A few years ago, I was speaking to a colleague about the training of new lawyers. Anyone who graduates law school and passes the Bar Exam can become a criminal defense attorney in Florida – even when they have no experience. Needless to say, this is a problem for their clients.
After talking for a while, we decided to form a chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for lawyers in Okaloosa and Walton counties. I was president for the first three years, and when I finally managed to get myself replaced, I was elected Secretary.
I hold that post today, as we move to another level of education, events, seminars and publications. I still edit the Florida Criminal Law Newsletter, which now has a circulation approaching 1000 lawyers. Every lawyer in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties gets a copy. Other members of the public are subscribers, too.
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