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Wednesday, August 30, 2017  

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Aug. 30, 2017

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HURRICANE HARVEY LEGAL INFO AND ASSISTANCE, TX SUPREME COURT ORDER ALLOWS OUT-OF-STATE LAWYERS TEMPORARILY

The Florida Bar Blog | Blog Post | August 30, 2017

The Texas Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday [Aug. 29] allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in Texas temporarily if they are displaced by Hurricane Harvey or volunteering to serve hurricane victims. Read the court order here. The Florida Bar is updating this blog regularly to provide additional information and links on ways Florida lawyers can help.

 

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HOW CAN LAWYERS HELP HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS? DISASTER RESPONSE ATTORNEYS SHARE TIPS

ABA Journal | Article | August 29, 2017

 

Civil Justice Issues

MANY FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO AFFORD A LAWYER. THIS FIU PROGRAM COULD HELP.

Miami Herald | Article | August 25, 2017

Hiring a lawyer can be pricey — which is partially why many people, particularly in family court, lack legal representation. Florida International University’s College of Law is aiming to fill that gap. In an initiative launched last week, FIU law graduates will offer affordable legal services to families who face financial difficulties hiring a lawyer but whose incomes are too high to qualify for free legal aid programs. Michelle Mason, senior associate dean of the program, anticipates that there will eventually be six to eight in-house fellows providing services to around 360 to 480 clients each year.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

FLA. WEIGHS CHANGES TO JUDGE RETIREMENT AGE, FELON VOTING

Law360 (subscription) | Article | August 28, 2017

The first four proposed constitutional amendments from members of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission were released Friday [Aug. 25], including proposals to automatically restore voting rights to felons after they have completed their sentences and to increase the mandatory retirement age for state judges from 70 to 75. Commissioner Roberto Martinez, who was named to the commission by the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, filed the first of the commissioner-proposed amendments, which now will be debated.

 

Civil Justice Issues

SOUTH FLORIDA IMMIGRANTS FEAR POSSIBLE END OF DACA PROTECTION

Miami Herald | Article | August 29, 2017

Undocumented South Florida immigrants whose parents brought them as children and who have been protected from deportation by a federal program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are nervously awaiting word on whether President Donald Trump will extend it or do away with it, a decision that will come within the next few days. If DACA is canceled, it could mean that somewhere between 750,000 and 1 million beneficiaries of the program — about 50,000 of them in Florida — could be deported, many of them to countries they don’t even remember.

 

Legal Profession

INSTAGRAM: THE NEXT FRONTIER FOR LAW FIRM BRANDING

Daily Business Review | Column | August 29, 2017

Alisha Marks Tischler, executive vice president at Schwartz Media Strategies, writes: “Law firms are finally catching on to the social media craze after years of reluctance that saw companies in other industries strengthen their brands online. A My Case study found that 57 percent of law firms now maintain a LinkedIn presence, 35 percent are on Facebook and 21 percent are using Twitter. But what about Instagram? Turns out the app wasn’t even included in the survey, raising the question: Why are law firms off the map when it comes to social media’s fastest-growing platform?”

 

Judiciary

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SET TO REPRIMAND CIRCUIT JUDGE

WOFL Orlando | Article | August 29, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to issue a public reprimand today [Aug. 30] to an Orlando-area circuit judge who has denied wrongdoing in a case about her conduct during a 2014 election campaign. Justices in May ruled that Kim Shepard, a judge in the circuit made up of Orange and Osceola counties, should receive a 90-day suspension and a public reprimand. The decision came after an investigation that focused, at least in part, on an Orlando Sentinel endorsement that Shepard received in an earlier state House campaign.

 

Civil Justice Issues

THIS EASY-TO-MISS TRADEMARK LAWSUIT CHANGES RULES FOR CONDO-HOTEL UNIT SALES

Daily Business Review | Article | August 29, 2017

The takeaway was easy to miss in a federal trademark suit with so much to see — wealthy plaintiffs, a crowded docket, a bid for sanctions and a defense motion to remove the judge’s law clerk. In the end, neither side admitted fault when Setai Hotel Acquisition LLC and Miami Beach Luxury Rental, Inc. settled quietly Sunday [Aug. 26] on the eve of trial. But when the dust settles, real estate professionals will have to operate under a new legal precedent for marketing private units in properties where branded hotels also operate. And they will have to be especially attentive with online campaigns and search-engine optimization tools that suggest a link to these brands and the private rentals.

 

Legal Profession

DO LAWYERS MAKE BETTER CEOS THAN MBAS?

Jacksonville Business Journal | Column | August 29, 2017

Todd Henderson, the Michael J. Marks professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, writes: “Law degree versus Master of Business Administration: Might a difference in education influence how CEOs behave? . . . My collaborators and I compared the behavior of CEOs with law degrees with those who earned a bachelor’s degree, MBA or other degree, to see how lawyer CEOs might influence firm decision-making. . . . The result was clear: Firms run by CEOs with legal expertise were associated with much less corporate litigation.”

 

Legal Profession

FORMER JUDGE’S DAUGHTER FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO LEAD PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Palm Beach Post | Article | August 29, 2017

A daughter of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Moses Baker has become the first black woman elected president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Rosalyn Sia Baker-Barnes, a shareholder at the West Palm Beach personal injury law firm, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, took over the organization of 3,000 lawyers in June. Her father, who retired from the bench in January, was a partner at the same law firm before being appointed judge in 1994.


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