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TFB - Daily News Summary - Jan 3, 2017

Wednesday, January 3, 2018  

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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.

 

Jan. 3, 2018

The Florida Bar

APP AVAILABLE FOR FAMILY LAW ASSISTANCE

The Florida Bar News | Article | January 01, 2018

This week, FloridaBarNews.TV looks at a new app that is available for family court assistance. Called Florida Courts Help, the app works on Apple and Android devices. The app offers information for Floridians seeking a divorce, adoption, orders of protection, name change and other family law issues.

 

Legal Profession

STUDENTS AT TOP LAW SCHOOLS ASK FOR MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

ABA Journal | Article | January 03, 2018

Today’s law students may be more open about discussing their mental health issues than previous generations, but law schools still draw many Type A individuals, frequently on a never-ending quest for perfection. Sixteen student leaders at tier-14 law schools recently signed a pledge addressed to law school communities that is focused on both improving mental health and promoting wellness on law school campuses. The letter noted a stereotype that law school must be “grueling and overwhelming” to prepare students for the practice.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

PROSECUTORS AREN’T SEEKING ADULT CHARGES AGAINST KIDS NEARLY AS OFTEN IN FLORIDA OR JACKSONVILLE

Florida Times-Union | Article | January 02, 2018

Across Florida, children were less likely last year to be prosecuted as adults than in years past, according to new data released by the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice. Jacksonville and Gainesville had the state’s sharpest declines, with rates dropping to nearly half the previous year’s. Across Florida, 7.7 out of every 10,000 children were charged as adults last year, and 9 out of every 10,000 the year before.

 

Legal Profession

ANDREA REYES WINS 2018 FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT’S PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD FOR FOURTH CIRCUIT

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | December 29, 2017

Attorney Andrea Reyes, founder of Reyes Legal PLLC, will receive the 2018 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. The annual award recognizes an attorney in each of the 21 judicial circuits for having freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor. Reyes will be in Tallahassee on Jan. 25, accepting her award from Florida Bar President Michael Higer at a ceremony in the state Supreme Court building.

 

Legal Discipline

JACKSONVILLE ATTORNEY GIVES UP LAW LICENSE AFTER FAILURE TO RESPOND TO INVESTIGATION

Jacksonville Business Journal | Article | January 02, 2018

A Jacksonville attorney gave up his law license after failing to respond to disciplinary matters pending against him, according to a Florida Bar news release. Reginald Estell, Jr. will be barred from seeking reinstatement as a Florida lawyer for five years after the Florida Supreme Court granted disciplinary revocation. Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment.

 

Civil Justice Issues

MIAMI-DADE CLERK WINS DISMISSAL OF LAWSUIT OVER 40-PERCENT COLLECTION FEE

Daily Business Review | Article | January 02, 2018

A federal judge dismissed a putative class action against Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin and a debt collector over the imposition of 40-percent collection fees on penalties such as traffic ticket fines. Plaintiff Natacha Guerra alleged the clerk acted improperly by automatically charging her a $163.20 fee even though the collections company hadn’t yet performed any work to collect a late payment on her $392 traffic ticket. U.S. District Chief Judge K. Michael Moore dismissed the lawsuit on Tuesday [Jan. 2] for failure to state a claim, rejecting the plaintiff’s argument that the law requires collections companies to perform work before a fee can be assessed.

 

Legal Profession

10 SURVIVAL TIPS FOR NICE PEOPLE WHO HAPPEN TO BE LITIGATORS

Daily Business Review | Column | January 02, 2018

David J. Richardson, senior counsel at SulmeyerKupetz, writes: “Being a litigator is a difficult job, even for thick-skinned cynics. But for some of us, it can be emotional torture. I expected to burn out after two years. But 24 years later, I’m still here. Along the way, I’ve picked up some survival tips that keep me sober, sane and . . . well, still pretty nice. If you’re also a nice person (and, really, don’t we all think we’re a nice person), you might benefit from adopting a few of these rules for the sake of your own survival.”

 

Other

2018 BRINGS NEW LAWS TO FLORIDA

South Florida Sun Sentinel | Article | January 02, 2018

Six new Florida laws went into effect on Monday [Jan. 1]. The changes range from eliminating a public-transit commission to streamlining how unmarried and divorced parents agree to time-sharing arrangements for children. The laws taking effect this week were among 234 bills approved in 2017 by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Most new laws went into effect July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year.

 


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