Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar publishes this notice of intent to consider the following items at its July 25 meeting in Palm Beach. This is governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. If approved by the board, most of these amendments must still be formally filed with the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective. Additionally, non-substantive edits to conform to the Supreme Court style guide are not always noted in the summary. To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Janellen Green at (850) 561-5751. Reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication.
RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR
Chapter 1 General
RULE 1-3.7 REINSTATEMENT TO MEMBERSHIP (CLER and BSCR Additions & Effective Date)
Within subdivision (f), adds CLER and BSCR delinquency so that a lawyer will not be disciplined for practicing law while delinquent if reinstatement occurs within 60 days of the delinquency and changes "accomplished" to "approved" and changes "shall be deemed to relate back to the date" to "is effective on the last business day."
Chapter 3 Rules of Discipline
Rule 3-5.1 Types of Discipline (Administrative Proceedings, Notice to Clients, Restitution)
Within subdivision (h), adds a provision that a disbarred or suspended lawyer must notify all state, federal, or administrative bar associations of which the lawyer is a member that the lawyer has been suspended or disbarred. Also within subdivision (h), adds that in the affidavit furnished to the bar the lawyer must include the telephone numbers of all persons and entities who have been notified of the lawyer's disbarment or suspension.
Within subdivision (j) adds that a member who fails to comply with a restitution agreement or order is delinquent; and that the respondent must provide to the bar the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses (where available) of all individuals or entities to whom the respondent owes restitution.
RULE 3-5.1(h) NOTICE TO CLIENTS
Amends subpart (h) of Rule 3-5.1 to state that all respondents who are suspended, even if they have already served all or part of their suspension when a court order is issued regarding the suspension, must furnish a copy of the court order or notice of commencement of the suspension to all of respondent's...