Daily News Summary
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.
February 1, 2013
FLA. JUSTICES LOOSEN LAWYER ADVERTISING RULES -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Feb. 1, 2013 [Also: FLORIDA SUPREME COURT LOOSENS LAWYER ADVERTISING RULES -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Feb. 1, 2013].
From the Miami Herald, by the Associated Press: A divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday [Jan. 31] loosened regulations on advertising by lawyers but also extended those rules to websites and other information. A majority of at least four of the seven justices agreed to permit previously prohibited ads that characterize the quality of legal services being offered, information about past results and testimonials. All advertising, though, must be "objectively verifiable." With some modifications, the high court adopted recommendations from The Florida Bar. They are based on state and federal court rulings as well as input from the Bar's Citizen's Forum, lawyers and others and a survey on public attitudes toward lawyer advertising.
NEW MAGISTRATE CHOSEN FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybuisnessreview.com, Feb. 1, 2013.
The judges of the Southern District of Florida turned to the federal public defender's office in choosing their newest magistrate. Patrick M. Hunt, an assistant federal defender in Miami since 1995, was named to replace Robin Rosenbaum, who moved from magistrate to district judge last year. Hunt will sit in Fort Lauderdale filling a slot previously paired with U.S. District Judge William Zloch. Eighty attorneys applied for the position, and 16 candidates were interviewed by a selection panel. Hunt, who was informally sworn in Monday, beat out five finalists who were interviewed by all the district judges.
VOTERS OVERRULE ASSAULT ON FLORIDA COURTS -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Feb. 1, 2013.
This is an opinion piece by Paula Dockery, who was term-limited as a Republican state senator from Lakeland after 16 years in the Florida Legislature. It discusses issues regarding Florida's court system.
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULES TUITION POWER RESIDES WITH LEGISLATURE -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Feb. 1, 2013 [Also: LEGISLATURE SETS TUITION AT PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SAYS -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), Feb. 1, 2013].
From the Tampa Bay Times, by the Associated Press: The Florida Supreme Court unanimously rejected an argument that would have allowed university system's Board of Governors to set tuition rates without limits, saying the Legislature could restrain the board or even set the rates itself. Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham had argued that the BOG could set tuition rates without interference from lawmakers. But writing for the majority, Justice Barbara Pariente said the Legislature's authority to control how state money is spent was tied to the ability to raise money to pay for those expenses — including tuition.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES SIX ATTORNEYS -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, Jan. 31, 2013. [Also: BELVIN PERRY CHALLENGER AMONG LAWYERS DISCIPLINED BY HIGH COURT -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Feb. 1, 2013; THREE ORLANDO ATTORNEYS DISCIPLINED BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT -- Orlando Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com, Feb. 1, 2013; FORT LAUDERDALE FORECLOSURE ATTORNEY PERMANENTLY DISBARRED -- South Florida Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com, Feb. 1, 2013; CAPE CORAL LAWYER SUSPENDED BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT -- Ft. Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com, Feb. 1, 2013].
The Florida Bar, the state's guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined six attorneys, permanently disbarring two, suspending two and publicly reprimanding two.
ANDREW BETTS JACKSON -- Tampa Bay Online, http://www.tbo.com, Feb. 1, 2013.
Andrew Betts, of Sebring, Florida, age 77, died on Jan. 29 at Shands at UF in Gainesville. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1964 and practiced law in Highlands County for nearly 50 years.