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  • Sunday, February 07, 2021 12:42 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

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    Citizens Advisory Committee

    It’s time to nominate Floridians who are not lawyers to be considered for appointment to The Florida Bar Citizens Advisory Committee to replace current members whose terms will expire in June 2021.  These are single-term, three-year appointments to be made by President-elect Michael Tanner to begin serving on July 1, 2021. Only current and past members of the Board of Governors, past presidents, section chairs and current and former Citizens Advisory Committee members are eligible to submit nominations.

    The committee (formerly known as the Citizens Forum) assists in facilitating two-way communication between Floridians and The Florida Bar to inform and educate the public about significant legal-justice issues and to gain understanding and support for the justice system. Visit www.floridabar.org/citizensadvisory<https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/www.floridabar.org/citizensadvisory__;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pLK-X_B8$> for the committee’s charter<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.floridabar.org/about/cmtes/cmte-cm462/citizens-advisory-committee-charter/__;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pLSclbtQ$> and current member photos and biographies<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.floridabar.org/about/cmtes/cmtes008/__;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pHrUzYgY$> and please share these links with possible nominees so they can review the information and recent meeting materials. 

    There is no limit on the number of nominees you may submit. Please consider nominating people you know who represent the diversity of the citizens of Florida, including location of residence/geography, age, ethnicity, gender, and professional/work experience. These volunteers meet at least three times a year in conjunction with Board and other major Bar meetings and also as needed by Zoom/teleconference. Out-of-pocket travel expenses to attend meetings are reimbursed as per the guidelines here<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www-media.floridabar.org/uploads/2021/02/CAC-reimbursement-form-2021.pdf__;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pBn653nM$>.

    Please use this link to complete the nomination form, attach the nominee’s current resume/CV, and submit: https://thefloridabar.wufoo.com/forms/2021-nomination-for-citizens-advisory-committee/<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/thefloridabar.wufoo.com/forms/2021-nomination-for-citizens-advisory-committee/__;!!DUT_TFPxUQ!W2-klLygTy8WB_o6uOndsqVyMYEEZy8aNXJ-I7qnaQvVVYobVji-pLlsV3jw$>. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 1, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.  A confirmation receipt of your nominations will be sent by email.

    If you or your nominees have any questions about the Citizens Advisory Committee or the nominating process, please call or email Francine Walker:  850-561-5762 / fwalker@floridabar.org<mailto:fwalker@floridabar.org>.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:06 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    2021 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

    Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry was born in Miami, Florida in 1923. For approximately 22 years, she taught in the Dade County (now Miami-Dade) Public Schools. She became a pioneer of the State of Florida's legal profession. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (“FAMU”). She later returned to FAMU to obtain her Juris Doctorate degree and serve as a professor at its law school. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1965. She was the first Black woman to practice law in Dade County, Florida. She was one of the first nine attorneys who initially served at Legal Services of Greater Miami in 1966. In 1970, Ms. Cherry was elected as a state representative, becoming the first Black woman to serve as a legislator for the State of Florida.

    The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association (GSCBWLA), formerly the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Dade County Chapter, was formed in 1985. The association's mission is to address the concerns of women lawyers as they relate to the social, economic, political and moral needs of the community.

    The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association is committed to investing in the future of the legal profession. This year we have scholarships available to current law students that will assist them in buying books for class or for bar review.

    The 2021 Scholarship Application is now available for law students attending law school in Florida.

    Requirements:

    1.                 Must be enrolled in a law school in Florida.

    2.                 Must complete the scholarship application and essay.

    Winners of the GSCBWLA Book Awards will be notified on February 8, 2021 and publicly announced at the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association’s Virtual Scholarship, Awards & Installation Banquet in June of 2021.

    Applications MUST be postmarked by Friday, January 29, 2021 to Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association at 6750 North Andrews Avenue, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale FL 33309 or sent via email to info@gscbwla.org.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:49 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) | America's Charities

    In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the LDF launched the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP). MMSP is an innovative scholarship program designed to produce a highly skilled cadre of racial justice attorneys committed to working in the American South.

    In this watershed moment for our democracy, we believe it is time to take our effort expanding educational opportunities for African Americans to the next level.

    Please watch this short video to learn more about the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program.<http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=FqrwSMT6hIZK7040KeAkuQAFXfbthT88>

    This program is unique in that it addresses key factors that often deter African American students from pursuing their dream of becoming civil rights attorneys. MMSP will afford program participants:

      *   A full law school scholarship for tuition, room, board and incidentals — to alleviate the debt burden that can prevent future lawyers from pursuing a career in racial justice.
      *   Summer internships at LDF to begin their training as civil rights lawyers early in their law school careers.
      *   A two-year postgraduate fellowship at a national, regional, or local civil rights organization with a racial justice law practice in the South — to provide access to educational advancement and skill building, training, and preparation.
      *   Access to special LDF trainings.

    In return, participants will commit to practicing civil rights law in pursuit of racial justice in the South for eight years following the conclusion of their fellowship.

    It is LDF’s intent that the MMSP provide pathways to leadership, self-sufficiency, and socio-economic progress. Moreover, we aim to develop individuals who will become ambassadors and advocates for transformational change in African American communities, bringing increased and much-needed resources to the South.

    MMSP is a critical and ambitious investment in building the pipeline for tomorrow’s civil rights leaders, another major step forward in LDF’s mission. The application deadline is February 16, 2021 at 5 PM EST.

    APPLY HERE

  • Monday, December 21, 2020 1:01 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Please visit jtb.org for more information!

    Apply here or at tinyurl.com/sjid2021.

    Applications deadline is Friday, January 10, 2021.

    Questions? Please contact sjidproject@jtb.org.

  • Friday, December 11, 2020 8:40 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association (GSCBWLA) Fall 2020 Fellow Amber Mannings provides full range of support for the Health and Income Maintenance Unit at Legal Services, at a time when there has been an uptick in areas such as reemployment assistance caused by the COVID-19 crisis. She assists with client interviews, legal assessments for citizens reintegrating into the community after incarceration, and research assignments. Ms. Mannings is currently a law student at FIU College of Law.

    This Fellowship is funded by the GSCBWLA in memory of Gwen S. Cherry, who served as a staff attorney at Legal Services during its founding years. The Fellowship provides talented law students the opportunity to continue Gwen S. Cherry’s legacy of equal justice and to decide whether public interest law is a good fit he or she would like to pursue, while also supports Legal Services ability to help more vulnerable individuals and families resolve critical legal problems.

    I believe that Legal Services is an essential and integral part of community function and providing legal assistance is important to ensuring the necessities that many people often go without. Helping underrepresented individuals achieve equality and redemption resonates with me and provides a meaningful start to my legal career,” said Fellow Amber Mannings. I have had the unique experience to be part of the process concerning re-establishing and motivating so many lives that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for trusting me to uphold Mrs. Cherry’s life and legacy in public service.”

    If you would like to support a Legal Services Fellowship, please contact Jayme Cassidy, Pro Bono Advocacy Director at jcassidy@legalservicesmiami.org. The original article can be found here.

  • Monday, December 07, 2020 4:54 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    December 7, 2020
    CONTACT: Leslie H. Smith, lhsmith@floridabar.org
    Communications
    TELEPHONE: 850-561-5764


    The Florida Bar is seeking applicants for:

    Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims: Two lawyers from the territorial jurisdictions of the Second and Fourth state appellate districts to serve four-year terms commencing July 2, 2021. All applicants must be members of The Florida Bar who are engaged in the practice of law. No attorney who appears before any judge of compensation claims more than four times a year is eligible to serve on the commission, pursuant to F.S. §440.45(2)(b). Commissioners also are not eligible for state judicial vacancies filled by the Judicial Nominating Commission on which they sit for two years following the expiration of their term. Commissioners are subject to Florida financial disclosure laws. Meetings and deliberations are open to the public.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may click here to download the Application for Special Appointment or should contact Kristen Wilson at (850) 561-5757 or kwilson@floridabar.org, to obtain the application form.  Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to specialapptapp@floridabar.org  no later than the close of business on Friday, February 12, 2021.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.  The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

    About The Florida Bar

    Founded in 1949, The Florida Bar serves the legal profession for the protection and benefit of both the public and all Florida lawyers. As one of the nation’s largest mandatory bars, The Florida Bar fosters and upholds a high standard of integrity and competence within Florida’s legal profession as an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court. To learn more, visit FloridaBar.org.

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  • Friday, November 20, 2020 7:32 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 17, 2020
    CONTACT: Leslie H. Smith, lhsmith@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: (850) 561-5666


    The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its Jan. 29, 2021, meeting:

    The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: One lawyer to serve a three-year term, commencing July 1, 2021 and two lawyers to serve partial term vacancies beginning immediately upon appointment. This 33-member Board of Directors administers Florida’s IOTA program.  Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may click here to download the Application for Special Appointment or should contact Kristen Wilson at (850) 561-5757 or kwilson@floridabar.org, to obtain the application form.  Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to specialapptapp@floridabar.org  no later than the close of business on Friday, December 11, 2020.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.  The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

     

    About The Florida Bar
    Founded in 1949, The Florida Bar serves the legal profession for the protection and benefit of both the public and all Florida lawyers. As one of the nation’s largest mandatory bars, The Florida Bar fosters and upholds a high standard of integrity and competence within Florida’s legal profession as an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court. To learn more, visit FloridaBar.org.

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  • Friday, October 23, 2020 12:57 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Registration is not necessary. Questions may be submitted to miamidadecourtspio@jud11.flcourts.org. 

    Webinar ID: 978 4644 9649

    Passcode: 182470

    Dial In Number: 786-635-1003

    The zoom link can also be found here.

    Please click the links to view Administrative Memorandum No. 20-8 and Administrative Memorandum No. 20-E

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 5:44 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    New figures on entry-level lawyers hiring from the National Association for Law Placement reveal that slightly more than 62% of 2019's Black law graduates secured jobs that require a J.D., compared with 80% of white law graduates.

    By Karen Sloan | October 21, 2020 at 11:12 AM

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    The sunny news about the J.D. class of 2019’s overall 90% employment rate—the highest in a dozen years—obscures the troubling reality that white law graduates secured jobs at a significantly higher rate than their Black and Native American classmates.

    Please find the full article from LAW.COM here

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