Since October, George Sheldon has been running to be the Democratic nominee for Florida Attorney General, the state’s top lawyer.
So it didn’t help his campaign any when he learned Tuesday that, according to The Florida Bar, Sheldon could no longer -- wait for it -- practice law in Florida.
By late Wednesday, Sheldon managed to get his license and membership restored. But what happened?
Turns out he hadn’t been reporting his continuing legal education, a Bar requirement.
“A delinquent member shall not engage in the practice of law in this state and shall not be entitled to any privileges and benefits accorded to members of The Florida Bar in good standing,” The Bar’s executive director, John Harkness, Jr., wrote in a July 7 letter to Sheldon.
“We assume this is an oversight,” Harkness wrote. “However, under the Supreme Court Rules, in order to correct your CLER delinquency, you must complete the required general hours, including five hours of ethics, professionalism, substance abuse or mental illness awareness, or show eligibility to claim an exemption.”
Sheldon’s been running for Attorney General since October, raising nearly $300,000. How could he have overlooked the requirements to be an actual lawyer in Florida?