Archive for the ‘FLA-LAP News’ Category

Guide to Addiction Treatment Health Coverage and Costs

Monday, October 28th, 2013

There’s an excellent guide to the average costs of addiction treatment, the federal and state laws covering health care coverage, and what to look for in a health insurance plan. You can find the guide at

FLA Workshop Evaluation Now Online

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Please help us out by completing the FLA annual workshop survey (under the Events tab). Thanks!

2013 FLA Annual Workshop

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Registration and conference information about this year’s Annual Workshop are now available under the “Events” tab on this site. Hope to see you there!

Attorneys and Gambling

Monday, November 5th, 2012

We are seeing more attorneys getting in trouble due to compulsive gambling issues. If you think you or someone you care about may have a problem with gambling, please make sure to look at the FLA web page with links to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling at

International Lawyers in A.A. (ILAA) Online Meetings

Monday, November 5th, 2012

A reminder that ILAA hosts two online AA meetings every Monday at 8:00 and 10:00 Easter Time.  Please join us tonight.  You can attend the meeting by going to our website and clicking on the online meeting button and logging into the meeting with your user id and password (which you can get when you join ILAA) any time after 8:00 or 10:00.  The meetings end promptly on the half hour.

FLA, the Florida Bar, and the University of Florida Embark on Joint Aging Project

Friday, October 26th, 2012

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Recognizing the looming issue of the “greying” of the legal profession (first noted in the 2007 NOBC-APRL report on aging), and the host of problems that may raise, FLA, the Florida Bar Center for Professionalism, the Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Bar’s Legal Division, and the University of Miami Schools of Medicine and Law have embarked on an ambitious joint project to address the issues. FLA will be developing presentations and seminars to educate the bench and bar about the signs of cognitive decline, the extent of the problem, and the resources available. FLA, working with UF and the Alzheimer’s Association, will develop a screening process to determine if a legal professional may be displaying symptoms of cognitive decline and, if so, what interventions might be employed to treat, arrest, or slow the progress of the illness and what monitoring procedures may be used to protect the public, while the Bar will look at current disciplinary rules to determine how best to allow attorneys dealing with cognitive decline and dementia to retire with dignity. The Standing Committee on Professionalism and the Center for Professionalism are developing methods to utilize the resource represented by retiring attorneys, including video archives, so that years of experience and skills will not be lost through retirement or discontinuation of practice. It is hoped the joint project can produce a model that will be used by other states dealing with the issue of aging in the legal profession.

Clay County Bar Association

Monday, October 1st, 2012

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Clay County Bar Association luncheon on September 27th, and as I’ve written before, these are my favorite presentations, especially when they’re held in a venue as lovely as the Continental Club in Orange Park (which I was informed was the old Palmolive vacation home). As I told the bar association members, just the fact they’re willing to give up a few hours on a workday afternoon to meet, greet, and network with their colleagues puts them in the category of lawyers who understand that legal fellowship is one of the hallmarks of professionalism. I was accompanied to the luncheon by Grier Wells, the former President of the Jacksonville Bar Association, of Gray, Robinson. Grier is the Florida Bar Board of Governors liaison to FLA, and has worked passionately on FLA’s behalf – it was a pleasure to have him at the luncheon. The representation at the luncheon of judges, experienced lawyers, and new members was truly impressive, and I really want to thank bar association President John Fagan and his staff for the invitation and lovely afternoon.

Michael Cohen and members of the Clay County Bar AssociationMichael Cohen addresses the Clay County Bar Association

New W. Broward Meeting!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

With sincere thanks to Dan C. and Jim C., FLA is pleased to announce that after a number of years of trying, we finally have a weekly FLA lawyers support group starting in W. Broward. The meeting will be held Mondays at 6:00 pm at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation. We can really use some support in getting this meeting off the ground, so if you’re interested, please contact Michael, Judy, or Eleni at the Pompano Beach FLA office for details.

Indian River Bar Association

Friday, April 13th, 2012

I really do love speaking about FLA at local county bar association luncheon meetings. As I’ve said before, the very fact that 50 or 60 lawyers are willing to take off from the office on a lovely Friday afternoon to socialize with each other, maybe listen to someone like me talk at them, and enjoy a nice meal places them in a distinct minority within the 94,000 Florida lawyers, most of whom think that being away from the office to enjoy oneself on a weekday (or even a weekend) is anathema. I had the pleasure of speaking at the Indian River County Bar Association today in Vero Beach and, like the Martin County Bar Association I spoke at last month, it was an extremely welcoming and cordial group of professionals. Of course, it still astounds me that FLA has been around for 26 years and we’re still thought of as the association that helps lawyers with only drug and alcohol problems, that we’re an agency of the Florida Bar, that we’re based in Tallahassee, and that we’re the alcohol police, none of which are true. So I get to dispel some misconceptions, explain that FLA is a a voluntary, lawyers-helping-lawyers association, and let the attendees know there is free, confidential help available for lawyers, judges, or law students who want help. I had a couple of people today who said they’d like to talk to me about lawyers they had concerns with, which by itself makes it a worthwhile trip. I wanted to thank Mark Hill, Rebecca Emmons, and the IRCBA members for their warm welcome and attentiveness (despite having a pretty nice steak in front of them), and look forward to visiting again in the future.

Law Student Employment Statistics

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

There’s a new blog that seeks to address one of the main concerns regarding law school employment statistics – that although they give an aggregate figure regarding employment, they don’t break down the figures by firm size, salary, etc. Two Vanderbilt law students are attempting to rectify that with their new blog, Law School Transparency, which hopefully will provide a valuable service not only to graduating students, but to prospective law students whose expectations may be somewhat grandiose. You can read the article and comments about the blog in the ABA eJournal.