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Organization.

The Florida Bar headquarters building and annex are located in Tallahassee on a five-acre site just three blocks from Florida's capitol.

The 47,000 square-foot, three-story headquarters building is patterned after the architecture of Colonial Williamsburg. Its design is highlighted by Flemish bond brick work and six large columns at the front entrance. The nearby annex provides an additional 60,000 square feet of available space, in a four-story red brick facility complementing the Bar headquarters architecture.

The headquarters building includes offices for Bar administrative staff and support services; the annex houses the Legal Division, including one of the Bar's five regional disciplinary offices, CLE Publications, a large conference room, and commercial tenants. The Bar's other branch offices are located in Miami Tampa, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale.

Conference rooms in the Tampa branch office are available for various Bar meetings and other law-related functions. Attorneys and groups seeking to reserve space at this location should contact the Bar's Meetings and Convention office in Tallahassee at (850) 561-5830.

Officers and Governing Body--The president conducts meetings and serves as official spokesperson for the Bar and the Board of Governors. All committees are appointed by the incoming president and approved by the Board of Governors.

The executive director is selected by the Board of Governors and devotes full time to directing the overall administration of The Florida Bar. The executive director also performs the task of treasurer of The Florida Bar and publisher of The Florida Bar Journal and News.

The governing body of The Florida Bar is its Board of Governor. The 52-member Board consists of the president and president-elect, the president and president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division, representatives elected by members of the Bar from each of the state's 20 judicial circuits, four out-of-state representatives elected by Florida Bar members who reside outside the State of Florida, and two public members appointed by the Supreme Court. All board members serve without pay, although the public members can be reimbursed for most of their travel expenses.

The Board of Governors has exclusive authority to formulate and adopt matters of policy concerning the activities of the Bar, subject only to limitations imposed by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The full Board of Governors meets bimonthly. Committees and sections of members of the Bar may submit topics to the president for inclusion on the agenda for Board meetings.

Divisions, Sections, and Committees--All Bar members are invited to become involved in activities of one or more of The Florida Bar's sections, divisions, or committees. These various volunteer groups, along with the governing Board, do much of the work of The Florida Bar.

Through section and committee membership, lawyers can focus their involvement in an area of the law that interests them the most. Membership offers concentrated information and education and a group of other lawyers who share similar interests in a specific legal field. Over 28,000 of The Florida Bar's 72,728 members belong to one or more of the Bar's substantive law sections, while over 17,000 belong to the Young Lawyers Division. Nearly 11,000 out-of-state members may take advantage of membership in the Out-of-State Practitioners Division.

In addition to the 12 Board of Governors committees, there are 62 standing committees of the Bar on which more than 1,900 members serve.

Membership and participation in any Florida Bar division, section or committee can be a stimulating and rewarding professional experience.

Special Committees--As a service to our membership and the public, special committees or commissions or task forces are appointed as necessary to study and make recommendations in response to issues of significance to the legal profession or system of laws in Florida.

Bar Staff Organization and Responsibilities--The Florida Bar headquarters office has five divisions: Legal, Programs, Communications, Administration, and General Counsel. All of the Bar's programs fall under one of these divisions to ensure continuity and effectiveness.

Each division director reports to the executive director, who in turn reports to the Board of Governors.

Departmental responsibilities are created to support programs and activities described elsewhere in this presentation. Each committee, section, and program is assigned at least one staff liaison. An experienced staff of professionals provides strong support for Bar activities.
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