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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. 24, 2013

--Legal Profession--

YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION MAKING SURE CHILDREN HAVE A GOOD HOLIDAY -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Dec. 24, 2013.
The Young Lawyers Section of The Jacksonville Bar Association is once again hosting its Holidays in January event Jan. 11. In years past, the Young Lawyers Section provided bicycles and holiday gift bags to children identified by Family Support Services. The YLS decided to spice it up this year by providing Razor scooters to the children. Thanks to the support of the Jacksonville Zoo and its board members, the party will be held at the zoo. For more information regarding Holidays in January or if you would like to contribute, contact any of the co-chairs of the event through the Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. 

--Judiciary--

PAPER FILING PART OF THE PAST: CLERK OF COURT ALL ONLINE IN 2014 -- Fort Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com, Dec. 24, 2013.
For the Lee County courts, 2014 will be the year without paper. The courts have been working on going paperless for some time, but the process should be complete next year. Transitioning all court files from paper to online will save the courts an estimate $600,000 a year, according to Lee County Clerk of Court Linda Doggett. Lee County judges have agreed to go without paper documents during trial and instead will view documents on their computer screens. They started the transition this month, but will be upgraded to better document viewer software by summer. The paperless system also could be good news for defendants and jurors, as studies have shown court cases move faster without paper, Doggett said.

COLLIER DRUG COURT LOSES GRANT BUT CONTINUES TO RUN WITH CREATIVE THINKING -- Naples Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com, Dec. 23, 2013.
The Collier County drug court program lost out on a competitive grant in October but the David Lawrence Center hatched a plan to keep drug court running as normal. Staff at the treatment facility found a cheaper drug screening provider, had a case manager juggle two jobs and slightly increased the fee for drug court participants. Drug court is a court-supervised treatment program that diverts nonviolent adult offenders from incarceration. Locally, about 30 to 40 participants are enrolled at a time, each moving at his or her own pace. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration would have beefed up the program with an extra $150,000 or so. While Bonnie Fredeen, chief operating officer at David Lawrence, and Collier County Judge Janeice Martin, who has overseen the local drug court since July 2011, said drug court participants are more or less receiving the same level of services, Martin said they continue to look for grant money that could help expand the program.

LETTERS: COURTHOUSES SHOULD INSPIRE US -- Pensacola News Journal, Letter to the Editor, http://www.pnj.com, Dec. 23, 2013.
Letter from David Luther Woodward, Pensacola. "Courthouses should be like cathedrals -- not necessarily as grand but equally impressive. The courthouse is often the only contact the public has with the power and influence of the court. The architectural design and physical placement of the building can either inspire awe and impress fear, or it can cause confusion and disrespect . . . What it looks like and where it is placed will control the impression it makes on the public. Placing the new courthouse in Santa Rosa near the jail only makes it convenient for the prisoners and the bail bondsmen. It should be placed on a prominent hill so that it can be a reminder to all that the spirit embodied in the motto of the Florida Supreme Court, Sat Cito Si Recte – “Soon enough if done rightly” – . . . That new courthouse should provide a lasting memory of the significance government by the rule of law."

--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--

PROMINENT MIAMI ATTORNEY LARRY HANDFIELD PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Dec. 24, 2013.
Prominent Miami criminal defense attorney Larry Handfield has quietly pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns. The criminal conviction is a surprising chapter in the career of Handfield, 57, one of South Florida’s most prominent African-American lawyers and civic leaders. Handfield will serve 12 months of probation after he pleaded guilty late last month in Miami federal court to two misdemeanor tax-evasion charges. He must repay $78,842 in restitution to the government. He is now facing an inquiry from The Florida Bar.

--Tech Tip Tuesday--

MICROSOFT WORD TEXT SELECTION TIPS -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, Dec. 24, 2013.
Learn these mouse tricks to quickly select text in many programs. For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.

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[Revised: 12-26-2013]