Membership in the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association provides you with many benefits as well as opportunities to satisfy your responsibilities to your profession and the public.
The Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association Office is located at 216 S. Tarragona St., Suite B. It is manned by three full-time equivalent staff persons willing to assist you in any way possible. The hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office phone number is 434-8135.
The Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association holds Monthly Membership Meetings, normally on the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon. The program consists of a short business meeting followed by a 20-30 minute presentation by a speaker on various topics relevant to the legal field. Many times, CLE credit is available for attendance at these meetings. The cost to members is $15.00 and the cost for non-members is $18.00.
The Summation and The In-Brief are the alternating monthly newsletters of the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association. They are sent to all members, the Law Library, law firm office managers, other Florida voluntary bar associations and The Florida Bar. The newsletters are completely typeset and laid-out at Ballinger Publishing Company. To place ads, please call them at 850-433-1166.
An Address Directory of the First Judicial Circuit is published annually and has current addresses of all courts and attorneys in the First Judicial Circuit as well as other useful numbers. .
Through the Attorney Assistance Program the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association can offer assistance to sole practitioners who experience a short-term emergency and who could effectively utilize the assistance of a designated attorney to take care of matters requiring the attention of a licensed attorney. Members of the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association who are sole practitioners are encouraged to designate an attorney who can be called upon to assist the sole practitioner in a time of need. The bar office keeps a list of sole practitioners and their designated attorneys.
The Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association has in place procedures for notification of The Florida Bar to appoint a local attorney as an Inventory Attorney to inventory the practice of an attorney who has been suspended, disbarred, becomes a delinquent member, abandons a practice, disappears or dies. A list of attorneys interested in assuming these duties is also maintained.
A Lawyer Referral Service is maintained by the bar office. It currently has 80 members and is open to all Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association members. During the past four years, the attorneys on the LRS collected over $2 million in attorney fees. The yearly dues at $150 and there is a 10% referral fee.
The bar office maintains a CLE Tape Library for its members. The rental rate for ESRBA members is $10 per credit hour for a seven day rental and for non-members it is $20 per credit hour for a seven night rental. There is a late fee of $10 applied for each day the seminar CD is overdue. You may purchase the CDís, if available, for an additional $10 per set.
There are approximately ten Local Live Seminars on various topics sponsored by the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association each year. Some of the seminars are video or audio taped for the bar CLE library and are available for rental. The cost for these seminars varies according to the number of approved CLE credits.
A Bench/Bar Conference is held every two years and gives the Bar and Judiciary a chance to address problems and clarify procedures, etc. Usually a 2-3 hour conference, it is split into four sections: family law, criminal law, civil litigation, and tips and procedures. The cost is dependant on the number of approved CLE credit hours.
The bar office offers Addressing and Mailing Services. Mailing labels are available to purchase or the bar office will merge your letter with our mailing list for a nominal fee.
Discount Movie Tickets for Rave Theaters and The Breeze Cinemas can be purchased at the bar office.
A discount on membership rates is available to Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association members at Pensacourt Sports Center. The more members who enroll, the larger the discount so sign up today. Call the bar office at 434-8135 for details.
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