The Florida Bar has filed its Petition to Amend the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to Adopt a Military Spouse Attorney Licensing Accommodation


The proposed Rule deviates slightly from the MSJDN model rule in that there is a mentoring requirement for those admitted in another jurisdiction for less than three cumulative years. The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Military Affairs will run the mentor program and pair admittees with its own members. The Mentor Program will be available to all military spouses admitted under the rule, but only required for those mentioned above.

Members of the Florida Bar can comment on this proposed amendment within thirty (30) days of the filing (no later than 1 March 2017).

Comments must be filed directly with the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida:

Florida Supreme Court
Attn: Clerk’s Office
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, Florida

A copy MUST also be served upon:

Mr. John F. Harkness
Executive Director
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300


Non-members of The Florida Bar may also submit comments by filing a Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice pursuant to Rule 2.510 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration

Individuals who are not licensed to practice in any jurisdiction may file comments pro se.

MSJDN is grateful for the dedication of the State Licensing Team, including Karen Scanlan and Karlyn Boler, to bring about this progress.  The Florida Bar and its leadership are also commended for welcoming military families to the legal community with a rule that acknowledges the talents of military spouse attorneys and the barriers they face for continued careers.

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