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TFB - Daily News Summary - Oct. 30 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017  

THE FLORIDA BAR

Daily News Summary

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. 30, 2017

The Florida Bar

SARASOTA NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE PART OF NEW PROJECT TO CLEAR HOME TITLES

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Article | October 27, 2017

A number of older and even historic family homes in Sarasota’s Newtown area could be part of a new pilot program designed to clear up title issues on long-held properties. The “No Place Like Home” program created by The Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section is a new effort starting next month in five areas, in concert with local legal aid groups and volunteer attorneys, to help low-income property owners with title defects. Through “No Place Like Home,” volunteer attorneys can help families in those situations jump through the legal hoops to clear their title for free.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

CRC UPDATE: CRC MEETING SCHEDULE WEEK OF OCT. 30-NOV. 3

Protect Florida Democracy | News Release | October 30, 2017

The Constitution Revision Commission will be meeting this week [Oct. 30-Nov. 3]. CRC meetings are open to the public and will be livestreamed by The Florida Channel on www.TheFloridaChannel.org. The calendar is available on the CRC Calendars Page at flcrc.gov/Meetings/Calendars/2017.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

PRISONS, NONPROFITS COACH JUVENILE LIFERS TO REJOIN SOCIETY

Tampa Bay Times | Article | October 30, 2017

The parole of dozens of former juvenile lifers, set in motion by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, raises a host of questions about how those freed will navigate life on the outside. Some states have expanded re-entry programs to former lifers nearing parole. Advocacy groups in several states, working with defense attorneys, are researching lifers’ history in preparation for resentencing and putting together plans showing where the inmate will live and work outside prison.

 

Legal Profession

WHAT COMPANIES SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN SCANDAL

Daily Business Review | Column | October 27, 2017

Paul O. Lopez, a director and chief operating officer at Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, writes: “Sordid sexual harassment allegations continue to be levied against embattled former CEO and Hollywood mogul Harvey. . . . What lessons can companies learn from the Weinstein saga? . . . The answer is: Many.”

 

Other

JUDGE UNPLUGS EMERGENCY RULE FOR GENERATORS AT NURSING HOMES. STATE QUICKLY APPEALS.

Miami Herald | Article | October 27, 2017

In a blow to Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to order backup generator power at nursing homes and senior living facilities before the end of the hurricane season, a Tallahassee judge on Friday [Oct. 27] invalidated the emergency rule as an overreaction to the deaths at a Broward nursing home. Administrative Law Judge Garnett Chisenhall ruled that the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration did not have the authority to require all nursing homes and assisted living facilities to purchase generators and fuel by Nov. 15. The governor’s office responded immediately that it will appeal the ruling in the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.

 

Other

MORE DELAYS TO FLORIDA’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA ID CARD PROCESS

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Article | October 28, 2017

Medical marijuana patients in Florida who are already experiencing long delays in receiving their identification cards are in for more bad news. A company that was not selected to take over processing and manufacturing the cards has filed a protest over the process. Automated Health Systems filed the challenge Wednesday [Oct. 25] after the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use said it intended to award the contract to Veritec Solutions LLC. The challenge means that the department will instead continue issuing cards, much to the frustration of patients, caregivers and legislators.

 

Judiciary

HOW COURT REPORTING IS EVOLVING 

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | October 30, 2017

The theme for the court reporting profession for the past several years has been “evolution.” It has been caused by changes in how the courts are funded and operate, and also by advances in technology. Legal stenography has changed from long rolls of paper to digital transcription. Facing budget cuts, courts no longer can afford to have a stenographer in every courtroom and at every hearing. Technology is allowing both sides to continue to survive and succeed.

 

Judiciary

SON, MANATEE LAWYERS, JUDGES REMEMBER LATE JUDGE GILBERT SMITH, SR.

Bradenton Herald | Article | October 25, 2017

The day after the death of a well-known judge from Manatee County was announced, so was an award in his name. Members of the Manatee County Bar Association remembered the late 12th Circuit Judge Gilbert Smith, Sr., at their luncheon Wednesday [Oct. 25]. Judge Smith was 94. The announcement of the award had already been scheduled for before Judge Smith’s death. The award will honor members of the Bar who, upon the request of a judge, perform exceptional legal service on behalf of litigants facing life-altering legal issues.

 

Legal Profession

ALTERNATIVE FEE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE PLATEAUED, SURVEY AUTHOR SAYS

ABA Journal | Article | October 30, 2017

Two surveys of in-house counsel have drawn similar conclusions: There is some inertia in their use of alternative fees to control law firm costs. The use of alternative fee arrangements has plateaued, according to Saul Perloff, a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright who worked on the law firm’s 2017 Litigation Trends Annual Survey. The use of alternative fees could increase once again, he said, if people begin to experiment with fees in novel ways.

 

Other

GATORS DRIVE TO WIN IN ANNUAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION

Florida Times-Union | Article | October 27, 2017

On Friday [Oct. 27], teams from the University of Florida and University of Georgia battled in the moot court competition held each year on the day before the two schools’ football teams meet. Historically, the school that wins the moot court competition loses the football game. That held true again this year, as Florida was declared the winner of the moot court competition.

 


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