Dear Florida Trial Lawyer
Welcome to the website for the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section. This site is continually updated, and the pages that follow contain information about the Trial Lawyers Section, the Section’s leaders and our current programs. Several of the Section’s publications, including the Handbook on Discovery Practice, and the Guidelines for Professional Conduct, can be accessed on the buttons to your left of the screen.
I hope you will also visit the website to keep informed of upcoming seminars and other programs put on by the Section. The Trial Lawyers Section sponsors many excellent CLE programs, including the Board Certification Review Course, the Annual Program on Evidence, and Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar held at the University of Florida, College of Law each spring.
Under the By-laws of the Trial Lawyers Section, the purpose of the Section is to “provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of individual trial ability”. The Section also advocates for access to the courts and follows legislative activity which might affect our jury trial system. I hope you will get involved with the Trial Lawyers Section and use the resources we offer to strengthen and improve your law practice. If I can be of assistance or answer any questions you might have about the Section, please feel free to call me directly. I am privileged to serve as Chair of the Section and look forward to serving all Florida Trial Lawyers in the coming year.
Wayne Lawrence Helsby, Chair
The Vote’s in YOUR COURT
The Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar contributes toward “The Vote’s in YOUR COURT” educational program initiative.
Trial Lawyers Section gift provides an effective advocate for foster youth
Written by Nancy Kinnally
In just six months, a $75,000 gift to The Florida Bar Foundation by The Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section has provided nearly 70 foster youth an advocate to protect their legal rights, and more referrals are coming every week.
Jessica Rae, the Trial Lawyers Section Children’s Legal Services Fellow at the Community Law Program in St. Petersburg, has had foster youth referred to her by caseworkers, Guardians ad Litem, judges, the general magistrate and the state attorneys’ office. One caseworker approached her after a hearing to say that if her child were ever involved in the dependency system, she’d want Rae as her child’s attorney.
Through her Transitioning Dependent Youth Project, Rae represents kids as they navigate the foster-care system. In more than10 years spent advocating for foster youth, mostly in Maryland, Rae has seen the long- term benefits that legal representation of these children can have.
Trial Lawyers give $75,000 to save children's legal services project
Written by Nancy Kinnally
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar Jan. 26 announced a $75,000 charitable gift to The Florida Bar Foundation for a Trial Lawyers Children's Legal Services Fellowship.
Subject to approval by the Foundation's Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee and its board of directors at the organization's March 15-16 meeting, Jessica Rae of the Community Law Program in St. Petersburg will be The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Children's Legal Services Fellow. Rae, a graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University, will be serving children through the Transitioning Dependent Youth Project, which represents about 30 to 40 needy children a year.
Upcoming CLE Seminars/Events
Executive Council Meetings
Jun 22 Sat Jun 22, 2013 - Mon Jun 24, 2013
Florida Annual Bar Convention
Florida Bar Meetings & Events
There are no upcoming events scheduled.
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