Francine M. Ffolkes is the Administrative Law Counsel in the Office of General Counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She is responsible for reviewing recommended orders from administrative law judges, drafting agency final orders, and advising the agency head regarding final agency action. She provides legal advice to the agency's regulatory programs in substantive areas including wetlands, stormwater, NPDES and state wastewater permitting, enforcement and rulemaking. Ms. Ffolkes provides training and conducts continuing legal education (CLE) seminars for agency attorneys and agency staff on all aspects of the Florida Administrative Procedure Act. She also continues to represent the agency in state and federal judicial and administrative proceedings. She is a board certified specialist in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. Ms. Ffolkes is a member of the executive councils of the Environmental and Land Use Law, and Government Lawyer Sections of The Florida Bar. She recently authored the chapter on rule adoption for The Florida Bar’s Florida Administrative Practice Manual, 8th Ed. (2009). Ms. Ffolkes received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami in 1985 where she majored in Marine Science and Biology.  In 1989 she received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law.