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TFB - Daily News Summary - Dec 5 , 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 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.

 

Dec. 5, 2017

Constitution Revision Commission

FLORIDABARNEWS.TV: CRC DEBATES THE RETIREMENT AGE FOR JUDGES

The Florida Bar News | Article | December 15, 2017

This week, FloridaBarNews.TV looks at separate proposals gaining steam in the Constitution Revision Commission that could raise the minimum requirements for becoming a judge and increase the mandatory retirement age for judges and Supreme Court justices. The CRC’s Judicial Committee voted unanimously to approve a measure by Chair Bill Schifino that would raise the existing retirement age from 70 to 75.

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AN OLD ARGUMENT LOOKS LIKELY TO BE HEARD AGAIN

Tallahassee Democrat | Column | December 02, 2017

 

The Florida Bar

OPINION: DESTIGMATIZE MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Tallahassee Democrat | Column | December 04, 2017

Michael J. Higer, president of The Florida Bar, writes: “There is a reason flight attendants remind us to first put on our own oxygen mask before assisting someone else. It is because, before we can help others, we first must help ourselves. Similarly, the health and wellness of its members is paramount to The Florida Bar, because by creating healthier, more satisfied attorneys, we can create better advocates for our communities and justice system.”

 

Judiciary

WITH FIVE OPENINGS TO FILL, TRUMP HAS OPPORTUNITY TO RESHAPE FEDERAL BENCH IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Miami Herald | Article | December 04, 2017

The next generation of federal judges in South Florida will soon be picked by President Donald Trump. The unprecedented number of vacancies — five openings on the bench — will give Trump the opportunity to reshape the federal court in the Southern District of Florida. A panel appointed by both U.S. senators in Florida recently pared down the list of 45 initial applicants to 10. U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Bill Nelson, a Democrat, will interview them and recommend all 10 or just five to the president.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

GOV. SCOTT DEMANDS INFORMATION ON DEATH-PENALTY PANEL FROM ARAMIS AYALA

Orlando Sentinel | Article | December 04, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott’s general counsel sent Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala a letter Monday [Dec. 4] demanding information about her death-penalty review panel and an explanation about why her office missed a filing deadline. The tersely worded letter is the latest barb in the back-and-forth battle between Scott and Ayala since she announced in March that she was not going to seek the death penalty in any case. A spokeswoman for Ayala’s office said they would have to review the letter before commenting.

 

Civil Justice Issues

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO TAKE UP TOBACCO CASE

WJCT | Article | December 04, 2017

In a victory for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the Florida Supreme Court on Monday [Dec. 4] declined to take up a case that initially involved a more than $23 billion verdict against the cigarette maker. The estate of Michael Johnson Sr., a longtime smoker who died at age 36, asked the Supreme Court to take up the case after the 1st District Court of Appeal in February ordered a new trial.

 

Other

DID ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’ TATTOO REFLECT PATIENT’S TRUE WISH?

Health News Florida | Article | December 05, 2017

It was a scenario that emergency room doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami had discussed but never seen in person — an unconscious patient with a tattoo across his chest that read “Do Not Resuscitate.” The 70-year-old man at the Miami hospital posed a vexing ethical dilemma, and a decision needed to be made fast. In the end, the doctors followed the directions of the tattoo but not before some hand-wringing and a quick referral to the hospital’s ethics team.

 

Judiciary

HOW PALM BEACH COUNTY’S LAWYERS RATE THE JUDGES WHO DECIDE THEIR CASES

Palm Beach Post | Article | December 02, 2017

Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser received the top number of high marks for the third time in a row in a recently released rating of Palm Beach County’s judges by the attorneys who practice before them. Fellow civil circuit Judge Joseph Marx had the highest percentage of positive ratings across the board, a distinction he has previously held as well. The Palm Beach County Bar Association conducts the poll every two years.

 

Judiciary

BROWARD CIRCUIT JUDGE ALFRED HOROWITZ LEAVING THE BENCH

Daily Business Review | Article | December 04, 2017

Applications are being sought to replace Broward Circuit Judge Alfred Horowitz, who is leaving the bench effective Dec. 31 after 22 years. The outgoing judge, who has served for years in family court, was appointed a county court judge by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1995 and was elevated to the circuit bench by then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2000. Horowitz’s term was set to expire in January 2021.

 

Tech Tip

HOW TO SAVE TIME BY ADDING PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE LINKS TO YOUR CASES WITH CLOUD LINKING

The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | December 05, 2017

With Cloud Linking, you will save time adding publicly accessible links to your cases. You can write a pleading for a court, then automatically create hyperlinks to caselaw citations before submitting it. Or, for a client alert, your firm can write an article with citations in it, automatically create hyperlinks with Cloud Linking, then paste the linked text into an email newsletter or blog post.

 


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