In the State of Florida, many people are injured because of the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of an individual or company. These people have the opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a lawyer in their state. Unfortunately, not all people that call themselves lawyers are reputable or able to properly launch a lawsuit. Membership in the Florida Bar is the reassurance needed to insure that an individual is qualified to present a court case in front of Florida courts.
The Florida Bar is the professional and regulatory association for lawyers in the state of Florida. The Florida Bar is the third largest mandatory state bar in the United States. It is dedicated to the advancement of law through education, ethics, and certification of its members.
The bar in Florida dates from 1889. It consisted of a small voluntary group of lawyers when the state’s population was less than 400,000. Out of this humble beginning the Florida State Bar Association was officially incorporated in 1907. Still a voluntary organization, it concentrated its attention on publishing a legal journal, drafting court procedures, and presenting occasional educational courses for lawyers. It helped provide legislative reform relating to the courts and the legal profession. In the 1930s it was proposed for the first time that lawyers, upon admission to practice, be required to be members of the Florida State Bar Association. When membership became mandatory, communication improved dramatically and disciplining unethical lawyers was greatly simplified. Today, the association has developed an effective sphere of communication between legal professionals in Florida. Communication is made even easier with regional bar offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and Tallahassee.