Bar seeks applicants for open positions

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The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors is recruiting applicants for various openings on boards and commissions under its jurisdiction.

The vacancies are to be filled during its June meeting and applications are due by May 6.

Openings include:

• ABA House of Delegates: Three lawyers to serve two-year terms and one lawyer to serve one-year term commencing at the conclusion of the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Chicago. Applicants must also be ABA members.

• Florida Legal Services Inc. board: Six lawyers to serve two-year terms on this 21-member board, commencing July 1. Florida Legal Services provides judicial advocacy through co-counseling with local program attorneys and volunteer pro bono attorneys and provides legislative and administrative advocacy on policies impacting the legal rights of the poor, as well as providing civil legal assistance to indigent persons who would not otherwise have the means to obtain a lawyer.

• Florida Lawyers Assistance Inc. board: Five lawyers to serve three-year terms commencing July 1. This 15-member Board assists the legal community in securing counseling and treatment for emotional and chemical dependency problems for lawyers.

• Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission: One attorney to serve remainder of a six-year term expiring December 31, 2006, on the 15-member commission, authorized under Article V., Section 12, Florida Constitution, to investigate complaints against judges whose conduct demonstrates a present unfitness to hold office and could recommend disciplinary action to the Supreme Court. No member of the commission, except a judge, shall be eligible for state judicial office while acting as a member of the commission and for a period of two years thereafter. No member of the commission shall hold office in a political party or participate in any campaign for judicial office or hold office; provided that a judge may campaign for judicial office and hold that office.

• Statewide Nominating Commission for Compensation Claims Judges: Two attorneys from the territorial jurisdiction of the 2nd and 4th state appellate districts to serve 4-year terms commencing July 1. All applicants must be members of the Bar who are engaged in the practice of law. No attorney who appears before any Judge of Compensation Claims more than 4 times a year is eligible to serve on the Commission, pursuant to Section 440.45(2)(b), F.S. Commissioners are also not eligible for state judicial vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following the expiration of their term. Commissioners are subject to Florida financial disclosure laws. Meetings and deliberations are open to the public.

Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the Application for Special Appointment from the Bar’s website,, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application form.

Applications may also be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.

Completed applications must be received no later than 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.

The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.



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