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TFB - Daily News Summary - Nov. 27, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017  

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Nov. 27, 2017

Legal Profession

DIVERSITY’S PARADIGM SHIFT MAKES FOR BETTER LAW FIRMS

Daily Business Review | Column | November 22, 2017

Amanda McGovern, a litigation partner at Rivero Mestre in Coral Gables and a 2017 fellow on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, writes: “Inclusion isn’t a favor to the socially diverse (i.e., women, African-Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ). Diversity is essential to winning. Corporate clients know this already, and they want to win. There is a significant edge to a law firm that not only attracts but successfully promotes and retains ethnically and gender-diverse lawyers.”

 

Criminal Justice Issues

LAW CHANGES FORCE DOZENS OF OLD DEATH PENALTY, JUVENILE CASES BACK INTO COURTROOMS

Pensacola News Journal | Article | November 25, 2017

Dozens of offenders in the First Judicial Circuit have had their cases reopened this year after two unprecedented Supreme Court decisions. Both of the decisions have forced prosecutors and defense attorneys to invest hours of research and additional costs to re-examine the old cases. The first decision brings back the case of every juvenile who has been sentenced to life in prison. The second decision mandates new penalty phase hearings for all Death Row inmates who were sentenced by juries that did not unanimously recommend the death sentence.

 

Legal Profession

TOP FIRMS ON THE FIRST COAST TALK PRO BONO WORK, MEMORABLE CASES

Jacksonville Business Journal | Article | November 27, 2017

Pro bono law services have always been a cornerstone of the law profession, and many law firms see pro bono work as a community service that is their duty to help those in need. The Jacksonville Business Journal compiled a list of the top 25 pro bono lawyers in the Fourth and Seventh circuits, by pro bono hours donated, then spoke with representatives from some the top firms on the First Coast and asked them about their pro bono practices and certain cases that have resonated with them over the years.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

INDUSTRY TO FIGHT PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR ‘CLEAN, HEALTHFUL ENVIRONMENT’

Politico Florida | Article | November 27, 2017

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, an environmentalist and former mayor of Sewall’s Point who is on the Constitution Revision Commission, says she has submitted a proposal establishing a right to a “clean and healthful environment” in the state Constitution. But Associated Industries of Florida last week [Nov. 21] announced it is assembling a legal team to stop the proposal, which the group said said is “dangerously vague” and poses a threat to Florida businesses. The Constitution Revision Commission’s Judicial Committee has scheduled presentations Tuesday [Nov. 28] on “environmental rights,” including the proposal.

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PANEL EYES VAPING RESTRICTION, PATIENT RIGHTS

WLRN | Article | November 26, 2017

PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD LOOSEN CLASS SIZE REGULATIONS

WUWF | Article | November 24, 2017

 

Other

BUSINESSES CUTTING OUT HOLIDAY PARTIES FOR FEAR OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

WFTS | Article | November 27, 2017

You wait all year for it: the annual company holiday party. It is certainly the season for co-workers to get together and celebrate the end of a successful year. But a new survey shows some businesses will not be participating this year.  Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a national human resource consulting company, surveyed 150 Human Resource departments across the nation. Eleven percent say they are nixing the party all together. The group says recent headlines may be the reason businesses are concerned over sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

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ESQUIRE ETIQUETTE: MINDING YOUR MANNERS AT WORK

ABA Journal | Article | November 27, 2017

 

Civil Justice Issues

43 STATES SUSPEND LICENSES FOR UNPAID COURT DEBT, BUT THAT COULD CHANGE

ABA Journal | Article | November 22, 2017

Forty-three states, including Florida, plus the District of Columbia, suspend driver’s licenses for people with unpaid court debt, according a recent report by the Legal Aid Justice Center. Only four states require a hearing beforehand to determine whether the failure to pay is willful or simply a reflection of poverty, the report found. Lawmakers are beginning to reconsider the practice, and lawsuits in at least five states are challenging it. They argue that suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court debt traps poor people in an unfair and counterproductive cycle.

 

Legal Profession

BUSY YEAR FOR JACKSONVILLE’S YOUNG LAWYERS

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | November 27, 2017

You probably won’t find a more active group of attorneys than members of The Jacksonville Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. YLS has a full calendar of events each year including philanthropic projects, educational opportunities, networking and socializing. The most recent project was the annual “Afternoon at the Courthouse,” which gives new attorneys the opportunity to meet judges and judicial assistants and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Duval County Courthouse — along with some CLE credit.


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