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Lawrence “Larry” Tyree of Orlando and Susan D. Stafford of Tallahassee have been appointed to the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Both are appointed for the remainder of a term expiring December 31, 2022. In other Florida Bar News, a Senate panel reviews fines and fees and an update on the cashier’s check scam that is very much…

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David Behrend, M.ED., director of Career Planning Services for Lawyers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and Judith Rushlow, executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, will offer a free career counseling program for lawyers via computer or telephone Wednesday, Dec. 4, at noon. Check out the Bar’s Daily News Summary to see what news you missed over the…

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The Senate Judiciary Committee this week voted overwhelmingly to give judges more leeway to depart from minimum mandatory sentences for certain non-violent drug trafficking crimes. The measure — SB 468, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg — would allow judges to depart from minimum mandatory sentences in certain drug trafficking cases only when the…

Law related issues

Today’s Daily News Summary features news about proposed changes to Speedy Trial Rule, vacancies on Florida Bar Foundation board, and an overview of the recent Young Lawyers Division government lawyer summit. ENTITIES SEEK MORE TIME TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SPEEDY TRIAL RULE The Criminal Law Section and the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee…

Fraudulent Email Alert

Dozens of Bar members are reporting receiving fraudulent emails from spoofed email accounts designed to look like they are from Florida Bar Executive Director Joshua Doyle. The content of the email ranges from interview requests to “urgent” client matters, and subjects have included, “Client Req: BN/109015” and “The Florida Bar Joshua Doyle.” Examples of fake…

Technology and Law

The Florida Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Standing Committee will consider what constitutes a regular presence in Florida for the practice of law under Rule 4-5.5 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Meeting at the Bar’s Fall Meeting, the committee discussed a request from a New Jersey-licensed attorney who recently moved to Florida and would…

November Florida Bar News

The November Bar News is now available with stories including: LUCK AND MUÑIZ TAKE CEREMONIAL OATHS AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICES Supreme Court Justices Robert Luck and Carlos Muñiz were ceremonially sworn in at a packed Supreme Court September 24 as the 88th and 89th justices in the court’s history. The two had privately taken their oaths when…

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Barbara Petersen, the founding president of Florida’s First Amendment Foundation who is retiring after 25 years leading the organization, received the Susan Spencer-Wendel Award for Lifetime Achievement on Monday for her contributions in support of a free press and Floridians’ right to have access to their government. Spencer-Wendel was a longtime Palm Beach Post courts…

Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady

The Florida Supreme Court has unanimously re-elected Charles T. Canady as its chief justice for a two-year term that begins July 1, 2020. It will be his third term as head of the state’s highest court and chief administrative officer of the state courts system. In July 2018, he started a second two-year term as chief…

News about Marsy's Law

Recent articles from the Florida Bar News include stories on Marsy’s Law and a rule that would place more weight on attorneys to identify protected information. MARSY’S LAW CONFIDENTIALITY RULE PROPOSED, DEBATED AT RJAC Florida’s clerks of courts have presented a plan and associated procedural rule change to implement the Marsy’s Law victims’ rights constitutional amendment…