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Hordes of Diseased Foreigners Are About to Invade Our Shores!

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.

"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."
What exactly is happening up in Tally?

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.

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.
I guess it's time somebody pay attention to what they're doing up there.


  1. No way, this is BOGUS, man!

  2. Only some out of state lawyers are diseased.

  3. Reciprocity lets them practice here w/o demonstrating even basic familiarity w/ Fla law. Not even a Bridge the Gap CLE. This does not serve our clients or make quality legal services more available to them.

    The other proposal, which is perhaps worse, is non-lawyer ownership of law firms.

  4. Abadin just wants to help the out of state lawyers in his firm who are too lazy to take the bar exam.

  5. Your friend Julie stole your story again without attribution!

  6. Stop hating on Abadin. He's a good guy and well intentioned. His law firm has more than enough lawyers that can practice in this state so your attack is misplaced.

    As for the proposal itself, it's terrible.

  7. SFL, you made Above the Law!

  8. Plenty of other states (including mine) use reciprocity without the sky falling, so I'm not sure why the idea is quite so horrifying as some people find it. I live in a good-sized warm-weather state with a growing population, but there hasn't been a huge influx of attorneys coming in from other states and practicing here (knowledgeable of our law or otherwise). If there's something particular about Florida that raises issues other reciprocity states don't have, then I could see the concern. But just the general idea is, in practice, not usually that big of a deal.


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