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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

June 2018

13-16 — Annual Florida Bar Convention, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Download the Convention Brochure
2018 Annual Convention Schedule

14 — Government Lawyer Executive Council Meeting
Agenda can be found HERE
3:30p – 5:30p
Room: Beekman
Log-In Credentials:
- Dial In: 888.376.5050
- Participant Code: 3434582165
- Leader Pin: 65742

14 — Government Lawyer Awards Reception
6:00p – 7:00p
Room: Dade
RSVP or Decline HERE

July 2018

19-20 — Section Leadership Conference, TBD

August 2018

2-7 — ABA Annual Meeting; Chicago, Illinois

October 2018

Budget Call — Date and time to be announced.

January, 2018

Executive Council Meeting
Orlando, Florida — date and time to be announced

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.