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SCOTUS to decide Florida campaign solicitation case

Professor Brendan BeeryThe U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a conduct rule that prevents judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. Lanell Williams-Yulee of Hillsborough County was granted certiorari by SCOTUS to review the Florida Supreme Court decision to reprimand her for violating Canon 7C(1) of the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct, which prohibits candidates for judicial office from soliciting in-person campaign contributions.

Federal court upholds part of Florida's med mal law
A federal appellate court has upheld a key provision of a 2013 Florida medical malpractice law allowing doctors and their lawyers unmonitored presuit access to a plaintiff’s medical providers.

Entities briefed on 'sovereign citizens'
Call it a look into a world without lawyers. Or maybe a world where everyone makes up the laws and rules as he or she goes along. Where ZIP codes are a sign of overreaching government.

Board of Governors nominating petitions are due December 15
Nominating petitions for the 2015 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All of the board positions are for two-year terms.

YLD nominations now being accepted
Nominating petitions for positions on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15.

Surrogacy lawyers help couples deliver the family of their dreams
Karen PersisJapan. Italy. Portugal. France. Germany. These are just a few countries that prohibit surrogacy and many states frown upon it, too: namely, New York and Michigan, where severe penalties apply to offenders who contract with and compensate a surrogate. That is why surrogacy-friendly Florida attracts countless people from all over the world who wish to create the family of their dreams — a picture of healthy, bouncy, playful babies that wouldn’t otherwise exist — because of infertility.

Trotti appeals judicial appointment case to the Florida Supreme Court
A Jacksonville attorney upset that Gov. Rick Scott is appointing the replacement to retiring Fourth Circuit Chief Judge Donald Moran is appealing his case to the Florida Supreme Court.

American Judicature Society is dissolving
On September 26, the board of directors of the American Judicature Society approved a plan to dissolve the society and wind up its affairs. AJS was the original “fair courts” citizen organization and, for 101 years, has worked nationally to protect the integrity of the American justice system through research, publications, education, and advocacy for judicial selection reform.

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    Jorge Labarga: Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
    The Florida Bar JournalAfter helping tie a Cuban flag to the antenna, seven-year-old Jorge Labarga jumped in his father’s canary yellow ’56 Chevy Bel Air, and they cruised around town honking the horn and cheering in celebration of the revolution.

    It was 1959, dictator Fulgencio Batista had fled the island with his fortune, and Fidel Castro came down from the mountains bringing grand promises of an American-style democracy for Cuba.

    But that democratic dream soon turned into what Labarga calls a “Marxist nightmare.”

    November 1, 2014
    Alisia Adamson and students
    ALISIA ADAMSON, chair of the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s Backpack Project Committee, hugs one of the 100 Rock Lake Elementary School students who started the academic year with brand new backpacks filled with pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencil boxes, folders, and other assorted school supplies.

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