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Tuesday, April 3, 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.

 

April 3, 2018

The Florida Bar

VOTE FOR BOARD OF GOVERNORS

The Florida Bar | Blog Post | April 02, 2018

Ballots for runoff elections in the 1st and 11th circuits for representatives to The Florida Bar Board of Governors have been emailed/mailed to members in these circuits who are eligible to vote. Bar members may vote online at https://www.esc-vote.com/flabar or by paper ballot. Instructions for electronic voting were included with the e-ballots and paper ballots. Votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) April 23. Platform statements for the candidates in the 1st and 11th circuit runoffs are on The Florida Bar News website.

 

Legal Profession

MONDAY EDITORIAL: APPLAUSE FOR LOCAL YOUNG LAWYERS GIVING BACK

Florida Times-Union | Editorial | April 02, 2018

The editorial says: “Let’s have a ‘sustained’ round of applause for the Young Lawyers Division of Jacksonville’s D.W. Perkins Bar Association! On Easter Eve afternoon, the young lawyers group held its 1st Annual Egg Hunt event, which saw hundreds of local children have fun hunting for 2,500 plastic Easter eggs — each stuffed with candy — spread across the spacious front lawn of the Duval County Courthouse. . . . Let’s also applaud The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division for awarding a grant used to sponsor the egg hunt.”

 

Legal Profession

LAWYERS RANK HIGHEST ON ‘LONELINESS SCALE,’ STUDY FINDS

ABA Journal | Article | April 03, 2018

Law practice may be the loneliest profession. Lawyers outranked other professionals on a “loneliness scale” in a survey of more than 1,600 workers. Sixty-one percent of lawyers ranked above average on the loneliness scale, compared with 57 percent of engineers, 55 percent of research scientists, 51 percent of workers in food preparation and serving, and 45 percent of workers in education and library services. The loneliness scale, from the University of California at Los Angeles, measures feelings of loneliness by asking people to indicate how often they experience the feelings described in 20 different statements.

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REFLECTIONS ON ATTORNEY STRESS, ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Jacksonville Daily Record | Column | April 02, 2018

 

Constitution Revision Commission

PROPOSAL TO END HOSPITALS’ CERTIFICATE OF NEED SYSTEM PULLED FROM CRC

Tampa Bay Times | Article | April 02, 2018

A proposal that would have ended the state’s certificate-of-need process for approving hospitals was withdrawn Monday [April 2], just before it was set to move into the next stage of consideration for the November ballot as a constitutional amendment. Proposal 54, which was sponsored by Constitution Revision Commission member Frank Kruppenbacher, would have no longer allowed the state to limit hospital growth through the current certificate of need process.

 

Legal Discipline

DISBARMENT RECOMMENDED FOR 2 SOUTH FLORIDA LAWYERS

Daily Business Review | Article | March 29, 2018

A court-appointed referee recommended disbarment for two South Florida attorneys over a long-running dispute involving their work for the Miccosukee Tribe. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dava Tunis is serving as the referee in Florida Bar disciplinary cases against former Miccosukee Tribe attorney Bernardo Roman III of Coral Gables and Miami attorney Jose Maria “Pepe” Herrera. The lawyers’ fate now rests with the Florida Supreme Court, which has the final word on attorney discipline.

 

Civil Justice Issues

SOUTH FLORIDA CITIES CHALLENGE GUN PREEMPTION

News4Jax | Article | April 02, 2018

Elected officials from 10 South Florida cities are challenging a state law that imposes strict penalties on local lawmakers for enacting gun ordinances. The cities — Weston, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Lauderhill, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miramar, Pinecrest, Pompano Beach and South Miami — are asking a judge in Leon County circuit court to toss out a 2011 law that imposes a $5,000 fine on local government officials who create gun rules that exceed statewide restrictions. Under the law, the officials could also be ousted from office for the gun ordinances.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

SANTA ROSA COUNTY CONVICTED MURDERER’S DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

Pensacola News Journal | Article | April 02, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Santa Rosa County convicted murderer and has upheld his death penalty sentence. Norman Grim, 67, was sentenced to death by a unanimous jury in 2000 for the murder and sexual battery of his neighbor, Cynthia Campbell, in 1998. After his initial appeal in Santa Rosa County court was denied, Grim appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, claiming he was entitled to a new penalty phase jury under revised state law.

 

Judiciary

LEON COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX RENAMED IN HONOR OF RETIRING JUDGE FRANCIS

WFSU | Article | March 29, 2018

Second Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Francis received a special present during his retirement party on Wednesday [March 28]: The Leon County Courthouse Annex on Thomasville Road was named after him. Francis was chief judge for a dozen years before term limits took effect, so he will forever have the title of the circuit’s longest-serving chief judge.

 

Tech Tip

HOW TO USE THE FASTCASE ‘WILDCARD OPERATOR’ TO FIND A CASE

The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | April 03, 2018

It is difficult to concisely search for words with differing suffixes. Try wildcard search and never have to wonder if the court said “stole” or “stolen.” Simply type the common portion of the word, add an asterisk, and Fastcase does the rest.

 

 

 


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