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Tuesday, March 20, 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 20, 2018

 

The Florida Bar

COURT SETS NEW RULES FOR REFERRAL SERVICES

The Florida Bar News | Article | April 01, 2018

This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights how the Florida Supreme Court has accepted Bar-proposed amendments to lawyer referral service rules that widen their application to any “qualifying provider” that links consumers and lawyers.

 

Constitution Revision Commission

VOTERS COULD GET SAY ON GOVERNMENT ETHICS

Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 19, 2018

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Monday [March 19] advanced a sweeping ethics package, which includes a proposed six-year lobbying ban for former state lawmakers, agency heads and local government officials. The 28-5 vote on the measure marked the beginning of the process of sorting through three dozen potential changes to the state Constitution. In addition to the ethics measure, the 37-member commission advanced seven other proposals to the panel’s Style and Drafting Committee. Once approved by the committee, proposals will return to the full commission for a final vote, which will require support from at least 22 members.

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THE DETAILS OF HEALTH CARE REGULATION DON'T BELONG IN THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION

Orlando Sentinel | Editorial | March 19, 2018

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Florida Politics | Article | March 16, 2018

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Tallahassee Democrat | Column | March 18, 2018

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Daytona Beach News-Journal | Editorial | March 19, 2018

 

Legal Profession

IN THE LAW: ALLISON STOCKER

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | March 19, 2018

Interview with Allison Stocker, who received The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award for helping her firm, Akerman LLP, reach a settlement for a local nonprofit that sued the city. She’s a member of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono and Grievance committees and former board member and legal counsel for the Junior League of Jacksonville.

 

Judiciary

TEEN COURT HOLDS FIRST HEARINGS IN NORTH PORT

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Article | March 19, 2018

Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. opened for business in North Port on Monday [March 19] with a ceremony followed by court hearings in commission chambers at North Port City Hall. Teen court is a pretrial intervention program designed to keep youths ages 10 to 17 out of the criminal justice system while still holding them accountable for their actions through a jury of their peers. Student volunteers who participate in Teen Court program receive a law-related education along with community service hours for their time.

 

Legal Discipline

TWO JUDGES RAP FORECLOSURE ATTORNEY MARK STOPA IN START OF FLORIDA BAR CASE

Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 19, 2018

The Florida Bar on Monday [March 19] began its case against foreclosure defense attorney Mark Stopa, accused of six counts of professional misconduct including “boorish” courtroom behavior and mishandling clients’ cases. Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge Linda Allan, serving as a referee in the case, will recommend whether the Florida Supreme Court should punish Stopa.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

FOUR DEATH SENTENCES IN, HOW DOES MELISSA NELSON’S NEW DEATH PENALTY PROCESS HOLD UP?

Florida Times-Union | Article | March 19, 2018

For the last century, Duval County has led the state in sending defendants to Death Row. National criticism pounded State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s predecessor, Angela Corey, for continuing that trend, sending more people to Death Row than almost any other office in the country. A year into her administration, Nelson’s new death penalty policies are being tested as the office reviews dozens of cases. From how to handle juveniles to the creation of a wrongful conviction unit, Nelson has transformed many of her policies with an eye toward changing the way the office handles prosecutions.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

POLICE SEIZE FIRST FIREARMS UNDER FLORIDA’S NEW GUN-CONTROL LAWS

Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 16, 2018

A Broward County judge on Friday [March 16] issued the state’s first order temporarily removing guns from a person under Florida’s new gun-control laws. Four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition were ordered removed from a Lighthouse Point man who was determined to be a potential risk to himself or others. The guns and ammunition have been temporarily removed from the man under the state’s new “risk protection” law, which is also sometimes called “red flag” legislation. The man was also taken to a hospital for involuntary psychiatric treatment.

 

Civil Justice Issues

ORLANDO LAW FIRM FILES FIRST SUIT AGAINST FIU BRIDGE BUILDERS

Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 19, 2018

Orlando law firm Morgan & Morgan on Monday [March 19] filed the first lawsuit against the companies that built the pedestrian bridge that collapsed near Florida International University in Miami last week, killing six people. The suit was filed on behalf of Marquise Rashaad Hepburn of Miami, who was riding his bicycle to work and passing beneath the south end of the bridge when it crumbled. Hepburn was hospitalized with serious spinal injuries and now is recovering.

 

Civil Justice Issues

ROBOCALL LIMITS IN U.S. SET BACK BY FEDERAL APPEALS COURT

Bloomberg News | Article | March 16, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday [March 16] threw out part of a Federal Communications Commission regulation aimed at reducing automated telephone solicitations, weakening a 2015 effort to squelch the scourge of so-called robocalls. The rule was aimed at calls generated by auto-dialing devices. But its language was too broad, and could be construed to prohibit calls from any smartphone, the appeals court said.

 

Other

USE SIRI TO TRANSLATE LANGUAGES ON YOUR IPHONE

The Florida Bar | Article | March 20, 2018

If your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, you have access to a built-in translation feature through the voice assistant Siri. For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.

 


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