Study group to review how the profession is regulated

first_imgStudy group to review how the profession is regulated Dec 12, 2019 Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories In response to the “rapidly changing” environment in which legal services are provided, the Florida Supreme Court has asked the Bar to launch a comprehensive study of issues related to the regulation of the legal profession in Florida.President John Stewart announced the initiative at the Board of Governors’ December meeting in Orlando. At Chief Justice Canady’s request, the Bar will focus on lawyer advertising, referral fees, fee splitting, entity regulation, regulation of online service providers, and regulation of nonlawyer providers of limited legal services.“Additional topics consistent with the subject of the study may also be addressed,” Canady said.Stewart will chair the study group that will consider “whether and how the rules governing the practice of law in Florida may be revised to improve the delivery of legal services to Florida’s consumers and to assure Florida lawyers play a proper and prominent role in the provision of these services.”Stewart said the “foundation of our efforts in this arena is the recognition that The Florida Bar exists to serve the people of our state.”Writing about the effort in his President’s Page in the January/February issue of The Florida Bar Journal, Stewart said the study has no predetermined outcomes, “as Florida is unique, and it is incumbent upon us to define what should change, if anything, in this state before change is dictated by other states on a national scale. We intend to follow the specific direction the court has set, and we will meet its request thoughtfully.”The study group will begin work in January and has a July 1, 2021, deadline to deliver a final report, including recommendations for any rule changes or other actions, to the Supreme Court and the Board of Governors. The committee will also be required to file quarterly updates.“We are committed to ensuring a strong and vibrant Bar to meet the legal needs of the people of Florida and to enforcing appropriate ethical standards for Florida lawyers,” Canady wrote. “We believe that the study we are asking the Bar to entertain can assist us in carrying out this important constitutional responsibility.”last_img

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