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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

Upcoming News and Events

July 2017

July 19-23 — Board of Governors Meeting, Turnberry Isle, Miami

August 2017

August 10 — ABA Annual Meeting, New York, New York

October 2017

October 1-3 — Fall 2017 CLE: Practicing Before the United States Supreme Court Seminar (Washington)
October 4-8 — Board of Governors Out of State Meeting, The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, MA
October 11-14 — The Florida Bar Fall Meeting of Rules & Other Select Committees, Tampa Airport Marriott
October — Budget conference call and approval vote for 18-19 budget

December 2017

December 2017 — Practicing Before the Legislature (every two years – last in Fall 2015)
      One Location: The Capitol Building - 400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
      8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
December 6 — Board of Governors Meeting, Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

January 2018

January 24-27 — Board of Governors Meeting, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tallahassee

February 2018

January 31-February 6 — ABA Miami Midyear Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia

March 2018

March 1 — Call for agenda items for April Executive Council Meeting/LRP Retreat
March 20 — Publish The Voice Spring Edition (website and email)
March 21 — Board of Governors Meeting, Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, FL
March 30 — Send out Agenda for April Executive Council Meeting/LRP Retreat

April 2018

April 4 — 2018 Advanced Topics in Administrative, Environmental and Government Law
April — April Executive Council Meeting and 2018-2019 Long Range Planning Retreat
April 16-20 — ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 36th Water Law Conference and 47th Spring Conference, Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL

May 2018

May 10-11 — Board Certification Exams — 2nd Cycle, Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
May 16-20 — Board of Governors Meeting, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, Key West, FL

June 2018

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

July 2018

June 19-20 — Section Leadership Conference, TBD

August 2018

August 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.