Board continues MJP work

first_img September 15, 2003 Regular News Board continues MJP work Board continues MJP workcenter_img Amendments to the Bar’s proposed rules package on multijurisdictional practices which will allow an international business arbitration center to locate in Florida are being worked out, the Board of Governors has been told.Bar UPL Counsel Lori Holcomb told the board it could have the rule package at its December meeting for final approval.The board expected to give final approval at its August 22 meeting, but at the Annual Meeting in June the Business Law and International Law sections raised objections. They said the MJP rules as written would prevent the Free Trade Area of the Americas from locating its headquarters and international business arbitration center in Miami.Holcomb told the board the problem is the proposed MJP rules do not allow any temporary practice by a foreign-licensed lawyer in Florida.The Bar’s special commission that drafted the MJP rules revisited the issue, she said, and has now proposed that foreign-licensed attorneys be allowed to temporarily practice in the state. Requiring the foreign license would be a safeguard, Holcomb said.The International Law Section has also requested that those lawyers be exempted from a requirement to notify The Florida Bar when they handle an arbitration and also pay a fee, she said, adding overall, the section likes the changes.“If they can get things wrapped up in September, we hope to be back before the board in December,” Holcomb told the board.Gov. Jeb Bush’s office has contacted Bar President Miles McGrane about the issue since Atlanta is also wooing the FTAA.McGrane noted, “I’ve been told the governor’s office is happy with the modifications we have made, and they believe this has fixed the problem.”last_img

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