FGBA News Posted March 17, 2016 by Tallahassee Bar Association

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Judge Lori Rowe speaks on The First District Court of Appeal.  Legislative Session Ends.  Membership Cards are here. Jazz for Justice.

Judge Lori Rowe of the First District Court of Appeal, will be our keynote speaker at our next CLE luncheon presenting presenting a retrospective on the First DCA including the legal basis for its creation and changes impacting the court over the years in its location, composition, jurisdiction, and use of technology on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at noon, at the Capital City County Club, 1601 Golf Terrace, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. The cost is $15 for members and students, and $20 for guests.

The Legislative Session has ended.  There were many bills of interest to the legal profession this year.  SJR 322 proposing Appellate Court Term Limits failed to pass.  HB 7101 reforming Florida’s Death Penalty Sentencing Scheme was signed into law by the Governor. HB 5001, the General Appropriations Act, included increased funding this year for many justice issues from courthouse funding to additional resources for the Department of Corrections.  There were no across the board pay raises for state employees. For more information, please see The Florida Bar Website devoted to legislative session.

FGBA Membership Cards are here!  Following feedback from members, FGBA will be issuing membership cards to all members in good standing. This will make the process of check in at CLE luncheon’s easier and more transparent. The cards will be available beginning with our March CLE Luncheon.  You will receive your membership card when you check in at the meeting.  If you will not be joining us in March, you can pick up your card at any of the luncheons throughout the year.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Jazz for Justice, a fantastic event which raises funds for Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., to continue their work providing no-cost civil legal representation to domestic violence victims, children, the elderly, oil spill victims, and families in danger of losing their homes.  The event is on Sunday, April 24.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit jazzforjustice.org.

Finally, don’t forget to follow FGBA on Facebook and Twitter @FlaGovBar!  We love to see and promote the good work that Government Lawyers are up to out in the community.