Florida Bar News – January 21, 2016 Posted January 24, 2016 by Tallahassee Bar Association

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Legal Profession

FLORIDA’S LAWYERS ANTICIPATE CHANGE

The Florida Bar News | Article | February 1, 2016

A study conducted by The Florida Bar’s Research, Planning and Evaluation Department found that almost 70 percent of Florida lawyers say that liberalization of business structures and disruptive technologies are set to bring greater change to the legal profession over the next two decades than has been seen in the past two centuries. Florida Bar members also think the “oversaturation of lawyers” will have the greatest impact on the profession over the next five years, and balancing family and work and a high level of stress are their top personal concerns. Those surveyed also shared their opinions on the Bar’s work as an advocate for the profession, lawyer advertising, technology, and career satisfaction

Legal Profession

NEW ATTORNEY, NEW FIRM

The Florida Bar News | Article | February 1, 2016

Article by Christine Bilbrey, practice management adviser with The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute. Bilbrey writes: “Starting a law firm can seem overwhelming to a new attorney fresh out of law school and saddled with the accompanying student loans, but armed with a realistic plan, an understanding of fee structures, and help from technology, it is possible to build a successful practice by tapping into underserved groups. . . . The challenge will be in finding the best way to connect with these individuals to convey that the attorney is offering a new firm model that offers transparency, affordability, and access. Until there is an established app for legal services, the innovation must come from the ingenuity of the young attorney who is driven to succeed.”