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Court sees many of its priorities met; technology funding will have to wait
The courts received much of what they wanted from the Legislature for the 2017-18 budget, but its biggest ticket items went unfunded.


Court dismisses Bar's overhaul of LRS rules
The Supreme Court has dismissed without prejudice The Florida Bar’s proposed massive rewriting of lawyer referral service rules and instead said it wants to have “informed discussions” with the Bar and other interested parties.

Expecting a shortfall, clerks prepare to cut services
Florida’s clerks of courts are preparing to make cuts to services — expected to fall predominantly on the handling of civil cases — following budget decisions in the legislative session.


Bill SchifinoAnnual Convention seminars abound
The theme of the 67th Annual Florida Bar Convention at the Boca Raton Resort & Club June 21-24 is “Inspire the Future” and many events will focuses on what lies ahead for the legal profession and the importance of collaborating with colleagues to bring about positive change.



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Michael J. GelfandRobin BreskyTwo lawyers -- Robin Bresky and Michael J. Gelfand -- have filed to complete the final year of the Board of Governors’ term of Michelle Suskauer, who will become the Bar’s president-elect at the June Annual Convention.
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Sen. Rob BradleyWorkers' compensation fix eludes lawmakers
In debates over workers’ compensation during the legislative session, lawmakers frequently referred to the system as a “grand bargain” than enables injured workers to get treated with minimal fuss and business to have reasonable insurance rates.

Eyewitness identification reform bill passes
Two bills close to the heart of Seth Miller, executive director of the Innocence Project of Florida, met opposite fates at the end of the legislative session.

Passing the baton to the next leadership class
The Florida Bar will train 31 “fellows” for future leadership roles within the legal profession as part of the latest class of the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Leadership Academy.

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    June 1, 2017
    Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrota, and staff attorneys Lyndsey Siara and Nicole Gehringer
    TWO STAFF STAFF ATTORNEYS at the 13th Judicial Circuit, who were also nursing moms, saw the need firsthand for lactation rooms at the courthouse and took their idea to their supervisors. On May 12, Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrota, and staff attorneys Lyndsey Siara and Nicole Gehringer cut the ribbon at a celebration announcing two new lactation rooms, open to the public, that will give nursing mothers a private, quiet space amid the hustle and bustle at the Edgecomb Courthouse and the Criminal Courthouse Annex in Tampa. Florida Bar members should have already received an electronic version of their annual fee statement and are encouraged to pay their Bar fees and provide the required certifications and pro bono information using the new MyFloridaBar Members Portal that may be accessed via the Bar’s website.





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