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TFB - Daily News Summary - Nov. 1, 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.

 

Nov. 1, 2017

Constitution Revision Commission

INTERSECTION: FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION

WMFE | Article | October 31, 2017

What do you know about the separation of powers of the different branches of government in Florida? What does the Constitution Revision Commission do? According to one survey, only one in 10 Floridians are aware of the Constitution Revision Commission, so The Florida Bar has launched a public education campaign to get people up to speed. Sandra Diamond, chair of the bar’s special committee on the CRC, joined WMFE’s “Intersection” for a crash course on civics and CRC.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

DOZENS OF CHANGES PROPOSED FOR FLORIDA CONSTITUTION

Palm Beach Post | Article | October 31, 2017

From banning the death penalty to reinstating an elected secretary of state, members of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission have filed more than five dozen proposals to change the state constitution. The 37 members had until just before midnight Tuesday [Oct. 31] to file their proposals. As of early Tuesday evening, 64 proposals were posted on the commission’s website. Florida Bar Immediate Past President Bill Schifino, a member of the commission, filed a proposal that would allow voters registered without any party affiliation to vote in primary elections.

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CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION REVIEWING PROPOSALS

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | November 01, 2017

 

Legal Profession

SURVEY CHRONICLES FEMALE LAWYERS’ EXODUS FROM EQUITY PARTNERSHIP, BELIEF THEY CAN’T HAVE IT ALL

ABA Journal | Article | November 01, 2017

Law firms are taking steps to improve gender equality, but it’s not translating to a better gender balance past the associate level, according to a new study, “Women in Law Firms.” The gender gap at high levels is much wider in law firms than in other industries, according to the study by McKinsey & Co. and Thomson Reuters. The study drew on survey responses by more than 2,500 lawyers and information from 23 of the nation’s top law firms. Female lawyers are 29 percent less likely to be promoted to the first partnership level than men, and only 19 percent of equity partners are women.

 

Legal Discipline

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES TWO BAY AREA ATTORNEYS

Tampa Bay Business Journal | Article | October 30, 2017

The Florida Bar announced Monday [Oct. 30] that 11 attorneys across the state have been disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court, including two lawyers in the Tampa Bay area, one of whom was disbarred. Of the 11, the Supreme Court disbarred three, suspended six and publicly reprimanded two. Three attorneys also were ordered to pay restitution.

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2 TAMPA BAY AREA ATTORNEYS AMONG 11 SUSPENDED, REPRIMANDED, OR DISCIPLINED BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

WFLA | Article | October 30, 2017

STATE SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 3 SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEYS

Daily Business Review | Article | October 30, 2017

 

Civil Justice Issues

IS THE FRYE STANDARD MAKING A COMEBACK IN FLORIDA?

National Law Review | Article | October 25, 2017

On July 11, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction of a case in which it is expected to finally decide, conclusively, whether Florida courts are to apply the Frye or Daubert standard to determine admissibility of expert or scientific evidence. Many amicus curiae briefs have been filed already, and the deadline for the Petitioners to file a reply brief is Nov. 9. Accordingly, it seems Florida litigants may soon find out whether the Frye standard is going to be revived in the Florida courts.

 

Judiciary

EDITORIAL: SMITH’S BELIEF IN EQUITY TRANSCENDED THE COURT

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Editorial | October 30, 2017

The editorial says: “Gilbert A. Smith Sr. was a ‘great equity judge.’ That is how longtime attorney Dan Bailey summarily and accurately characterized Smith, who died last week at 94. Plaintiffs and defendants, and their lawyers, the judicial system and the public can ask nothing more . . . of a judge than to be a great arbiter of equity.”

 

Judiciary

SEVERAL PALM BEACH COUNTY JUDGES TO GET NEW ASSIGNMENTS NEXT YEAR

Palm Beach Post | Article | November 01, 2017

The new year will bring with it several changes in the assignments of judges in the Palm Beach County judicial circuit. The moves are the first by Circuit Judge Krista Marx, who replaced Jeffrey Colbath as chief judge in July. Among the changes, which take effect Jan. 16, longtime Circuit Criminal Judge Charles Burton will move from presiding over felony cases at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach to covering family and probate cases at the south county courthouse in Delray Beach. Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser, who currently handles civil cases at the main courthouse, will move to Burton’s division in felony court.

 

Civil Justice Issues

FIRST AMENDMENT FOUNDATION DEMANDS INVESTIGATION

Tallahassee Democrat | Article | October 30, 2017

The First Amendment Foundation has asked for a formal investigation into whether Tallahassee officials broke the state’s public records law when they told a Tallahassee Democrat reporter the records he requested didn’t exist. “We ask you, as City Attorney, to perform a thorough investigation into this issue and report to the public the process by which city employees attempted to comply with [the] public records request,”  First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Petersen said in a letter addressed to City Attorney Lew Shelley.

 


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