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TFB - Daily News Summary - Feb. 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 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.

 

Feb. 22, 2018

Constitution Revision Commission

CRC MEASURE TO ALTER THE BAR’S JNC ROLE DIES

The Florida Bar News | Article | March 01, 2018

A proposal to restore The Florida Bar’s role in the judicial selection process to one it employed for decades under 1970s reforms is likely dead in the Constitution Revision Commission. Proposal 42, sponsored by Commissioner Bill Schifino, immediate past Bar president, died on a 4-3 vote in the CRC’s Executive Committee during a February meeting in Tallahassee. Schifino said that he was “disappointed” and that it was too early to decide whether he would take the rare step of lobbying the 37-member commission to revive it. The move would require a majority vote.

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Tampa Bay Times | Article | February 21, 2018

JBA GETS CONSTITUTION REVISION UPDATE

Jacksonville Daily Record  | Article | February 22, 2018

FLORIDA CRIME VICTIMS NEED PROPOSAL 96

Florida Today | Column | February 21, 2018

 

Criminal Justice Issues

UM LAW STUDENTS WORK TO EXONERATE CONVICTED ARMED ROBBER

Daily Business Review | Article | February 21, 2018

One thing stands between Dustin Shane Duty and decades in prison: a small group of law students working to exonerate him through the University of Miami School of Law’s Innocence Clinic. Duty has already spent about four years behind bars following a jury conviction and 20-year sentence for armed robbery. But his advocates at UM’s pro bono law clinic and the Innocence Project of Florida say Duty is the one who’s been robbed — of years of his life — by a system that incarcerated an innocent man.

 

Legal Profession

THE ‘TRUMP BUMP’ FOR LAW SCHOOL APPLICANTS IS REAL AND SIGNIFICANT, SURVEY SAYS

ABA Journal | Article | February 22, 2018

According to a Kaplan Test Prep survey of more than 500 pre-law students, 32 percent indicated that the 2016 presidential election influenced their desire to become lawyers. As of January, the number of law school applications had increased by 10.6 percent when compared with January 2017, according to the Law School Admission Council. There’s also been a recent increase in people taking the LSAT.

 

Civil Justice Issues

U.S. SUPREME COURT LIMITS PROTECTIONS FOR CORPORATE WHISTLEBLOWERS

Los Angeles Times | Article | February 21, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court sharply limited the legal protections for corporate whistleblowers on Wednesday [Feb. 21], ruling they are not shielded from being fired under a federal law unless they have reported a potential fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The justices conceded their ruling might gut the whistleblower protections that were adopted after the Wall Street collapse in 2008. The high court, in a unanimous decision, said the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 defined a protected whistleblower as someone who reported a potential fraud “to the commission,” referring to the SEC.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

FLORIDA TO EXECUTE MAN IN 1993 SLAYING OF COLLEGE STUDENT

Sun Sentinel | Article | February 22, 2018

Florida is preparing to execute a man convicted of raping and killing a college student in 1993 so he could steal her car. Barring a last-minute stay, 47-year-old Eric Scott Branch will be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. today [Feb. 22] at Florida State Prison. In denying one of Branch’s appeals, the Florida Supreme Court noted that the crime was particularly brutal.

 

Legal Profession

PODCAST: INNOVATE TO ELIMINATE BAD IDEAS? HOLLAND & KNIGHT LEADER ON CHANGING THE BUSINESS MODEL

Daily Business Review | Article | February 21, 2018

In changing the status quo, it’s important to distinguish what technologies are actually applicable from the mounds of hyperbole that exist in legal technology. As head of Holland & Knight’s Innovation Committee, Joe Dewey works with partners and associates to find, utilize and sometimes develop technology. And in doing so, he learned an often-overlooked portion of innovation: It’s a great way to eliminate “things that you might think are a good idea that don’t really serve any useful purpose.”


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