Florida Bar News – Court Amends Rules to Allow Legal Service Providers to Organize as a Corporation

The Florida Supreme Court has amended Bar rules to permit not-for-profit legal service providers to organize as a corporation and to permit nonlawyers to serve on the boards of directors of not-for-profit legal service providers. The court, on its own motion, amended Rule 4-5.4 (Professional Independence of a Lawyer) June 2 in Case No. SC22-607, as…

Florida Bar News – Privacy Protections Measure for City and County Attorneys Moves in the Senate

     Sen. Danny Burgess A measure that would give city and county attorneys, and their assistants, greater privacy protections is one step closer to the Senate floor. The Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously on February 2 to approve SB 1420 by Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills. “Now city and county attorneys will have the same public records…

Florida Bar News – The Evolution of Discipline Cases and the Court’s Treatment of Professionalism

Most Florida Bar members uphold the high ethical standards the profession demands. But for the small fraction who risk discipline through unprofessional conduct, “The First Amendment is a poor defense.” So warns Tampa attorney Scott Tozian, a former prosecutor and former Florida Bar staff counsel who primarily defends lawyers in grievance cases. The Supreme Court…

Florida Bar News – Senate Judiciary Moves Measure to Protect City and County Attorneys

“Such attorneys have received death threats and emails from disgruntled persons. Other incidents have included the stalking of such attorneys and their spouses and children.”   Sen. Danny Burgess Citing a rash of death threats, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a proposal to shield the personal identifying information of current and former city and…