FBBE

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FBBEFlorida Black Business Expo
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The issue came to the YLD's attention from law deans who said students were being discouraged from doing clinical work because of the length of time needed to clear the full FBBE character and fitness review.
Under the failed proposal, the FBBE would conduct the investigation "as soon as possible after the law student submits the registration and appropriate fee" and "issue an initial letter of clearance to the law student if the results of the Level 2 background investigation did not demonstrate a lack of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, or reliability.
The spouses would lose the right to practice if they move out of the state, take the bar exam and fail, or fail the FBBE character and fitness review.
The new chair explained that the FBBE application is currently printed out, signed, notarized, and mailed by the postal service in the old fashioned way.
He particularly noted that the FBBE has been more successful in getting law students to submit their bar applications earlier and speeding up its character and fitness reviews.
Michelle Gavagni, executive director of the FBBE, told the commission that the examiners stopped asking questions about such counseling 20 years ago and narrowed the scope even more last year.
YLD President Gordon Glover said the issue came to the division's attention from law deans who said students were being discouraged from doing clinical work because of the length of time needed to clear the full FBBE character and fitness review.
Glover will propose that the FBBE instead of doing its full background investigation do only a criminal background check.
Richardson of Wellington has also been elected to the position of FBBE vice chair, and will become chair on November 1, 2016.
That special committee is looking at deans' concerns that FBBE background checks for law students applying under Bar rules to be certified legal interns are taking too long and discouraging students from seeking the internships, and that too many subjects are covered on the Bar exam that requires more classroom time in law school and leaves less time for internships and practical experience training.
Schifino said he met with FBBE Chair Greg Hearing and Supreme Court justices after the Winter Meeting.
The FBBE opposed the rule, arguing most reviews are done in a timely manner, but law school deans support it.