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8 Fla. B. News 1 (1981)

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Bar begins its

year of emphasis

on older Floridian

  This month marks the beginning of The
Florida Bar Year of the Older Floridian,
a year designated by the Board of
Governors to bring greater attention to the
problems of the state's more than two
million elderly and ways Florida lawyers
can assist them.
  Richard Woltmann of Bay Area Legal
Services in Tampa was named chairman of
a Special Committee on the Elderly by Bar
President Leonard H. Gilbert to
coordinate special programs of service
during the year.
  President Gilbert has urged all other
sections and committees of the Bar to
emphasize service to the elderly in at least
one of their projects or programs during
the next six months.
  One such program is being proposed by
the General Practice Section, whose
chairman-elect, William A. Jacob, will go
before the Board of Governors at a
meeting in Tampa January l5forapproval
of a senior citizen wills program. Under
the program, a lawyer would be available
at senior citizen centers to prepare simple
wills at a maximum rate of $50 for a single
will and $70 for a husband and wife will.
  The Soecial Committee on the Elderly
worked in cooperation with Randy Berg of
the Florida Justice Institute to publish an
Older Floridians Handbook: Laws and
Programs Affecting Older Floridians.
Printed in both English and Spanish, more
than 100,000 copies of the handbook were
distributed through local and area agencies
on aging,
  The Special Committee on the Elderly
vAll continue to work wit the Florida
Justice Institute in printing and distribu-
tion of the handbook, Chairman
Woltmann said.
  The committee is also coordinating a
special issue of The Florida BarJournal on
the -legal needs of the elderly for
publication in March. Marian H. McGrath
of Gulf Coast Legal Services in St.
Petersburg is serving as guest editor for the
issue.
  Several ongoing programs of The
Florida Bar address the legal needs of the
elderk'. An Elderly Referral Panel, as part
of the Lawyer Referral Service, provides a
free 30-minute consultation to citizens over
the age of 60 who meet the program's
income guidelines. The Bar has available
for free distribution a pamphlet on legal
rights of senior citizens, and maes
available during its annual Law Week legal
checkup program free advice to citizens of
all ages.
  Legislation to change guardianship laws
to protect the elderly is being monitored
by the Mental Disability Law Committee
and the Real Property, Probate and Trust
Law Section.


$78,000 is pledged toward building debt


   Encouraged by response of Florida Bar
members for pledges to retire its building
debt, Florida Bar Center Commission
Chairman  Carl R. Pennington, Jr.,
Tallahassee, announced $78,000 had been
pledged by January 5.
   We are pleased by the response in the
short time since letters were mail to
members on December 10, Pennington
said. I hope the balance of the $250,000
needed will be pledged within the next 60
days so that we can reach our goal without
having to impose on circuit committees

Chief Justice Sundbe

decline response-to F
  Chief Justice Alan C. Sundberg has
advised Florida Bar President Leonard H.
Gilbert that it is the considered judgment
of the court that The Florida Bar should
respectfully decline to respond to the
voluntary questionnaire of the Federal
Trade Commission.
  The FTC announced through Director
Paul Eyre of its Cleveland Regional Office
that a voluntary questionnaire will be
mailed to bar associations of each state and
the District of Columbia in January 1981 to
investigate consumers* access to afford-
able, quality professional services. The
Commission will ask that the completed
questionnaires be returned within 60 days
following receipt.
  In his letter to President Gilbert, Chief
Justice Sundberg said the court's advice is
based on a number of reasons, not the
least of which touches on the proper
notions of federalism and the extensive
cost and manpower involved in
responding. He agreed with The Florida
Bar that information on file with the
Florida Legislature might be used by the
FTC in its investigation.
  The Florida Bar has recently devoted
very substantial resources in responding to
a select committee of the House of


First statewide grieva

is in Tampa on Janua

   As of January 7, 124 members of The
 Florida Bar's grievance committees have
 indicated they will attend the first state-
 wide grievance institute on January 23 in
 Tampa.
   Of the    total who have already
 registered, 87 are lawyer members and 37.
 are public members, representing a cross
 section of society, to include tradesmen,
 the clergy, homemakers, members of the
 news media, accountants, medical
 doctors, dentists, veterinarians,
 pharmacists, insurance executives, and
 bankers.
   Patricia Brown, assistant staff counsel,
 said, Along with the grievance committee
 members and     designated  reviewers,
 several other persons with particular
 interest in lawyer discipline have been
 invited to attend.
   Allen B. Zerfoss, president of the
 National Organization of Bar Counsel, has
 been invited, as well as members of the
 Florida Legislature: Rep. George H.
 Sheldon, chairman of the House Govern-
 mental Operations Committee; Rep. Bill


and Board of Governors members to make
personal contacts for pledges, he maid.

   One hundred fifty-four pledges totaling
 $78,000 and gifts totaling $1,500 came
 duriag the first month of the campaign.
 Many of the pledgors paid their pledge in
 full at the outset. This response came as a
 result of two letters written by President
 Leonard H. Gilbert to the membership and
 dissemination of information about the
 pledge program in Florida Bar News and
 the Journal.


rg advises Bar to

TC questionnaire
Representatives inquiring into essentially
the same matters sought to bereviewed by
the Federal Trade Commission, the Chief
Justice wrote.
   In a letter to CongressmanJim Wright of
 Texas, made available to The Florida Bar,
 Director Paul Eyre of the Cleveland
 Regional Office attempted to allay
 concern of state bars that itsinvestigation is
 an attempt to regulate thelegalprofession.
 The   Commission's investigation   of
 alternative legal delivery systems is in a
 fact-gathering stage, and is not a rule-
 making matter, he wrote.
   This a narrowly focused investigation
 concerned with increasing the public's
 access to legal services. We are not
 examining the standards for admission to
 the practice of law, nor are we looking at
 bar   examinations. The   Commission
 certainly does not intend to undertake the
 wholescale regulation of the practice of
 law, Eyre wrote Congressman Wright.
   Eyre said the Commission will notify
 each bar that answering the questionnaire
 will not be asserted as a waiver to a future
 jurisdictional challenge.
   The   questionnaire had   not been
 received by The Florida Bar as this issue of
 the News went to pre.

nce institute

ry 23rd
Sadowski, chairman of the House Regula-
tory Reform Committee; Sen. Mattox S.
Hair, chairman of the Senate Judiciary-
Civil committee; and Rep. Hamilton
Upchurch, chairman     of the House
Judiciary Committee.
   Judge of the U.S. District Court for the
 Southern District Alcee L. Hastings has
 also been asked to attend. Judge Hastings
 is a member of the ABA Standing
 Committee on Professional Discipline and
 has liaison and communication responsi-
 bility for lawyer disciplinary enforcement
 in District' Five which encompasses
 Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and
 South Carolina.
   Ms. Brown added that United States
 Attorney for theSouthern District AtleeW.
 WamplerlIf, U.S. Attorney for the Middle
 District Gary L. Betz, and U.S. Attorney
 for the Northern District Nicholas P.
 Geeker, as well asState AttorneysJamesT.
 Russell of the Sixth Circuit, James A.
 Gardner of the 12th Circuit, and E.J.
 Salcines of the 13th Circuit have been
 invited.        (Continued on page 4)


  Fund raising for the Bar Centeraddition,
constructed in 1975, was reopened by the
commission when it became apparent that
a shortfall of funds needed to retire the
mortgage had occurred as a result of
delinquent pledges and slow receipt of
contributions in the pledge program of
1975. These affected the amortization
schedule and created additional costs due
to accelerated interest payments.
  In the reopened campaign, all members
of the Bar may make pledges of $500 each
payable over a five-year period, or former
donors may make a cash contribution in
any amount.
  Pledgors in the 1975 campaign who were
behind in payments were contacted by
their Board of Governors representatives
in November. As a result, accounts
receivable were reduced by $3,215 in
November with a similar amount coming
in  during  December though      those
payments were not totaled as this issue of
the News went to press. Approximately
400 persons are still paying on pledges
from the 1975 campaign, having begun at
the end of the campaign.
  A bronze plaque, listing names of 2,953
persons who paid or are still paying
pledges from the 1975 campaign, has been
ordered and will hang in the foyer of the
new addition of The Florida Bar Center.
Assistant Executive * Director for
Administration John A. Books said names
of 231 pledgors who indicated they would
not pay the pledge were deleted from the
list. If they change their mind and submit
payment within the next two weeks, their
names can still be added when the proof is
received from the plaque manufacturer,
Rooks said.
  Another plaque will-be ordered later
listing persons who pledge in the present
fund raiing effort.
  Persons desiring to pledge in the new
campaign may obtain a pledge card by
calling John Rooks at Bar headquarters
(904) 22.-5286, or may writea letterstating
their pledge to The Florida Bar Center
Pledge  Program, The     Florida  Bar,
Tallahassee, Florida 32301.
  Those who had pledged or made a
contribution in the current drive by
January 5 are listed on page 2. Others
pledging subsequently will be listed in
future issues of the News.
              (See donor list on page 2)


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