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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court declaring Florida’s death penalty sentencing process unconstitutional, a divided Florida Supreme Court grappled with how to carry out the ultimate punishment with fairness and finality, and the majority decided December 22 to split 384 death row inmates into two groups.

Rep. Julio GonzalezProposal would allow the Legislature to override Supreme Court decisions
If the Florida Supreme Court strikes down a law passed by the Legislature, Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, a lawyer and orthopedic surgeon, wants lawmakers to be able to strike back and overrule the high court. Gonzalez has filed House Joint Resolution 121, a proposed constitutional amendment to Florida’s voters that would allow the Legislature, within a period of five years, to override court decisions that find legislative actions unconstitutional.

Governor rejects five JNC slates
Gov. Rick Scott rejected five slates of judicial nomination commission nominees submitted by the Bar.

Katherine Hurst Miller'Who We Are' tells the YLD's story
All over the internet, short explanatory videos have been popping up as easy communication tools for businesses and organizations. Aligned with the times when it comes to technology, the Young Lawyers Division has created such a video that will be affixed to their webpage and social media accounts in mid-January.



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Andy SassoNew trust accounting software pilot program planned
A special committee looking at automated trust accounting software for Bar members has received a proposal for a six-month pilot program involving 10 to 15 law firms.


John StewartBar technology panel focuses on protecting clients in the digital age
Helping Bar members protect client confidences in a digital age — when every day seems to bring a new tale of computer hacking and security breaches — will be the top priority of the Board of Governor’s Technology Committee.

Brittany MaxeyDiversity panel works to expand opportunities
The Bar’s Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is pursuing a variety of initiatives as it seeks to expand opportunities for all Florida lawyers.

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    January 15, 2017

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