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Justice Kogan remembered for championing court communications

Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Kogan died in Miami on Thursday, March 4, 2021. He was 87 and was Florida’s 73rd justice since statehood was granted in 1845. In the 1990s, Justice Kogan, a former prosecutor, private practitioner, and circuit court judge, earned international praise for his “Access Initiative” — which used the…

Task force defends proposed IOTA program rule amendments

Critics of proposed amendments to the Bar rule governing the IOTA program fail to recognize that the amendments comply with a Supreme Court instruction to the task force that drafted the changes. That court instruction, according to the Task Force on the Distribution of IOTA Funds, was to “give priority consideration to providing direct legal…

Senate COVID-19 liability shield bill moves again

A COVID-19 liability shield for medical providers is continuing to advance in the Senate, despite warnings by critics that it would put some of Florida’s most vulnerable residents at risk. The Health Policy Committee voted 5-4 on March 3 to approve SB 74 by Judiciary Chair Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. When the nation’s supply of…

Anti-riot bill clears second House panel

The second Florida House committee meeting on a proposed bill to toughen criminal penalties for rioting went about as the first. Dozens of people showed up to speak against it and were given a minute or less each to testify because of time constraints on the meeting. Backers called the bill necessary, while Democratic members…

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  1. The Florida Bar

    FORMER FLORIDA CHIEF JUSTICE GERALD KOGAN PASSES AWAY

    The Florida Bar | Article | March 05, 2021
  2. Legal Discipline

    FLORIDA BAR FILES COMPLAINT OVER ‘PITBULL’ LAWYER’S ADS, BUT ETHICS EXPERTS RAISE QUESTIONS

    Daily Business Review | Article | March 04, 2021
  3. Judiciary

    CIVIL CASE FILINGS IN FEDERAL COURT DECREASED IN 2020, BUT EXPECT MORE FILINGS AS THE ECONOMY IMPROVES

    The Juris Lab | Article | March 04, 2021

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