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WELCOME  to the official web home of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar. The Trial Lawyers Section is proud to have 7,000 members who devote a substantial portion of their practice to trial work.  Section members consist of  plaintiffs, defense and commercial litigators.  The Section’s Executive Council is evenly divided among the three groups.  The Section is devoted to preserving access to courts and judicial independence, as well as providing timely continuing educational opportunities for its members.  The Section also provides a forum for discussion and addresses matters which are of interest or impact trial practice in Florida, especially those that come through the Florida Legislature.
On this page, you will find calendaring information regarding upcoming events, seminars and Executive Council meetings.  There are also links to the Section’s legislative platform, publications (including the recently revised Discovery Handbook, a joint project with the Circuit and County Judges Conferences), and Guidelines to Professionalism.  You can also follow the Section on Facebook and Twitter.
I am honored and look forward to leading the Section this year.  Please do not  hesitate to contact me or any Executive Council member if we may be of assistance or can answer questions during the coming year.
All the best,
Ted Eastmoore, Chair
WELCOME  to the official web home of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar. The Trial Lawyers Section is proud to have 7,000 members who devote a substantial portion of their practice to trial work.  Section members consist of  plaintiffs, defense and commercial litigators.  The Section’s Executive Council is evenly divided among the three groups.  The Section is devoted to preserving access to courts and judicial independence, as well as providing timely continuing educational opportunities for its members.  The Section also provides a forum for discussion and addresses matters which are of interest or impact trial practice in Florida, especially those that come through the Florida Legislature.

On this page, you will find calendaring information regarding upcoming events, seminars and Executive Council meetings.  There are also links to the Section’s legislative platform, publications (including the recently revised Discovery Handbook, a joint project with the Circuit and County Judges Conferences), and Guidelines to Professionalism.  You can also follow the Section on Facebook and Twitter.

I am honored and look forward to leading the Section this year.  Please do not  hesitate to contact me or any Executive Council member if we may be of assistance or can answer questions during the coming year.


All the best,

Ted Eastmoore, Chair

 

 

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 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.

 

Read more: Letter from the President.

 

Trial Lawyers Section gift provides an effective advocate for foster youth

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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.

 

Read more: Trial Lawyers Section gift provides an effective advocate for foster youth

   

Trial Lawyers give $75,000 to save children's legal services project

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Written by Nancy Kinnally

TrialLawyersCheckBack row, from left: Ted Eastmoore, Trial Lawyers Section treasurer; Bob Palmer, Trial Lawyers Summit chair; Wayne Helsby, Section chair-elect; Paul Doyle, director of the Florida Bar Foundation Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Program. Front row, from left: Stephen Zack, immediate past president of the American Bar Association and former Florida Bar President; Kimberly Rodgers, executive director of the Community Law Program; Jessica Rae, the Trial Lawyers Children’s Legal Services Fellow; and Craig Gibbs, Trial Lawyers Section chair.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. 

Read more: Trial Lawyers give $75,000 to save children's legal services project

 

Upcoming CLE Seminars/Events

The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses provided by The Florida Bar are a product of the combined efforts of the Bar's CLE Committee and the Sections of The Florida Bar. The department of The Florida Bar responsible for this coordination is called Professional Development.

CLE/Seminar Events

There are no upcoming events scheduled.

Executive Council Meetings

Aug 21 Thu Aug 21, 2014 - Sun Aug 24, 2014
Executive Council Meeting-Ritz-Carlton Naples, FL

Nov 13 Thu Nov 13, 2014 - Sun Nov 16, 2014
Meeting - The Alfond Inn

Florida Bar Meetings & Events

There are no upcoming events scheduled.

Section Events

There are no upcoming events scheduled.

   

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Upcoming Seminars & Events

  • MEETINGS

    Executive Council Meeting
    Introduction From The Ritz-Carlton
    Naples, Florida
    August 21-24, 2014
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