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TFB - Daily News Summary - Feb. 26, 2018

Monday, February 26, 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. 26, 2018

Constitution Revision Commission

CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION TO HOLD PENSACOLA PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY

NorthEscambia.com | Article | February 26, 2018

Florida Constitution Revision Commission will hold a six-hour public hearing Tuesday [Feb. 27] at the University of West Florida. The hearing will take place from 1-7 p.m. at the University of West Florida Conference Center & Ballroom at 11000 University Parkway, Building 22. The Constitution Revision Commission has a May 10 deadline to finish its work.

 

Legal Profession

JALA EXPANDS FAMILY LAW, IMMIGRATION SERVICES

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | February 26, 2018

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is establishing a new practice for family law and immigration services for people whose income is not low enough to qualify for free legal aid, but who also can’t afford to hire a private attorney. Eligible clients will be placed with attorneys who will provide services at a reduced fee to provide an alternative to self-representation. The project is funded by The Florida Bar Foundation and the Large Firm Pro Bono Roundtable, a subcommittee of the 4th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.

 

Legislature

NOT JUST ‘SMALL’ CLAIMS: COUNTY COURTS MIGHT SOON HANDLE CASES UP TO $50,000

Daily Business Review | Article | February 23, 2018

Proposed legislation making its way through the Florida House and Senate would increase the county court jurisdictional limit to $50,000, potentially clearing thousands of cases from circuit court dockets. Under Florida law, county courts now handle cases with up to $15,000 at stake, while circuit courts adjudicate controversies above that limit. But HB 7061 and its Senate companion, SB 1384, could more than triple the county court threshold, potentially freeing circuit courts from thousands of trials involving vehicle repossession, credit card debt collection and other civil litigation.

 

Judiciary

CHIEF JUDGE TO EMBATTLED JUDGE: CLEAR OUT YOUR OFFICES

St. Augustine Record | Article | February 25, 2018

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont has been temporarily removed from the bench and ordered to clear out his offices by the chief judge of the 7th Circuit while the Florida Supreme Court considers whether to permanently strip DuPont of his judgeship. DuPont, who has presided over civil cases at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell and at the Putnam County Courthouse in Palatka, has been temporarily assigned “to unspecified duties to be determined,” according to a letter dated Friday [Feb. 23] from 7th Circuit Chief Judge Raul Zambrano.

 

Legislature

BAIL BOND INDUSTRY, JEFF BRANDES SPAR OVER SWEEPING JUSTICE REFORM BILL

Florida Politics | Article | February 26, 2018

The Florida Legislature is considering sweeping criminal justice reform measures that have come under fire by the bail bond industry, but the sponsor of one of the bills said he is “not in the business of making bail bondsmen money.” Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Pinellas County Republican is sponsoring SB 1392 and SB 1218, the duo of bills at the heart of the fight. One of the bills (SB 1218) would require the state to invest in a computer program that uses algorithms to determine the risk of each offender for flight risk and their overall danger level. The bail bonds industry opposes it, arguing it is safer to rely on their expertise.

 

Legal Profession

AI SOFTWARE IS MORE ACCURATE, FASTER THAN ATTORNEYS WHEN ACCESSING NDAS

ABA Journal | Article | February 26, 2018

In a new AI-versus-lawyer matchup, the lawyers were bested when trying to accurately spot issues in nondisclosure agreements. Tasked with spotting issues in five real NDAs from companies including Cargill and Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the software from LawGeex outperformed the attorneys with an average of 94-percent accuracy, according to their study. The attorneys had an average accuracy rate of 85 percent. The attorneys assessed all five NDAs in an average of 92 minutes, while the software took only 26 seconds.

 

Judiciary

LAW CLERKS SHARE BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT ROLE HELPING JUDGES

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | February 26, 2018

The U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida is one of the most active federal courts in the nation. Its 26 district and 20 magistrate judges average about 350 cases on each of their dockets. They accomplish their work with the help of their law clerks who manage thousands of court documents, maintain filing reports, verify compliance with court rules, research case law and write briefs. Four clerks for federal judges joined the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association on Thursday [Feb. 22] for lunch and a discussion of what clerks do and best practices for attorneys when filing and appearing in federal court.

 

Civil Justice Issues

FLORIDA GADFLY BUCKS LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RETURNS TO SUPREME COURT FOR SECOND 15 MINUTES OF FAME

USA Today | Article | February 25, 2018

Fane Lozman twice has hauled public officials before the U.S. Supreme Court. While his targets are the same political leaders of Riviera Beach, with whom he has tangled since 2006, his weapon of choice has morphed from maritime law to the Constitution. Lozman will be back inside the high court Tuesday [Feb. 27], five years after winning a legal battle over a floating home. Chief Justice John Roberts later called Lozman v. Riviera Beach his favorite case of the 2012 term. He has returned to the Supreme Court with a lawsuit born out of his arrest at a 2006 City Council meeting, when he refused a directive to stop complaining about political corruption.

 

Obituary

ISIDORE STARR, KNOWN AS THE FATHER OF LAW-RELATED EDUCATION, DIES AT THE AGE OF 106

ABA Journal | Article | February 23, 2018

Isidore Starr, an educator and law grad who is known as the father of law-related education, has died at the age of 106. Starr brought social studies to life with legal issues and cases, challenging both teachers and students to reach a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution and laws. Starr not only developed an engaging, interactive method of teaching, he also created a national and international movement to include law in social studies.

 

 


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