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TFB Daily News Summary - July 11, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017  

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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.

 

July 11, 2017

 

The Florida Bar

FLORIDABARNEWS.TV: HIGER SWORN IN AS FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT

The Florida Bar News | Article | July 10, 2017

FloridaBarNews.TV reports on the installation speech of new Bar President Michael Higer at The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention. Higer lightheartedly touched on baseball and his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, but also addressed more serious issues, including his five priorities that complement the Bar’s strategic plan.

 

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SOUTH FLORIDIAN TAKES REINS AS FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT

WLRN | Article | July 11, 2017

 

Legal Profession

JUSTICE SYSTEM, LEGAL PROFESSION NEED TO FOCUS MORE ON DEPRESSION

Daily Business Review | Column | July 10, 2017

In a letter to the editor, Jay Cohen, a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, writes: “Mental health and mindfulness are on the ‘minds’ of all, more lately than ever before because of recent suicides in our legal community. Depression, anxiety and stress disorders together with corresponding tragedies know no bounds personally or professionally. . . . The legal profession and particularly trial practice has its own unique set of stressors that contribute to angst, anxiety and depression. . . . Let us, as a system and profession, immediately begin the process of initiating programs that may be a standard for others in the workplace, no matter your job.”

 

Constitution Revision Commission

JUSTICE WATCHDOG WANTS CHANGES FOR JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSIONS

WFSU | Article | July 07, 2017

The Florida Access to Justice Project, a justice watchdog group, is calling on the Constitution Revision Commission to tweak the process that sends new judges to the bench. The governor fills vacancies in Florida’s courts, but selections are confined to a list of candidates advanced by a judicial nominating commission. The Florida Access to Justice Project explains that Gov. Rick Scott has already rejected 90 people recommended by The Florida Bar to serve on judicial nominating commissions. The group’s proposal to the CRC includes conflict of interest protections and language encouraging diversity.

 

Civil Justice Issues

US AGENCY MOVES TO ALLOW CLASS-ACTION LAWSUITS AGAINST FINANCIAL FIRMS

New York Times | Article | July 10, 2017

The nation’s consumer watchdog adopted a rule on Monday [July 10] that would pry open the courtroom doors for millions of Americans, by prohibiting financial firms from forcing them into arbitration in disputes over their bank and credit card accounts. The action, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, would deal a serious blow to banks and other financial firms, freeing consumers to band together in class-action lawsuits that could cost the institutions billions of dollars. The new rule, which could take effect next year, is almost certain to set off a political firestorm in Washington.

 

Civil Justice Issues

CHALLENGE TO OPEN-CARRY LAW GOES TO US SUPREME COURT

News4Jax | Article | July 11, 2017

Attorneys for a man arrested in 2012 in St. Lucie County asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [July 10] to take up a challenge to the constitutionality of a Florida law that bars people from openly carrying firearms in public. The petition to the U.S. Supreme Court came slightly more than four months after the Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-2 decision, upheld the longstanding law. Monday’s 35-page petition contends the law violates the Second Amendment and conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court rulings about gun rights.

 

Judiciary

JUDGE WHO GOT $10K ANONYMOUS CASH GIFT SEEKS GUIDANCE ON WHAT TO DO WITH THE MONEY

ABA Journal | Article | July 11, 2017

A Florida judge who received an anonymous birthday card containing $10,000 in cash is discouraged from directing the money to a charitable organization or otherwise disposing of the money, according to an ethics opinion. The unnamed judge turned the money over to the sheriff’s office and sought guidance on what the judicial canons required the judge to do with the cash, according to the June 24 opinion by the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The committee offered three suggestions: Disclaim any interest in the money, leaving a decision with the sheriff’s office; request that the sheriff’s office turn the money over to the state’s unclaimed property division; or ask the sheriff’s office to return the money to the litigant identified as the likely sender.

 

Other

LONGTIME POLK PROSECUTOR JOHN AGUERO DIES ABROAD

The Ledger | Article | July 10, 2017

Retired Assistant State Attorney John Aguero, who prosecuted Polk County’s most high-profile murder cases in the last three decades, has died while visiting his daughter in Morocco. He was 64. In his 28-year career, Aguero tried 64 first-degree murder cases and logged 60 convictions, including condemned murderers George Trepal, who poisoned his neighbor’s Coca-Cola in Alturas, and Leon Davis, who set two insurance office clerks on fire in Lake Wales during a 2007 robbery, killing them both.

 

Tech Tip

5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE GIVING AN OLD IPHONE OR IPAD TO YOUR CHILD

The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | July 11, 2017

Children love iPhones and iPads. But don’t give them your old iPhone or iPad without doing some child-proofing. Read this Tech Tip and others at www.floridabar.org/techtips.


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