Attorney Resources

Florida Resources


Florida Statutes Chapter 39 2015

Florida Statutes and Constitution

The Florida Legislature — Online Sunshine

Policies and Procedures of the Florida Department of Children and Families

Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure

Florida Administrative Code

Rules Regulating the Florida Bar

Chapter 63: Adoption

Chapter 90: Evidence Code

Chapter 393: Developmental Disabilities

Chapter 394:  Mental Health  – Baker Act

Chapter 409:  Social & Economic Assistance

Chapter 409.401-409.405 Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

Chapter 743:  Disability of Nonage of Minors Removed


Federal Statutory Resources

Thomas-U.S. Congress on the Internet

Protect Our Kids Act of 2012

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

ASFA:  Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Including Adoption Opportunities and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act, as Amended by P.L. 111-320, The CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010

Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Chafee Act)

ICWA:  Indian Child Welfare Act — 25 U.S.C., ch. 21

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351)

The Affordable Care Act

Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (PDF Document)

ICPC:  Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children — The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2002

ADA:  Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101-12189

FERPA:  Family Education Rights Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g

HIPPA:  Health Insurance Portability Act (1996)

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

Legal Writing Resources

It is essential that every lawyer be able to research and write clearly and effectively and in accordance with the rules of the lawyer’s jurisdiction. Effective legal writing allows the lawyer to communicate their client’s perspective in a manner that is clear to all parties. By following basic rules of grammar and usage, organizational, and research and writing techniques, the writing process is both effective and unambiguous to the parties involved.

Uniform Citation Reference (2015).  Use this quick reference page as an easy reminder of Florida Uniform Citation Rules.

Florida Style Manual, Florida State University Law Review (2010). The Manual supplements the uniform citation system for Florida legal documents, Rule 9.800, Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the standard citation authority for American legal journals, The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (16th edition).