Daily News Summary
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June 3, 2014
PRO BONO SPOTLIGHT: NASSAU ATTORNEYS, PARALEGALS STEP UP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, May 2, 2014.
On May 23, pro bono attorneys and paralegals gathered at the offices of the Nassau Council on Aging in Fernandina Beach to create and execute advance directives documents for 16 local senior citizens. All received one-to-one assistance and all left the event with fully executed advance directives documents. The Advance Directives for Seniors Pro Bono Project in Nassau County is made possible in part by a grant from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. The event was a collaboration of Nassau Council on Aging, the Nassau County Bar Association, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and the Northeast Florida Paralegal Association.
STATE ATTORNEY, PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICES SPAR OVER DRUG COURT IN JACKSONVILLE CIRCUIT -- Florida Time-Union (requires subscription), http://www.jacksonville.com, June 2, 2014.
The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey objects to complaints that it is responsible for the drop in teenagers going to juvenile drug court. Critics maintain she is the reason drug-court enrollment dropped by more than 79 percent over the last five years. Public Defender Matt Shirk and Chief Judge Donald Moran both blamed Corey’s office for the drop in juveniles going to drug court because she’s not allowing people into the program. However, Brooke Brady, Corey’s juvenile division chief, and Julie Taylor, director of county court and juvenile court, said they want to put more teenagers who struggle with addiction into drug court but are dealing with multiple issues that make that challenging, including fewer kids in the system, other diversion programs that don’t take as much time and effort from parents, and the Public Defender’s Office not communicating with them about when youths need to go into the program. Both sides indicated they want the program to work. The program is designed to help juveniles get off drugs while keeping them out prison or juvenile lockup.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
VERO BEACH ATTORNEY DISBARRED -- Jupiter Courier (requires subscription), http://www.tcpalm.com, June 3, 2014.
Vero Beach attorney Sean William Biggins, who continued to practice law after he was suspended in October by the Florida Supreme Court, has been disbarred. The disbarment was effective immediately after an April 25 order by the Supreme Court. Biggins was suspended from practicing law by the Supreme Court effective Nov. 8 because he fell behind by more than $1,500 on payments to The Florida Bar for fees related to monitoring his three-year probation the court ordered in October 2011. The probation was part of his sanctions for providing inadequate representation in a mortgage foreclosure case.
--Tech Tip Tuesday--
LEARN TO FIND FORMULAS ON A SPREADSHEET -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, June 3, 2014.
On any Excel spreadsheet, toggle the display to show formulas and hide them again. For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.