No I'm not channeling our favorite verbose idiot billionaire, I'm talking about something real:
A proposal to let lawyers from other states practice in the Sunshine State without taking the Florida Bar exam has ignited a firestorm in Florida's already crowded legal community.What exactly is happening up in Tally?
"It's a ridiculous proposal," John Fitzgibbons, a Tampa attorney and former federal prosecutor, said Monday. "Every lawyer in a cold-weather climate who has a condo in Florida will join the Florida Bar and make that condo his or her Florida office."
"I don't think it's a good idea, and I was completely unaware of it," said Terry Deeb, a St. Petersburg attorney. "I had no idea it was being considered, which is another complaint I've been hearing among my colleagues."
First you guys won't endorse raising bar dues to ensure access to justice and our court system for the people who need it the most.
And now this?
On Friday, the Bar's governing board will discuss a preliminary report on reciprocity, which recommended that a lawyer who has practiced five of the last seven years and is in good standing could apply to join the Florida Bar without taking the state exam. Schwed said he was particularly offended by the report's statement that a "majority" of Florida lawyers favor reciprocity although only 1,148 had responded to a survey on the issue.I guess it's time somebody pay attention to what they're doing up there.
Schwed said he and his staff sent emails to 2,000 Bar members around the state alerting them to Abadin's comments and the report.
Of those, "95 percent wrote me and said, 'I didn't even know this thing was being discussed, and I'm
totally against it and this is a terrible idea. This is really upsetting,' " Schwed said.
As word spread, Abadin issued a statement Thursday stressing that the Bar had not taken an official position on reciprocity.