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TFB - Daily News Summary - Feb 19, 2018

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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.

 

Feb. 19, 2018

Constitution Revision Commission

HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION COMMISSION HEARING MONDAY IN MELBOURNE

Florida Today | Article | February 16, 2018

Hundreds of local residents are expected to attend the Florida Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing today [Feb. 19] in Melbourne. The hearing will run from 1 to 7 p.m. at Eastern Florida State College’s Maxwell C. King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Road. It is just one step in a process that occurs once every 20 years, in which a 37-member revision commission reviews Florida’s Constitution and proposes changes for voter consideration. The Melbourne hearing is the second public hearing held on the Constitution Revision Commission’s 2018 “Road to the Ballot” public hearing tour.

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CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IN JACKSONVILLE

Florida Times-Union  | Article | February 18, 2018

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FLORIDIANS SHOULD GET INVOLVED IN CONSTITUTION REVIEW

Florida Times-Union | Column | February 17, 2018

JBA GETS INSIDE LOOK AT CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | February 19, 2018

CRC ANNOUNCES SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PUBLIC HEARING IN CAPE CORAL ON MARCH 5

Constitution Revision Commission | News Release | February 16, 2018

 

Legislature

FLORIDA IS AFRAID OF ITS PRISON SYSTEM. HERE’S WHAT LAWMAKERS WANT TO DO ABOUT IT.

Miami Herald | Article | February 18, 2018

Florida’s lawmakers have some concerns as they try to shrink Florida’s expensive prison system. The idea behind a package of reforms is to slow the prison revolving door by diverting nonviolent drug felons from prison to local jails, and treating those with mental illness and addiction while they are locked up. The savings from prisons is used to pay for the programs. Similar reforms have been successfully adopted in dozens of other states, fueled by a rare coalition of conservative and liberal activists, yet Florida remains an outlier.

 

Judiciary

PANEL RECOMMENDS THAT CIRCUIT JUDGE SCOTT DUPONT BE REMOVED FROM BENCH

Daytona Beach News-Journal | Article | February 16, 2018

The Judicial Qualifications Commission has recommended to the Florida Supreme Court that Circuit Judge Scott DuPont be removed from the bench, finding he violated several judicial canons including showing a “reckless disregard for the truth” when he published false and misleading information about his campaign opponent and his opponent’s family. On Monday [Feb. 19], the Supreme Court ordered DuPont to show cause on or before March 12 why the recommended action should not be granted.

 

Legal Profession

CHANGING PERSPECTIVE: WORK-LIFE BALANCE FOR A NEW MOTHER

Daily Business Review | Column | February 16, 2018

Laura E. Eggnatz, an associate with Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann in Boca Raton, writes: “The most challenging aspect of returning to work [after maternity leave] is readjusting the expectations I had for myself. Before, I took pride in being among the hardest workers I know, and I still do. I used to measure how hard I worked by how many motions I prepared, how many legal arguments I won and, ultimately, how many hours I billed. Now, I have created new measures that incorporate my goal to balance the demands of my new life, which includes my career plus a child at home.”

 

Legal Profession

THE LEGAL PROFESSION IS AT CROSSROADS

Jacksonville Daily Record | Column | February 19, 2018

Michael Freed, a Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart shareholder and Jacksonville’s representative in the ABA House of Delegates, writes: “The American Bar Association House of Delegates recently held its midyear meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The House approved nearly three dozen resolutions on topics ranging from criminal sentencing, civil rights, discrimination, access to courts and lawyer wellness. Here are summaries of significant positions on which the House voted that should be of interest to the . . . legal community.”

 

Judiciary

APPOINTMENT IS ONE POSSIBLE PATH TO THE BENCH

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | February 19, 2018

There are two ways to become a judge in Florida: Mount a successful campaign and be elected by popular vote, or be appointed by the governor. The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association recently learned the finer points of the second method from attorney Michelle Bedoya Barnett, former vice chair of the 4th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, and Meredith Sasso, deputy general counsel in the Executive Office of the Governor.

 

Obituary

LAWYER, LEADER IN JEWISH AND LGBT CAUSES DIES AT 59

Miami Herald | Article | February 18, 2018

Robert S. Glazier, a South Florida lawyer, philanthropist and Jewish leader, died Saturday [Feb. 17] at the age of 59. Glazier was diagnosed about five years ago with pancreatic cancer. During the past several years, he blogged about his illness and created a group of pancreatic cancer survivors.

 


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