Daily News Summary
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Jan. 28, 2014
--The Florida Bar--
FLORIDA BAR TO RECOGNIZE PRO BONO SERVICE -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Jan. 27, 2014. [Also: THREE CENTRAL FLORIDA LAWYERS TO BE HONORED FOR CHARITY WORK -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Jan. 28, 2014; JACKSONVILLE LAWYER GALLOGLY TO RECEIVE PRO BONO AWARD -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Jan. 27, 2014.]
The Florida Bar will recognize 21 lawyers for their work on behalf of poor and indigent clients during a Thursday [Jan. 30] ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. Akerman partner Karen Meyer Buesing has been awarded The Florida Bar's highest pro bono award, the 2014 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award. Three Central Florida lawyers are being honored, including Gary Siegel, a former Sanford state senator who championed juvenile justice issues; Orlando lawyer Joseph L. Amos Jr., who teaches adults to read; and David Rodziewicz, an Ormond Beach lawyer who, during his first year on as an attorney, helped a low-income 90-year-old woman win a $13,000 settlement from a roofing company that had botched a repair. William Gallogly of Jacksonville is being recognized for his work in the 4th Judicial Circuit. He has represented clients on a pro bono basis in South Florida and in Northeast Florida for more than 40 years.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TAKES ACTION ON PROFESSIONALISM -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Jan. 27, 2014.
The Supreme Court of Florida has recently acted to begin eradicating unprofessional behavior among attorneys with the issuing of Opinion SC13-688, which adopted the Code for Resolving Professional Complaints. As a result of this opinion, Chief Judge Donald Moran entered Administrative Order 2013-09, which establishes a local professionalism panel in the 4th Judicial Circuit to enforce violations of professional standards for the legal industry. The administrative order creates a procedure where attorneys and non-attorneys may file a complaint for unprofessional behavior against an attorney. Further, the administrative order sets forth the method in which the committee is formed and how it resolves filed complaints. The 4th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel is actively enforcing the mandate of the Florida Supreme Court and has reviewed several complaints thus far.
HILLSBOROUGH JUDGE TRACY SHEEHAN FACES REPRIMAND OVER DUI CHARGE -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Jan. 28, 2014.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan, sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge last year, should now be publicly reprimanded, according to the Judicial Qualifications Commission. In a filing Monday [Jan. 27] with the Florida Supreme Court, the commission wrote the DUI case would constitute conduct unbecoming a member of the judiciary and could warrant her removal. The commission concluded that the conduct was an isolated incident and does not demonstrate an unfitness for office and recommended a public reprimand instead. Judge Sheehan has admitted the foregoing, accepts full responsibility and acknowledges that such conduct should not have occurred, the filing said.
--Civil Justice Issues--
SUPREME COURT CLEARS MARIJUANA AMENDMENT -- The Florida Current, http://www.thefloridacurrent.com, Jan. 27, 2014. [Also: FLORIDA JUSTICES APPROVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT FOR BALLOT -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, Jan. 27, 2014; MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO GO TO BALLOT, FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULES -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Jan. 28, 2014.]
The Florida Supreme Court approved the wording of a constitutional amendment authorizing medical prescription of marijuana Monday [Jan. 27], setting up a statewide referendum next November on an issue Gov. Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers don’t want on the November ballot. The justices voted 4-3 for the “United for Care” amendment, which only last Friday [Jan. 24] cleared the petition signature requirement to earn a spot on the ballot. The amendment would allow physicians to prescribe marijuana for “debilitating conditions” when they determine risks of the drug are outweighed by benefits.
--Tech Tip Tuesday--
OUTLOOK TIP - ADD A NEW PERSON TO YOUR CONTACTS -- The Florida Bar, http://www.flabar.org, Jan. 28, 2014.
You can quickly create a new contact in your Contacts folder from an email message you have received. For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.