Government Lawyer Section Chair


Robert C. Downie, II

We are dedicated to promoting the professionalism and competence of our members; improving the delivery of legal services to all governmental entities; improving the administration of the legal system, and enhancing The Florida Bar's and the public's understanding of the unique needs of the government attorney.

What's New in the Government Lawyer Section

2016 Claude Pepper Award Nominations

Dear Government Lawyer:

Each year, The Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section honors one public servant as the recipient of the Claude Pepper Award for extraordinary and exemplary contributions to our profession. Who do YOU think should win this award in 2016?

To be eligible for the Claude Pepper Award, nominees must be lawyers in good standing who have provided legal services for at least ten (10) years in full-time government employment. The winner must exemplify the highest ideals of dedication, professionalism and ethics in service to the public. Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for this prestigious award. Click here to download the application.

Additional instructions, and information about past recipients, also can be found Here.

Nominations for this award are due by May 2, and the winner will be honored, in-person, during the Annual Meeting of The Florida Bar in June 2016. It is my privilege to be part of this selection process, and to work with committed public servants like you. If you have questions about the award, please contact me at

Thank you for your participation in the Claude Pepper Award nomination process.


Keith Rizzardi
Past Chair, Government Lawyer Section (2003, 2009)

Executive Council & Long Range Planning Meeting

Friday May 20, 2016 – Saturday May 21, 2016
Double Tree by Hilton, St. Augustine, FL

More information can be found Here

Results of the 2014 Government Lawyer Section Survey


E-filing software updates to address uniformity concerns

A coming change to the Florida courts e-filing portal is aimed at making it easier for lawyers to choose the “document type” when they are electronically filing court documents.


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