Daily News Summary
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.
Feb. 17, 2014
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PRESENTATION TO TWENTY-FIVE STUDENTS -- Fort Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com, Feb. 14, 2014.
Twenty five high school students enjoyed an overview of the justice system today [Feb. 14] for Law Shadow Day, presented in cooperation with the Lee County Bar Association and Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Attorneys escorted the students as they toured the Lee County Justice Center from the Clerk's Office, the jail and then to the courtroom. Participating students are interested in pursuing a career in law, and Junior Achievement aims to provide insight into all the different types of careers available within a profession. An observation of a courtroom proceeding is planned next, with a question and answer session with a judge and several attorneys who practice different types of law.
PRE-LAW STUDENTS WANT TWO-YEAR PROGRAMS, STUDY SHOWS -- Independent Florida Alligator, http://www.alligator.org, Feb. 17, 2014.
A recent survey of pre-law students found the majority preferred a two-year model for law programs, but the University of Florida’s law school is headed in a different direction. According to a Kaplan Test Prep survey, 58 percent of those surveyed preferred the switch to two-year programs. UF Levin College of Law Dean Robert Jerry said if an employer had to choose between a student from either program, they would likely pick the three-year graduates. He said the college hasn’t started a discussion about removing years yet, but other possible changes within the college are on the horizon. The college is looking at ways to change its third year to include more “externships,” where students work at law offices under professional practitioners, as well as the introduction of practicum, which would bring law professionals into classrooms to teach students the technical aspects of practicing, such as drafting legal documents.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
LAWYERS IN TROUBLE: JUSTIFYING THE LEGAL DEATH PENALTY -- Tampa Tribune, http://www.tbo.com, Feb. 17, 2014.
Jane Chong, a third-year student at Yale Law School, wrote this for the Los Angeles Times. "Last month the California Supreme Court denied disgraced journalist and serial confabulist Stephen Glass admission to the state Bar. That decision has drawn attention to a topic that usually commands very little: what it takes, ethically speaking, to be a lawyer."
--Criminal Justice Issues--
ATTORNEY WARNS RETIREES OF BEING SCAM TARGETS -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, Feb. 14, 2014.
South Florida elder law attorney Alice Reiter Feld warned that scamsters can try to trick older people into buying products, services or even medical work they don't need. The seminar "Scam-Nation: If You're a Boomer or Senior, You're a Target!" was presented Wednesday [Feb. 12] evening at Lenox On the Lake, an assisted living community in Lauderhill. South Florida's aging boomers and the elderly become targets because "they have the money," Feld said. Indeed, eight out of 10 fraud victims are 50 and over, according to AARP. Last April, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater launched Operation SAFE seminars to teach retirees how to protect themselves from fraudsters after he was stunned at the number of shady solicitations his mother in Palm Beach County was receiving. The seminars are continuing this year and are expected to be held in South Florida later this spring.
RIGHTS TO REMEMBER IF YOU ARE ARRESTED -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, Feb. 14, 2014.
Rusty Collins writes, "If you are arrested, you do not have to answer questions and you can end an interrogation by stating that you wish to remain silent. Speak up to say you want to remain silent. Defendants can hurt their case by saying too much, and good legal counsel can help you work with prosecutors on an outcome that is best for everyone."
MICHAEL DUNN GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDER; JURY HUNG ON MURDER OF JORDAN DAVIS -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, Feb. 16, 2014. [Also: EXPERT: 'A TROUBLING VERDICT' IN DUNN TRIAL -- Florida Today, http://www.floridatoday.com, Feb. 17, 2014; VERDICT IN FLORIDA TRIAL AGAIN RAISES SELF-DEFENSE ISSUE -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, Feb. 1, 2014.]
A trial that put race relations, Florida’s gun laws and Jacksonville in the national spotlight ended Saturday [Feb. 16] night with a verdict that appeared to please no one. Jurors deadlocked on whether Michael David Dunn, 47, murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis or shot him in self-defense. Judge Russell Healey declared a mistrial on the murder charge. Jurors did convict Dunn of the second-degree attempted murders of Tevin Thompson, Leland Brunson and Tommie Stornes, and also convicted him of a fourth count of firing bullets into the vehicle all four teenagers were in. State Attorney Angela Corey said she plans to retry Dunn for Davis’ murder and would pursue a first-degree murder charge