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TFB Daily News Summary - June 15, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018  

 

THE FLORIDA BAR

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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.

 

June 15, 2018

The Florida Bar

MICHELLE SUSKAUER TO BECOME THE FLORIDA BAR’S 70TH PRESIDENT

The Florida Bar | News Release | June 06, 2018

West Palm Beach attorney Michelle R. Suskauer will be sworn in today [June 15] as the 70th president of The Florida Bar, during the General Assembly at the Bar’s Annual Convention in Orlando. Vero Beach attorney John M. Stewart will be sworn in as president-elect. Suskauer is the sixth woman to serve as Bar president and is the first former public defender to hold the office.

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JOHN M. STEWART TO BECOME FLORIDA BAR’S PRESIDENT-ELECT

The Florida Bar | News Release | June 06, 2018

 

The Florida Bar

2018 ANNUAL FLORIDA BAR CONVENTION: INTEGRATING AI INTO LAW FIRMS (PODCAST)

Legal Talk Network | Article | June 14, 2018

The conversation surrounding artificial intelligence is shifting from the fear of it replacing human jobs to how firms are using it to streamline their processes. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast from the 2018 Florida Bar annual convention, host Jonathon Israel, director of the Bar’s Practice Resource Center, talks to Eric Ostroff about the impact artificial intelligence will have on the legal profession.

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2018 ANNUAL FLORIDA BAR CONVENTION: WILL SMART CONTRACTS OUTSMART LAWYERS?

Legal Talk Network | Article | June 14, 2018

 

The Florida Bar

YOU CAN’T TEACH WHAT YOU DON’T REMEMBER, COMMITTEE TELLS LAWYERS AT FLORIDA BAR CONVENTION

Daily Business Review | Article | June 14, 2018

About 97 percent of noncitizens taking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services nationalization test can earn a passing grade. But when it comes to people born in the U.S.? Only 33 percent can pass, speakers told attendees at one of the first sessions of The Florida Bar annual convention on Thursday [June 14]. And that’s a reason for self-reflection, according to keynote speakers Richard Levenstein and Annette Pitts at “Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education,” a seminar presented by the Constitutional Judiciary Committee.

 

Legal Profession

NEW BILL WOULD PROTECT LAW LICENSES OF STUDENT LOAN DEFAULTERS

Daily Business Review | Article | June 14, 2018

Florida and 18 other states currently allow government agencies to revoke the professional licenses — including law licenses — of student loan defaulters. But that may change. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Marco Rubio on Thursday [June 14] introduced a bill that would prohibit states from suspending professional licenses and driver’s licenses of those who fail to pay their federal student loans. The Protecting Job Opportunities for Borrowers Act could be a lifeline for lawyers struggling to pay back their loans.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

HERE ARE THE 13 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON FLORIDA’S 2018 BALLOT AND WHAT THEY DO

Miami Herald | Article | June 14, 2018

When voters head to the ballot box this November, they will be encountering one of the longest lists of proposed constitutional changes since 1998. This means voters should be prepared for the 13 amendments on the ballot, eight of which were proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission. Voters should be ready to vote on matters such as lobbying, gambling, offshore drilling and more. The article looks what the amendments would do.

 

Judiciary

DEMOCRATS OPPOSE FLORIDA JUDGE DESPITE BACKING FROM NELSON

Tampa Bay Times | Article | June 15, 2018

A Florida judge in line for a key federal post is running into opposition from Senate Democrats despite the support of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. A U.S. Senate committee on Thursday [June 14] narrowly voted along partisan lines to send the nomination of Allen Winsor to the full Senate. President Donald Trump picked Winsor to succeed U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle for a spot in the Northern District of Florida. Winsor currently sits on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TARGETS JUROR ANTI-GAY VIEWS IN DEATH CASE

News4Jax | Article | June 14, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday [June 14] ordered resentencing for a Death Row inmate convicted of a 2005 murder in Broward County and said a separate hearing should be held to delve into anti-gay statements made by a juror. Justices ordered a new sentencing hearing for inmate Eric Kurt Patrick because the jury split 7-5 in recommending the death penalty to a judge. On that issue, Thursday’s ruling was similar to numerous other cases in which justices have ordered resentencing based on a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

 

Obituary

COURTHOUSE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CLERK OF COURTS DWIGHT BROCK IS SET FOR MONDAY

Naples Daily News | Article | June 14, 2018

Dwight Brock, whose career was spent in and around the courtrooms of Collier County, will be remembered in the atrium of the building in which he served. A memorial service for Brock, who died Tuesday [June 12], is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the open lobby of the Collier County Courthouse. The Clerk of Courts in Collier County since 1992, Brock suffered from a lung disease that worsened in recent months, as he awaited a lung transplant.

 


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