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Government Lawyer Section Chair


Francine Ffolkes

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

News and Upcoming Events

April 23-24, 2018 — Spring Retreat to Washington, D.C. — Register Today!

Download the flyer here
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January 2018

11 — Deadline for agenda items for January Executive Council Meeting and LRP Meeting
18 — Long Range Planning Meeting and Dinner at The Florida Bar Winter Meeting
19 — January Executive Council Meeting at The Florida Bar Winter Meeting
27 — 2018 Central Florida Diversity and Inclusion Picnic, Barry Law School, Orlando, FL
24-27 — Board of Governors Meeting, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tallahassee

February 2018

15 — Editors begin solicitation of articles for The Voice Spring Edition (deadline March 15)
28 — Call for Claude Pepper Award Nominations with deadline of April 15, 2018

March 2018

15 — Deadline for submissions for The Voice Spring Edition
21 — Board of Governors Meeting, Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, FL

April 2018

2018 Advanced Topics in Administrative, Environmental and Government Law CLE
15 — Editor begins solicitation of articles for The Voice Summer Edition (deadline May 15)
16-20 — ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 36th Water Law Conference and 47th Spring Conference, Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
22-24 — Washington, DC, CLE Seminar

May 2018

10-11 — Board Certification Exams - 2nd Cycle, Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
15 — Article deadline for The Voice Summer Edition
16-20 — Board of Governors Meeting, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, Key West, FL

June 2018

June — Practicing Before the Supreme Court CLE
13-16 — Annual Florida Bar Convention, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
15 — Executive Council and Annual Meeting

July 2018

19-20 — Section Leadership Conference, TBD

August 2018

2-7 — ABA Annual Meeting; Chicago, Illinois

Announcing the 2017 Claude Pepper Award Winner

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.

This year's winner is Richard Jay Weiss, who spent 39 years representing, counseling and advocating for numerous governmental entities.

Read more about the 2017 Claude Pepper Award Winner Here.

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.