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TFB Daily News Summary - June 1, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017  

 

THE FLORIDA BAR

Daily News Summary

An electronic digest of media coverage of interest to members of The Florida Bar compiled each workday by the Public Information and Bar Services Department and distributed to the Board of Governors, section and committee chairs, voluntary bar presidents, members of the judiciary and others.

 

JUNE 1, 2017

 

The Florida Bar

THE FLORIDA BAR PREPARES FLORIDA’S FUTURE LEGAL LEADERS

The Florida Bar| News release | May 31, 2017

The Florida Bar has selected the newest class of fellows for its Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy. This class is the fifth since the program’s inception and supports the Bar’s mission to broaden diversity within the legal profession’s leadership ranks. To date, the program has graduated 211 participants, many of whom have gone on to assume high-level leadership positions in their communities and within the Bar. Members of this year’s class come from a wide range of ethnic, racial, geographic and professional backgrounds. Women make up 74 percent of the class, a reflection of the Bar’s continued effort to eliminate gender bias in the profession.

 

Other

CONSTITUTION COMMISSION FEUDS OVER RULES AND ADHERING TO SUNSHINE LAW

Miami Herald| Article | May 31, 2017

Two months after the formation of the Constitution Revision Commission, the rules governing the 37-member panel remain in turmoil as a power struggle between the chairman and the rest of the commission has emerged. Chairman Carlos Beruff proposed a set of rules modeled after those used by the CRC that convened in 1997-98 but modified to essentially give Beruff the authority to control which proposals made it to the ballot. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, appointed to the commission by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, filed an amendment late Wednesday [May 31] that adopts the rules of the 1997-98 commission.

 

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CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION WILL DEBATE, VOTE ON RULES ON JUNE 6

Florida Politics | Article | June 26, 2017

 

Civil Justice Issues

UNIFIED FAMILY COURT SYSTEM TAKES AIM AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

WINK-TV| Article | May 30, 2017

Domestic violence cases pose serious challenges to the court system. But Florida courts are changing to meet the challenge with unified family courts. That means one family, one judge, Collier County Family Court Judge Mary Evans said. A series of Florida Supreme Court opinions since 1991 have helped establish and shape unified family courts throughout the state. Anytime a family comes to court for any family issue, they see the same judge, which tends to encourage honesty.

 

Legal Discipline

PALM BEACH GARDENS LAWYER DISBARRED FOR MISCONDUCT

Palm Beach Post| Article | May 30, 2017

A Palm Beach Gardens attorney was recently disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court for repeatedly ignoring court orders. John T. Jenkins Jr. was among 21 attorneys who were disciplined by the state’s highest court in March and April, The Florida Bar reported [May 30]. Two, like Jenkins were disbarred, the licenses of 16 were revoked or suspended and another three were reprimanded.

 

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TWO LOCAL ATTORNEYS DISCIPLINED

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Article | May 30, 2017

JACKSONVILLE LAWYER AMONG 21 DISCIPLINED ATTORNEYS ACROSS FLORIDA

News4Jax | Article | May 30, 2017

 

Criminal Justice Issues

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REVISING DEATH PENALTY JURY INSTRUCTIONS

Ocala Star Banner| Article | May 31, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court is one step closer to establishing new capital crime jury instructions. Comments have rolled into the court over the past month about its proposed amendments to the jury instructions in first-degree murder cases, which the court originally posted for public viewing on April 13. The commenting period ended May 29. The justices are faced with revising jury instructions after Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation in March requiring a unanimous jury decision in death penalty cases. The regulation also requires that juries, not judges, find the aggravating factors in a case worthy of sentencing the defendant to death. The verdict form given to penalty phase juries has been completely revised to lead jurors through the process of determining the correct sentence.

 

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PROSECUTORS CLEARED TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY

Sun Sentinel | Article | May 31, 2017

ARAMIS AYALA DEFENDS DEATH PENALTY POSITION, ASSERTS BUDGET CUT WILL HIT KEY PROGRAMS

Florida Politics | Article | June 01, 2017

Other

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GC QUITS WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION

Daily Business Review| Article | May 31, 2017

In a nod to the controversy embroiling her office in recent months, the top lawyer at the University of Florida has resigned, citing her knowledge of “when to step aside.” The resignation of UF vice president, general counsel and university secretary Jamie Keith is effective June 28, according to an agreement between Keith and university president W. Kent Fuchs. Keith has been on administrative leave since March 22, about three weeks after Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson wrote the university’s chief audit executive questioning Keith’s competence and ethics.

 


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