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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.

Jan. 3, 2014

--Legal Profession--


CALIF. MAN HOPES LAW LICENSE WILL HELP IMMIGRANTS -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com , Jan. 3, 2014.
A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation. The California Supreme Court granted a license Thursday to Sergio Garcia, 36, in a unanimous decision. Garcia, who attended law school and passed the state bar exam while working in a grocery store and on farms, can begin practicing law immediately.

--Judiciary--

19 APPLY FOR VACANT COUNTY JUDGE SEAT IN HERNANDO -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com , Jan. 3, 2014.
A field of 19 is vying for a soon-to-be vacant Hernando County judge seat. Many of the applicants hoping to take the seat left vacant by County Judge Donald Scagalione will be familiar to anyone who frequents Hernando's courthouse. Four are assistant state attorneys based in Brooksville, two are assistant public defenders there and one is general counsel for the 5th Judicial Circuit. The 5th Judicial Nominating Commission will interview the applicants in Brooksville on Wednesday and send to Scott a short list of recommended candidates, said commission chairman Derek Schroth.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY JUDGE RETIRING -- Northescambia.com , http://www.northescambia.com , Jan. 3, 2014.
Escambia County Judge Thomas E. Johnson has tendered his resignation from office for retirement to be effective March 31. The judicial nominating process will begin in the near future, at the conclusion of which Governor Scott will appoint a new judge to the bench.

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[Revised: 01-06-2014]