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The Florida Bar News – Sept. 15 Edition: Member Benefits Program, Software to Compare Sentences, Guide to Local Lobbying Procedures

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The September 15 Bar News is now available. Top stories include a feature on The Florida Bar Member Benefits, a software that can foster justice by comparing and contrasting court cases, and online access to court records.

BAR’S MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM IS WORKING FOR YOU

Are you getting the most from your Florida Bar membership? The Florida Bar Member Benefits is ready to save you time and money. In the category of Practice Resources, products designed to help you offer better service to your clients and make your job easier when it comes to managing cases and billing are available.

SOFTWARE SEEKS TO COMPARE SENTENCES

A series of articles published by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about the longer sentences African-American defendants received in Florida produced a strong reaction in the legal community. The Equity in Sentencing Analysis System (ESAS) was developed to compare and contrast cases to bring “true uniformity in sentencing the criminally accused.”

ACCESSING RECORDS ONLINE BRINGS LAWYERS INTO CONTACT WITH THE ‘SECURITY MATRIX’

Lawyers and the public must go to each clerk’s website to gain access to that county’s court files, but a second statewide database of court records, now only available to governmental agencies, may soon be available to attorneys and others.

Read these and other stories featured in the September 15, Bar News.