available in the Florida Bar News story. This is also a good time to follow the Bar’s social media for timely information.

    May Board of Governors Meeting

    The next scheduled Board of Governors meeting and its individual committee meetings are being transitioned from in-person events to virtual meetings on May 14-15. Board committee chairs will work with staff liaisons to identify pending matters that either need to be addressed or may be deferred.

    Section Meetings, CLEs and Other Activities Through May

    In the interest of the health and safety of members and staff, section and committee leaders are being asked to postpone, cancel, or transition to electronic or virtual activities any planned in-person events through May 31, 2020. The Florida Bar will continue to work with the section and committee leaders to assist in any rescheduling, cancellation, or moving activities to an electronic format.

    In addition, please remember that deadlines for members with three-year cycle CLE reporting in February, March, April, and May, have been extended to August 31, 2020. Although many in-person CLEs have been cancelled, the 24/7 OnDemand CLE catalog is active and LegalFuel offers many free online CLEs that may be helpful.

    In closing, please know how grateful I am for your dedication to your clients, our courts, and our Bar during these difficult times. We are all in this together, and together we can recover and restore our legal system to normal operations as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact myself or President-elect Dori Foster-Morales with any questions and above all stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    John M. Stewart

    President

  • 03/16/2020 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    Administrative Order No.: 12.510 -03/2020

    RE: Mitigating Measures in Response to COVID-19

    Administrative Order No.: 12.511 -03/2020

    RE: Restricting Certain Visitors to the Courthouse


  • 03/16/2020 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    Click Here to view the Notice.

  • 03/11/2020 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady issued an order outlining a first set of guidelines within the state courts system as it confronts COVID-19. CLICK HERE to view the order.

  • 11/19/2019 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    INAUGURAL PRO BONO PINNING CEREMONY AT THE 15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

    WEST PALM BEACH, FL – On November 7, 2019, the 15th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee hosted its inaugural Pro Bono Awards Pinning Ceremony and Ice Cream Social. The Pinning Ceremony recognized attorneys in our community who went above and beyond to provide pro bono legal services in 2018 in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. The event took place in the ceremonial courtroom of the main courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida with over 100 people, including 20 judges, as well as Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente and Florida Bar President John Stewart in attendance.

    Several notable speakers expressed gratitude to the award winners for their selfless dedication to pro bono advocacy and encouraged others to handle pro bono cases. Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente and current Florida Bar President John Stewart spoke about the importance of pro bono work and individually pinned the award winners. “I am thrilled to be part of this inaugural pro bono pinning ceremony. I hope you know how much you are appreciated for what you have done to make a difference in the lives of your clients through your advocacy,” said Justice Barbara Pariente.

    Florida Bar President John Stewart noted that “during fiscal year 2018-19, Florida lawyers contributed 1.6 million hours of pro bono services to people in need and $6.2 million to legal aid organizations. In every single pro bono case, they are making a difference in somebody’s life, helping a family and giving hope.” Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Krista Marx stressed “volunteering improves not only mental health and well-being but also provides physical health as well.”

    Pro Bono Committee Chair Circuit Court Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer emphasized the grave need for more attorneys to handle more pro bono cases citing that while there are “over 3 million people in Florida are in need of pro bono legal services, only 20 percent of those people receive them.”

    Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division President Santo DiGangi added “no matter what may be going on in your professional or personal lives, you all have made a commitment to take the time to assist those in our society who need us the most and that dedication cannot be overstated.”

    Anne Hinds, an attorney recognized for donating over 100 hours of pro bono services explained while she realizes her volunteerism makes a difference in the lives of the children she represents, it the children who make a significant difference in her life and “you actually get more than you give.”

    Several voluntary bar associations sponsored the event, including the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association, the Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Justice Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers Palm Beach County and the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association provided the funding for the pro bono recognition pins.

    See below for a complete list of pro bono awards pin recipients.

    Gold (100+ hours): Anne Hinds - Schwartz|White Attorneys at Law; Vicki Krusel - Vicki Tucci Krusel, Attorney at Law PLLC; Lawrence Moncrief; Jay Mussman - Day Pitney LLP; Michael Stern; Holly Tabernilla.

    Silver (50-99 hours): Richard Abedon; Jonathan Burns - JB Law, P.A.; Grant Gisondo - Law Offices of Grant J. Gisondo, P.A.; Jason Lazarus - Pankauski Hauser PLLC; Donia Roberts - Donia Adams Roberts, P.A.

    Bronze (20-49 hours): Alex Alijewicz - Alex Alijewicz, CPA, P.A.; Darryl Figueroa - Darryl P. Figueroa, Esquire; Richard Kleid; Deena McNamara - McNamara & McNamara, P.A.; Terry Verduin.

    For more information, please contact Adriana Gonzalez, Esq., Palm Beach County Justice Association 15th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Representative and Pro Bono Awards Pinning Ceremony Committee Chair at agonzalez@gonzalezcartwright.com.

  • 11/14/2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Below please find a letter to the Governor from the 15th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, with a list of names to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of Judge Sherry Cunningham and the elevation of Judge Caroline Shepherd:


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