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TFB - Daily News Summary - Oct. 10, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 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. 10, 2017

The Florida Bar

FLORIDABARNEWS.TV: PR BAR OF FLORIDA WORKS TO RELOCATE DISPLACED PUERTO RICAN LAW STUDENTS

The Florida Bar News | Article | October 15, 2017

This week, FloridaBarNews.TV reports on members of The Florida Bar who are dealing with one of the lesser known impacts of Hurricane Maria’s devastating run across Puerto Rico. Anthony Suarez, president of the 200-member Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida, is working with law schools to bring displaced law students in Puerto Rico to Florida to continue their studies.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

WRITE-IN LOOPHOLE NEEDS TO BE CLOSED IN STATE CONSTITUTION

Florida Times-Union | Editorial | October 09, 2017

The editorial says: “Florida’s Constitution needs to be revised to return a sense of fairness to the election process. Thankfully, the state’s Constitution Revision Commission has taken the first step to removing a cynical loophole in the local election process. The write-in loophole drives a truck through the state’s intent to open primaries to all voters when just candidates from one party are running.”

 

Judiciary

CHARBULA APPOINTED TO DUVAL COUNTY COURT

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | October 09, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday [Oct. 9] appointed Meredith Charbula to the Duval County Court to fill the vacancy created when Judge Eric Roberson was named to the 4th Judicial Circuit Court. Charbula, 59, of Jacksonville, is director of the Legal Division for the Office of the State Attorney for the 4th Judicial Circuit.

 

Legal Profession

FORMER PROSECUTOR WHO WENT AFTER NOTORIOUS MIAMI DRUG GANG DIES AT 58

Miami Herald | Article | October 09, 2017

As a prosecutor, George Cholakis put away violent robbers and one of Miami’s most notorious drug gangs. When he became a defense lawyer, he argued compassionately for clients facing tough prison time. Away from the court, Cholakis was known for his acts of charity, love of Miami Dolphins football and passion for South Florida’s Greek community. Cholakis died Sunday [Oct. 8] after collapsing of an apparent heart attack at the Dolphins game at Hard Rock Stadium. He was 58.

 

Legal Profession

TURNING LEMONS INTO LEMONADE WHEN WORKING WITH WITNESSES

Daily Business Review | Column | October 09, 2017

Dan Small, a partner in the Boston and Miami offices of Holland & Knight, and Michael E. Hantman, a Miami partner with the firm, write: “Virtually every witness, in any legal proceeding or investigation, has something they’re not comfortable with; something they’ve done, said, or whatever. Obviously, if it is directly incriminating, that’s a very different conversation with counsel. But there is an infinite variety of things that, while not directly incriminating, are nevertheless negative or uncomfortable. In a room full of strangers, on the record, the natural desire is to avoid or minimize it. . . . In almost every witness situation, that’s a bad mistake.”

 

Judiciary

NEW LAW LIBRARY TO OPEN AT PALM BEACH GARDENS COURTHOUSE

Palm Beach Post | Article | October 09, 2017

Court administrators on Oct. 25 will hold an open house at the north branch of the Palm Beach County courthouse to celebrate the opening of its new law library. The new North County library will be open to all Palm Beach County residents as well as attorneys, students, government officials, pro se clients and others who use the north courthouse.

 

Legal Profession

SETTING YOUR 2018 BILLING RATES

The American Lawyer | Column | September 28, 2017

Hugh A. Simons, an ALM Intelligence fellow, writes: “Setting the next year’s billing rates follows a simple formula at most firms: last year’s rate plus a common percentage increase across all lawyer cohorts. A more disaggregated approach is needed. Specifically, firms should set higher percentage increases for senior lawyers and lower increases for junior lawyers. Why? Because, over the next 10 years, hours leverage . . . at elite law firms will decline as more of the lower value-added work is handled not by junior lawyers but by enhanced technologies, in-house counsel, and alternative service providers.”

 

Tech Tip

HOW TO SET STATUTE ALERTS IN FASTCASE

The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | October 10, 2017

Fastcase makes following a case or statute easy. You can set case and statute alerts to keep you up-to-date on your research. Alerts can be managed by going to Options, then Manage Alerts. The Florida Bar provides Fastcase’s industry-leading legal research service as a free member benefit.


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