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Rep. Jennifer SullivanTerm limits clear first House hurdle
A proposed constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Florida’s appellate judiciary scraped through its first test in the Florida House, despite a stream of objecting organizations, including The Florida Bar.

Death penalty fix on the move
In hopes of healing what House Judiciary Chair Chris Sprowls called “paralysis” in capital cases in Florida, both chambers passed bills to require unanimous jury verdicts in the penalty phase of murder trials in order to impose the death penalty.

Rep. Frank WhiteBill would monitor timeliness of Supreme Court opinions
A bill asking the Florida Supreme Court for an annual report on its cases that have not been decided within 180 days of oral argument has cleared a House subcommittee.

House panel critical of court over JQC case
For the second time in a month, a Florida House committee has received a scathing report about a pending Judicial Qualifications Commission proceeding against a sitting judge, including hints that an impeachment proceeding may be in the offing.

Measure would revamp how judges are trained
A bill that removes oversight of judicial education from the Supreme Court and limits the number of employees devoted to judicial education has passed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Derailing the 'mommy track'
On the trial’s third day, the prosecutor was hospitalized for complications in her eighth month of pregnancy. The judge told her to find a substitute. When she explained no one else was familiar enough with the case to step in, the judge threatened to dismiss the case. The prosecutor ended up leaving the hospital against doctor’s orders so she could finish the trial.



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Bar President-elect Candidate Michelle Suskauer's Platform Statement
Michelle SuskauerI have spent the past year traveling over 15,000 miles across Florida, visiting 19 of 20 circuits to listen to Florida lawyers talk about our profession: their triumphs, issues, frustrations, and challenges. I’ve met with lawyers at solo, small, and large firms. I visited with public interest attorneys, state attorneys, and public defenders, and addressed over 40 voluntary bars to learn about what matters most to Florida’s lawyers.

Bar President-elect Candidate Lanse Scriven's Platform Statement
Lanse ScrivenI am grateful to have been able to interact with so many lawyers during the course of my campaign to serve as president-elect of The Florida Bar. As a profession, we are navigating precarious times stemming from the technology disruption affecting the profession and the uncertainly engendered by the once-every-20-year convening of the Constitution Revision Commission, which could bring about sweeping changes to the judicial branch. Below is my perspective on those issues and a few more.

10 questions for The Florida Bar president-elect candidates
The following questions were posed by the News to Bar president-elect candidates Michelle Suskauer of West Palm Beach and Lansing “Lanse” Scriven of Tampa. Ballots for the contested election will be mailed to eligible voters on or before March 1. Voters will have the option of voting online in lieu of returning their paper ballot. All votes must be received before midnight, March 21.

Board of Governors Candidates Platform Statements
Here are the platform statements for the 2017 candidates for The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Six candidates are running for three seats, one each in the Eighth, 13th, and 20th circuits.

YLD Board of Governors Candidates Platform Statements
Twelve lawyers are running for five seats on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, which will be decided by division members in Bar elections this spring. (Fourteen lawyers originally filed, but two dropped out). Following are the platform statements from the candidates.

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Search committee appointed to find new Bar executive director

Florida Bar President Bill Schifino announced February 14 the appointment of a search committee to recruit qualified candidates and recommend a new executive director for The Florida Bar to the Board of Governors. During the January board meeting, longtime Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., announced plans to retire at the end of this year.


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    March 1, 2017

    Minority Mentoring Picnic participants
    FLORIDA STATE LAW STUDENTS joined nearly 4,000 other lawyers, judges, and law students from across the state at the 13th Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic February 4 at the Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah.

    Schifino named to the CRC
    Bill SchifinoFlorida Bar President Bill Schifino, who has been preaching almost nonstop about the importance of The Florida Bar being involved in the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission process, will be in a position to help ensure that happens.



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