The Florida Public Defender Association will have to wait a little longer before the Board of Governors considers its proposal to create a practice program for recent law school graduates.

The Rules Committee was scheduled to present proposed amendments to Rule 11-1.8 (Practice After Graduation) at a May 12 board meeting but postponed the presentation to give the Florida Board of Bar Examiners more time to review it.

FPDA President Carlos Martinez, the veteran Miami-Dade Public Defender, wants the board to consider allowing recent law school graduates to practice for up to a year, under the supervision of an attorney, while they await Bar admission.

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