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Government Lawyer Section Chair


Francine Ffolkes

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

News and Upcoming Events

April 2018

The Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award

The Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award is a Florida Bar award, given to one government lawyer 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 Outstanding Government Lawyer Award Committee of the Government Lawyer Section. Please submit your nominations on or before April 30, 2018.

Click here for the 2018 Nomination Form

Forward all electronic submissions to and contact Keith Rizzardi via email if you have any questions.

2018 Advanced Topics in Administrative, Environmental and Government Law CLE
15 — Editor begins solicitation of articles for The Voice Summer Edition (deadline May 15)
16-20 — ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 36th Water Law Conference and 47th Spring Conference, Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
April 23-24, 2018 — Spring Retreat to Washington, D.C. — Register Today!
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May 2018

10-11 — Board Certification Exams - 2nd Cycle, Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
15 — Article deadline for The Voice Summer Edition
16-20 — Board of Governors Meeting, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, Key West, FL

June 2018

June — Practicing Before the Supreme Court CLE — Register Today!
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13-16 — Annual Florida Bar Convention, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
15 — Executive Council and Annual Meeting

July 2018

19-20 — Section Leadership Conference, TBD

August 2018

2-7 — ABA Annual Meeting; Chicago, Illinois

Announcing the 2017 Claude Pepper Award Winner

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 winner is Richard Jay Weiss, who spent 39 years representing, counseling and advocating for numerous governmental entities.

Read more about the 2017 Claude Pepper Award Winner Here.

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.