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TFB Daily News Summary - Nov. 8, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 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.

 

Nov. 8, 2018

 

Judiciary

ALAN LAWSON WINS RETENTION ON THE SUPREME COURT

Florida Politics | Article | November 07, 2018

Florida voters Tuesday [Nov. 6] agreed to keep Justice Alan Lawson on the state Supreme Court. More than 71 percent of voters supported retaining Lawson, who was appointed to the state’s high court by Gov. Rick Scott in 2016. Also, they voted to retain 17 judges on district courts of appeal. Voters on Tuesday also approved a constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 6, that raises the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.

 

Civil Justice Issues

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS TODAY IN NEARLY DECADE-OLD EDUCATION LAWSUIT

Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 09, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday [Nov. 8] will hear a 9-year-old case that argues the state is failing to provide students a “high quality” public education as demanded in the state constitution. Those who filed the lawsuit against the state in 2009, including several Orlando parents, have lost earlier legal battles. The state’s top court agreed in May to hear the case, Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida State Board of Education.

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TODAY AT THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT: DOES THE STATE SPEND ENOUGH ON EDUCATION?

TBO | Article | November 08, 2018

 

The Florida Bar

LEGALFUEL SPEAKER SERIES: CYBERSECURITY FOR THE EVERYDAY LAWYER

LegalFuel: The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar | Article | November 06, 2018

It is no secret that cyber attackers consider law firms to be rich sources of valuable data. How much protection you need depends on the state of your technology systems, legal considerations such as applicable ethical rules, government and industry regulations, data protection laws and client security requirements. This presentation by Alfred Saikali focuses on 10 practical steps that will enable the smaller firm to identify its risks and take appropriate action.

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PODCAST: WHAT LAWYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CYBERSECURITY

Legal Talk Network | Article | October 03, 2018

 

Civil Justice Issues

RENTERS FACING EVICTION MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL HELP

WJHG NBC 7 | Article | November 07, 2018

Florida renters who face eviction or have been evicted from their storm-damaged rental homes or apartments — whether the dwelling had damage or not — may be eligible for disaster assistance from FEMA. Renters who already registered for federal assistance and were later evicted due to damage should take the eviction notice to a disaster recovery center. Survivors who cannot afford an attorney may call The Florida Bar Disaster Hotline at (866) 550-2929. Find more information at floridabar.org/public/consumer/hurricaneinfo.

 

Judiciary

59 GAIN INTERVIEWS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

Jacksonville Daily Record  | Article | November 08, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will interview 59 applicants for the vacancies that will be created by the retirement in January of Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince. The commission may nominate up to six candidates for each vacancy. Thirteen of the applicants are from the Fourth Judicial Circuit or the First District Court of Appeal, which includes Jacksonville.

 

Judiciary

COMMENTARY: JUDGE MARTIN HONORED FOR HER WORK ON MENTAL HEALTH

Naples Daily News  | Column | November 07, 2018

Commentary by Dave Trecker, president of the Collier Citizens Council. He writes: “Mental health issues and substance abuse affect thousands (the number swollen by the opioid crisis), lead to homelessness and fill our already crowded jails. . . . Collier County Commissioner Andy Solis has assembled a task force of key stakeholders to coordinate efforts. . . . Central to that effort are the Collier County Treatment Courts — drug, mental health and veterans — and their tireless leader, Janeice Martin, who runs all three courts in addition to carrying a full caseload as a county court judge. The judge’s success rate in dealing with mental health issues has been remarkable.”

 


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