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.

Stephen Craig Emmanuel

Message from the Chair:  

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

Message from the Chair


Attention Section Members! The Executive Council voted to create an Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee to review the Section’s Current Bylaws and recommend potential changes to them if needed. The Committee would like your input as to what changes, if any, should be made. Please send your comments to Richard Shoop at Richard.Shoop@ahca.myflorida.com. The deadline for submitting comments is February 28, 2022.

Congratulations to Peter Antonacci, the new Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Division of Administrative Hearings! Be sure to read the Florida Bar News article detailing his journey to become the next Chief Administrative Law Judge here!

Congratulations to our very own executive council member Judge Anthony Miller on being sworn in (while maintaining appropriate social distancing!) as the newest circuit judge in the 2nd Judicial Circuit!

On Friday, April 3, 2020 Governor DeSantis appointed me to serve as a circuit judge in the 2nd Judicial Circuit. Therefore, I submitted my resignation as a county judge, and yesterday Judge Layne Smith, my assigned mentor judge, swore me in as the newest circuit judge for our Circuit!! As you can see we made every effort to adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. I am excited to take on this new challenge!!

Posted by Anthony B. Miller on Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Now that the Pat Dore conference has concluded, you can access the recordings at the following link.

Purchasing the CLE can be found HERE.

And thank you to our 2021 Pat Dore Sponsors, Stearns Weaver Miller, Ausley McMullen, and Berger Singerman.

Now that the Webinar Series has concluded, you can access the recordings of all three parts at the following links.

Part I can be found HERE.   Access Passcode: 16%CnW!i

Part II can be found HERE.  Access Passcode: Wd7c!W6P

Part III can be found HERE.  Access Passcode: d%+*kb?5

The Florida Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism presents Never Contemplated, a candid discussion with female judges from across the state about gender bias, professionalism, and civility in the judicial system, hosted by Judge Hetal Desai. The series is available on Buzzsprout, at the links below, and wherever you get your podcasts.

Center for Professionalism: https://www.floridabar.org/prof/podcasts/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1Cl8NFIxa8ZHX2SB45sQIx?si=ImYlK30ETcmUzX8Eb9qfTw

Apple : https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/never-contemplated/id1530929569

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/never-contemplated


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.


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