19 Dec

Board set to take up the budget, discuss MJP issues

first_imgFinal 2003-04 budget action and an initial vote on a multijurisdictional practices report will top the Bar Board of Governors agenda when it meets May 30 in Key West. It will be the last meeting of the Bar’s 2002-03 fiscal year.The budget received its first approval at the board’s April 4 meeting, and governors will consider any objections from members at the May meeting. The final fiscal plan will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court. The new fiscal year starts July 1.The balanced budget calls for income and expenditures of $28.8 million. It continues the Dignity in Law program, with some of those operations brought in-house, and provides money for the new Bar Internet Web portal. That will offer members, for free, an Internet access point that includes legal research, docketing, news services, e-mail, and other customizable services.The Bar’s largest division, which oversees lawyer regulation and includes grievance, lawyer advertising, professionalism, and ethics, would be increased from $11.9 to $12.6 million under the budget.Perhaps most importantly, the spending plans leaves Bar annual membership fees unchanged at $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members. (See story and the complete budget breakdown in the April 30 Bar News. )The board at its last meeting reviewed a report on MJP prepared by a special commission and is scheduled to vote on its recommendations in Key West.The recommendations include that out-of-state lawyers who are not Bar members may not be admitted pro hac vice in Florida more than three times in a 365-day period and that the Bar would be able to discipline those attorneys if they break Bar rules. Those out-of-state lawyers would also have to pay the Bar $250 per case to fund the necessary expanded grievance operations.Any rule changes that went up for first reading at the April meeting will come back for a second reading, and then be forwarded to the Supreme Court.The Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the board’s Certification Plan Appeal Committee are scheduled to present much debated changes in the procedures for lawyers who appeal their denial of certification or recertification.The board will also be making several appointments at the meeting.It will nominate three lawyers for one seat on each of the 26 judicial nominating commissions, with Gov. Jeb Bush making the final choice in each case. Those chosen will serve four-year terms beginning July 2.The board will also select three lawyers for two-year terms in the ABA House of Delegates.Other appointments include:• Six lawyers for two-year terms on the Florida Legal Services Board of Directors.• Five lawyers for three-year terms on the Florida Lawyers Assistance Board of Directors.• Two lawyers for five-year terms on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.• One lawyer for a four-year term on the Florida Patient’s Compensation Fund Board of Governors.• Three lawyers for four year terms on the Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims.The meeting will also have the annual Comments for the Good of the Order, where board members attending their last meeting make comments that frequently include recommendations for improving the Bar and board operations. Board set to take up the budget, discuss MJP issues May 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Board set to take up the budget, discuss MJP issueslast_img read more