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The Florida Bar Podcast

Welcome to the official Florida Bar Podcast. This monthly series is brought to you by the Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute 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.

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Nov 30, 2017
Year End Insurance Planning for Law Firms

Member Benefits CEO Chip Trefry talks about end of the year insurance planning for lawyers.

Oct 10, 2017
CRC 2017: The History and Process of Revising the Florida Constitution

Mary Adkins discusses the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), the third of its kind in Florida history.

Sep 28, 2017
Member Benefits Providers Offer Services to Irma Victims

Trent Carlyle, Ed Walters, Andrew Gay, and Austin Lindsey talk about what their companies are providing to those affected by hurricane Irma.

Sep 28, 2017
Bar Complaints: Understanding the Process and How to Avoid Them

Shanell Schuyler discusses common complaints her office receives and how lawyers can avoid being the cause of these complaints.

Aug 28, 2017
The Power and Practice of Mindfulness

In this legal podcast, Scott Rogers talks about using mindfulness as a way to maintain well-being as a lawyer.

Jul 28, 2017
What Florida Lawyers Should Know About the Practice Resource Institute

Scott Westheimer talks about the future of the PRI, the benefits of being a member, and how the program has grown.

Jun 26, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: The First Amendment and the US Supreme Court

This episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention looks at the First Amendment.

Jun 26, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Being The Florida Bar President

Future president-elect of The Florida Bar Michelle Suskauer interviews current president and president-elect Bill Schifino and Michael Higer.

Jun 26, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Social Media Ethics

This episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar covers social media and the ethical considerations lawyers need to make when using it.

Jun 26, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: The Constitution Revision Showcase

This episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention talks about the Constitution Revision Commission and its potential proposals.

Jun 26, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Bankruptcy Law Updates

This episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention reviews updates in the field of bankruptcy.

Jun 26, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Employment Law Updates

This episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention reviews updates in the field of employment .

Jun 26, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Criminal Law Update

This episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar reviews updates in the field of criminal law.

Jun 23, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: E-Discovery Resources and Digital Evidence

This podcast from 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention discusses electronic discovery and digital evidence.

Jun 22, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Leveraging Your Homepage

This episode from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention dives into the advantages of making a website homepage more relatable.

Jun 22, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Apps for Practicing Law in the 21st Century

This podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention talks about new apps created specifically for lawyers.

Jun 22, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Technology for Today’s Lawyers

This episode from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention covers the benefits of having a secure client portal as part of your law firm website.

Jun 22, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Every Firm is a Target for Cyber Security Breaches

This podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention covers data security breaches and the legal implications of such a breach.

Jun 22, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Insuring Against Cybersecurity Risks and Privacy Perils

This podcast from the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention discusses the importance of cyber and data protection.

Jun 21, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Internal Government Communication with KeyNote Speaker Justice Labarga

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga talks about maintaining open lines of communication between branches of government.

Jun 5, 2017
2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention

Melanie Griffin, chair of the Annual Convention Committee, talks about what this year’s convention will look like including technology CLEs, president showcase seminars, and networking opportunities.

May 25, 2017
Four Law Firm Business Challenges and Analytics-Based Solutions

This legal podcast covers the four common business issues law firms struggle with.

Apr 27, 2017
What it Really Means to be a Virtual Lawyer

A podcast about what a virtual law practice is, the drivers in the switch to online services, and the learning requirements of making yours a virtual practice.

Mar 28, 2017
Keeping up with Ediscovery

Electronic discovery expert William Hamilton talks about using ediscovery and how the legal industry is adapting to growing technology.

Feb 28, 2017
Secure and Efficient Legal Tech

Rick Georges, a solo practitioner practicing in St. Petersburg, Florida, talks about how he uses technology to run his business effectively and cheaply.

Jan 30, 2017
The Automated Law Firm: Tech that Saves You Time and Money

Lawyer and tech expert Andrew LeGrand explains how to use apps and automation to optimize your law firm efficiency.

Dec 27, 2016
Why Efficient Lawyers Use Artificial Intelligence

Noory Bechor explains how artificial intelligence will continue to make lawyers more efficient without replacing their jobs.

Nov 29, 2016
The Florida Bar Tech Show: Riding the Technology Wave

Jennifer Kuyrkendall explains why office mangers, paralegals, law students, and lawyers should attend the upcoming Florida Bar Tech Show.

Oct 25, 2016
The History and Advantages of E-Filing

eFileMadeEasy President Dario Diaz talks about the history of e-filing, Metadata, and tips to help attorneys improve their e-filing process.

Sep 30, 2016
No Law Firm is Too Small for Cyber Security

Al Saikali talks about helping lawyers assess their security risk and why cyber security is important even for the smallest firms.

Aug 5, 2016
Making Legislative Amendments to Rule 4-7.22

The Florida Bar Board of Governors Eighth Judicial Circuit representative Carl Schwait discusses the legislative amendments recently made to rule 4-7.22.

Jun 30, 2016
Web-Based Practice Management Programs

Adriana Linares interviews four practice management specialists about the benefits of their products.

Jun 21, 2016
A Peek Inside The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute

Renee Thompson interviews Jonathon Israel, Rod Bruce, Eddie Lebranda, and Christine Bilbrey from The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute (PRI).

Jun 8, 2016
Creating Effortless Services in the Cloud

Adriana Linares talks with Jack Newton about Clio and the overall benefits that the cloud can bring to the practice of law.

May 31, 2016
Starting a Nonprofit Law Firm

Adriana Linares speaks with Open Legal Services co-founders Shantelle Argyle and Daniel Spencer about starting their nonprofit law firm.

May 12, 2016
Digital Evidence and E-Discovery

Adriana Linares chats with Computer Forensic Examiner Craig Ball about the importance of understanding electronic evidence and e-discovery.

May 6, 2016
Data Security and Florida Breach Notification Law

Orange County Bar Association Technology Committee Chair Daniel Whitehouse discusses data breach notification procedures and what constitutes personally identifiable information.

Feb 24, 2016
Cyber Security: How to Protect Your Firm and its Clients

Law firms are considered by many hackers to be soft targets with a wealth of valuable information. Data from social security numbers, credit cards, and client confidences is enough to make the criminal mind salivate with malicious intent. Between 31-45% and 10-20% of firms have been infected by spyware or experienced security breaches respectively. But...

Dec 21, 2015
Building A Mobile Law Office

Have you been hearing about how lawyers are working remote and have a “mobile office” but don’t know what that means? Are you thinking about starting your own mobile practice and need some tips? Do you have a law firm that could benefit from more mobile systems and tools? Well, you’re in luck! Today on...

Nov 17, 2015
A Beginner’s Guide to the Importance of Practice Management Programs

Most solo and small firm practitioners have heard of cloud-based management systems such as Clio, Rocket Matter, and NetDocuments. These and many more are also a part of The Florida Bar member benefits. But for lawyers who aren’t currently using any of these technologies, it can be difficult to understand why they are important. How...

Sep 30, 2015
Inside Tips on CLEs and Board Certification

Obtaining the required Continuing Legal Education credits is on the mind of every Florida Bar member. Many lawyers often ask where to report their credits, what other activities qualify for CLEs, and how to find online courses? Also, what are the benefits to becoming board certified? In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana...

Sep 16, 2015
Get Involved with The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar

All Florida lawyers under the age of 36 and Florida Bar members in their first 5 years are automatically in The Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Consequently, the division includes over 27,000 members throughout the state. As we know, new lawyers must complete the Basic Skills Course Requirement, but there have been some recent changes in...

Sep 1, 2015
How to Use Time Management and Mindfulness to Improve Your Law Practice

Many solo and small firm lawyers have a hard time managing their practices in addition to being a lawyer full time. Most lawyers in any field are interested in efficient time management. On this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson speak with law firm coach Nora Bergman about how lawyers...

Aug 26, 2015
President-Elect Bill Schifino on The Florida Bar’s Future Focus

On the last episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares discussed lawyers and technology with President Ray Abadin. But what are the overarching goals of The Florida Bar going into the future, and how do presidents, president-elects, and other leaders within the bar work together to maintain focus and achieve these goals? In this...

Jul 23, 2015
Florida Bar President Ray Abadin on Lawyers and Technology

The 2015 Annual Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference recently took place in Manalapan, Florida. During the event, Adriana Linares and co-host Renee Thompson sat down with the new Florida Bar President, Ray Abadin, to discuss the highlights of his presentation and his passions for the future of Florida lawyers. On this episode of The Florida Bar...

Jun 17, 2015
Florida Lawyer Complaints and the Disciplinary Review Committee

The Florida Bar Disciplinary Review Committee (DRC) oversees the prosecution and appeals for disciplinary violations by Florida lawyers. When a client, opposing counsel, or judge files a complaint against an attorney, it goes through a preliminary investigation, geological branch investigation, and then is sent to a grievance committee to determine probable cause. The DRC oversees...

Apr 28, 2015
The Florida Courts E-Filing Portal

In 2013, the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) launched a statewide e-filing portal for civil, criminal, and Florida Supreme Court cases. As usually happens with technological changes, many legal professionals were caught off guard. Navigating drop-down menus and searching for the right documents can be very confusing. So what are some things Florida lawyers...

Apr 16, 2015
Director Jonathon Israel on How the Practice Resource Institute Benefits Florida Lawyers

Many lawyers who are part of the Florida Bar do not realize what the Practice Resource Institute (PRI) has to offer. The PRI is an online resource for lawyers who need help with office technology, finance and accounting, marketing, management, or who need assistance with all aspects of starting a new practice. Much of the...

Mar 25, 2015
Admission on Motion, Reciprocity, the UBE, and Non-Lawyer Licensing

Three controversial issues relating to The Florida Bar admissions and the future of the practice as a whole are currently being discussed. The Florida Bar is considering whether to endorse the adaptation of the following programs. Admission on Motion, or reciprocity, deals with the concept of lawyers legally crossing state borders to practice law. The...

Mar 12, 2015
Goals and Plans for the Vision 2016 Technology Committee

An increase in online legal service providers has become an intimidating factor for many lawyers across Florida and The United States. People are looking towards emerging online technologies for their legal service needs. But should we as lawyers really be worried that these new legal options are going to “take all our jobs?” In this...

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Jonathon Israel

Jonathon Israel is the Director of The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute (PRI) in Tallahassee, Florida. He provides law...

Christine Bilbrey

Christine Bilbrey is a Practice Management Advisor at The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute.  She holds a bachelor’s degree...

Karla Eckardt

Karla Eckardt, a Miami native, moved to Tallahassee to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and criminology from...