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TFB - Daily News Summary - Nov 14, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 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 14, 2017

 

Constitution Revision Commission

OPEN THE PRIMARIES, FORMER BAR PRESIDENT SAYS

Florida Politics | Article | November 13, 2017

A change proposed by Constitution Revision Commissioner William “Bill” Schifino Jr. — a Tampa attorney and 2016-2017 president of The Florida Bar — would allow independent voters to cast ballots in primary elections. Florida’s constitution currently provides for closed primaries, which exclude the more than 3.4 million registered “no party affiliated” (NPA) voters in Florida. The idea for the amendment, Schifino said, stemmed from the CRC’s listening tour around the state during the first half of this year.

 

Legal Profession

LOCAL WOMEN RAISING THEIR PROFILE IN LEGAL PROFESSION

Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 14, 2017

Local lawyers are taking steps to raise the profile of women in the courtroom and the boardroom. Women have taken the helm at four of Orange County’s top legal organizations, a sign of growing influence even as challenges remain for women in the legal profession. Last year, a Florida Bar survey showed gender bias is a systemic problem in the legal profession. Liz McCausland, president of the Orange County Bar Association, said the Orange County Bar Association adjusted its mission statement, partly in response to the survey, to say the organization is seeking a diverse group of attorneys. It also elevated several women to leadership positions in response.

 

Civil Justice Issues

DEAD OR NOT, PRIVACY RIGHT REMAINS ALIVE, FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULES

Local 10 ABC | Article | November 11, 2017

A widow’s fight to keep her husband’s medical records private in a malpractice lawsuit led the Florida Supreme Court to rule Thursday [Nov. 9] that the state constitution’s right to privacy extends beyond death in any circumstance. Lawyers for a doctor being sued for malpractice argued that the alleged victim’s right to privacy ended when he died. The Supreme Court disagreed and said the “cherished” right to privacy extended beyond the specific case.

 

Legal Profession

LAWYERS GET ADVICE ON HOW TO ‘BE HEARD’

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | November 13, 2017

This year’s theme for the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association is “be heard,” and two subject matter experts were invited to the group’s monthly meeting last week. City Council member Lori Boyer and Foley & Lardner Public Affairs Director Erika Alba comprised the panel. They were joined by a surprise guest — state Sen. Audrey Gibson from Jacksonville — who offered her insights as well.

 

Legal Profession

UNHAPPY HOUR: LAW FIRMS’ DRINKING CULTURE AMPLIFIES SEXUAL HARASSMENT PROBLEMS

Daily Business Review | Column | November 13, 2017

In his Well Counseled column, Patrick Krill, the founder of Krill Strategies, a behavioral health consulting firm focused exclusively on the legal industry, examines the risks inherent in work-related drinking events. “What should law firms be doing to reduce the incidence and likelihood of sexual harassment or misconduct? That’s a multidimensional question with a multidimensional answer that involves more than just alcohol. But drinking culture is a significant piece of the puzzle. Law firm and legal department leaders should be asking themselves . . . how much risk they are willing to assume on behalf of the ritualized drinking behaviors to which they’ve been accustomed.”

 

Judiciary

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: JUDGE DARYL MANNING BRINGS MILITARY ORDER, SENSITIVITY TO BENCH

Tampa Bay Times | Article | November 12, 2017

Daryl Manning has practiced law for more than 20 years. Today, Manning’s passion for the law and order is on display daily at the George Edgecomb Courthouse, where he hears civil cases as a judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. Manning recently spoke to the Tampa Bay Times about the importance of community service, leadership and the two things that make Hillsborough County a real gem.

 

Judiciary

AP ANALYSIS FINDS LITTLE DIVERSITY IN TRUMP’S JUDICIAL PICKS

Palm Beach Post | Article | November 14, 2017

President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America’s federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that more closely reflects the nation’s diversity, an Associated Press analysis found. So far, 91 percent of Trump’s nominees are white, and 81 percent are male, according to the report. The shift could prove to be one of Trump’s most enduring legacies because these are lifetime appointments.

 

Civil Justice Issues

LEE MEMORIAL TAKES CASE TO FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

WUSF | Article | November 14, 2017

Southwest Florida’s Lee Memorial Health System is going to the state Supreme Court in a dispute about the constitutionality of part of a 2000 law. Lee Memorial last week filed a notice indicating it will appeal a decision last month by the Second District Court of Appeal striking down the portion of the law. The case focused, at least in part, on liens that Lee Memorial used to try to get payment for services provided in 2006 and 2007 to a car-accident victim.

 

Legislature

A NEW BILL WOULD ALLOW ALL TPS RECIPIENTS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY

Miami Herald | Article | November 13, 2017

Three members of Congress are preparing legislation that would allow every Temporary Protected Status recipient to apply for permanent residency. The bill, dubbed the ASPIRE Act, would let every person covered by TPS before Jan. 1, 2017, apply for permanent residency by proving before a judge that they would face extreme hardship if forced to return home. Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., plans to introduce the legislation with Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

FORMER SATELLITE BEACH ATTORNEY GETS TWO LIFE SENTENCES

Florida Today | Article | November 13, 2017

A former attorney who prosecutors said repeatedly forced sexual acts on a minor over several years, was sentenced Monday [Nov. 13] to two life sentences plus 90 years, court officials reported. A jury found Joseph Pallante, III, whose law office was in Melbourne, guilty of 50 separate sex offenses in October, including possession of child pornography and sexual battery, court records show. Pallante, who is no longer licensed to practice law, had motioned for a new trial but was denied earlier by Brevard County Judge David Dugan.

 


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