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An electronic digest of media coverage of interest to members of The Florida Bar compiled each workday by the Public Information and Bar Services Department. Electronic links are only active in today's edition. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

April 9, 2013

--Legal Profession--

ATTORNEYS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ACCESS AND E-FILING: SIDEBAR LUNCH BRINGS ATTORNEYS AND JUDGES TOGETHER -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, April 9, 2013.
The Jacksonville Bar Association held a Sidebar Lunch on Wednesday [April 3] at the Duval County Courthouse. Among the issues discussed were access to judges' offices and pending e-filing requirements for criminal cases. It hosted about 50 attendees and judges from the Circuit Court Criminal Division. The event included a panel discussion with Judges Charles Arnold, Suzanne Bass, Mallory Cooper, Mark Hulsey, Tatiana Salvador, Adrian Soud and William Wilkes. The panel discussed the approaching Oct. 1 deadline for e-filing of documents in criminal cases. It also benefited from attendee 1st District Court of Appeal Judge Scott Makar, who discussed his experiences with e-filing.

LAW DAY 2013: "REALIZING THE DREAM: EQUALITY FOR ALL" -- Jacksonville Daily Record, Column, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, April 9, 2013.
Column by Jacksonville Bar Association Board of Governors member Geddes Anderson. He writes that the Jacksonville Bar Association "has established its Law Day, in part, to help people in the Jacksonville community understand how law keeps us free and how our legal system strives to achieve justice," and "Law Day also is a time to celebrate the legal profession in Jacksonville and honor those who have made significant contributions to the legal community and the Jacksonville community at-large."

--Judiciary--

SALVADOR IS LATEST ADDITION TO CIRCUIT COURT BENCH -- Jacksonville Daily Record, Column, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, April 9, 2013.
Circuit Court Judge Tatiana Salvador was ceremoniously sworn in Thursday [April 4] at the Duval County Courthouse. Salvador was appointed to the Circuit bench by Gov. Rick Scott to replace retiring Judge McCarthy "Mack" Crenshaw and has served in the criminal division for three months. Fourth Circuit Chief Judge Donald Moran presided over the session, where numerous people spoke of Salvador's accomplishments. 


--Legislature--

BILL BANNING SHARIAH LAW IN FLORIDA FAMILY CASES PASSES SENATE PANEL -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.palmbeachpost.com, April 9, 2013. [Also: BILL AGAINST FOREIGN LAWS IN COURT CLEARS PANEL -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, April 9, 2013.]
Florida lawmakers are poised to pass a controversial law banning courts from using foreign law, after a split Senate committee signed off on the measure. The bill (SB 58) would ban courts or other administrative authorities form using religious or foreign law in deciding matters related to family law, including divorce and child custody. Critics, including The Florida Bar, the Anti-Defamation League, the ACLU of Florida and the National Council of Jewish Women, contend the bill would have a negative impact on Jewish divorces, called “gets,” and could trouble the state’s relationship with Israel.

VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN TO VETO ALIMONY BILL UNDERWAY -- South Florida-Business Journal, (requires subscription), http://www.bizjournals.com, April 9, 2013.
The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar emailed its members asking them to sign a petition posted on Change.org asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would ban permanent alimony and restrict alimony amounts based on duration of marriage. Family Law Section Chair Carin Marie Porras, a Fort Lauderdale attorney, said the email was sent out to about 3,900 members of the Family Law Section of the Bar. The petition was posted shortly after the Senate passed the bill (SB-718).

JUVENILE SENTENCING BILL PASSES BY SENATE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, April 9, 2013.
Under a bill approved by a Senate committee on Monday [April 8], juveniles could be sentenced to a maximum of 50 years in prison for non-murder crimes and a minimum of 50 years for murder. The bill is a response to U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting life sentences for juveniles. Defense lawyers and juvenile advocates called the limits "harsh," particularly the minimum-mandatory 50-year sentence for murder. The bill was supported by the state's prosecutors and by the Florida Sheriffs Association. Florida has more than 300 juvenile prisoners who could be impacted by those rulings.

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[Revised: 04-10-2013]