The purpose of the section is to provide an organization within The Florida Bar open to all members in good standing who have an interest in administrative law and procedure at both the state and federal levels.


The Section provides a forum for the improvement and development of the fields of administrative law and procedure and agency practice. The Section provides opportunities for continuing education for members, professional growth, publishing, and leadership, as well as awards for outstanding service.


The section serves the public generally and The Florida Bar in interpreting and carrying out the professional needs and objectives in these fields.

Brian Allan Newman

Message from the Chair:  

“Welcome to the Florida Bar Administrative Law Section online resource center.”

Full Message from the Chair Coming Soon!

Changes to the Uniform Rules of Procedure

An ad hoc committee of the Administrative Law Section has been tasked with reviewing the Uniform Rules of Procedure and recommending appropriate changes.  The committee has solicited suggestions, and many of you responded with recommendations.  A number of these are reflected in the September 18 draft that is available here.

The committee is now soliciting written comments on this revised draft. Please submit your written comments by October 7 to Larry Sellers or any of the other members of the committee:  Paul Drake, Seann Frazier, Shaw Stiller, Judge Yolonda Green, Judge Elizabeth McArthur, Judge Li Nelson, or Judge Dave Watkins. Larry’s e-mail address is:  larry.sellers@hklaw.com.

The committee will then review these comments and prepare an updated draft for review by the Section’s Executive Council.  If the Executive Council approves any recommended changes, then these will be submitted to the Administration Commission, which has the exclusive authority to propose and adopt changes to the Uniform Rules of Procedure.

The Uniform Rules were last updated in 2013 based on recommendations from the Section. For a summary of these changes, see the April 2013 issue of the ALS newsletter.   As in 2013, any amendments to the Uniform Rules will become effective only if formally proposed and adopted by the Administration Commission in accordance with the rulemaking process in the APA.


State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification

Being certified in state and federal government and administrative practice means joining the top echelon of attorneys in those fields. Certification shows potential clients or employers that the certified attorney has achieved a high level of understanding and experience in state and federal government and administrative practice.

The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar is the organization of all lawyers licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida to practice law in the state. The Florida Bar’s core functions are to: Regulate the practice of law in Florida; ensure the highest standards of legal professionalism in Florida; and protect the public by prosecuting unethical attorneys and preventing the unlicensed practice of law.

Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH)

When state agency actions affect the interests of Floridians, they have a place where their grievances may be heard – independently. Unlike complaints against federal agencies and agencies in many other states, grievances against Florida agency actions most often appear before a central panel for administrative adjudication. In Florida, citizens have the right to be heard before an independent judiciary at the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH).

Florida Administrative Register & Code

The Florida Administrative Register is published on the internet free of charge by the Florida Department of State as just one of its programs to increase public access to Florida government. There, Floridians are able to leave comments on rules and learn about rulemaking procedures. The Florida Administrative Code is the list of rules that have been promulgated by the 35 state agencies of Florida.

Joint Administrative Procedures Committee

The Joint Administrative Procedures Committee conducts continuous oversight of executive branch actions implementing legislatively delegated powers, ensuring that each action has an adequate statutory basis, that all applicable procedures are followed, and that no illegal rules are imposed on the people of Florida.