May 15, 2004 Regular News Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar? Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar? Lori S. Holcomb UPL Counsel I was recently transferred a telephone call from the Bar’s CLE department. Someone who had hired a new associate to work at their law firm was calling The Florida Bar to inquire about the attorney’s CLE hours.The new firm wanted to make sure that the new associate was up to date. You can imagine the surprise when the caller was told that the individual was not a member of The Florida Bar and was not licensed to practice law in Florida. But the attorney had an impressive resume and a Florida Bar number. Was I sure that this person was not licensed? Yes, I was sure. Luckily, the associate had not started work yet and was immediately fired.You might ask how this person could have been hired in the first place without being licensed. Anyone can type a resume and put some numbers after their name. The only way to be sure that someone you are about to hire or work with is a member of The Florida Bar is to check the Bar’s membership records.A call to The Florida Bar’s Membership Records Department — (850) 561-5832 — or a review of members on the Bar’s Web site (www.flabar.org) will tell you whether the person is really a member in good standing of The Florida Bar.Do not rely on their resume or Bar number. A quick check with The Florida Bar can save many headaches, and a possible Bar complaint, down the line.