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TFB - Daily News Summary - Sept. 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 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.

 

September 19, 2017

 

The Florida Bar

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY TURNS OUT ‘ALL-STAR’ LAWYERS

The Florida Bar News | Article | September 15, 2017

This week, FloridaBarNews.TV takes a closer look at The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reese Smith Jr. Leadership Academy, which aims to train future leaders of the Bar and the profession. The Leadership Academy recently named Class V and is getting set to accept applications for Class VI in December. Its past graduates have gone on to become judges, members of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and presidents of their local voluntary bar associations.

 

Legal Profession

FLORIDA BAR EXAM RESULTS AND LAW SCHOOL COMPARISONS ARE POSTED

Florida Supreme Court | News Release | September 18, 2017

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has approved grades from the July 2017 General Bar Examination for release by the Supreme Court of Florida. On July 25-26, 2017, 3,247 applicants took the Bar Examination in Tampa. The Supreme Court posted the pass/fail results for each applicant on its website, and score reports were mailed to each applicant today [Sept. 18]. Florida International University College of Law had the highest passing rate (87.8 percent), followed by the University of Miami School of Law (84.2) and The Florida State University College of Law (83.9).

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FIU IS NO. 1 ON BAR EXAM PASS RATE

Daily Business Review | Article | September 18, 2017

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL LAW SCHOOL GRADS BEAT UF AND FSU ON RECENT EXAM

Palm Beach Post | Article | September 18, 2017

FSU GRADS IMPROVE, FAMU GRADS STRUGGLE WITH BAR EXAM PASSAGE RATE

Tallahassee Democrat | Article | September 18, 2017

FLORIDA COASTAL LAW SCHOOL PLACES LAST IN BAR EXAM PASSAGE AGAIN

Florida Times-Union | Article | September 18, 2017

 

Judiciary

COURT REOPENS, FACES BACKLOG

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | September 19, 2017

The Duval County Courthouse opened Monday [Sept. 18] morning after being closed for 10 days to allow the people who work in the building to prepare for Hurricane Irma and then recover from the effects of the storm. The building sustained no damage, other than a minor leak in a pedestrian bridge. During the six business days the courthouse was closed, myriad trials and hearings weren’t held and therefore will have to be rescheduled.

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HURRICANE IRMA: FLORIDA BAR OFFICES IN MIAMI AND FORT LAUDERDALE REOPEN

The Florida Bar | Blog Post | September 18, 2017

TUESDAY EDITORIAL: WE MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT OUR ELDERLY AND DISABLED DURING EVENTS LIKE HURRICANE IRMA

Florida Times-Union | Editorial | September 18, 2017

 

Judiciary

PALM BEACH COUNTY JUDGE STEPS OFF CASES AMID CLAIMS OF FRIENDSHIP BIAS

Palm Beach Post | Article | September 18, 2017

The legal battle surrounding last year’s judicial race between attorney Gregg Lerman and successful candidate Dana Santino took another twist this month when a Palm Beach County circuit judge agreed she would not hear any of Lerman’s cases. Without commenting on Lerman’s allegations about her friendship with Santino, Circuit Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo agreed not to preside over any of his cases. In a motion filed in August, Lerman questioned Caracuzzo’s ability to be impartial. Last month, Santino defended herself against charges that she violated judicial canons by attacking Lerman’s work as a criminal defense attorney.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

EDITORIAL: RICK SCOTT SHOULD GIVE ARAMIS AYALA’S DEATH-PENALTY PANEL A CHANCE TO WORK

Orlando Sentinel | Editorial | September 15, 2017

“After Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s surprise announcement in March that she wouldn’t seek the death penalty against accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd or anyone else as long as she was in office, Gov. Rick Scott reassigned Loyd’s prosecution and other pending first-degree murder cases. . . . In a news conference following [a Florida Supreme Court] ruling, Ayala announced she was creating a panel from her staff to evaluate future first-degree murder cases in her circuit to decide whether capital punishment would be legally appropriate. . . . The governor won’t be able to judge the integrity of the process the state attorney has established without giving it a chance to work.”

 

Other

HOW TO TURN AUTO-SOUND/AUTO-PLAY OFF ON FACEBOOK VIDEOS

The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | September 19, 2017

Our Tech Tip this week comes from the New York Times Tech Tip Blog. To read more about this and previous tips, visit the Tech Tips page.

 


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