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TFB Daily News Summary - July 23, 2018

Monday, July 23, 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.

 

July 23, 2018

 

Legal Profession

FOCUS ON INCLUSION FEED MINORITY, GENDER DIVERSITY AT LAW FIRMS IN FLORIDA

Daily Business Review | Article | July 23, 2018

Senior attorneys who’ve given some thought to questions of inclusion at a number of AmLaw 100 firms in Miami agree: Most of the diversity in large firms is at their lower levels. That goes for both women and ethnic and racial minorities. What will drive results? For one, experts say, it’s giving greater attention to teaching female and minority attorneys the sort of business development skills that will more easily make them partner. Tiffani Lee, who serves as firmwide diversity partner for Holland & Knight, noted many Florida companies have been at the forefront of new initiatives, an outlook that makes sense in one of the most diverse states in the country.

 

Judiciary

JUDGE RETIRES AFTER HANDLING NOTORIOUS JUVENILE CASES

Miami Herald | Article | July 22, 2018

During her 25-year tenure as a juvenile court judge, retiring Eleventh Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman has seen thousands of children in her courtroom, making difficult decisions about foster care, adoption and family reunification. Throughout the decades, she has been a strong advocate for the best, most scientific option in deciding the future of a child. Lederman’s to-do list for her final six months is clear: ensure the children in her charge are safe and that the evidence-based work she’s incorporated into the court stays.

 

Civil Justice Issues

LEGAL AID FOUNDATION BRINGS MOBILE LAW FOR ALL TO MOUNT ZION CHURCH

Tallahassee Democrat | Article | July 23, 2018

The Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee and volunteer lawyers on Tuesday [July 24] will provide free legal consultations to the community for civil law matters. LAF will host the July “Mobile Law for All” at New Mount Zion AME Church. This event is an opportunity for the citizens of Leon County to have a free 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney regarding civil matters. Interested clients and lawyers who wish to participate may sign-up online at www.legalaidtallahassee.org/mobile-law/.

 

Legal Profession

FORMER CITY ATTORNEY RECEIVES BAR ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP POSITION

Santa Rosa Press Gazette | Article | July 20, 2018

The Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association recently held its annual installation banquet. Chief Judge Linda L. Nobles conducted the installation of the 2018-2019 officers—including former Milton City attorney Heather Lindsay—and executive council members. The Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association also recognized several of its members for their service to the profession and the community.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

NO ARREST IN FATAL SHOOTING DURING ARGUMENT OVER HANDICAP PARKING SPACE

Tampa Bay Times | Article | July 20, 2018

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Friday [July 20] that his agency will not arrest a man deputies say shot and killed another man during an argument over a handicap parking space. The incident falls under Florida’s self-defense law known as “stand your ground,” the sheriff said during a news conference. The agency will forward the case to the State Attorney’s Office for a final decision, Gualtieri said.

 

Legal Discipline

NEW TROUBLES FOR SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEY FACING DISBARMENT AFTER INSIDER TRADING

Daily Business Review | Article | July 20, 2018

Boca Raton attorney Donald R. Tescher faces legal discipline after settling an insider trading charge with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Tescher faced a one-year suspension based on a recommendation by a court-appointed referee handling his disciplinary proceedings. But in a recent motion, the Florida Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the attorney while disciplinary proceedings continue. In 2015, the SEC charged Tescher and four other Floridians with insider trading in advance of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s purchase of Pharmasset Inc.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

NEW STUDY SHOWS COPS, COURTS IN MIAMI-DADE HARSHER ON BLACKS

Miami Herald | Article | July 19, 2018

A joint study released Thursday [July 19] by the American Civil Liberties Union and University of Miami concluded that no group in Miami-Dade County gets treated more harshly in the criminal justice system than blacks. Researchers, who analyzed five years of data between 2010 and 2015, found stark differences across the board regarding arrest, conviction and incarceration rates. Responding to the findings, the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida said some reforms are in the works. They include: Addressing pretrial detention with promises to appear, granting civil citations instead of arrests for low-level crimes, offering holistic services to reduce gun violence and diversity training for trial judges.

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Daily Business Review | Article | July 19, 2018

 

Obituary

CANCER CLAIMS LIFE OF LEGAL CHAMPION KRIS KNAB

Tallahassee Democrat | Article | July 20, 2018

Kris Knab, one of Tallahassee’s most celebrated legal advocates, died Thursday [July 19] after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago. She was 67. In 2016, Knab retired from Legal Services of North Florida after 38 years in the legal trenches. She started as a law clerk and held several positions before becoming the nonprofit’s executive director from 1994 to 2016.

 

Obituary

LONGTIME CLAY COUNTY JUDGE REMEMBERED FOR INTEGRITY, FAIRNESS AND COMPASSION

Florida Times-Union | Article | July 22, 2018

Retired Circuit Judge William A. Wilkes, widely respected as a consummate jurist during more than 30 years of service on the bench and beloved as a mentor and friend, died Friday [July 20] afternoon. He was 78. Wilkes presided over some of the toughest cases in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, including a quadruple murder death penalty trial that spanned four years. He is remembered as a man of integrity who treated everyone who came before him in court, as well as those who worked alongside him, with dignity, fairness and respect.


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