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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.

 

April 16, 2018

Legal Profession

FEBRUARY 2018 FLORIDA GENERAL BAR EXAMINATION RESULTS POSTED

Florida Supreme Court | News Release | April 16, 2018

The results from the General Bar Examination administered in Florida have been posted by the Florida Supreme Court. Neither the Florida Supreme Court nor the Bar Examiners publicly release how applicants rank on their exam scores compared to other applicants. Some high-scoring applicants will be invited to speak at public induction ceremonies at state appellate courts.

 

Legal Profession

ABA PRESIDENT CHALLENGES LEGAL TECHNOLOGISTS: ‘BE BOLD, BE ADVENTUROUS, BE COURAGEOUS’

Daily Business Review | Column | April 12, 2018

Mark Michels, a Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory managing director, writes: “Hilarie Bass, the president of the American Bar Association, ventured into the heart of Silicon Valley on April 5, 2018, and challenged the Stanford CodeX FutureLaw conference attendees to ‘be bold, be adventurous and be courageous’ in helping break down the barriers that impede collaboration among lawyers, technologists, and other professionals in shaping the future of legal services. . . . Bass is concerned that the legal profession may be left behind if it does not innovate.”

 

Constitution Revision Commission

CRC MEETING SCHEDULE WEEK OF APRIL 16-20

Constitution Revision Commission | News Release | April 12, 2018

The Constitution Revision Commission has noticed its meeting schedule for the week of April 16-20. CRC meetings will be held in the Capitol Complex and livestreamed by The Florida Channel on www.TheFloridaChannel.org.

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OUR VIEW: DON’T BURDEN BALLOT WITH BIZARRE BUNDLES

Daytona Beach News-Journal | Editorial | April 16, 2018

EDITORIAL: NEITHER BALLOT, NOR CONSTITUTION, NEEDS THESE AMENDMENTS

Palm Beach Post | Editorial | April 15, 2018

 

Legal Profession

WOMEN LAWYERS TAKE A LOOK AT GENDER BIAS AND OPPORTUNITY

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | April 16, 2018

On Thursday [April 12], the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association presented a panel discussion on the topic of gender bias and the means to equality in the legal profession. The panelists were managing and senior partners of some of Jacksonville’s largest law firms. “Let’s acknowledge the obvious here,” JWLA President Jennifer Shoaf Richardson said after she introduced the all-male, all-white panel. “I hope we reconvene this panel in 10 years and it looks different,” she added.

 

Civil Justice Issues

JUDGE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS ON STAY IN POT GROWING CASE

Florida Politics | Article | April 16, 2018

A Leon County circuit judge has scheduled a hearing Tuesday [April 17] to consider lifting a stay in a case in which Tampa businessman Joe Redner seeks to grow marijuana as part of his treatment for cancer. Judge Karen Gievers last week ruled that Redner should be able to grow marijuana under a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. Attorneys for the state Department of Health immediately took the case to the 1st District Court of Appeal, a move that placed an automatic stay on Gievers’ ruling.

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EDITORIAL: REDNER’S COURT WIN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA SENDS MESSAGE

Tampa Bay Times | Editorial | April 15, 2018

 

Civil Justice Issues

LEGAL AID GROUPS RECEIVE $143K

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | April 16, 2018

Liggio Law partner Jeff Liggio, a West Palm Beach-based trial attorney, visited Jacksonville Area Legal Aid last week to deliver donations to three local pro bono legal service providers. He presented checks for $69,274.54 to JALA, $57,806.27 to Three Rivers Legal Services and $15,807.61 to Clay County Legal Services. The donations were derived from damage awards that were unclaimed after Liggio settled a class action lawsuit. In addition, The Florida Bar Foundation received $500,000 earmarked for legal aid at its discretion.

 

Legal Profession

START MONETIZING THOSE UNUSED (DISCOUNTABLE) BILLABLE HOURS

ABA Journal | Column | April 16, 2018

Jaap Bosman, one of the founding partners of TGO Consulting, writes: “The vast majority of lawyers do not manage to consistently write eight billable hours a day. Utilization — billable time as a percentage of the target — is typically at 90 percent or below. In almost every law firm we know, there is time not used to work on client matters. What if we could monetize these idle hours? That would instantly create a significant boost in profit.”

 

Other

PALM BAY CITY ATTORNEY ANDREW LANNON RESIGNING HIS POST

Florida Today | Article | April 13, 2018

Palm Bay City Attorney Andrew Lannon is resigning, he told city leaders in a Thursday [April 12] email. City Manager Gregg Lynk declined comment, saying Lannon’s resignation has not been finalized. “It’s a shame. He’s done good work for the past 10 years for the city. So it saddens me that he’s leaving,” Mayor William Capote said.

 

 

 


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