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TFB Daily News Summary - July 9, 2018

Monday, July 9, 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.

 

July 9, 2018

The Florida Bar

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GRADS NOW RUNNING THE PROGRAM

The Florida Bar News | Article | July 15, 2018

There’s no such thing as a perpetual motion machine, but the Wm. Reese Smith, Jr., Leadership Academy may come close. In five years, more than 200 academy graduates have already gone on to serve as judges, Florida Bar Board of Governors members, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division board members, voluntary bar leaders, community organization leaders, and more. Now, two academy graduates — John M. Howe, a West Palm Beach attorney, and Anthony J. Visone, a Port St. Lucie attorney — are about to become co-chairs of The Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy Committee, in a sense, leading the institution that honed their leadership skills.

 

Legal Profession

REAL ESTATE LAWYERS FRET ABOUT TREASURY REPORTING REQUIREMENT

The Florida Bar News | Article | July 15, 2018

Real estate attorneys are concerned that the latest U.S. Treasury Department crackdown on money laundering is putting them between a rock and a hard place. An updated order requires title insurance companies or their “agents” to identify the principles behind high-end, cash real estate purchases in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. A new secrecy provision could conflict with an attorney’s ethical obligation to inform clients and obtain their consent. The issue was raised at the Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee at the Annual Convention in Orlando, and the committee directed staff to do more research.

 

Legal Profession

AVVO’S FIXED-COST SERVICE TO BE DISCONTINUED BY INTERNET BRANDS

ABA Journal | Article | July 06, 2018

Avvo Legal Services will be discontinued by the end of the month. That decision was announced in a letter to the North Carolina State Bar, from the general counsel of Internet Brands, which recently acquired Avvo. Avvo, as a company, will continue to operate. It is unclear if changes will be made to their other offerings. In recent years, Avvo Legal Services has come under pressure from various state bars and ethics boards.

 

Civil Justice Issues

FELONS IN FLORIDA WANT THEIR VOTING RIGHTS BACK WITHOUT A HASSLE

NPR | Article | July 05, 2018

At Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee, four times a year, dozens of anxious people gather to hear a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. Felons whose sentences and probation are complete stand before the governor and other Cabinet members to ask for clemency and the restoration of their right to vote. Most states restore voting rights to felons after they’ve completed their sentences. Some wait for probation and parole to be complete. In recent years, many states have updated and streamlined the process. Florida, however, has gone in the other direction.

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Florida Phoenix | Article | July 05, 2018

 

Legal Profession

CAVENDISH CONTRIBUTES TO ‘EVIDENCE IN FLORIDA’

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | July 09, 2018

Attorney Michael Cavendish wasn’t expecting a package to arrive the week before last at the Jacksonville office of Cavendish Partners. And he really wasn’t expecting it to contain two copies of an 826-page, $334 book, the 11th edition of “Evidence in Florida,” published by The Florida Bar in cooperation with LexisNexis. When he looked at the table of contents, Cavendish realized why the package was delivered to him. “I had forgotten I had written four of the 15 chapters,” he said.

 

Civil Justice Issues

COURT UPHOLDS COMMITMENT IN MENTAL ILLNESS DISPUTE

WLRN | Article | July 09, 2018

A state appeals court Friday [July 6] upheld a judge’s decision to involuntarily commit a man to an inpatient treatment facility, despite the man’s arguments that his mental illness did not pose a danger to his well-being and that other less-restrictive alternatives were available. A panel of the Second District Court of Appeal said it could have treated the Southwest Florida case as moot because a three-month time frame in the commitment order had already passed, but it said similar issues could recur.

 

Civil Justice Issues

DEFENDING AGAINST ANTI-CORPORATE SENTIMENT, LITIGATOR HILDY SASTRE TALKS STRATEGY

Daily Business Review | Article | July 06, 2018

In a world where public sentiment tends to favor the underdog, Hildy Sastre is one of the litigators defending that someone or something bigger. Sastre, administrative managing partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Miami, defends cigarette manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers against individual claims that they were wronged by the corporate giants. Plaintiffs attorneys are likely to portray a David-and-Goliath story at trial, Sastre said. How does she overcome this? It starts at jury selection.


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