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May 13, 2014
SOUTH FLORIDA JUDGE CONFIRMED TO 11TH CIRCUIT -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, May 13, 2014.
South Florida federal Judge Robin Rosenbaum was confirmed on Monday [May 12] to join the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. She is expected to be based in Miami. The U.S. Senate voted 91 to 0 to confirm her nomination by President Barack Obama to fill a seat vacated by former Florida Supreme Court Justice Rosemary Barkett. Rosenbaum, 47, is a former federal prosecutor and magistrate in Fort Lauderdale who got her law degree from the University of Miami. She became a U.S. District Court judge just two years ago.
CHRONICALLY UNDERPAID, COURT APPOINTED DEFENSE ATTORNEYS GET A RAISE -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, May 12, 2014.
A 2012 law that regulates legal fees through a so-called limited registry and puts private criminal attorneys in conflict with circuit judges has been abolished by the Legislature, effective July 1. In addition, the revision raises fees for the first time in 33 years for criminal defense attorneys who take cases that cannot be handled by public defenders due to a conflict. In 2012, the Legislature passed a bill with a provision that gave judicial circuit chief judges the authority to set up a limited registry of court-appointed attorneys for conflict cases. A condition of being listed on the registry was that attorneys agree to accept as full payment the prescribed flat fee for most cases. This led to several constitutional challenges where attorneys on a registry argued "it interferes with adequate representation and the defendant's Sixth Amendment right to assistance of counsel." This year's reform bill does away with the registry.
GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL ALLOWING 'DREAMER' TO GET LAW LICENSE -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, May 13, 2014.
Gov. Rick Scott signed 58 bills into law Monday [May 12], including one that will allow a law school graduate to qualify for a Bar license even though he's not a citizen. Legislators in both parties championed his cause after the Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously in March that a federal law bars Jose Godinez-Samperio from practicing law in Florida unless the Legislature exempts the state from that law. Godinez-Samperio came to the United States from Mexico with his parents when he was 9 and wants to practice immigration law. He has temporary legal status in the United States and was an honors graduate from the Florida State University College of Law.
--Civil Justice Issues--
RULING COULD ESCALATE FLORIDA'S STATUS AS HAVEN FOR DEBTORS -- New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com, May 9, 2014.
A court ruling in the case of a multi-million dollar dispute between a politically connected Florida billionaire and the brother-in-law of the king of Jordan over a debt involving oil shipped during the Iraq war could have far-reaching ramifications in Florida, a state already known for having the strongest laws in the nation protecting debtors from creditors. Some lawyers say that if the ruling is ultimately upheld by the Florida Supreme Court, the state could become a haven for people running from child support and alimony payments. It could also set up a public policy problem, where ordinary citizens could struggle to collect debts from one another.
--Tech Tip Tuesday--
LEARN TO USE THE SETTING THAT MINIMIZES ALL OPEN SCREENS -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, May 13, 2014.
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