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5 Fla. B. News 1 (1978)

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Vol. 5, No. 1

Editorial Policy for interprofessional
Notices Under DR 2-105 Clarified
A  hurried  formulation of  otherlawyersin(particularbranch
Florida Bar News editorial policy  of law  or legal service
with respect to John Doe & Robert               , followe
Roe v. The Florida Bar, Case No. by the attorney's name, firm name
51,585 (Nov. 1, 1977) reported at address, telephone number and
page 1 of the December 10 issue when applicable, areas of
merits clarification          designation under the Florida
The Doe/Roe opinion deter- Designation Plan. No additional
mined The Florida Bar News, The data or representations of special
Florida Bar Journal and the Miami competence or experience will be
Review and Daily Record are   considered for publication. The
local legal journals for purposes News reserves the right to conform
of professional announcements  all submissions to these standards.
under DR 2-105(3). The December  Because 2-105 announcements
10 News account erroneously   are not advertisements, News
 noted that thiscourtopinion would policy disfavored theirappearance
impact only those Florida     within the classified ad section of
attorneys participating in the Bars  the publication. To guard against
Designation Plan, when in fact all any additional misapprehension,
attorneys may avail themselves of typefaces, layout and phraseology
2-103(5)'s general provisions.  will be uniform. Further, because
As previously noted, the Law  DR 2-105 also allowsfor-periodic
OffceNotssetio o th Nwspublished  announcements, an
Ofiotesue ston oeflethfre ew insertion charge that will guarantee
charge and as space permits-  the publication of each notice was
changes in attornep offits    considered more workable than
addresses and telephone listie any other placement policy.
. E- Similar announcements inserted
Notices under DR 2-105 in The  in The Florida Bar Journal will be
Florida Bar News will now be run  bjec  the               e
in a new regular column entitled  suget to t same restrictionsin
Professional Announcements, language but may more closely
and charged a flat rate of $10 per emulate actual card-type notices n
insertion for members of The    Card announcements otherwise
Florida Bar, $15 for nonmembers acceptable can be easily reduced
(as are classified ads).      or enlarged  for reproduction.
Uniform typography and format journal announcements will be
will be  employed   in' News charged the commercial ad rate for
announcements, with      the  actual page space occupied and
following suggested. verbiage  remain subject to staff counsel
tracking 2-105(3):(Name)      review fordignifiedpresentation
announces under 2-105. Advertising rate cards
fit (!)he is available to act as a  are available upon request from
tant to or an associate of the Journal offices.
Professional Liability Insurance
Committee Works on Recommendation

The Bar's Special Committee on
Professional Liability Insurance
scheduled a meeting on January 6
in Tampa to finalize its
recommendations about a possible
self insurance program for
presentation to the Board of
Governors, also to meet in Tampa
on January 12-14.
The committee at a December
16 meeting reviewed with Frank B.
Hall a study his company prepared
for The Florida Bar concerning
professional liability insurance and
alternative risk financing methods.
The study concluded that the Bar
should continue its current
coverage with Gulf Insurance
Company, with which the Bar is
enjoying among the lowest
professional liability rates in the
nation. It also recommended that
the Bar should develop a self
insurance vehicle that would be
ready for implementation should it
lose its present coverage.
The Hall study was summarized
in depth in the December 20, 1977,
issue of Florida Bar News.
As this issue of the News went to
W a possibility that Gulf
ce  Company *may    be

forced to raise its rates for Florida
Bar members was reported. A
substantial rate increase has been
given as an important considera-
tion in favor of the Bar's starting a
self mnsurance program.
Court Rejects Kirks
Bid to be Lawyer
Sans Examination
The Supreme Court of Florida
has denied in an opinion issued
January 3 former Governor Claude
Kirk's request to be allowed to
practice law in the state without
taking The Florida Bar exam.
Kirk had sought to be licensed to
practice law in Florida contending
that his 1949 graduation from the
University  of  Alabama  Law
School, his membership in that
state's bar and his experience as
Governor qualified him to practice
in Florida.
The Bar in its petition to the
Court said Kirk should be treated
as any other law graduate applying
for admission to the Bar.
The Supreme Court issued a
one-sentence  order  with  the
justices voting 6-1, Justice James
Adkins dissenting.


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Leaders of cosponsoring organizations have completed plans forthe Fourtt
Annual Media-Law Conference to be held January 28 at Sheraton Twin
Towers, Orlando. James D. Squires (left), editorof the Orlando Sentinel Star,
met with Russell Troutman, president of The Florida Bar to plan the joint
program. All members of the Bar and the media are invited to participate in
the day-4ong program during which both professions will discuss topics of
mutual concern.
Board to Resolve Advertising,
Designation, Certification Link

The Board of Governors of The
Florida   Bar will debate
designation, advertising and
certification when it meets January
12-14 at the Host International
Hotel, Tampa.
Barry R. Davidson, chairman of
both the Designation Coordinating
Committee and the Advertising
Committee, will appear before the
Board at 9a.m., Thursday. January
12, to present recommendations
from the committees for enhancing
the Florida Designation Plan and
for guidelines that will regulate
advertising content. The Board at
its November meeting had asked
the committees to find ways to
make the designation plan more
meaningful so that the 7,000 lawyer
participants in the plan might
advertise areas of practice.
Consideration of designation
plan improvements and of
certification  and  specialization
plans being proposed by the Tax
and Trial Lawyers Sections is
expected to bring the Board closer
to final adoption of advertising
guidelines. The  more routine
aspects of advertising regulation
were approved     at previous
meetings of the Board. The next
step wil be the drafting of affected
portions of the Code of
Professional Responsibility for
submission to the Supreme Court.
Certification plans by other
sections of the Bar, including one
currently being drafted by the
Family Law Section, will be made
standard if the Board adopts
-during the Tampa meeting a
certification umbrella proposal
of the Designation Coordinating
Committee. The proposal contains
minimum standards and uniform
procedures for the administration
of certification plans.
The Young Lawyers Section will
also hold a Board of Governors
meeting in Tampa January 12-14
and will meet with The Florida Bar
Board during a session considering
proposed legislation. Among items

to be considered are a proposal by
the Jurisprudence and Law
Reform  Committee concerning
uniform enforcement of foreign
judgments, proposal about post
judgment attorney fees and costs
by the Attorney Fees Committee
proposal about judicial trust funds
by Judicial Administration,
Selection and Tenure Committee,
and  an   Eminent Domain
Committee proposal.
The Workmen's Compensation
Section will present plans to retain
a lobbyist during the 1978 session,
the Corporation, Banking and
Business Law Section will present
an amendment to the Uniform
Commercial Code, and both the
Criminal Law Section and Real
Property  Section  will discuss
legislative proposals.
Chairman Bruce Marger and
members Dominick J. Salfi and Eli
Subin of the Judicial Polls
Committee will be back before the
Board to request reconsideration
of the Board's vote to make public
the results of annual performance
poll for circuit and county judges.
Louis N. Adcock, Jr., chairman
of the Group   Legal Services
Committee, will present eight
group legal services plans for
which   approval has been
requested by associations and
occupational groups.
Bar Exam Subjects
Expand In Feb. 1979
An article in the December 20,
1977, issue of the News explaining
amendments to Rules of the
Supreme Court of Florida Relating
to Admissions to the Bar, may have
led some to believe Part I of the
examination would have added
optional subjects in the
examination beginning with the
February 1978 administration.
The additional subjects will
begin with the February 1979
examination. Examinations in 1978
will continue with the format
introduced in 1976.

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CLE Monitoring
System Explained
The Designation Coordinating
Committee   has  amended   its
educational policies to require all
sponsors presenting seminars after
January 1, 1978, to supply the
committee with a list of all Florida
attorneys who attend their
seminars, indicating the time each
individual came into and departed
from a particular program.
Such records will be retained by
the designation staff at The Florida
Bar headquarters for future
reference and spot checking at the
time each attorney renews his or
her designation during partici-
pan in the Florida Designation
The retention of course
attendance records by the
designation staff will provide a
method for monitoring attendance
at courses and respond to the many
criticisms received that the honor
system is being abused by some
participants in the Designation
Plan. This new policy doer nst alter
the previous requireme,. that
participants in the Florida
Designation Plan are responsible
for maintaining their own records
of attendance and appropriate
credit hours for attending
continuing legal education
Attendance  at Florida   Bar
sponsored continuing legal
education  programs will be
monitored throughkthe use of a
two-part admission ticket; one part
to be submitted for entry into the
program and the second part to be
submitted at the time the
individual departs the seminar. An
individual attending a Florida Bar
sponsored program will be
required to submit the white
portion of the two-part admission
ticket to'obtain materials and will
submit the yellow portion of the
admission ticket when leaving the
An individual arriving at a
Florida Bar sponsored seminar
before it begins and departing at its
conclusion will write his or her
name across the yellow portion of
the admission ticket and leave it at
the registration table. An
individual arrivinglateataseminar
and/or departing early from the
seminar will also sign the yellow
portion of the admission ticket and
write his or herentry and departure
time on the ticket at the time the
ticket is turned into the registration
desk. If an individual attends a
seminar only long enough to pick
up his or her materials, then the
yellow portion of the admission
ticket will not be surrendered to
the CLE staff.
Other sponsors of continuing
legal education seminars, such a
PLI, ALI-ABA, and others, will
furnish the Designation Coordi-
nating Committee with a list of
those Florida attorneys attending
their seminars, indicating the time
each individual signed in and out.

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