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January 2020


SAMl time to apply for Bar committees
   The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking
appointments for the upcoming 2020-21 Bar year for Dori Foster-Morales
term as president are due no later than January 15. 2020.
   The forms are available at ww loridabar.org
   President-elect Foster-Morales will make about 500 appointments to over
70 committees, and she wants to make sure she has a diverse group of lawyers
fron wh ich to choose. E ery Florida Bar committee and its description wth
current membership may be found on the Bar's website.
   If you are currently serving on a committee, it is also important to check

                                      See Committees,  page  3      FOWERIORALES


By Gary Blankenship
Senior Editor
   Board  of Governors
members  Michael Tanner
of Jacksonville and Rende
Thompson  of Ocala have
qualified to run for Bar
president-elect.
   The  winner  will be
decided in March balloting
and sworn in as president-
elect at the June Annual
Convention, when current
President-elect Don Foster-
Morales  is sworn  in as
president, and for his or her
own  term as president in
June 2021.
   Platfornn statements from
Tanner and Thompson will


be in the February Nees,
along wxith a Q&:A with tire
candidates.
   Our profession is going
to experience challenges in
the corning years and will
need experienced leadership
for those, Tanner said. I
had not planned to seek this
office lien I came on the


Board of Governors, but I
was approached and asked to
consider doing soby several
past and present Bar leaders
whose  opinions I respect.
I ultimtately concluded mry
background and experience
would enable me to make a
contribution.
   Thompson    said,  I
was encouraged to run for
president-elect by friends
and colleagues within the
Bar, and it was a natural
progression with my service
to the Bar. I iave placed a
special focus during my Bar
service on technology and

See  Campaign,  page 10


b udy group to review how

the profession 'is regu ated

By Jin Ash
Seior Editor
   In response to the rapidly changing ensxiromnent in which legal services
are provided, the Florida Supreme Court has asked the Bar to launch
comprehensive stud) of issues related to the regulation of the legal profession
in Florida.
   President John Stewart announced the initiativse at the Board of Governors'
December  meeting in Orlando. At Chief Justice Canady's request. the Bar
will focus on lawyer advertising, referral fees, fee splitting, entity regulation.
regulation of online service providers. and regulation of tionlawyer providers  STEVvART
of limited legal services.
   Additional topics consistent with the subject of the study may also be addressed, Canady
                                                           See Study, page 8

Senate pneI              oves criminal justice reform bills


By Jim Ash
Sen/r Editor'
   The Senate  Criminal
Justice Committee voted
unanimously in December
to approve  a  series of
measures designed to lower
Florida's prison population
and promote rehabilitation.
   One measure, SB  574,
would create a conditional
aging release program for
felons 70 and older who


have served at least 10 years
of their sentences and not
been convicted of murder,
terrorism, or sex crimes.
   It's one of the most
amazing   things, every
time I tour a facility to
see the number of inmates
who  are on walkers or in
wheelc hairs? said the bill's
prime sponsor, Sen. Jeff
Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.
   The Florida Department


ERIN  UADY   OF  ULRAT   BACH   recently participated in the Southern Most AIDS/HIV
Ride from Miami to Key West. The ride left from the University of Miami and ended at the Tru-
man Waterfront Pier and was 165 miles with 100 the first day and 65 the second. This is the
sixth time Deady has completed the SMART Ride, which raised over $1.36 million to benefit
organizations including Broward House, Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Centers, Metro
Inclusive Health, Pridelines, AIDS Help, Miracle of Love and Compass Community Center. The
SMART  Ride draws over 500 riders from around the world. More than 200 volunteers help the
riders make their journey with traffic, water, food, medical, and logistical support. We've been
training since July, so we felt like we were ready, but it's a tough, long two days no matter how
hard you train;' Deady said. Its an incredibly powerful feeling to know that you rode all that
way, and you did it to help people that really need the support


of Corrections estimates
that nearly 2,000 of the
state 's 100,000 inmate s
w ould  meet   the  age
requirement, with only 168
of them  eligible for the
program.
   But   we   believe
hundreds more will come
online over the ne xt few
years, Brandes said. This

    See  Senate, page 8


Parental leave
continuance
rule   approved
By Gary Blankenship
Senior Editor
   The Florida Supreme
Court   has adopted   a
presumptive three-month
parental leave rule for many
court cases  that would
require judges to grant a lead
attorney's request for leave
for the birth or adoption of
a child, if certain conditions
are met.
   New  Rule of Judicial
Administration 2.570 will not
apply to criminal. Juvenile,
and  dependency  cases,
w hich will be subject to Rule
of Judicial Administration
2.545(e) (Continuances)
or Florida Rule of Juvenile
Procedure 8.240(d). The
new rule is effective January
1, 2020. The court acted
December 19.
   As adopted, subdivision
(a) of new rule 2.570 requires

   See  Parental, page 6


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