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NEW in Florida Legal Ethics . . .

Handwritten draft answers to interrogatories provided by a client to her lawyer are attorney-client privileged communications . . . (see more)   [Added 4/23/14]

Mumbling profanities in a foreign language nets a lawyer a contempt conviction in a case where “counsel for neither party distinguished himself by his conduct”
. . .  (see more)   [Added 4/22/14]


Finding the accused lawyer guilty of additional rules violations, the Supreme Court imposes a 3 year suspension rather than the recommended 91 days . . .  (see more)   [Added 4/22/14]


The court clerk, rather than the public defender, has the duty to provide an indigent defendant with a paper copy of the record on appeal . . .  (see more[Added 4/16/14]


After plaintiff voluntarily dismissed suit, defendants’ motion for fees under Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.420(d) denied because defendants failed to give notice of fee claim in pleadings . . .  (see more[Added 4/16/14] 


Florida Board of Bar Examiners releases passage data for February 2014 general bar exam; Stetson tops the list . . .  (see more  [Added 4/15/14]


Reversing the Third DCA, the Supreme Court applies the "hot potato rule" in ordering the disqualification of 2 lawyers for violating conflict of interest rules . . .  (see more[Added 4/7/14]


The Florida Supreme Court approves multiple rule changes requested by the Florida Bar, including revisions to rules governing conflicts and paying witnesses, but rejects a proposal to restrict activities of suspended and disbarred lawyers . . .  (see more) [Added 3/29/14]