Pro Bono Service Awards in Florida
Extraordinary lawyers are recognized around the state for their efforts above and beyond the call of duty to serve the legal community and Florida as a whole.
Each year, the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar give special recognition to lawyers, groups and a member of the judiciary who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor.
The 2014 Pro Bono Service Awards nominations are due by Nov. 12. The awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Click here for more details
Memo from the Court regarding personal devices
Order from the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida regarding possession and use of personal electronic devices in federal courthouses.
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules
have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The public comment period closes on February 15, 2014.
Time to Renew your TBBBA Membership for 2103/2014!
Amendments to Local Rules (Effective July 1, 2013)
The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2013. For more information, Click Here.
Notice from the Court: Courthouse to close at 5:00 p.m. sharp
Due to federal government budget cuts, the courthouse must close promptly at 5:00 p.m. to prevent the incurring of overtime pay for the U.S. Marshal's staff. Therefore, all hearings (no exceptions) must be concluded by 4:45 p.m. at the latest to ensure that the courthouse is closed on time.
Hearings that are not concluded by that time will have to be continued to another date and time. Counsel are urged to meet and confer before hearings to attempt to resolve disputes consensually.
Also, in order to ensure prompt courthouse closings, Judge McEwen will set no more than ten reaffirmation hearings on each 4:00 p.m. reaffirmation hearing docket, so counsel may experience a delay in the scheduling of reaffirmation hearings.
Notice of Change in Service Procedures
Effective May 1, 2013, the Clerk’s Office of the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court will no longer serve copies of orders to interested parties in case. With very few exceptions, it will be the responsibility of the Movant, the prevailing party, or other party as directed by the Court (“Responsible Party”) to serve copies of signed orders to interested parties and file a proof of service with the Court. For more information, Click Here.
What is the TBBBA?
The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association has over 300 members representing debtors, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy. All attorneys who practice in the Middle District of Florida are invited to join.
The Association sponsors monthly luncheons with speakers and frequent seminars which qualify for Florida Bar continuing legal education credit. In addition, there are monthly informal consumer attorney meetings to discuss practice pointers, often with the participation of one or more of the local bankruptcy judges.
A goal of the Association is to provide its members with information necessary to the bankruptcy practice in the Tampa Division. In addition to the Cramdown, a quarterly publication, periodic e-mail messages keep the membership informed of current bankruptcy issues.
Members are actively involved in a range of projects. One project is designed to assist debtors that cannot afford attorney representation. Another is working with the judiciary and the clerk's office to promote communication and meet the needs of all parties in the bankruptcy system.
Working together, Association members have developed a camaraderie among bankruptcy practitioners in this division that is noteworthy. Please join us in this endeavor and let us have your thoughts and ideas.
Bar Association Links