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Government Lawyer Section Chair


Mike Schmid

We are dedicated to promoting the professionalism and competence of our members; improving the delivery of legal services to all governmental entities; improving the administration of the legal system, and enhancing The Florida Bar's and the public's understanding of the unique needs of the government attorney.

What's New in the Government Lawyer Section

Upcoming News and Events

Government Lawyer Executive Council Meeting

Please join the Government Lawyer Section Executive Council at its meeting at the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention. The meeting will take place at:

2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention
Boca Raton Resort & Spa

Government Lawyer Executive Council Meeting
Thursday June 22, 2017
1:00p – 3:00p
Room: Royal Palm Ballroom III

Seeking Nominations for the Claude Pepper Award 2017

The Claude Pepper Award is a Florida Bar award, granted to one individual at The Florida Bar's annual meeting each June. The Claude Pepper Award is presented to government lawyers typically with at least 10 years of service, whose character and accomplishments exemplify the highest ideals of government service. Recipients are well-rounded lawyers, whose importance to their agency or employer is irrefutable. This award looks for more than just a single even if remarkable event, instead seeking out lawyers demonstrating annual contributions over time and commitment to public service and the public interest. The recipient is determined by a consensus of the President of The Florida Bar, the Chair of the Government Lawyer Section and the Chair of the Claude Pepper Award Committee of the Government Lawyer Section. Please submit your nominations on or before April 14, 2017.
Forward all electronic submissions to and contact Keith Rizzardi via email at if you have any questions.

New CLE:
2017 Advanced Topics in Administrative, Environmental and Government Law

Friday, April 21, 2017
Hotel Duval - 415 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Find more CLEs here.

Announcing the 2016 Claude Pepper Award Winners

Each year, The Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section honors one public servant as the recipient of the Claude Pepper Award for extraordinary and exemplary contributions to our profession.

This year's winners are Mary Ellen Clark, a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Tallahassee Office of Attorney General, and Mary Jewel White, the Pinellas County Chief Assistant County Attorney.

Read more about the 2016 Claude Pepper Award Winners Here.

Results of the 2014 Government Lawyer Section Survey


E-filing software updates to address uniformity concerns

A coming change to the Florida courts e-filing portal is aimed at making it easier for lawyers to choose the “document type” when they are electronically filing court documents.