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TFB - Daily News Summary - Mar 28, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 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.

 

March 28, 2018

Legal Discipline

SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 19 ATTORNEYS

The Florida Bar | News Release | March 27, 2018

The Florida Bar announced Tuesday [March 27] that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 19 attorneys – disbarring three, revoking the licenses of four, suspending 10, and publicly reprimanding two. Two attorneys were also ordered to pay restitution to clients.

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10 SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEYS DISCIPLINED, MANY FOR THEFT ALLEGATIONS

Daily Business Review | Article | March 27, 2018

TWO ORLANDO AREA ATTORNEYS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY

Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 27, 2018

PROMINENT CUBAN EXILE AMONG 19 LAWYERS DISCIPLINED BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

Sun Sentinel | Article | March 27, 2018

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 19 ATTORNEYS

Brevard Times | Article | March 28, 2018

GULF BREEZE LAWYER DISBARRED BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT, PLANS TO FIGHT RULING

Pensacola News Journal | Article | March 27, 2018

PORT ORANGE ATTORNEY DISBARRED

Daytona Beach News-Journal | Article | March 27, 2018

 

Legal Profession

FLORIDA BAR OPINION COMPLICATES PALM BEACH COUNTY OPIOIDS LAWSUIT PLAN

Palm Beach Post | Article | March 27, 2018

A law firm asked to fully indemnify Palm Beach County against any costs associated with an opioids lawsuit sought an ethics advisory opinion from The Florida Bar. Some of the lawyers bidding to represent the county said their firms could not offer full indemnification against costs the county could incur because doing so would violate the Bar’s ethics rules. The non-binding Bar opinion issued Monday [March 26] advised against signing such an indemnification agreement because of rules prohibiting firms from providing financial assistance to a client and allowing parties to escape financial penalties for filing frivolous lawsuits.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

VOTERS MAY GET TO BAN POLITICIANS NAMING THINGS AFTER THEMSELVES

Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 27, 2018

Floridians could be asked later this year to prevent state and local elected officials from naming buildings and other facilities after themselves. A proposed constitutional amendment advanced last week by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission would prohibit city, county and state lawmakers from naming taxpayer-funded structures after currently elected officials. The proposal also would require stand-alone bills when facilities are named after former elected officials.

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ST. LUCIE TEEN TAKES STAND AT CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION MEETING TO SAVE YOUTH TOBACCO PREVENTION PROGRAMS

TC Palm | Article | March 27, 2018

 

Legal Profession

DLA PIPER PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS REWARDS OF GLOBAL PRO BONO WORK

Daily Business Review | Article | March 27, 2018

DLA Piper partner Angela Crawford is already a mentor to scores of attorneys across the global law firm. She leads the Miami office’s litigation practice, co-founded the firm’s women of color resource group and serves on steering committees for women in law and global compliance. But this year, Crawford spread her legal knowledge even further, traveling to Barbados to train police prosecutors in trial advocacy skills as part of a State Department-sponsored DLA Piper pro bono project.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

JUDGE ORDERS GOV. SCOTT, CABINET TO CREATE SYSTEM TO RESTORE FELONS’ VOTING RIGHTS

Miami Herald | Article | March 27, 2018

A judge on Tuesday [March 27] ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to dismantle Florida’s “fatally flawed” system of arbitrarily restoring voting rights to felons and to replace it by April 26. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee issued a permanent injunction in support of the Fair Elections Legal Network, which sued the state a year ago. A spokesman for Scott issued a statement that defended the current system.

 

Legal Discipline

SANCTIONS SOUGHT AGAINST BILLIONAIRE SEX OFFENDER, FLA. FIRM

Law360 | Article | March 26, 2018

A federal court has been asked to order Florida law firm Fowler White Burnett, PA, and its former client Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted billionaire sex offender, to show why they should not be sanctioned for allegedly retaining copies of another law firm’s confidential documents in violation of a court order. The recently disbanded South Florida firm of Farmer Jaffe Weissing Edwards Fistos & Lehrman, PL, said in its March 19 motion that Fowler White passed confidential documents along to Epstein’s current counsel and to Epstein himself.

 

Civil Justice Issues

FLORIDA EDUCATION FUNDING CASE BACK IN BUSINESS

Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 26, 2018

Is Florida’s constitutional language on public education too political and aspirational to measure whether it’s being followed? Now that the state Legislature is done with session, the Florida Supreme Court can resume its review of the question. The court had placed a stay on the Citizens for Strong Schools case while lawmakers convened, at legislative leaders’ request. The law allows for a continuance on cases during session, when lawmakers or their lawyers are involved.

 

Other

FEDERAL JURORS GET THEIR FIRST RAISE IN NEARLY 30 YEARS

Washington Post | Article | March 27, 2018

Compensation for jury service at federal courts around the country has languished 28 years without an increase, starting at a $40 daily rate that jurors in the nation’s capital recently called “abysmal,” below the federal minimum wage and a hardship. But lawmakers on Friday [March 23] gave a pay raise to the more than 50,000 Americans who serve as federal jurors each year, increasing the pay by $10 a day.

 


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