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TFB - Daily News Summary - Nov. 7, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 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. 7, 2017

The Florida Bar

FLORIDABARNEWS.TV: PANEL IDENTIFYING STEPS TO IMPROVE LAWYER WELL-BEING

The Florida Bar News | Article | November 15, 2017

This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights the Bar’s new Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness for Florida Lawyers. The Florida Bar wants to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues, so Florida lawyers feel comfortable addressing their personal or professional struggles.

 

Civil Justice Issues

WITH WEBSITE, LAWYERS CAN FIND PRO-BONO MATCHES

Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 06, 2017

Attorneys who want to help low-income Floridians in need of legal assistance can now take the same approach they use when looking for take-out or a date: Online matchmaking from a site built by two Orlando lawyers-turned-entrepreneurs. About 30 organizations statewide have posted more than 300 cases to FloridaProBonoMatters.org since February as the site launched in Miami and expanded to more cities, including the Orlando area, Tampa and Jacksonville. About 120 cases have been picked up, said Eli Mattern, co-founder and chief executive of SavvySuit, which built the website.

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DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY FOR PRO BONO AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Florida Bar | News Release | October 23, 2017

ESCAMBIA PROJECT EXPANDS RESIDENTS' ACCESS TO LEGAL HELP

WUWF | Article | November 06, 2017

 

Legal Profession

PARKER THOMSON, ACCLAIMED ATTORNEY AND THE MAN BEHIND THE ARSHT CENTER, DIES AT 85

Miami Herald | Article | November 04, 2017

Parker Thomson, the attorney renowned for fighting, and winning, First Amendment cases, died Friday [Nov. 3]. Thomson also was the founding chair of the Performing Arts Center Trust that led to the creation of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. A former partner at Hogan Lovells, he was 85 and lived in Coral Gables.

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VETERAN MIAMI LITIGATOR PARKER THOMSON DIES AT 85

Daily Business Review | Article | November 06, 2017

PARKER THOMSON WAS A GUARDIAN OF LIBERTY

Miami Herald | Column | November 07, 2017

 

Other

FORMER PROSECUTOR SUES ORANGE-OSCEOLA STATE ATTORNEY ARAMIS AYALA, ALLEGING DISCRIMINATION

Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 06, 2017

A former prosecutor is suing Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala on the grounds of discrimination, alleging she was transferred and then fired after a breakup with Ayala’s second-in-command, Chief Assistant State Attorney Deborah Barra. Kailey Evans was an assistant state attorney under Ayala’s predecessor, Jeff Ashton, from 2014 to Jan. 2, 2017, four days before Ayala took the oath of office.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

MURDER CONVICTION UPHELD IN SHOOTING OF FETUS

News4Jax | Article | November 06, 2017

The First District Court of Appeal on Monday [Nov. 6] upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a Jacksonville woman who shot a pregnant woman in the abdomen during a dispute in 2014 and fatally wounded the fetus. Virginia Denise Wyche argued that her conviction should be tossed out because an unborn child is not a human being under Florida’s homicide law, according to the ruling by a three-judge panel of the First DCA. But the panel rejected Wyche’s arguments, pointing to changes made by lawmakers in recent years.

 

Other

ATTORNEYS AGREE TO PLEAD GUILTY IN AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

Daily Business Review | Article | November 06, 2017

Two of six South Florida personal injury attorneys facing charges in a wide-ranging insurance fraud investigation have reached plea agreements and are cooperating with investigators. Steven Slootsky of Steven E. Slootsky P.A. in Boca Raton was the first lawyer to commit to a plea, agreeing to plead guilty to 15 felonies, according to the agreement filed in Broward Circuit Court. Vincent Pravato of Wolf and Pravato in Fort Lauderdale reached a deal Friday [Nov. 3]. He faced three felonies. The Florida Bar has files open on the cases.

 

Legal Profession

MICHIGAN STATE INSTITUTE TRACKS LAW SCHOOL INNOVATION

ABA Journal | Article | November 07, 2017

A Michigan State University initiative launched Nov. 2 tracks legal services innovations at 38 law schools. The Law School Innovation Index recognizes 10 technology and legal-service delivery disciplines taught in law schools. The University of Miami Law School is the only Florida school being tracked, teaching eight of the 10 disciplines.

 

Tech Tip

HOW TO USE THE FASTCASE AUTHORITY CHECK TO ALERT YOU TO NEGATIVE TREATMENT WITH A CASE

The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | November 07, 2017

Picture this: You’ve found the perfect case for your research and you’re ready tp base your argument on it, only to find out it’s been cited negatively! Fastcase Authority Check alerts you to any negative Bluebook citation signals associated with your case. This is an essential feature to check when you find your first helpful case.


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