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Social media campaign to promote Pro Bono Week
The Florida Bar Foundation will launch a Pro Bono Week social media campaign during the ABA’s National Celebration of Pro Bono October 22-28 to increase participation in pro bono legal services statewide, and they invite participation from law firms, legal aid and pro bono programs, and other interested groups.

Sprowls learned life lessons as an assistant state attorney
Chris SprowlsWhen Chris Sprowls was an 18-year-old high-school senior, he was diagnosed with the scary C-word. He had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After surgery to remove tumors and eight months of chemotherapy, alongside very sick people who shared their thoughts about life, he survived — and gained the bonus of a new attitude. “The experience is not something I would trade for anything,” said Sprowls, a Republican state representative from Palm Harbor.Christian GeorgeI was very surprised to see a picture of my living room inundated with a few feet of water on the cover of the October 1 News. While it is an odd and undesirable way to gain media coverage, it provides me an opportunity to tell my story and raise awareness for those less fortunate affected by Hurricane Irma.

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CRC takes up citizen-proposed amendments
A proposal to fix a loophole in an amendment from the 1997-98 Constitution Revision Commission on primary voting has become the first citizen-initiated amendment approved for further consideration by the current CRC.

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    October 15, 2017
    Donations for Puerto Rico
    GISELA RODRIGUEZ, a solo practitioner in Tallahassee, has parents in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, and she hasn’t heard from them since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Needing to do something, she sent out the word in Tallahassee that her law office would collect donations to be sent by Operation Airdrop. By her deadline on September 28, four truckloads were on their way to desperate Puerto Ricans.

    PR Bar of Florida works to relocate displaced Puerto Rican law students
    Anthony Suarez’s wife can’t stop crying ever since Category 4 Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. “For every Puerto Rican, including a Puerto Rican like myself born on the mainland, there is a tremendous emotional attachment,” said Suarez, a Florida lawyer who lives in Orlando and is president of the 200-member Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida.

    Florida lawyers give to feed hungry Puerto Ricans
    A photo shared on social media speaks volumes about the desperate situation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In giant letters drawn at a street intersection, it says: “SOS. Necesitamos agua/comida!!” Translation: Urgent distress. We need water/food!

    Free legal assistance available for Florida Hurricane Irma survivors
    A legal aid hotline is now available for Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929. The hotline operates through a partnership between The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Foundation allocates up to $500,000 for hurricane-related civil legal aid
    Florida Hurricane Legal Aid FundThe Florida Bar Foundation approved an allocation of up to $500,000 to support Florida legal aid organizations that suffer infrastructure damage or equipment losses and to assist their clients with hurricane-related civil legal issues in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The funds are from Florida’s share of a settlement between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice and six states.


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    AMANDA PODLUCKY of Orlando and her boyfriend, Lee Thompson, now own nine grills and have a professional logo for their team dubbed Pig-Chicka-Cow-Cow. It all started innocently enough Memorial Day weekend in 2011. Amanda Podlucky gave her boyfriend this birthday gift: an electric smoker, the only kind of grill allowed at their apartment.

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    Florida Bar CLE

    Bankruptcy Law & Practice: View from the Bench 2017
    Thursday, November 2, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Stetson University College of Law, Tampa Law Center

    Annual Ethics Update 2017 -- More Shades of Grey: 21st Century Challenges Facing Lawyers and the Legal Profession
    November 2  7:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando

    Probate Law 2017
    November 3, 8:00 a.m. - 4:50 p.m., Riverside Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale

    Health Care Regulatory and Compliance
    November 3, Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

    Basic Family Law 2017
    October 20, Tampa Airport Marriott

    Practice Tips in Domestic Violence Litigation: How to Effectively Represent Clients in Domestic Violence Cases
    COURSE CLASSIFICATION: INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. Live and Webcast Presentation: Friday, November 17, Tampa Marriott Waterside.

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