Except for an expected difficulty in responding to help desk calls, the April 1 start of mandatory electronic filing for civil trial cases saw few hitches.Budget meets court system's core needs
Florida would get new procedures for sentencing juveniles convicted of murder and other serious crimes under proposed House and Senate bills, but critics said the measures failed to provide a review for young offenders after they have grown up.
Governor vetoes alimony bill
Saying retroactive provisions in a bill that would have overhauled Florida’s alimony laws “could result in unfair, unanticipated results,” Gov. Rick Scott vetoed SB 718 on May 1.
Death Penalty bill sent to the governor
The Legislature has sent the governor a bill aimed at speeding up the death penalty appeals process.
Keep an eye out for fee statements
Florida Bar members will soon receive their 2013-14 fee statements, reflecting no increase in annual fees, which are payable July 1 and late after August 15.
Children's legal services in dire need of funding
A single mother waiting tables in Daytona Beach, Michelle Gonska rarely saw two days go by without getting a call from her first-grader’s school about his behavior.
- How to help: Consider a charitable donation to help provide legal assistance to Florida’s most vulnerable children.
Bar releases mobile apps
The Florida Bar now has free apps for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) and Android devices that provide current Bar news and a quick member look-up. It also has for the first time released a custom app for the 2013 Florida Bar Annual Convention.
- Panel continues work on referral services rewrite
- Communications Committee wants to build on success of the Vote's In Your Court program
- St. Lucie County Bar v. Martin County Bar
- International Law Section supports Florida schools competing in Vienna
- Equal Opportunities Section to merge with Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Young honored for diversity efforts
- Board deals with lien and subrogation claims issues
- Board reviews its investment policy
- St. Thomas students commit to pro bono service
- Dillon nominated for Health Law Section chair-elect
- Justice Kagan visits with US Senate Youth Program
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Florida Bar Resources
Picking Cotton: Ordinary Business Records Doctrine as Applied to Insurer’s Privilege Claims
The revised opinion of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in State Farm Florida Ins. Co. v. Aloni, 101 So. 3d 412 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012), illustrates the conflict among Florida’s district courts in analyzing the application of privileges to an insurer’s claim file in a coverage action by an insured. Courts uniformly recognize that work product must be produced “in anticipation of litigation” for an attorney work product privilege to arise; however, Florida courts have differed in their analysis of that standard in the context of defining when an insurer’s claim file is subject to discovery in a coverage action....
When the bailiff said “all rise,” some stood on two legs, others on four. For the 13 dogs appearing before the judge on a late afternoon in April, it wasn’t their first time in a courtroom.
Expert witness measure clears both chambers
After some legislative maneuvering, a bill changing the standard for admitting expert witness testimony in Florida court cases to the federal court standard cleared the Legislature.
ABOUT TWO DOZEN CHILDREN of Supreme Court and Office of the State Court Administrator employees participated in this year’s ”Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in Tallahassee.
32nd Annual Attorney Trust Officer Conference
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15, Golf Tournament: Thursday, June 13, The Beakers - 1 South County Road - Palm Beach
Introduction to the Practice of Consumer Law
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation, Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Annual Florida Bar Convention, Boca Raton Resort & Club.
AIM Mediation: Advocacy Impasse & Marketing
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, June 26, Boca Raton.
Basic Basics 2013
Course Classification: Basic Level, Live Presentation: Friday, May 31, Tampa Airport Marriott
Hot Topics in Appellate Practice 2013
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live and Webcast Presentation: Friday, May 17, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
Workers' Compensation Trial Advocacy Workshop
Course Classification: Intermediate Level, Live Presentation: June 14-15, OJCC--Rhode Building * 401 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami