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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.

January 4, 2013

--Legal Profession--


NEW RIVERVIEW LAW SCHOOL AIMS TO FILL ADMISSIONS NICHE -- The Tampa Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com , Jan. 4, 2013.
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School opened in May with 110 students, up from the 60 expected on opening day. The school's atypical culture — described as one of inclusion, rather than elitism — "is one of the things that has contributed to making Cooley the largest law school in the nation," according to Jeff Martlew, dean of the Tampa campus.

--Judiciary--

DISTRICT COURTS: JURIST PUT UP FOR SEAT AGAIN -- Ft. Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com , Jan. 4, 2013. [Also: OBAMA RE-NOMINATES NASSAU JUDGE BRIAN DAVIS FOR SEAT ON FEDERAL BENCH -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.times-union.com , Jan. 4, 2013; REPORT: PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATES 33 TO BECOME FEDERAL JUDGES -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com , Jan. 4, 2013.]
President Barack Obama has re-nominated Sheri Polster Chappell of Fort Myers to be a U.S. district court judge. The Senate Judiciary Committee last month endorsed Chappell, a federal magistrate, for a judgeship. But because the 112th Congress ended at noon Thursday [Jan. 3] without a vote on Chappell or 32 other judges, she can’t be considered without being re-nominated in the 113th Congress. Prior to being a magistrate, Chappell was a Lee County Court judge for the 20th Judicial Circuit from 2000 to 2003. She began her career as an assistant prosecutor for the same circuit court where she served from 1987 to 2000. One of the other 32 candidates Obama is re-nominating is Brian J. Davis, also a nominee for Florida’s Middle District. The district stretches from the Fort Myers to Jacksonville and includes Tampa and Orlando.

CHILDREN NEED A GUARDIAN AD LITEM -- Miami Herald, letter-the-editor by Cindy S. Lederman, judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami, http://www.herald.com , Jan. 4, 2013.
Lederman writes, "We have witnessed Guardians ad Litem competently protect the lives of children in court cases. Judges need the knowledge and perspective of the Guardian ad Litem to make decisions in a child’s best interest...Those persons interested in being a voice for Florida’s dependent children can find more information at http://www.guardianadlitem.org/. Please volunteer today."

--Other--

STATE RECOUPS $162 FROM MEDICAID FRAUD PROBE, NEW REPORT SHOWS -- Naples Daily News, http://www.naplesdailynews.com , Jan. 4, 2013.
The state recouped $162 million from Medicaid fraud investigations last year, a 47 percent increase from $110 million that was recovered in 2011, according to new data released Thursday [Jan. 3]. The state Agency for Health Care Administration and the Attorney General's Office released its annual Medicaid fraud report, which details their combined handling of complaints and investigations of Medicaid fraud. The probes include false payments, double billing and claims for services never rendered to clinics, surgery centers, pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals. Of the total recovered last year, $144 million was recouped as a result of civil settlements from whistle-blower cases filed under the state's False Claims Act. The rest was recovered from criminal investigations.

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[Revised: 01-07-2013]