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TFB - Daily News Summary - Nov. 6, 2017

Monday, November 6, 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. 6, 2017

Judiciary

SOUTH FLORIDA ADDS MORE BLACK JUDGES AFTER PUSH FROM BAR GROUPS

Daily Business Review | Article | November 03, 2017

An effort to support qualified black candidates for the bench in South Florida has made strides in recent years — but there’s still a long way to go, minority bar association leaders said. Gov. Rick Scott has appointed a number of black judges in recent months after a push from the Judicial Diversity Initiative, a coalition formed in 2015 of seven black bar associations. The group has attended judicial nominating commission interviews, sent letters recommending candidates, helped candidates through the application process and met with key stakeholders, including from the governor’s office.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION WILL BE REMADE ON A LENGTHY NOVEMBER BALLOT

Tallahassee Democrat | Article | November 04, 2017

There are five ways to amend the Florida Constitution, and voters may get a chance to try three of them next November. The Legislature already has put two taxation amendments on the ballot the regular way, with a super majority of the House and Senate, and when they come into session in January, lawmakers will have a chance to consider more ideas for reshaping state government. The 37-member Constitution Revision Commission is working on wide-ranging proposals for the general election ballot. And there are petition signatures circulating for other constitutional amendments.

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Legal Profession

MENTAL HEALTH AND LAWYERS: SOME RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

Daily Business Review | Column | November 03, 2017

Sandra Cumper, executive director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Broward County Inc., and Bruce A. Blitman, a certified mediator, write: “Research shows that lawyers face higher rates of substance abuse, depression and suicide than the general population. . . . In ‘Law Firms Tackle a Taboo,’ an article in the May 22 edition of The Wall Street Journal, Sara Randazzo reported that ‘some U.S. law firms are tackling mental health issues head-on. They are offering on-site psychologists, training staff to spot problems and incorporating mental health support alongside other wellness initiatives.’”

 

Judiciary

PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF FOR JUDGE CHARBULA

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | November 06, 2017

It’s a long way from Port Lavaca, Texas, to the Duval County Courthouse. That’s the geographical path taken by Duval County Judge Meredith Charbula, who was appointed Oct. 9 by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the vacancy created when former county Judge Eric Roberson was elevated to circuit court. Charbula, a former assistant state attorney, was sworn into office Wednesday [Nov. 1] and began what she calls as “the largest magnitude transition” of her career.

 

Legal Profession

ABA LEGAL ED COUNCIL HOLDS OFF REVISION REGARDING BAR PASS RATE STANDARDS, REVISITS ADMISSIONS TEST

ABA Journal | Article | November 06, 2017

Some law school deans may be breathing a sigh of relief after an ABA decision to table — for now — a proposed standards revision to tighten bar passage requirements for accredited law schools. Another proposed standards revision supported by some deans to remove the requirement of a “valid and reliable” admissions test for accredited law schools was sent out for notice and comment by the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which met Friday [Nov. 3] in Boston.

 

Legal Profession

LEGAL SECTOR LOST 1,100 JOBS IN OCTOBER

ABA Journal | Article | November 06, 2017

The legal services sector lost 1,100 jobs in October, according to statistics released Friday [Nov. 3] by the U.S. Department of Labor. The department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 1,126,200 people employed in the legal services sector. That is still a gain of 3,500 jobs from 1,122,700 jobs reported in October 2016. The numbers are seasonally adjusted.


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