LegalFuel is the official Florida Bar Podcast. This monthly series is brought to you by The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar and will feature esteemed leaders in law discussing new and innovative topics. Its purpose is to help members of The Florida Bar as well as attorneys from other states run better practices and provide better legal services to their clients. Disclaimer: The views expressed by the participants of this program are their own and do not represent the views of, nor are they endorsed by The Florida Bar, their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, or representatives. None of the content should be considered legal advice. As always, consult a lawyer.
A Pocket Guide to Social Media
Social media platforms have become ubiquitous marketing tools. According to a report by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and conducted by PwC, social media advertising revenues reached $41.5 billion in 2020, which is nearly 30% of all internet advertising revenue. So, how can Florida lawyers leverage social media to create impactful advertisements while ensuring compliance with Florida Bar ethics rules?
To help answer this question, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt speak with Jesse R. Butler about The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) Social Media Pocket Guide, a handbook created in collaboration with the Ethics and Advertising Department of The Florida Bar in an effort to assist Florida lawyers in complying with the rules governing lawyer advertising.
Jesse R. Butler has served as the Chair of the YLD Technology Committee since 2019. He graduated from the University of Florida Law School and is a partner at Dickinson & Gibbons in Sarasota. He is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and has handled appeals throughout Florida, in Federal court, and he is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court. Jesse was a member of the inaugural class of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy. He previously served as President of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division after serving for several years on the board as a director and he is also the Chair of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. In 2020, Jesse was re-elected to his third term on the Board of Governors for The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, where he represents the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.
This podcast has been approved by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Department for 1 hour of General CLE credit including 1 hour of Technology CLE credit. Course #5027.
YLD's Social Media Pocket Guide Advertising Regulation and Information Page of The Florida Bar Handbook on Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation Quick Reference Checklist – Targeted Social Media Advertising Guidelines for Networking Sites Florida Ethics Opinions Search
The Florida Bar Tech Support Helpline (BETA)
In March, The Florida Bar announced the launch of a test program—The Florida Bar Tech Support Helpline—to assist solo and small firm lawyers with technology issues and assistance. The three-month beta initiative is an experiment to see if solo and small firm lawyers could benefit from a non-emergency IT helpline. It runs through June 11th.
The program, operated by LawTech Partners, is intended to serve solo and small-firm lawyers who typically can’t afford full-time IT departments or managers; it offers remote computer, software and related tech support via phone, live chat, email, or virtual appointment. If successful, the Tech Support Helpline could eventually be added to the Bar’s Member Benefits program.
On today’s bonus episode, guests Adriana Linares, Jay Kim, and Scott Westheimer join host Karla Eckardt to promote the Tech Support Helpline and go over some important FAQs.
Adriana Linares, owner of LawTech Partners, is a legal technology consultant and trainer.
Jay Kim has served on The Florida Bar Board of Governors since 2016 and is currently Chair of the Board Technology Committee.
Scott Westheimer has served on The Florida Bar Board of Governors since 2013 and is currently a member of the Board Technology Committee.
Note: This bonus episode is NOT available for CLE credit.
The Florida Bar Tech Support Helpline (BETA)Florida Bar Member Benefits
A Practical Guide to Parental Leave for Your Firm
In 2020 the Florida Supreme Court adopted a presumptive three-month parental leave rule for many court cases that would require judges to grant a lead attorney’s request for leave for the birth or adoption of a child. More recently, The Florida Bar’s YLD published an excellent resource entitled, A Practical Guide to Parental Leave for Employers: What to Expect When Your Employee is Expecting. In this episode, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt speak with Iris Elijah and Anisha Patel about the YLD Guide and the shifting landscape of parental leave in the legal profession.
Iris Elijah is the Associate General Counsel for FIU. Iris is the President-Elect Designate of the YLD and Chair of its Inclusion and Equality Committee. She serves on the Board of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Assoc., is a Miami-Dade FAWL Foundation Board member, and a member of the Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Anisha Patel is a commercial litigation attorney at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, where she represents individuals and firms in a variety of business-related disputes. Anisha currently serves an ex-officio board member of the HCBA YLD and as a governor on The Florida Bar YLD BoG, where she is the Vice Chair of the Inclusion and Equality committee.
This podcast has been approved by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Department for 1 hour of General CLE credit. Course #4800.
YLD's A Practical Guide to Parental Leave for Employers Florida Courthouse Lactation Room Inventory FAWL Courthouse Lactation Room Handbook Mamava Lactation Room Locator App In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration – Parental Leave, SC18-1554 Sample Parental Leave Policy Article: Drafting a Personal Leave Policy Article: Is a Parental Leave Policy Right for Your Business? DoL – Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Guide Congressional Research Service – Guide to Paid Family Leave in US
Practical Tips to Virtually Hire and Onboard Successfully
Pre-COVID, legal professionals operated in a world centered around in-person interactions; meeting with clients, colleagues, appearing in court, attending mediations, the list goes on. COVID took all human interactions virtual and now even happy hours happen on Zoom. While we are cautiously optimistic that soon we’ll slowly start making our way back into the office and gathering in-person, some firms are permanently integrating the tech-centered changes that worked well for them during COVID.
In this episode, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt speak with Rochelle Birnbaum Chiocca about shifting from traditional in-person methods used to recruit, hire, and onboard new employees to accomplishing it all in a virtual setting. They discuss the benefits, and some of the pitfalls, of the virtual process and offer some practical tips and resources available to solo, small, and large firms alike.
Rochelle Birnbaum Chiocca is a partner in the West Palm Beach office of Cole, Scott & Kissane. For the past twenty years, her practice has focused on construction defect litigation, premises liability matters, and insurance coverage disputes. Rochelle became Cole, Scott & Kissane’s Director of Recruiting in February 2020. She is responsible for the hiring of law clerks and attorneys at all fourteen offices of Florida’s largest law firm.
This podcast has been approved by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Department for 1 hour of General CLE credit. Course #4673.
FSU’s Career Services and Professional Development Office UF’s Office of Career and Professional Development FIU’s Ovadia Career Planning and Placement Office UM’s Career Development Office FAMU’s Career Planning and Professional Development Office Stetson’s Office of Career and Professional Development Nova’s Office of Career and Professional Development Cole, Scott & Kissane CSK’s LinkedIn CSK’s Facebook
Florida Courts E-Filing Portal
The Florida Courts E-Filing Portal system links all of the 20 judicial circuit courts, the 5 District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court – all through one single, integrated Portal website. Usage of the E-Filing Portal has grown significantly since it first began accepting documents in 2011. According to its 2019-2020 Annual Report, almost 300,000 registered filers use the system, sending over 25 million documents to the Florida’s Court System annually. Still, the Portal remains a confounding topic for many practicing attorneys.
In this episode, hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt speak with Carolyn Weber about the Portal. They cover portal basics, FAQs, and discuss upcoming updates.
Carolyn Weber joined the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers [FCCC] organization in November 2012 as the Portal Program Manager and has helped in the design and implementation of the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal. She has worked with the Courts and Clerks both Federal and State for the past 38 years in a variety of roles. She was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Federal Court’s e-Filing application CM/ECF. Carolyn has her MBA in Computer Information Systems.
This podcast has been approved by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Department for 1 hour of General CLE credit including 1 hour of Technology CLE credit. Course #4550.
LegalFuel E-Filing Resources for Florida Lawyers Portal FAQs for Filers Portal Training Videos Portal Training Manuals & Materials Procertas - Florida State e-Filing Module Note: To request e-filing support, submit a support request form, email email@example.com, or call (850) 577-4609 and leave a message.
Court Reporting: An Attorney’s Guide
Many of our listeners are new, solo, or small firm attorneys, so we like to explore and demystify as many topics as we can to help them in their practices. In this episode we explore the court reporting and captioning industry. Court reporters have long played a crucial role in the legal world, but there is a lot more to this industry than quietly recording testimony for the record.
Hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt speak with Christine Phipps about a court reporter’s unique skills; the important role court reporters play before, during, and after trial; and how the court reporting and captioning industry is adapting to pandemic related challenges. They also discuss qualifications, certifications, and other practical considerations attorneys should evaluate when choosing a court reporter in Florida.
Christine Phipps is a Registered Professional Reporter, the President of Phipps Reporting, Inc., and the current President of the National Court Reporters Association. She received her degree in court reporting from Broward State College. She spent the first two years of her career as an official court reporter and then the next 15 working all over the world as a freelance court reporter. Christine then opened her own court reporting and litigation support agency, Phipps Reporting. In addition to reporting, she is also an Eclipse Trainer and has served as Chair of the NCRA’s Technology and Freelance Committees. Christine has received numerous awards including the 2014 Most Enterprising Woman of the Year and her company has made the Inc. 5000 list every year since 2014.
This podcast has been approved by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Department for 1 hour of General CLE credit. Course #4472.
Florida Courts: Court Reporting
Florida Court Reporters Association
FPR Certification Course National Court Reporters Association
Making the Record: A Guide for Attorneys 2021 Court Reporting & Captioning Week (2/6-2/13) Phipps Reporting
Remote Litigation Academy LegalFuel Resources
Free CLE: Conducting Depositions Online – What You Need to Know Video Conference Toolkit Video: How To Conduct Remote International Depositions Florida Bar News
Taking Effective Remote Depositions
This is a must listen for every attorney. Aside from being extremely informative, it is well-produced and impeccably organized. Keep up the good work.
Mrs. Bilbrey is very knowledgeable and informative.
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Very useful information.