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February 19, 2013

--The Florida Bar--

BAR ACADEMY AIMS TO DEVELOP YOUNG LEADERS AND INSPIRE LAWYER UNITY -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.flabar.org, Feb. 15, 2013.
A new Leadership Academy to train future leaders of the Bar and the profession has won approval from the Bar Board of Governors. Applications for the first class of 40 “fellows” will become available March 1, with an application deadline of April 1. The academy will hold its initial session at the Bar’s Annual Convention in June. The board voted at its Feb. 1 meeting, a day after its Program Evaluation Committee, which has been reviewing and tweaking plans for the academy for several months, gave the idea its unanimous support.

ALUMNUS, PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE FLORIDA BAR TO SPEAK TO AREA YOUTH ABOUT LAW AND JUSTICE -- FlawLaw Online, http://www.law.ufl.edu/flalaw, Feb. 18, 2013.
President-elect of The Florida Bar Eugene Pettis will speak about law and justice to student participants in the second annual Josiah T. Walls Bar Association’s Law and Justice Youth Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday [Feb. 23] at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. More than 70 local middle and high school students, along with more than 40 local lawyers, law professors and law students will attend this daylong conference to discuss legal issues affecting area youth.

--Judiciary--

JUDGE ROBERTO ARIAS NAMED EHRLICH AWARD WINNER -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Feb. 19, 2013.
Duval County Judge and Florida Coastal School of Law adjunct professor Roberto Arias received the Justice Raymond Ehrlich Award on Feb. 7 from the school's Student Bar Association. The award is presented by the association to a local judge or attorney who embodies professionalism, humanitarianism and integrity in the Jacksonville community.

ON THE FRONT LINES: U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Feb. 19, 2013.
The Jacksonville Division of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has an opening for the position of United States magistrate judge. U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan, a former occupant of that position, discusses the role and explains the selection process in the hope of encouraging all qualified people to apply for the vacancy.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF LEESBURG NURSING HOME IN SUIT OVER PATIENT'S DEATH -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Feb. 19, 2013.
In a win for the nursing-home industry, the state Supreme Court said that a lawsuit stemming from the death of a former Leesburg nursing-home patient should go to arbitration. The unanimous ruling comes amid numerous legal battles about arbitration agreements that people have signed as they entered nursing homes.

18TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT TO GET NEW CHIEF JUDGE -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Feb. 15, 2013.
Judge John M. Harris, a circuit judge in Brevard County, has been elected chief judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit, which includes Seminole and Brevard counties. Harris, 46, was elected to the job by other judges in the circuit. He'll be the youngest ever in that assignment, a two-year stint that begins July 1. He'll oversee 42 judges and an annual budget of $15.2 million.

--Legislature--

LEGISLATURE ASKS STATE SUPREME COURT TO QUASH REDISTRICTING CHALLENGE -- Florida Current, http://www.thefloridacurrent.com, Feb. 19, 2013.
The Republican legislative leadership asked the Florida Supreme Court to quash a circuit court challenge to the state Senate's revised district boundaries Monday [Feb. 18]. The 2012 Legislative session produced new congressional and legislative map drawn on population data from the 2010 census. The Supreme Court approved the House plan but rejected parts of the Senate map. The League of Women Voters of Florida, among others, filed suit in Leon County on Sept. 5, challenging the redrawn Senate map.

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[Revised: 02-20-2013]