Welcome to the Criminal Law Section (CLS) of The Florida Bar.
The CLS is for all who are interested in criminal law issues and believe in a fair, just, and efficient criminal justice system for Florida. With over 2,300 members including judges, prosecutors, public and private criminal defense lawyers, law professors, and law students, this diverse membership gives us a credible, meaningful voice on Florida criminal justice issues.
The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section strongly supports and encourages efforts by all participants in the criminal justice system to detect and eliminate both explicit and implicit bias and disparate treatment of individuals based upon race, sex, ethnic origin and economic condition in all aspects of the criminal law system.
We provide numerous resources for our members including CLEs about practical and relevant topic areas presented by outstanding speakers and leaders in our profession. All members are invited to join our meetings and social functions, affording opportunities to network in a collegial fashion with criminal law practitioners from around the State. Let’s face it, criminal law practitioners are just fun to be around! Please look over our list of committees and volunteer to serve today. CLS membership is free for all law students and the Section offers membership dues sponsorship for 100 young lawyers each year.
We invite you to be more involved in the CLS. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the CLS or to find out how you can be more engaged with our wonderfully diverse Section.
Jason B. Blank
CLS Chair 2021-22