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TFB - Daily News Summary - Oct. 11 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. 11, 2017

Legal Profession

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE PRO BONO WEEK

The Florida Bar News | Article | October 15, 2017

The Florida Bar Foundation will launch a Pro Bono Week social media campaign during the ABA’s National Celebration of Pro Bono Oct. 22-28 to increase participation in pro bono legal services statewide. Law firms, legal aid and pro bono programs, and other interested groups are invited to participate. The primary focus of this year’s campaign will be on getting lawyers to test drive FloridaProBonoMatters.org, a new interactive website funded by The Florida Bar Foundation that helps lawyers find pro bono cases that they can take.

 

Judiciary

FLORIDA CHIEF JUSTICE LABARGA TO TALK ABOUT HURRICANES WITH TEXAS CHIEF JUSTICE AT HARVARD

Florida Supreme Court | News Release | October 11, 2017

Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will bring Florida’s perspective to a forum at Harvard Law School on Monday [Oct. 16], when he and Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht talk about how the courts and legal communities in their two states responded to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “Natural Disasters, Legal Aid and the Justice System” is one of four panel discussions at the Access to Justice Forum organized by the Legal Services Corporation.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

DARK SECRETS OF FLORIDA JUVENILE JUSTICE: ‘HONEY-BUN HITS,’ ILLICIT SEX, COVER-UPS

Miami Herald | Article | October 10, 2017

A Miami Herald special report says that Florida’s troubled juvenile justice system holds many dark secrets, including incompetent supervision, questionable healthcare, willfully blind internal investigations and spasms of staff-induced violence, sometimes bought for the price of a pastry. The Herald found that a lack of accountability has left children in peril, unfit employees in charge and parents frustrated, frightened and sometimes grieving.

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THEY WERE STALKERS, SEXTERS AND RAPISTS — AND WORKED SAFEGUARDING FLORIDA DELINQUENTS

Miami Herald | Article | October 10, 2017

 

Constitution Revision Commission

EDITORIAL: CHANGE PRIMARY RULE ON WRITE-IN CANDIDACY

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Editorial | October 10, 2017

The editorial says: “Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission has a chance to help prevent the routine disenfranchisement of voters. The commission should seize this opportunity. … Proposals by the CRC will be placed on the November 2018 general election ballot; if a proposed amendment receives at least 60 percent of the votes, it will become part of the constitution.”

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OUR OPINION: CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE, OPEN THE PRIMARIES

Tallahassee Democrat | Editorial | October 09, 2017

 

Other

STATUE OF BROWARD’S NAMESAKE WILL BE REMOVED FROM COURTHOUSE

Miami Herald | Article | October 10, 2017

A statue of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, the namesake of Broward County, will soon be removed from the courthouse after a lawyers group raised concerns that he had been a racist, Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief said Tuesday [Oct. 10]. The statue’s fate came into question after the courthouse news and gossip blog published documents including a speech in which Broward called for African-Americans to be relocated to a separate nation.

 

Legal Profession

BEN CRUMP TO HOST SCREENING OF FILM ‘MARSHALL’ TO BENEFIT FSU, FAMU LAW STUDENTS

Tallahassee Democrat | Article | October 10, 2017

Tallahassee attorney Ben Crump often speaks of the influence the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall had on his career choice. Now, Crump is owner of Ben Crump Law PLLC, a national civil rights law firm. On Thursday [Oct. 12], the Florida State University College of Law graduate is hosting a screening of the movie, “Marshall” as a fundraiser for law students at the Florida State and Florida A&M colleges of law.

 


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