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The Florida OOSD - Keep Your Network Going and Growing

Matthew KahlThank you for visiting the website for the Out-of-State Division (OOSD) of The Florida Bar. The OOSD represents the interest of almost 25,000 members (approximately 23% of Florida-licensed attorneys) who reside outside of Florida. The OOSD focuses on ensuring out-of-state Florida Bar members are kept abreast of matters relevant to Florida lawyers and works to ensure our unique concerns are considered when issues arise that may affect out-of-state lawyers.

The purposes of the OOSD are to:

  • provide an organization within The Florida Bar open to persons having an interest in issues of importance to out-of-state members;

  • assist out-of-state lawyers with administrative, educational and practice development issues, pro bono activities, relocating to Florida, and establishing a network of out-of-state members;

  • aid in the development of laws that eliminate disparate treatment of out-of-state members;

  • identify the professional needs and objectives of out-of-state members and implement programs to further these objectives;

  • develop and maintain professional relationships between in-state and out-of state members;

  • provide a forum for the discussion of issues of interest to out-of-state members;

  • improve the administration and application of laws, rules and regulations; and

  • promote and lobby for legitimate legislative objectives of out-of-state members.

In order to become a member of the OOSD, you must actively request to do so, just like other divisions and sections of The Florida Bar. The fee is $35 and can be paid through The Florida Bar Membership Portal, or you can reach out to Emily Young (EYoung@floridabar.org) to join. As an out-of-state Florida Bar member, you will receive a copy of the OOSD's State-to-State quarterly newsletter that includes various articles on a wide range of topics, attorney highlights, networking opportunities, the latest updates from the Florida Bar Board of Governors, and information on upcoming CLEs and/or meetings. As a Division member, you will receive access to a free ethics CLE and also receive discounts on the CLEs we present each year.

I hope to meet many of you this year, and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions about the Division. If you are interested in becoming more involved, having an article published or being spotlighted in our newsletter, or want to connect with other out-of-state attorneys, please reach out to me or any member of the OOSD's Executive Council. We are here to serve the professional needs of our members.

Natasha Dorsey, President




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