Bar expands honors for 50-year members

first_imgBar expands honors for 50-year members Bar expands honors for 50-year members February 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Bar is expanding its program to honor veteran lawyers by creating a new honor for Bar members who spent part of their careers in other states.At the urging of the Out-of-State Practitioners Division, the Bar Board of Governors recently approved the new effort.The Bar currently recognizes lawyers who have been a member of the Bar for 50 years at its Annual Meeting. The new program, according to Program Evaluation Committee Chair Frank Walker, will recognize current Bar members who have practiced for 50 years when part of that service has been in another state.The idea, Walker said, is to honor those experienced lawyers for their service to the profession, regardless of whether it was all in Florida.“We felt it was a great idea and a good program and approved it unanimously,” he told the board.The OOSPD said it had received comments from members that they felt left out by the 50-year Bar member award.“Creating an award to recognize their accomplishments to The Florida Bar and the legal profession for 50 years will help them to feel more appreciated by The Florida Bar for their contributions to the legal profession,” the division said in a memo to the PEC.The division said it would also encourage out-of-state Bar members to join the division, and encourage them to attend the Annual Meeting.The division also said it was unclear how many qualified for the new award, but it appeared that it would be relatively few people for the next few years.last_img

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