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Barry RichardJudicial candidates may not personally solicit contributions
The ban in Florida’s judicial canons on judicial candidates personally soliciting for campaign contributions has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.

Is texting akin to mail solicitation?
Is sending a text to a potential client like a mail solicitation or is it more like a direct phone call, something prohibited by Bar rule? The Bar’s Standing Committee on Advertising pondered that question from a law firm that is seeking to use a computer system to send text messages touting the firm’s legal services to people who have been arrested.

Gwen MargolisBill to increase jury sizes for life felonies dies on Senate
bill to increase the size of Florida juries from six to 12 people in criminal cases involving life felonies failed to clear its initial Senate committee last month.

Masters joins the Board of Governors; Bopp, Greenlee in 13th Circuit runoff
Daytona Beach attorney Sam Masters has won the runoff for a seat on the Bar Board of Governors representing the Seventh Circuit while Thomas R. Bopp and Paige A. Greenlee will be in a runoff to finish President-elect Designate Bill Schifino’s 13th Circuit term on the board.

Mental health bill fails
Judge LeifmanWhen the Florida House ended the legislative session early after budget negotiations with the Senate broke down, Senate President Andy Gardiner lamented that “lots of good bills” got left behind. Undoubtedly, one of those good bills was the seven-year effort to more efficiently deal with the mentally ill in the criminal justice system.

Thomas SasserAlimony bill dies in waning days
A high-profile bill overhauling the state’s alimony laws, which was largely supported by the Bar’s Family Law Section, wound up a casualty in the budget wars between the Florida House and Senate.

BOA settlement yields almost $1.4 million for foreclosure-related legal assistance in Florida
The Florida Bar Foundation has been advised by Bank of America that $1,395,699 will be coming to Florida as part of its settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds are required to be used for foreclosure prevention legal services and community redevelopment legal assistance. 

Laura Ann RosenburyRosenbury to lead UF College of Law
The University of Florida has announced the appointment of Laura Ann Rosenbury as dean of the Levin College of Law. The appointment becomes effective July 1. A professor at Washington University Law School in St. Louis, Mo., since 2002, Rosenbury served as vice dean for research and faculty development from 2010-12.

Keep an eye out for Bar fee statement
Florida Bar members will soon receive their 2015-16 fee statements, reflecting no increase in annual fees, which are payable July 1 and late if postmarked after August 15.

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    The Revised Florida Arbitration Code
    The Florida Bar JournalThe Uniform Law Commission met in St. Augustine, Florida, in July 2000 and approved for enactment in all states the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act. 1 The revision was widely supported, receiving endorsements by arbitration groups, such as JAMS and the American Arbitration Association (AAA); by advocates in the consumer, construction, securities, and labor sectors; and by the Torts and Insurance Practice Sections of the American Bar Association, to name a few. Almost exactly 13 years later, in June 2013, Florida joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting the revision by virtue of Gov. Scott signing the Committee Substitute for S.B. 530 into law, creating the Revised Florida Arbitration Code, F.S. Ch. 682. This revised code was intended to foster greater understanding of the arbitration process and promote various requirements of due process....

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    FLORIDA CHIEF JUSTICE JORGE LABARGA speaks with a member of the audience in April in Washington, D.C., at the Legal Services Corporation’s Litigants Without Lawyers: Equal Justice Under Threat in State Courts program.

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