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March 18, 2014

--The Florida Bar--

The Daily Record presents the platform statements for the candidates for The Florida Bar Board of Governors, 4th Circuit. Ballots were mailed about March 1 and must be returned no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday [March 21]. Bar members will have the choice of voting by the mailed paper ballot or voting online by following instructions with the mailed ballot. The candidates are Fred Douglas Franklin Jr. and Samuel Grier Wells, who is seeking re-election.


SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TALKS ABOUT INFORMED VOTERS -- Jacksonville Daily Record,, March 18, 2014.
Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente participated in a presentation sponsored by the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association Thursday [March 20] to promote the Informed Voters Project, which is designed to inform and educate citizens about the need for a fair and impartial judiciary, free from politics and special interests.

TUESDAY'S LETTERS: ASKEW BACKED JUDICIARY -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Letter to the editor,, March 18, 2014.
Letter from Norman Vaughan-Birch, past member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, 12th Judicial Circuit. Vaughan-Birch writes, "The recent articles lauding the late Gov. Reubin Askew omitted one of his most impressive achievements . . . Gov. Askew voluntarily shared the right to nominate prospective judges by creating the Judicial Nominating Commissions. He solicited the opinion of The Florida Bar as to who might be the most fair and impartial judges, regardless of political association. He took the nominating process from "to the victors go the spoils" to one of merit and qualification. Recently, our present governor has rejected numerous recommendations, obviously for political reasons. The Legislature has passed laws designed to make the judiciary less independent and "more like us." A revival of true statesmen and stateswomen would be refreshing and bring a smile to Askew's lips."

MIAMI-DADE CIRCUIT JUDGE JERI COHEN 'TOUGH' BUT 'COMPASSIONATE' -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription),, March 17, 2014.
Profile of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri Cohen. Before she went into law, Cohen worked in an Arabic village in a program aimed at promoting Arab-Israeli peace, co-headed the Madrid office of an international rights group working with dissident activists and wound up under KGB scrutiny as she worked to get Jews out of the Soviet Union. She ran for judge and won a county court seat in 1992 and a circuit court seat in 1996. She now splits her time between criminal and family drug courts. Her goal, she said, "is to build it into the absolute best science-based drug court in the country."


A bill would put medical malpractice claims through an administrative process meant to cut down on lengthy lawsuits was discussed by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill, proposed by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, would require patients hurt by a medical procedure to file a claim for benefits, which would be reviewed by an independent board. Results from the board will determine if a patient is due compensation and any appeals would be heard by an administrative judge. Members of the medical community spoke against it. Jeff Scott, of the Florida Medical Association, said Brodeur’s proposal would only create an “explosion of claims,” and that it would make the state unattractive to doctors.

--Civil Justice Issues--

YOUNG, ALONE AND IN COURT -- Bradenton Herald,, March 18, 2014.
The editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, March 14. "Until about three years ago, federal agents annually intercepted 8,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States illegally. By last year, the number had jumped to nearly 26,000. This year's projection: As many as 60,000 youngsters may attempt to cross into this country without parents or papers . . . Unlike people charged with criminal offenses, those detained on immigration violations do not have the right to a court-appointed attorney during deportation proceedings, so if the detained person can't afford a lawyer, he or she often faces the judge alone . . . The issue is compounded when the defendant is a child. Children barely of school age have been compelled to argue alone in immigration court why they should be allowed to stay . . . The federal government should develop a system under which unaccompanied minors have access to a lawyer or experienced advocate to defend their interests."

--Tech Tip Tuesday--

EXCEL - PRINT ONLY A PORTION OF A SPREADSHEET -- The Florida Bar,, March 18, 2014.
No need to print an entire Excel spreadsheet -- learn how to just print the portion you need. For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.

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[Revised: 03-19-2014]