Florida BarLawyers Advising Lawyers

February 1, 20170
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(www.floridabar.org/lawyersadvisinglawyers) has a fresh, new, easy-to-use online look.

Lawyers Advising Lawyers gives tenured attorneys a platform to assist lawyers with issues they have previously dealt with during their career. The service utilizes technology to provide immediate interaction by phone or email with other lawyers working in different parts of the state.

“At The Florida Bar, we continue to identify new opportunities to leverage technology in a way that provides greater resources for our members, and adds more value to their practices,” said Bar President Bill Schifino. “Lawyers Advising Lawyers is the latest example of this effort, and is breaking down geographic and generational barriers, while putting information directly into the hands of those who need it most.”

YLD President Katherine Hurst Miller of New Smyrna Beach said one of her goals this year was to make the services offered by the division more widely known and the new look Lawyers Advising Lawyers website is part of thateffort.

“It is a really neat program and I hope the entire Bar takes advantage of it,” said Miller, noting the program consists of more than 300 attorney advisors who volunteer to assist other Bar members. Advice is offered in over 60 areas of law and procedure.

“Through Lawyers Advising Lawyers, our members can get personalized guidance in real time, while also making connections with peers they otherwise would not have the opportunity to meet,” Miller said.

YLD board member Travis Mydock of St. Johns chaired the committee that retooled the Lawyers Advising Lawyers website.

“The program has been around for a while, but it needed an update to bring it into the new age,” he said.

Mydock said the YLD will work at getting the word out about the availability of the Lawyers Advising Lawyers program at all the Bar’s major meetings.

“It is for everyone, not just young lawyers,” Mydock said.

YLD board member Chrystal Thorton of Lakeland has served as an advisor with the program and enjoys the interactions she has with fellow family law attorneys.

“In answering questions or brainstorming with other lawyers, I find myself staying current and fresh on legal issues, and ultimately leaving the call with a new friend and resource,” Thorton said.

“That is what the LAL is about — helping each other to provide quality legal representation for our clients.”

Scott Westheimer of Sarasota has been involved with the program for years and said LAL is an “extraordinary” no-cost member benefit.

“The interaction between participant and advisor, the advice given, and the mentorship are truly top notch and can help all lawyers with the daily practice of law in the increasingly complex and difficult environment in which we practice,” said Westheimer, a member of the Bar Board of Governors.

To qualify as an advisor, attorneys must have a minimum of five years of experience in their respective area(s) of advice and must be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing. Participating advisors will receive one CLE credit per consultation for a total of five CLE credits per year.

 

 

The interaction between participant and advisor, the advice given, and the mentorship are truly top notch and can help all lawyers with the daily practice of law in the increasingly complex and difficult environment in which we practice

Scott Westheimer

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