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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. Electronic links are only active in today's edition. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

July 23, 2013

--Legal Profession--

U.S. ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER LISA CALL SPEAKS OF HER TIME IN FRONT OF U.S. SUPREME COURT -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, July 23, 2013.
Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's summer intern/associate program recently hosted a lunch event titled "Arguing (and Winning) Before The Supreme Court." The guest speaker was U.S. Assistant Public Defender Lisa Call, who shared her experience arguing Johnson v. United States before the Supreme Court on Oct. 9, 2009. "This was a great program for our summer interns/associates. You don't often get the chance to hear from someone who has argued in front of the Supreme Court," said Debbie Lee-Clark, organizer of the event and law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Morris.

LAW SCHOOLS WELCOMING PROCRASTINATORS -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, July 23, 2013.
At least 25 law schools, including five in Florida, announced they would consider scores from the June sitting of the Law School Admission Test for their fall classes, a reflection of the struggle many law schools now face in recruiting enough students to render their operations financially sustainable. The February sitting typically has been the last chance for fall entrants to take the LSAT. As of late June, the number of applicants to law schools accredited by the American Bar Association were down by 13 percent compared to one year ago. The 57,720 people who have applied for a seat so far represents a 34 percent decrease since 2010, when their numbers peaked.

--Unlicensed Practice of Law--

BAR INVESTIGATING HEAD OF GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com, July 23, 2013.
The Florida Bar's Unlicensed Practice of Law Division has launched an investigation to determine whether Kathleen Mullin, the embattled executive director of Gulfcoast Legal Services, practiced law without a license. According to a former employee, Mullin personally directed the handling of more than 140 active cases for the organization despite not being licensed to practice law in this state. "As permitted by Bar rules, the complainant is the Florida Bar and the cases were opened based on the attached Herald-Tribune article," Maria L. Torres, branch counsel to the Bar's Unlicensed Practice of Law Division, said.

--Civil Justice Issues--

NEARLY 200 DISABLED FLORIDA CHILDREN WAREHOUSED IN NURSING FACILITIES, FEDS CHARGE -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, July 23, 2013. [Also: STATE DEFENDS HANDLING OF DISABLED CHILDREN, BLASTS FEDS FOR ATTEMPTING 'TAKEOVER' -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, July 23, 2013.]
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit at a federal district court in Fort Lauderdale, charging the state with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by acting "with deliberate indifference to the injuries suffered by the institutionalized and at-risk children." The suit alleges that nearly 200 Florida children with medical disabilities are being warehoused unnecessarily in nursing facilities when they could be cared for in their family homes or other community-based settings. It was filed after a six-month investigation and the subsequent failure of the state to voluntarily comply with ADA requirements, the complaint alleges.

--Legislature--

PROTESTERS STAND GROUND IN STATE CAPITOL, URGE SPECIAL SESSION TO UNDO SELF-DEFENSE LAW -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, July 23, 2013. [Also: FLORIDA'S HEAD OF JUVENILE JUSTICE MEETS WITH PROTESTERS -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, July 23, 2013; JUVENILE JUSTICE SECRETARY MEETS WITH PROTESTERS, SIT-IN CONTINUES -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, July 23, 2013.]
With a sit-in by protesters in Rick Scott’s office entering its second week, the governor Monday [July 22] sent Wansley Walters, Scott’s Department of Juvenile Justice secretary, to meet with those gathered and try to ease tensions roused by the George Zimmerman acquittal. Walters spent most of the day listening to complaints about racial profiling and a classroom-to-prison pipeline which activists say plagues minority communities. An organizer for the sit-in told Walters the group appreciated the session but added that activists have no plans to end the protest. Scott has already rejected the protesters prime demand – a special session of the Legislature to repeal the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

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[Revised: 07-24-2013]