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TFB - Daily News Summary - Oct. 9, 2017

Monday, October 9, 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.

 

Oct. 9, 2017

Legal Profession

AMAZEMENT, APPRECIATION FOR THE LEGAL COMMUNITY

Jacksonville Daily Record | Column | October 04, 2017

Tad Delegal, president of the Jacksonville Bar Association, writes: “The past few weeks have truly served as a reminder of our profession’s commitment to our community. We started by returning to some sense of normality and gearing back up to continue our work as lawyers. In the meantime, folks like Akerman Managing Partner Christian George and Pro Bono Committee Chair Kathy Para stepped up to help with post-Hurricane Irma pro bono efforts. . . . Personally, I have gone from recovering from the shock of the hurricane to a sense of amazement and appreciation for the valuable work that our members provide every day. We as lawyers should be proud of our profession.”

 

Constitution Revision Commission

CLOSING FLORIDA’S WRITE-IN LOOPHOLE IS RIGHT THING TO DO

TCPalm | Column | October 05, 2017

Sherry Plymale, a commissioner on the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission, writes: “Sometimes there are issues that shouldn’t be a matter of politics and should be addressed because it is the right and ethical thing to do. As a commissioner on the Constitution Revision Commission . . . I’m making it my mission to take on a problem that has prevented thousands of Floridians from voting in certain primary elections over the past two decades. There currently exists a dubious ‘loophole’ in the Florida Constitution that has allowed individuals across the political spectrum to manipulate state and local elections.”

 

Civil Justice Issues

JURORS CAN BE ASKED ABOUT ANTI-GAY BIAS, ELEVENTH CIRCUIT RULES

Daily Business Review | Article | October 06, 2017

Gay rights advocates are cheering an unpublished opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit overturning a verdict because the judge refused to allow jurors to be questioned about bias against homosexuals. In a per curiam opinion released Thursday [Oct. 5], the court reversed U.S. District Court Senior Judge James King of the Southern District of Florida. The decision grants a new trial to Raymond Berthiaume, who is suing the city of Key West and a police officer, alleging excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, battery and malicious prosecution.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

SCOTT SCHEDULES EXECUTION IN HILLSBOROUGH MURDERS

WLRN | Article | October 08, 2017

Less than 24 hours after the state executed Death Row inmate Cary Michael Lambrix, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday [Oct. 6] signed a death warrant for a man convicted in two 1991 murders in Hillsborough County. Scott scheduled the execution of Patrick C. Hannon, 52, for Nov. 8 at Florida State Prison.

 

Civil Justice Issues

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FLORIDA ACLU TO SPEAK AT UF

Independent Florida Alligator | Article | October 08, 2017

Howard Simon, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, will speak at UF today at 6 p.m. Some of the topics planned include the restoration of voting rights for felons, public schools, immigration, the Constitution Revision Commission and LGBTQ+ equality, said TJ Pyche, the outreach and student programs coordinator at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

 

Legal Profession

ASSOCIATIONS SHOULD CAREFULLY APPROACH REBUILDING PROCESS AFTER HURRICANE

Fort Myers News-Press | Column | October 07, 2017

Joe Adams, an attorney with Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., in Fort Myers, writes: “Four weeks after Hurricane Irma, most associations have likely made progress in making temporary repairs to damaged communities. . . . Part of the process includes selecting the appropriate contractor to perform the work and ensuring that the association’s interests are adequately protected. . . . Legal review of proposed contracts is critical. During prior hurricanes, many associations rushed to sign simple contracts provided by contractors without contacting their attorneys beforehand. Often, these ‘simple’ form contracts, only one or two pages in length, can be a trap for associations.”

 

Legal Profession

WHAT ALFRED HITCHCOCK CAN TEACH LAWYERS ABOUT VILLAINS AND VILLAINY

ABA Journal | Column | October 01, 2017

Philip N. Meyer, a professor at Vermont Law School and the author of “Storytelling for Lawyers” writes: “I was struck by the comments and wisdom of the experienced trial lawyers who shared their secrets to effective opening statements recently in the ABA Journal. . . .  There was recognition of the power of effective storytelling — truthful and meticulous storytelling supported by evidence, of course, but storytelling nevertheless — in shaping outcomes at trial.”

 

Legal Profession

PAUL JESS BECOMES FJA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Florida Politics | Article | October 09, 2017

Paul Jess has been named executive director of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), the group announced Monday [Oct. 9]. Jess, a veteran attorney and association executive, had been acting as FJA’s interim executive director since January.

 

 


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