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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.

Dec. 17, 2013

--Judiciary--

JUDGE JASON DIMITRIS SEES COURTROOM AS FORUM FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE -- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Dec. 17, 2013.
Profile of Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jason Dimitris. He's been a firefighter, an Outward Bound teacher, and Florida Department of Children and Families chief of staff. During law school, he said, "I realized that trial work is very similar to teaching and all of a sudden I became very engaged with trial work. I really enjoyed it." As he interviewed with different state and district attorneys' offices, he realized that Miami—and its crime—offered the best chance of getting into the courtroom quickly. It also gave him a chance to help others, he said, especially with kids. Then came an opportunity to have a direct impact on children's lives, as chief of staff at DCF. After four years there, Gov. Rick Scott took office and moved people around. Dimitris became general counsel for the Florida Department of Management Services. Then, in April, he was appointed to the county bench.

--Legal Profession--

TIM JANSEN: THE ATHLETE'S GO-TO ATTORNEY -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, Dec. 16, 2013.
Profile of Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen. As Jameis Winston’s attorney during his recent legal travails, Jansen became the public face of the star quarterback as he confronted a rape allegation. Winston is not the only high-profile athlete Jansen has represented. He gained national notoriety in 2005 when he helped successfully defend Tallahassee resident, former Seminole and NFL star defensive back Corey Fuller against gambling charges. In recent years, the 52-year-old Jansen has represented FSU football players, other local athletes and coaches in trouble.

STETSON EYES FASTER TRACK TO LAW DEGREE -- Daytona Beach New-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com, Dec. 17, 2013. [Also: UWF PLANS LAW PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STETSON -- Pensacola News Journal, http://www.pnj.com, Dec. 17, 2013.]
Stetson University’ College of Law and the University of West Florida will offer a program starting in August 2015 that will reduce the time it takes aspiring attorneys to earn a law degree. The program will allow high-performing students to earn their bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees in six years, rather than the traditional seven years. Students will spend three years at the University of West Florida and three years at Stetson Law in Gulfport. “This agreement makes it possible for students who attend (the University of West Florida) to achieve their dream of becoming attorneys in less time, for less tuition outlay, while receiving degrees from two outstanding schools,” said Charles Liberis, a Stetson graduate and Pensacola attorney who was instrumental in bringing the two schools together.

PARTICIPANTS SAY IT BEST ABOUT ASK-A-LAWYER -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Dec. 17, 2013.
Local pro bono attorneys counseled nearly 40 people on more than 50 legal matters in one-on-one interviews during the Ask-A-Lawyer event on Dec. 7. The goals of the Ask-A-Lawyer program are to provide legal guidance and direction, as well as information on additional community resources for persons in need. Attendees may be referred to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, The Jacksonville Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, or to a community service agency. The event was possible thanks to the collaboration of the Jacksonville Bar Association, D.W. Perkins Bar Association, Hispanic Bar, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and the City Council.

--The Florida Bar--

PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM SUES FLORIDA BAR OVER ADVERTISING RULES -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Dec. 17, 2013.
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach is suing The Florida Bar, alleging its new attorney advertising rules violate the First Amendment. The prominent personal injury law firm is represented by two First Amendment lawyers in the lawsuit filed Wednesday [Dec. 11] in Tallahassee federal court. The lawsuit challenges amendments to bar advertising rules that took effect May 1. The Bar recently completed a massive overhaul of its attorney advertising rules, which were approved by the Florida Supreme Court. The rules, which regulate attorney websites, social media, ads and commercials, are widely considered the most stringent in the country. The plaintiffs seek a declaration that the Bar's new advertising rules violate the First Amendment and ask for an injunction barring enforcement.

--Other--

JEAN JOHNSON LOVED BEING A MOM, A FRIEND, A JUDGE; LONGTIME JURIST DIED LAST WEEK OF CANCER -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Dec. 17, 2013.
Longtime Circuit Court Judge Jean Johnson is remembered by her colleagues and friends as a tough, courageous and fair judge, and a wonderful mother, a dedicated friend and an avid pioneer. Johnson, 66, died Thursday [Dec. 12] after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was elected to the bench in County Court in 1992, where she started the mediation program, her husband said. In 1996, she was the first woman to be elected a Circuit Court judge.

--Tech Tip Tuesday--

USE GOOGLE TO DEFINE WORDS AND PERFORM CALCULATIONS -- The Florida Bar Homepage, http://www.floridabar.org, Dec. 17, 2013.
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[Revised: 12-18-2013]