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TFB - Daily News Summary - Nov 30, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 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. 30, 2017

Constitution Revision Commission

CONSTITUTION REVISION PROPOSAL COULD REQUIRE E-VERIFY IN FLORIDA

Daily Business Review | Article | November 29, 2017

Florida businesses would have to verify through the federal government that newly hired employees aren’t undocumented immigrants under a measure that moved closer to appearing before voters in 2018, despite opposition from agriculture interests. A panel of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission unanimously backed a proposal that would require all employers in Florida to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Employment Authorization Program, known as E-Verify, to determine the eligibility of new employees.

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DEAD CRC PROPOSAL TO EXPAND FLORIDA'S CFO DUTIES MAY STILL BE ALIVE

WFSU | Article | November 29, 2017

BAN ON AID TO RELIGIOUS GROUPS COULD GET ERASED

News4Jax | Article | November 29, 2017

PROPOSED BAN ON VAPING IN FLA. WORKPLACES GETS UNANIMOUS BACKING

The Ledger | Article | November 29, 2017

 

Judiciary

CHIEF JUDGE RETIRING, JNC LOOKING TO FILL SECOND CIRCUIT VACANCY

WCTV | Article | November 29, 2017

The Judicial Nominating Commission for the Second Judicial Circuit announced Tuesday [Nov. 28] it is now seeking applicants for a new circuit judge. Chief Judge Charles Francis will be retiring in March 2018, after 19 years on the bench.  Francis has served as chief judge for 12 years, that’s the longest tenure for a chief judge in the Second Circuit history.

 

Civil Justice Issues

WERE YOU SEXUALLY HARASSED, ASSAULTED OR RAPED AT WORK? HERE ARE WHAT STEPS YOU CAN TAKE

Florida Today | Article | November 29, 2017

For victims who decide to report sexual harassment or assault at work, outcomes can be unclear. Every case is different. Workplace policies are different. Law is different by state. Some might be handled within the company. Some might need police involvement. Some might be brought to court, with civil and/or criminal implications. Lawyers say how victims report the harassment or assault matters greatly.

 

Judiciary

DUVAL COURTHOUSE JOINS MIAMI, ORLANDO AND TAMPA TO OFFER ROOM FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS

WTLV | Article | November 30, 2017

Behind the sturdy doors at the end of the hallway at the Duval County Courthouse are the makings of an inviting apartment. This is the new Lactation Lounge, a place for mothers to express their breast milk or to nurse in private while working or visiting the courthouse. Jacksonville now joins Miami, Tampa and Orlando as courthouses that offer lactation rooms.

 

Legal Profession

ETHICS OPINIONS HAVE TO REFLECT THE PRESENT AND FUTURE—NOT THE PAST

ABA Journal | Column | December 01, 2017

Carolyn Elefant, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., and a blogger at MyShingle, writes: “One of the most enduring purposes behind the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and corresponding state ethics standards is to protect clients and the public from ‘overreaching, overcharging, underrepresentation and misrepresentation.’ More than a century after the 1908 adoption of the association’s first set of guidelines, the ABA Canons of Professional Ethics, the clients whom ethics standards protect and the lawyers governed by them have changed drastically. Yet in substance and form, ethics standards remain stagnant — and the same lofty principles that once inspired the best in lawyers will soon render us irrelevant.”

 

Criminal Justice Issues

JUSTICES APPEAR TO FAVOR MORE RESTRAINTS ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO DIGITAL INFORMATION

Washington Post | Article | November 29, 2017

A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed to agree Wednesday [Nov. 29] that the abundance of private information available about Americans in the digital age might require new restraints on government’s ability to access it. In the specific case before the court, these new limits could require law enforcement officials to prove more to a judge about suspected criminal wrongdoing before they are able to collect cell-tower records, which can provide a detailed record of a person’s whereabouts.

 

Civil Justice Issues

NO COSTS FOR YOU, APPELLATE COURT RULES IN INCONVENIENT FORUM MATTER

Daily Business Review | Article | November 29, 2017

Litigants are not entitled to costs when a case is dismissed to be heard in a more convenient forum, a Florida appellate court ruled Wednesday [Nov. 29]. The Third District Court of Appeal reversed a Miami judge’s costs award to Toyota subsidiaries after the case was dismissed on forum non conveniens grounds. Moving a case to another country’s courts does not count as a “judgment” for costs purposes, the panel ruled, noting the question had not been directly addressed before by Florida courts.

 

Legal Profession

CALLING ALL LAWYERS: LITERACY GROUP SEEKS TUTORING HELP

Tampa Bay Times | Article | November 29, 2017

The St. Petersburg Bar Association is issuing a call for its members to serve as reading tutors through the Lawyers for Literacy program. The program works with third-graders who risk being held back from fourth grade if they don’t pass the state’s reading test in the spring. Volunteer tutors go to schools in teams once a week for an hour during lunchtime, from January to April.

 


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