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.
October 1, 2013
STEVEN ZACK TO REPRESENT U.S. AT U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY -- Daily Business Review (requires login), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , Oct. 1, 2013.
Steven Zack has an impressive resume: Florida Bar president, American Bar Association president, chair of the Miami Beach Charter Review Committee and chair of the Magna Carta 2015 Committee to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Now the Boies Schiller & Flexner partner is adding another honor to the long list. President Barack Obama nominated him to represent the United States at the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, which began Sept. 16.
GREENBERG TRAURIG LAWYER HELPING SHAPE LEGAL PROFESSION'S FUTURE -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com , Sept. 29, 2013.
The article profiles Brad Kaufman, a securities lawyer and shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s West Palm Beach office. With his knowledge of young lawyers’ abilities and expectations, plus the changing nature of the legal profession, Kaufman recently was appointed to serve on a Florida Bar commission called Vision 2016, a Comprehensive Study of the Future Practice of Law. The commission will spend the next three years looking at the profession’s challenges.
A NEW ACT: THE FLORIDA REVISED LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT -- Jacksonville Daily Record, column by Laurie M. Lee, Chair, Corporate & Business Law Committee, Jacksonville Bar Association, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com , Oct. 1, 2013.
Lee writes, "Get ready for Florida's Revised Limited Liability Company Act ("FRLLCA") that goes into effect Jan. 1. This is big news and applicable to your practice regardless of whether you are a corporate lawyer or a litigator. Due to the significance of the changes to existing law, the FRLLCA should be considered a 'new law' and not simply revisions to an existing law. For those attorneys who would like to learn about the new FRLLCA, I encourage you to attend an upcoming CLE sponsored by the Transactional Law Section of The Jacksonville Bar Association. The CLE seminar will be held Oct. 10 at the River Club in Jacksonville."
PRO BONO ATTORNEY OF THE MONTH: BRUCE DUGGAR -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com , Oct. 1, 2013.
The article profiles Jacksonville attorney Bruce Duggar, who has been an active pro bono advocate for more than 20 years. He is frequently looking for new ways to provide legal assistance to those in need.
LOCAL ORGANIZATION HELPS ABUSE VICTIMS SAFELY FILE FOR DIVORCE -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com , Oct. 1, 2013.
The need for a safe place for domestic abuse survivors to file for divorce and free themselves from the chains of their abuser is what The Missing Link hopes to fix. Since 2005, The Missing Link has helped Duval County victims file for divorce in a safe, confidential manner. The group relies on local attorneys and paralegals to donate their time once a month for a workshop. The volunteers and survivors meet at a secret location, and the legal professionals assist survivors with the paperwork needed to properly file for divorce.
HOME SWEET (NEW) HOME FOR THE JACKSONVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com , Oct. 1, 2013.
The Jacksonville Bar Association moved into office space on the 22nd floor at Wells Fargo Center over the Labor Day weekend. The JBA’s new address is 1 Independent Drive, Suite 2201, Jacksonville, FL.
MAKAR SPEAKS AT BANQUET FOR E. ROBERT WILLIAMS INN OF COURT -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com , Oct. 1, 2013.
The E. Robert Williams Inn of Court held its inaugural term 2013-14 banquet last week at Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville. First District Court of Appeal Judge Scott Makar was the guest speaker for the event. The E. Robert Williams Inn of Court comprises attorneys, judges, mediators and law students who are significantly involved in the worker's compensation area of law in Northeast Florida. It is the only Inn in Florida dedicated to the worker's compensation practice of law.
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BONDI ANNOUNCES ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING EFFORT --Bradenton Herald, http://www.bradenton.com , Sept. 28, 2013.
The state of Florida will place billboards along streets, in malls and on bus shelters to raise awareness of human trafficking. During a news conference Friday [Sept. 27] Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a statewide program called "From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare," aimed at helping parents spot sexual exploitation of children online. The billboards place an emphasis on social media and Internet use. Bondi said parents and adults can download a tip sheet about Internet safety and a pledge for children to sign and print.
SOME LAWMAKERS WANT TOUGHER TEXTING LAW -- Daytona Beach News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com , Oct. 1, 2013.
With texting while driving becoming illegal today in Florida, some lawmakers are already working to increase the ban on drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel. As of midnight, texting while driving became a non-moving secondary traffic offense — meaning motorists can be fined $30 for texting if they are stopped for some other reason, such as speeding. Another violation within a five-year period would bring a $60 fine and three points on a driver's license. Critics say that is not good enough and want to make texting while driving a primary offense, putting it in the same category as seat belt use and allowing law enforcement officers to stop motorists if they see them texting.
CRITICS TO TRY TO REPEAL RED-LIGHT CAMERAS -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com , Sept. 29, 2013.
Just three years after voting to allow red-light cameras throughout the state, the Florida Legislature is now taking a serious look at banning them altogether. "They were initially sold as safety devices, but I have come to firmly believe that they are now being used as backdoor tax increases," said Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, when he announced legislation to ban the cameras. A similar House bill has been filed by Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami. Many lawmakers have heard an earful from constituents who've received some of the nearly 1 million red-light tickets written in the past year. Complaints prompted the Florida Department of Transportation to order uniform minimum times for yellow lights after critics of red-light cameras said cities were shrinking the times to make money from unsuspecting motorists.
ALIMONY BILL LIKELY TO RESURFACE -- The Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com , Sept. 29, 2013.
The issue of changes to Florida's alimony laws is likely to return to the legislative agenda in the 2014 session, a House leader said this week. Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, chairman of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, told Justice Committee members that he anticipates "another busy session" for his subcommittee, including renewing the debate over changing Florida's divorce laws.