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2024 Dates for Florida Bar Hearings

Soreide Law Group has represented hundreds of applicants for both investigative and formal hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. If a bar applicant is contacted by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners requesting an investigative or formal bar hearing, the applicant must be prepared for their hearing.

The following dates were recently released by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for their upcoming bar hearing meeting dates in 2024. Please note that some of the dates will be held via Zoom and others will be held in person.

JANUARY 25-26, 2024                                  VIA ZOOM

MARCH 22, 2024                                           TALLAHASSEE

APRIL 18-19, 2024                                         VIA ZOOM

MAY 17-18, 2024                                            HOLLYWOOD

JUNE 27-28, 2024                                          VIA ZOOM

AUGUST 24-25, 2024                                    TAMPA

SEPTMEBER 19-20, 2024                            VIA ZOOM

OCTOBER 18-19, 2024                                  CORAL GABLES

NOVEMBER 15-16, 2024                              ORLANDO

Each bar hearing requires evidence and testimony which is tailored to your specific fact set. Many of these items can be obtained quickly however, it will vary case by case. The Board will waive the 15 day rule for submitting your evidence in advance if you are within the 15 day window. In this case, you would be able to bring your exhibits with you to the hearing itself. You must bring 5 copies of whatever needs to be submitted, which includes, one copy for each of the Board members, one for the record, and one for you.

If you feel you may not be ready for your Florida Board of Bar Examiners bar hearing or if you feel it is short notice, then we would recommend you wait until you are fully prepared and have done all of the work in advance.  You should not rush into an earlier hearing if you are not ready. If you are not sure, we recommend you contact an attorney for a consultation.

Soreide Law Group is conveniently based in Pompano Beach, Florida. We travel to every bar hearing location in Florida representing applicants in both investigative and formal hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. If you have an upcoming investigative hearing or a formal hearing please call Soreide Law Group and speak to an experienced license defense attorney at no cost to you at: 888-760-6552.

 

Applicants Before Florida Bar Examiners Should Write a Brief

As an experienced Florida Bar Hearing Defense Attorney, I know that after ever investigative hearing before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, there can be a range of outcomes. The worst outcome is the filing of specifications and the applicant having to advance to a formal hearing before the board. When the conduct is bad but not quite egregious enough to warrant a hearing that takes up the board’s time and resources, they can ask you to do anything from community service to writing a brief. The brief would be on a topic that is relevant to your specific perceived misconduct.  I’ve seen topics ranging from candor to financial responsibility. For example, after a complex hearing with multiple issues spanning decades, one of the last clients I represented before the board was given an opportunity to write a brief in lieu of specifications being filed.

The board requested the following (some is redacted to protect client privacy):

“The board requires a 20-page brief, double-spaced and 14 point Arial font, prepared by your client, signed, and filed with the board. The brief must conclude with a declaration stating: “Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing brief, that the facts stated in it are true, and that the work in this brief is my own.”

The brief should address your client’s understanding of candor, including discussions specifically about candor to tribunals, such as the board of bar examiners, and as it relates to the following: (1) your client’s own past behavior as it relates to failure to disclose on the law school application, arrests for driving under the influence, and charges for driving with a suspended license, (2) the practice of law and the obligation of an attorney to tell the truth, (3) the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar and the need for candor by bar applicants and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar on the need for candor in communicating with clients and courts, including citations and explanations of applicable judicial decisions interpreting those rules.

The brief must be received within 30 days from the date of this letter. If your client is not interested in filing a brief, notify the board in writing. If additional time is needed to submit the brief, request an extension of time in writing before the expiration of the deadline. If neither an extension request nor a brief is received within 30 days of the date of this letter, the board will proceed with final consideration of the bar application based on the record currently before it, which may include termination of the application.”

In this circumstance my advice would be to take the offer, write the brief, and become a lawyer. However, an experienced attorney will be able to anticipate what the issues are that the Board of Bar Examiners are concerned with that relate to your character and your specific situation. We can have you do this in advance to show the board you already know what is expected and required of you as an attorney. This saves the applicant time and promotes goodwill with the board and shows them that you possess the requisite good character and fitness today as you appear before them to be admitted to the Florida Bar. For more information or questions on formal or informal character hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners call Soreide Law Group at 888-760-6552.

Florida Bar Hearings 2023

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners recently released their meeting dates of the upcoming bar hearings in 2023. Some of the dates are via Zoom and others will be held in person.

 

January 19-20, 2023       Via Zoom

March 10, 2023                 Tallahassee

April 21-22, 2023               Tampa

May 11-12, 2023                 Via Zoom

June 26-27, 2023               Via Zoom

August 17-18, 2023             Via Zoom

September 22-23, 2023     Jacksonville

October 19-20, 2023          Coral Gables

November 17-18, 2023      Orlando

 

Soreide Law Group reminds every bar applicant if they are contacted by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners requesting an investigative or formal bar hearing, they need to be ready for their hearing. Soreide Law Group has represented hundreds of applicants in both investigative and formal hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Every bar hearing requires evidence and testimony which is tailored to your specific fact set. Many of these items can be obtained quickly however, it will vary case by case. The Board will waive the 15 day rule for submitting your evidence in advance if you are within the 15 day window. In this case, you would be able to bring your exhibits with you to the hearing itself. You must bring 5 copies of whatever needs to be submitted, which includes, one copy for each of the Board members, one for the record, and one for you.

If you feel you may not be ready for your Florida Board of Bar Examiners bar hearing or if you feel it is short notice, then we would recommend you wait until you are fully prepared and have done all of the work in advance.  You should not rush into an earlier hearing if you are not ready. If you are not sure, we recommend you contact an attorney for a consultation.

Soreide Law Group is conveniently based in Pompano Beach, Florida, and we travel to every bar hearing location in Florida representing applicants in both investigative and formal hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. If you have an upcoming investigative hearing or a formal hearing call Soreide Law Group and speak to an experienced license defense attorney at no cost to you at: 888-760-6552.

 

Florida Board of Bar Examiners Hearings 2022

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has announced the following dates and locations of bar hearings for the remainder of 2022:

August 25-26, 2022           Zoom

September 15-17, 2022      Tampa, Florida

October 20-22, 2022         Orlando, Florida

November 17-19, 2022      Coral Gables. Florida

Soreide Law Group reminds all Florida Bar Applicants that if they are contacted by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners requesting an investigative or formal bar hearing, every Applicant should ask themselves if they are ready to proceed. Soreide Law Group represents Applicants in both investigative and formal hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Each bar hearing requires evidence and testimony which is specific to you. Many of these items can be obtained quickly so it will vary case by case if an earlier hearing before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners may be right for you.  The Board will waive the 15 day rule for submitting your evidence in advance if you are within the 15 day window. If this is the case, you would be able to bring your exhibits with you to the hearing itself. You must bring 5 copies of anything you intend to submit, one copy for each of the Board members, one for the record, and one for you.

If you are not sure if you are ready for your hearing on short notice, then you should consider waiting. Only if you are fully prepared and have done all of the work in advance should you rush into an earlier hearing. If you are not sure, you could contact an attorney for a consultation.

Soreide Law Group has represented hundreds of Applicants before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and can help you navigate the process. Soreide Law Group is conveniently based in Pompano Beach, Florida.  We will travel to every hearing location in Florida to represent our clients. If you have an investigative hearing or a formal hearing before the Florida Board, contact Soreide Law Group and speak to an experienced license defense attorney at no cost to you, at (888) 760-6552.

 

Should You Proactively Join Florida Lawyers Assistance Before You Have Your Florida Bar Hearing?

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has announced the following dates and locations for Florida Bar Hearings for the upcoming year, 2022. Some of the hearings will be in-person and others will be held via Zoom.

In-Person and Zoom Bar Hearings for 2022

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has announced the following dates and locations for Florida Bar Hearings for the upcoming year, 2022. Some of the hearings will be in-person and others will be held via Zoom.

In-Person Bar Hearings for 2021

Zoom Character Hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners

Soreide Law Group has conducted an estimated twenty investigative live Zoom hearings and one formal hearing by Zoom since the pandemic began. So many applicants are asking if they should wait to do it live and in-person now that we are nearing the end of the pandemic. As a practitioner that has participated in hundreds of live in-person hearings and a handful of Zoom hearings, I can honestly say that there is absolutely no difference between a Zoom or in-person hearing. In fact, I think the results have actually been better by Zoom than in-person from my own anecdotal experiences. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and maybe the whole world right now, may be a little more on the sympathetic and understanding side of things then they were in February of 2019. Let’s hope this pandemic has taught all of us that sometimes if you have the ability to help someone out, then maybe you should.
One big upshot that most aren’t considering by doing these hearings by Zoom, is the saved travel expense. Soreide Law Group travels to all 6/7 hearing locations of the Board of Bar Examiners and applicants sometimes have to pay for airfare and hotel expense, not just for their attorney but for themselves. My hope is that character and fitness hearings conducted by the Florida Bar continue to at least offer the option of zoom on an ongoing basis.
If you have a formal or investigative hearing before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners call Florida Bar Defense Lawyer, Lars Soreide, Esq., at 954-760-6552.

What Do Lawyers Charge to Represent You at a Florida Bar Hearing?

Soreide Law Group charges $3,500 for representation of student Applicants before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for an investigative hearing and $4,500 for out of state attorneys applying to the Florida Bar. For Formal Hearings before the Board we charge between $7,500 to $10,000, depending on a number of factors such as, if there are depositions that will be needed, the complexity of the issues, the number of witnesses that need to be prepared, and if you are a student applicant or an out of state attorney.

Many attorneys would never publicize their rates because many do what is commonly referred to as “value billing,” meaning that they charge their clients the maximum that they perceive they can afford. There is a huge disparity in what people charge even for an investigative hearing which ranges from $2,500 to $15,000, which is based off my knowledge of what applicants have shared with me.

As an attorney who has represented applicants before the Board for over a decade and having done hundreds of appearances in character hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, I am well justified in being at the top of the range. The purpose of this post is to inform the public that there are several (including myself) seasoned attorneys that charge below $5,000 for an investigative hearing. It pains me to hear from an applicant who is heading to a formal hearing who paid $6,000 or more to an attorney that touted his “reputation” and years of experience as his reason for his outrageous billing only to learn that the attorney under prepared the client and offered little to no evidence to the Board in support of their client at the hearing.

Buyer beware that you have other options that offer substantial value and maximum efforts on your behalf for their services. Don’t get oversold on someone having a good “relationship” with the Board because the Board is evaluating YOU and not the attorney sitting next to you.

For a FREE consultation for your investigative or formal hearing before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners call 888-760-6552.

If you feel Soreide Law Group isn’t the right fit for you we are happy to provide names of other reasonably priced, highly skilled attorneys who regularly appear before the Board.

The 2020 Schedule for The Florida Board of Bar Examiners Hearing Dates and Locations

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has set the hearings dates and locations in Florida for bar applicants with investigative and formal hearings for 2020.  These are the dates and locations:

January 23 – 24            Tallahassee

March 12 – 14                 Orlando

April 23 – 24                  Coral Gables

July 9 – 11                      Orlando

September 10 – 12        Coral Gables

October 22 – 24             Jacksonville

November 19 – 21         Tampa

Soreide Law Group reminds every Florida bar applicant that if they are contacted by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners requesting an investigative or formal bar hearing, they need to be prepared for their hearing. If the Florida Board of Bar Examiners files specifications and you are facing a formal hearing it could delay your plans as much as eight months to a one year. Soreide Law Group has represented hundreds of Florida bar applicants in both the investigative and formal hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Every bar hearing is unique and requires evidence and testimony tailored to your specific fact set. Several of these items can be obtained quickly but it varies case by case. The Board will waive the 15 day rule for submitting your evidence in advance if you are within the 15 day window. In this case, you would be able to bring your exhibits with you to the hearing itself. You must bring 5 copies of whatever you intend to submit, one copy for each of the Board members, one for the record, and one for you.

If you feel you may not be ready for your Florida Board of Bar Examiners Hearing or if you feel it is short notice, then it may be best to wait until you are fully prepared and have done all of the work in advance.  You should not rush and try to be admitted to an earlier hearing. If you are not sure, we recommend you contact an attorney for a consultation.

If you’ve been called before the Florida Bar for an Investigative or Formal Hearing, Soreide Law Group will represent you at the hearing and help you navigate through the process.  It can be very daunting and your professional future is on the line.

Soreide Law Group is conveniently based in Pompano Beach, Florida and we travel to every hearing location in Florida representing bar applicants in both investigative and formal hearings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. If you have an upcoming investigative hearing or a formal hearing call Soreide Law Group and speak to an experienced license defense attorney at no cost to you at: 888-760-6552.