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TFB - Daily News Summary - Nov. 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 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.

 

November 13, 2017

 

Constitution Revision Commission

EDITORIAL: FLORIDIANS NEED TO BIRD DOG THE CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION

Orlando Sentinel | Editorial | November 10, 2017

“A survey by The Florida Bar found that 88 percent of state voters couldn’t correctly identify just what the [Constitution Revision Commission] does. That result is a flashing warning sign for Florida’s democracy. . . . Any public body with so much power cries out for active, sustained scrutiny from a well-informed public. . . . The Bar is sponsoring a well-named campaign called “Protect Florida Democracy” to educate the public about the state constitution and the commission’s work, and to encourage citizens to get engaged. These are critical objectives. The website for its campaign is protectfldemocracy.org.”

 

Judiciary

U.S. SUPREME COURT TAKES A TECHNOLOGICAL STEP FORWARD

Washington Post | Article | November 10, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court is making new legal filings available online starting Monday [Nov. 13], years behind the rest of the federal court system. Lawyers still will be required to submit up to 40 paper copies of every brief, and the court’s color-coding system to distinguish types of briefs also will remain. There’s no timetable for electronic filings to supplant paper as the official court record. And there’s also no expectation that the justices will drop their prohibition on cameras in the courtroom anytime soon.

 

Legal Profession

PUBLIC DEFENDERS FIGHT PAY DISPARITY

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | November 13, 2017

In 1963, a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright changed the law of the land and created a new career: public defender. But since the office was created, states, including Florida, have not funded public defenders at the same level as prosecutors. According to the state Justice Administration Commission, attorneys in the Office of Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit are paid, on average, about 80 percent of what attorneys in the State Attorney’s Office are paid. The salary disparity is an issue that’s on the agenda for the Florida Public Defenders Association. The association lobbies the Legislature each year to increase the budget appropriation for public defenders, but it’s been a tough sell in Tallahassee.

 

Legal Profession

SOUTH FLORIDA’S SCOTUS VETERANS OFFER SECRETS TO SUCCESS

Daily Business Review | Article | November 09, 2017

Three attorneys who have prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court—Howard Blumberg, Harvey Sepler and Howard Srebnick—joined former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero and current Third District Court of Appeal Judge Vance Salter on a moot court panel Wednesday [Nov. 8] night in Miami. The group was there to critique solo practitioner Asher Perlin, who will argue before the court Dec. 4 on behalf of American victims of a 1997 terrorist attack in Jerusalem. The veterans tried their best to emulate the relentless questioning for Perlin, a Hollywood attorney who is preparing for his first appearance before the nation’s justices.

 

Judiciary

CHARLIE CRIST, CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN TEAM UP ON BILL ENHANCING VETERANS TREATMENT COURTS

Florida Politics | Article | November 10, 2017

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, is teaming up with California Republican Congressman Jeff Denham on a bipartisan bill to provide federal resources for the establishment of new treatment courts for military veterans in the criminal justice system. The Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2017 establishes a program to provide grants, training, and technical assistance to help local governments develop and maintain veterans’ treatment courts. Currently, these programs are supported by officials in law enforcement, the judicial system, the legal community, VA officials, veterans service organizations and other community organizations.

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Leesburg Daily Commercial | Article | November 12, 2017

 

Judiciary

JAMEY MOODY FILES TO RUN FOR HILLSBOROUGH CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE

Florida Politics | Article | November 09, 2017

Tampa attorney Jamey Moody, the son of Judge James S. Moody and brother of Republican attorney general candidate Ashley Moody, has filed for the Hillsborough County 13th Circuit Court Group 25 race next year. Other candidates in the race include Cissy Boza Sevelin, Starr Brookins and Robin Fuson.

 

Civil Justice Issues

FLORIDA OKS DROP IN INSURANCE RATES CHARGED TO BUSINESSES

The Ledger | Article | November 09, 2017

The Office of Insurance Regulation on Thursday [Nov. 9] announced it had approved a 9.5 percent drop in workers’ compensation insurance rates. The new rates are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2018. A year ago, workers compensation rates were hiked up because of concerns about rulings from the Florida Supreme Court. One of those rulings struck down a law that limited attorney fees in workers’ compensation cases.

 


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