The Importance of Using PDF/A When Electronically Filing Court Documents in Florida
Approved by The Florida Bar for 0.5 hour of General CLE Credit including 0.5 hour of Technology CLE credit.
Learn how to create a valid PDF/A document when filing electronically through the Portal. This course will also cover how to use PDF/A, and provide information to guide you through the process.
Martin J. Bidwill has served as a Circuit Court Judge in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Fort Lauderdale since 2005. At the time of his appointment to the bench, he was the Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida. He served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender from 1995-2005. Judge Bidwill also served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Broward County State Attorney’s Office from 1992-1995. From 1990-1992, he served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Jose A. Gonzalez, Jr. in the Southern District of Florida. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1990 and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Wittenberg University in 1987. Since 2012, he has served on the Florida Courts Technology Commission (FCTC), where he currently serves as Chairman of the Portal Subcommittee, as well as Chairman of a number of workgroups. He previously was a member of the FCTC Document Storage Workgroup.
Karen E. Rushing has been Sarasota County’s elected Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller since September 1, 1987. She has more than 30 years of court management experience, both in Florida and her native New York State, and has received numerous awards for excellence in financial management. Clerk Rushing received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from NOVA University. She has also completed post-graduate work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. An active member of the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers organization, Clerk Rushing served as President in 2008, Chair of Strategic Planning in 2009 and Legislative Chair from 2009-2018. In addition, she was bestowed the Clerk of the Year Award in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2013. As an appointee of the Florida Supreme Court, Clerk Rushing has served as a member of the Florida Court’s Technology Commission since 2003. From 2001-2007, Clerk Rushing extended her work experience internationally when she was selected to serve as an advisor to the United States Department of Commerce through the Commercial Law Department where she assisted in the developing democracy of Angola, Africa, with a judicial reform project supported by the Angolan Ministry of Justice. Excellent customer service and quality and convenience are the cornerstones of Clerk Rushing’s commitment to the community. Volunteering has remained important to Clerk Rushing and she has supported the United Way of the Suncoast in numerous capacities. In addition, she has served as committee chair for the Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence and Consortium of Youth and Children organization. In 2000, the University of South Florida awarded Clerk Rushing the Distinguished Alumni Award for her commitment to excellence and service to the community.
Carolyn M. Weber has worked with the Courts and Clerks both Federal and State for the past 40 years in a variety of roles. She was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Federal Court’s e-Filing application CM/ECF. Carolyn designed and developed the Electronic Filing application for Orange County before the Portal was created. She joined the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers [FCCC] organization in November 2012 as the Portal Program Manager and has helped in the design, implementation, and management of the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal.
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