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TFB Daily News Summary - Oct. 4, 2017

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Oct. 4, 2017

Legal Profession

PUERTO RICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA WORKING TO ASSIST PUERTO RICAN LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS

The Florida Bar | Blog Post | October 03, 2017

The Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida is using its scholarship fund to raise money for the incidental costs of the immediate relocation Puerto Rican law students who were displaced in their studies as a result of Hurricane Maria. Through the Student Temporary Assistance and Relocation “STAR” program, four U.S. schools, including Florida State University, are helping 51 students from the University of Puerto Rico Law School. For a complete listing of recent hurricane-related news as well as resources for Florida Bar members and the public, go to The Florida Bar’s 2017 Hurricane Information page.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

ARONBERG AMENDMENT TO END ‘WRITE-IN CANDIDATE LOOPHOLE’ ADVANCES

Palm Beach Post | Article | October 03, 2017

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission got off to a cautious start Monday [Oct. 2], advancing only two of more than 1,400 constitutional changes that had been filed by the public. The commission voted to give further consideration to a measure to close the so-called “write-in candidate loophole” in state election law. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg wants to end the practice of closing party primaries when a write-in candidate is on the general election ballot. The measure will now be referred to Constitution Revision Commission committees for further consideration.

 

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CRC PANEL FOCUSED ON CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS STARTS NARROWING FOCUS

Politico | Article | October 03, 2017

COTTERELL: CONSTITUTION COMMISSION HAS A LOT OF SUGGESTIONS TO DEBATE

Tallahassee Democrat | Column | September 30, 2017

 

Legal Profession

DECORATED ARMY VET SUES FLORIDA SUPREME COURT AND FLORIDA BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR VIOLATING AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

Daily Business Review | Article | September 28, 2017

A decorated U.S. Army veteran has sued the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners under the Americans with Disabilities Act, seeking an end to demands for detailed medical documentation of bar applicants’ mental health history and additional psychiatric examinations based on a history of disability. The attorney for former U.S. Army Company Commander Julius Hobbs argues that investigations based on psychiatric counseling history prevent people from seeking help, and instead says investigations should be prompted by negative behaviors that demonstrate unfitness to practice law.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIES FLORIDA PROSECUTORS’ BID TO PUT CAR ‘BLACK BOX’ DATA IN DELRAY CRASH DEATH TRIAL

Sun Sentinel | Article | October 02, 2017

Nearly every car has a “black box” these days, and police can’t touch it without first getting a warrant. That’s the impact of a privacy rights decision Monday [Oct. 2] by the U.S. Supreme Court concerning a criminal case that began four years ago in Delray Beach. The debate centered on whether drivers have a “reasonable expectation of privacy” in the information stored in a black box — a computer module with information that can lead investigators to the cause of a crash.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

IT’S NOT GOING WELL FOR JUVENILES IN FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

Pensacola News Journal | Column | October 03, 2017

Paula Montgomery, a member of the League of Women Voters, writes: “The good news for Florida is that in the last six years the trend in the state is to decrease referrals of juveniles to the adult system. In fact, total arrests of youths have decreased by 34 percent. Of those arrests the percent transferred to adult handling has decreased by 42 percent. Unfortunately the news for the First Judicial Circuit  (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties) is not as good. While transfers in the state are down by 42 percent, in the First Judicial Circuit transfers are up by 29 percent. Something is just not going well in the First Circuit.”

 

Legal Profession

FSU PAYS TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT EMERITUS SANDY D’ALEMBERTE

Florida State University News | Article | October 03, 2017

Florida State University expressed its love and affection for President Emeritus Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, unveiling a stained-glass window in Dodd Hall on Monday [Oct. 2] in honor of the former president, who led the university from 1994 to 2003. D’Alemberte also was dean of FSU’s College of Law and president of the American Bar Association.

 

Legal Profession

WHAT DO LAWYERS REALLY DO WITH THEIR TIME?

Law.com | Article | October 26, 2017

A recent billing trends report finds lawyers spend only 29 percent of each workday on billable time. That’s only 2.3 hours of billable time for each eight-hour workday, according to the second annual Legal Trends Report, which was prepared and made public today by Clio. The report also found an 82-percent realization rate, which is the percentage of billable hours that are invoiced, and an 86-percent collection rate, which is the percent of billed work that is paid. That means the average lawyer collects only 1.6 hours of billable time from each workday, according to the report.

 


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