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TFB - Daily News Summary - Apr 26, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 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.

 

April 26, 2018

Civil Justice Issues

FEDERAL COURT SIDES WITH FLORIDA IN VOTING RIGHTS BATTLE

Miami Herald | Article | April 25, 2018

With time running out, a federal appeals court late Wednesday [April 25] sided with Florida in an escalating battle over the state’s process for restoring voting rights for former prisoners. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker had given Florida until Thursday to create a new process after ruling in February that the state’s current system is unconstitutional and arbitrary, with decisions possibly swayed by politics and racial factors. But a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked Walker’s ruling while it considers an appeal from Gov. Rick Scott and other Florida Republican officials.

 

The Florida Bar

FLORIDA BAR ANNOUNCES FINAL ELECTION RESULTS FOR BOARD OF GOVERNORS

The Florida Bar | News Release | April 25, 2018

Two seats on The Florida Bar Board of Governors have been decided in runoff elections. Winning two-year terms on the board are Jeremy C. Branning, First Circuit, Seat 1, and Jordan Dresnick, Eleventh Circuit, Seat 3. They will take office June 15. Four unopposed candidates will serve as new BOG members, including two who were elected when their opponents withdrew: Jeffrey Rynor, Eleventh Circuit, Seat 5, and Rosalyn Sia Baker-Barnes, Fifteenth Circuit, Seat 1.

 

Legislature

EXPAND GAMBLING IN FLORIDA? LAWMAKERS FOLD, WILL LET VOTERS DECIDE.

Tampa Bay Times | Article | April 26, 2018

Florida’s legislators are going to leave the question of whether to expand gambling up to voters in November. Legislative leaders announced Wednesday [April 25] they couldn’t agree on how to update gambling laws and therefore won’t hold a special session in the next month. That means voters will decide whether they, or the Legislature, should have the power to decide if parimutuels in eight counties will be able to introduce slot machines. Amendment 3, “Voter Control of Gaming,” is a citizen initiative that will appear on the November ballot.

 

Civil Justice Issues

NEW VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC SERVES DUAL MISSION FOR FSU LAW STUDENTS

Florida State University News | Article | April 25, 2018

A new academic program designed to give Florida State University law students valuable hands-on experience, while also helping veterans struggling with legal issues, is making a mark with its unique approach to service. FSU’s College of Law has created a Veterans Legal Clinic to provide free legal services to veterans and allow students to earn six credit hours for participating. Demand for assistance has exploded during the first few months of program.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

AFTER A YEAR, FAMILIES HEAR NOTHING ON CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR THE GROVELAND FOUR

Florida Politics | Article | April 25, 2018

In April 2017, Florida lawmakers sought to right a 68-year-old injustice from the Jim Crow era in Florida. The Legislature passed a resolution urging the governor and the Cabinet to “expedite review” of clemency, granting full pardons related to the 1949 wrongful accusation that four young, black men ─ known as the “Groveland Four” ─ raped a white woman in Lake County. It is now a year later, and the families have heard nothing about any expedited clemency review, let alone full pardons.

 

Civil Justice Issues

STATE SEEKS ANSWERS ON WORKERS’ COMP MARKET

Florida Politics | Article | April 25, 2018

The state Department of Financial Services announced Wednesday [April 25] it intends to pay $195,000 to the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute to study how Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance market is performing compared with other states. Business groups pushed the Legislature to act on workers’ compensation insurance issues in 2017, after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that restrictive attorney fee caps were unconstitutional. But this year, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida and 15 other organizations sent a letter to members of the state House asking that they not consider changes during the session.

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WORKERS' COMP SYSTEM HIT BY OPIOID CRISIS

WUSF | Article | April 25, 2018

 

Civil Justice Issues

SESSIONS BACKTRACKS ON PAUSING LEGAL AID FOR IMMIGRANTS FACING DEPORTATION

Washington Post | Article | April 25, 2018

After objections from immigration lawyers and lawmakers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday [April 25] that he would not suspend a legal-aid program for detained immigrants while it undergoes a review. The government-funded Legal Orientation Program, launched in 2003, was created to ensure that immigrants know their rights and legal options in court. It serves more than 50,000 detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings each year.

 

Legal Profession

HOW CAN LAWYERS FIND CYBERSECURITY SOLUTIONS THAT WORK FOR THEM?

ABA Journal | Article | May 01, 2018

Lawyers and law firms are sitting on valuable information that could be worth billions to cybercriminals. Additionally, this country loses hundreds of billions annually due to stolen intellectual property. With so much money at stake, perhaps it’s little wonder that the cybersecurity industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. Luckily, lawyers don’t have to break the bank to be protected. But that doesn’t mean they can afford to be cheap.

 

 


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