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Volume 46, Number I


FloridaBar.org/ News


January 2019


Fmoster- Morales 'in lno


to lead The Florida Bar

By  Gary Blankenship
Senor Editor
   Dori Foster-Morales never wanted to be a lawyer.
A dentist. maybe.
   Her family insisted she go to law school, which she
did not enjoy, and she was unhappy when her mother
gave her a briefcase.
   But then Foster-Morales, who has just becorn
president-elect designate of The Florida Bar, graduated
from law school and began practicing. The world
changed.
   I love being a lawyer, it's the greatest profession in
the world, she said of a career that includes nearh 10
years in govermient work and 20 years as manag-ing
partner in a small firm.
   The Miami family law attorney, a veteran Board
of Gov ernors member who leads the high-profile
Conimittee on Mental Health and Well ness of Florida
Lawyers. was certified as the Bar's next president-elect
when filing ended December 17 and she was the only
catdidate.
                  See Foster-Morales, page  7         FOSTER-MORALES


Two 11bwth Circuit board seats to be decided

20   elected   to  the  board   Without   opposition; YLD races set


YOUNG   LAWYERS   DIVISION Board of Governors member Kevin Barr of Panama City, who
represents the 14th Circuit, which bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael in October, was forced
to move out of his home and law office, pictured above, and now commutes from neighboring
Panama City Beach.

ne needs of                           ose affectted iby

Hurricane Michael are still great

Volunteers sought to attend to the legal needs of the victims


By Gary Blankenship
Senior Editor
   Declaring that this is
our new  normal,  ABA
President Bob Carlson came
to Tallahassee on December
I1 to find out how Hurricane


Michael recovery efforts,
particularly those requiting
lawyers, are going.
   Carlson,   during  a
whirlwind set of meetings,
met with Iihe Florida Bar,
Young  Lawyers Division


FEMA,  legal aid, and other
government and nonprofit
officials, to assess the
Category 4 storm's aftermath,
how  the legal system is
responding ---- particularly
the ABAs  efforts to help
victims with their legal
problems ------and how those
responses can be improved
in the future,
   Carison was accompanied
by Linda Anderson Stanley
of Bay Area Legal Services
and the vice coordinator
of the  ABA's  Disaster
Legal Services Program,
and Andrew   Van Sickle,
a special advisor to the
ABA.  Carlson said perhaps
nothing demonstrates the
challenges better than Van
Sickle's travels in the past
year, which have ranged from
Puerto Rico to the Marianas
Islands and numerous states
in the wake of hurricanes,
typhoons, wildfires, floods,
and other natural disasters
that experts have predicted
will becotne a way of life-
   Were  here to listen to
you to see if we can assist in
collaborating to solve some
of  the problems you are
having. and to prepare for the
next disaster, Carl son said at
a meeting at the Flotida State
Univ ersity College of Law
that included FEMA, Legal
Services of North Florida,
law professors, lawyers, and
  See Hurricane, page 4


   Four lawyers have filed
for two open Bar Board of
Governors seats in the 11th
Ci rcuit while 18 incunbent
board members  have been
reelected and  two  new
members have been elected
without opposition.
   There are eight contested
races for the Young Lawyers
Divisio n Board of Governors
while 15 lawyers have been
elected without opposition to
that board.
   Filing closed for the
positions on the Bar and YLD
boards at 5 p.m. December 17.
   For the Bar Board  of
Governors,  Frances  C.
De La  Guardia and Nikki


Lewis   Simon,  both  of
Miami, filed for Seat 2 in the
1 Itl Circuit to replace Dori
Foster-Morales, who has
become the Bar's president-
elect designate. For the 11th
Circuit's Seat 4. Jorge L.
Piedra and Alice K. Sum,
both of Miami, filed, The
winner will replace retiring
board  menber  Deborah
Baker-Egozi.
   Newly  elected to the
board without opposition
were J. Carter Anderson,
replacing retiring board
member  Margaret Mathews
in the 13th Circuit, and
John D. Agnew, succeeding
retiring member Marcy Lynn


By Jim Ash
Senior Eiditor-
   The Board of lGovemois has unaninously
approved an ethics advisory opinion segarding
for-profit qnatifxing. provsiders. otherwise known
as lawyer idefnral services, and related payment
methods.
   At a December 14 meeting in Naples, the
board acted on Proposed Advisory Opinion 18-
1, Payments to Qualifying Providers/Law-yer
Referral Services.


Shaw in the 20th Circuit,
   Board members reelected
without opposition were
Lawrence Edward  Sellers,
Jr., in the Second Circuit,
Michael G. Tanner
in the  Fourth  Circuit:
Rende  Thompson   in the
Fifth Circuit; Sandra F.
Diamond in the Sixth
Ci rcuit; Stephanie Marusak
Marchman   in the Eighth
Circuit: ,Julia Lauren Frey
in the Ninth Circuit: Steven
W. Davis in the 11th Circuit
F. Scott Westheimer in the
12th Circuit: Amy S. Farrior
in the 13th Circuit; Ronald

     See  Board, page 7


   Board Review Conun-itee
on Professional Ethics Chair
Larry  Sellers reminded
board members   that they
reconmetided  preliminary
approvalinOctober. whenitwas
designated Proposed Advisory
Opinion 17-2.
   Sununarizing opinions from
                            SELLERS
                See Providers, page 5


BAR  PRESIDENT
ichelle Suskauer,
center, along with
Rep. Heather Ftzen-
hagen, RFt. Myers.
left, and 20th Circuit
State Attorney-elect
Am:ra Dajan: Fox, the
first woman elected
to that pos:tion in
the circuit, a' the
Board of Governors
recent meeting in
Naples. Fitzenhagen,
a lawyer and mem-
ber of the House
s:nce 2012. chairs
the Business & pro-
fessions Subcom-
rnittee and sits on
the Criminal Just:ce
Subcommittee and
Judiciary Comrn:ttee.


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