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May 5, 2014

--Legislative Issues--


END OF SESSION LEGISLATIVE REPORT -- The Florida Bar, http:///www.floridabar.org, May 5, 2014.
The report summarizes the key legal issues that were addressed during this year's legislative session.

--Judiciary--

38-YEAR-OLD ATTORNEY WINS SEAT ON BENCH AFTER JUDGE WITHDRAWS -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com , May 3, 2014.
Samantha Schosberg Feuer won a Palm Beach County circuit judgeship without opposition Friday when Florida’s deadline passed for judicial and congressional candidates to qualify for the ballot. Feuer, 38, is an attorney and a former prosecutor and consumer protection chief in the South Florida bureau of the Attorney General’s Office who enjoyed strong support from the county’s legal establishment. She ended up being the only candidate for the Group 32 seat after Judge Sandra McSorley withdrew her re-election bid Monday.

RETIREMENTS LEAD TO HEATED SOUTH FLORIDA JUDICIAL RACES -- Daily Business Review, login required, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , May 3, 2014.
The retirement of two well-known Broward Circuit judges has opened up a six-way race heading into the Aug. 26 judicial elections. While in Miami-Dade, Circuit Judges Rodney Smith and Jeannine Fleur Lobree gained challengers, as did County Judges Jacqueline Schwartz and Nuria Saenz. Meanwhile, three open seats are up for grabs due to judges retiring. In Palm Beach County, two circuit court seats have drawn competition. In Broward, after 24 years on the bench, Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld will leave complex civil litigation to others at year's end. Probate Administrative Judge Mel Grossman, having worn the robe 36 years, is also departing.

LOCAL ATTORNEY MCGILLIN FINALIST FOR JUDGESHIP -- St. Augustine Record, http://www.staugustine.com , May 3, 2014.
St. Augustine attorney Howard McGillin Jr. has again been selected as a finalist for a judgeship in the 7th Judicial Circuit. A list of finalists was released Thursday by the 7th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission and also includes Elizabeth Blackburn (Daytona Beach), David Gillespie (Orlando), Wesley Heidt (Daytona Beach), Charles Hood Jr. (Daytona Beach) and Alicia Washington (Bunnell). Gov. Rick Scott will pick one of the finalists to fill the circuit court judge vacancy in Volusia County. Judge David Beck announced his retirement, effective Oct. 1.

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[Revised: 05-06-2014]