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Monday, March 5, 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.

 

March 5, 2018

Legal Profession

SUICIDES, ADDICTION VEX STATE’S LEGAL PROFESSION

Palm Beach Post | Article | March 04, 2018

The subject of mental health and wellness has resonated among lawyers who have either struggled with mental illness or substance abuse — or know a colleague who lost the battle. The Florida Bar hopes, through a six-member task force, to beef up programs for attorneys and judges, to educate them on “best practices” and set up a 24-hour hotline. The Bar is holding meetings throughout the state for lawyers and judges to get their feedback and will be in West Palm Beach on April 18. Florida Bar President Michael J. Higer recognizes that not every remedy fits every attorney. “There is not a one-shoe-fits-all type of solution,” he said. “The major issue is to destigmatize mental illness in our law firms, courts and our law schools.”

 

Legal Profession

HIGER TO DISCUSS GENDER BIAS AT JWLA MEETING

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | March 05, 2018

The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association will hear a presentation on Thursday [March 8] from Florida Bar President Michael Higer about the state organization’s Gender Bias Task Force. The meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. at The River Club. Also on the agenda is the announcement of the association’s Woman Lawyer of the Year award.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

IN COURT, MAJORITY SEEKS PUBLIC DEFENDERS REGARDLESS OF INCOME

Panama City News Herald | Article | March 04, 2018

Andrew Pace owned two boats, three cars and a $650,000 rental property. But in court, facing charges of false imprisonment of a child and sexual battery, Pace told the court he has $0 in assets in order to get a public defender. The next day, he posted a $200,000 bond. The volume of people asking for, and receiving, public defenders has reached a point that some private defense attorneys are calling foul on those responsible for the investigation into assets and the appointment of public defenders.

 

Legislature

STATE SENATE TARGETS DENIAL OF INSURANCE CLAIMS

WLRN | Article | March 04, 2018

The Florida Senate on Saturday [March 3] unanimously approved a bill that would curb the ability of health insurers and HMOs to retroactively deny claims. Under current law, health plans can retroactively deny claims up to one year after payment if patients are determined to be ineligible. A Senate staff analysis said that can lead to financial risks for doctors if patients don’t ultimately pay the claims. A similar House bill (HB 217) has been approved by the Health Innovation Subcommittee and Appropriations Committee.

 

Legislature

SEX HARASSMENT BILL CLEARS HOUSE, BUT FUTURE IN SENATE IN DOUBT

Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 01, 2018

Florida officials, government employees and the lobbyists and contractors who deal with them could be subject to new rules and penalties for sexual harassment under a bill the House passed unanimously. The bill would require government agencies to set up policies to prevent, prohibit and punish sexual harassment. A similar bill filed by Democratic Sen. Lauren Book was blocked by Republican Sen. Dennis Baxley, who refused to hear it in a committee he chairs.

 

Civil Justice Issues

GETTING POLITICAL: AS MORE COMPANIES #BOYCOTTNRA, LEGAL DEPARTMENTS HAVE MUCH TO CONSIDER

Daily Business Review | Article | March 02, 2018

When faced with the option of taking a stand on a political issue, companies have plenty of risks and rewards to weigh. Legal departments and their leaders can play a major part in helping the company brass decide how to proceed. “The general counsel is going to be in a good position to say to company executives or employees who might be emotionally involved, this is really, at the end of the day, a calculation you have to make,” said Jill E. Fisch, the Perry Golkin Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

THEY FOUGHT FOR CHERISH

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | March 05, 2018

Only hours after the four members of a prosecution team heard a jury’s decision that Donald Smith should receive the death penalty for killing 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle in June 2013, they sat around a table and relived the battle. Here is an edited version of their discussion.

 

Judiciary

ASK JUDGE SMITH: EXPLAINING THE JUDICIAL PROCESS

Tallahassee Democrat | Column | March 05, 2018

Leon County Judge Layne Smith writes: “Much of my time in court is spent making sure people understand their legal rights, the legal criteria involved, and the purpose of the hearing. In my experience, many people are nervous about being in court, baffled by the process, and too timid to speak up and ask questions. I hope you’re not in a position where you find yourself in my courtroom, but if we do cross paths, I want you to know as much as possible about the process.”

 


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