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March 06, 2018
The Florida Bar
The Florida Bar News | Article | March 15, 2018
This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights last month’s Town Hall discussion in Tallahassee focusing on the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers. It was the first of four Florida Bar Town Halls to be held around the state. Florida State University law professor Larry Krieger, who has spent a generation teaching and researching lawyer satisfaction, was the speaker. Florida Bar President Michael Higer shared sobering statistics about attorney mental afflictions and Krieger discussed the findings from his and others’ research.
Constitution Revision Commission
Florida Politics | Article | March 05, 2018
The Constitution Revision Commission is considering a March 19 – May 10 session, according to a draft schedule sent to commissioners. The proposed dates, which will be considered by the body’s Rules Committee, would mean the CRC’s session will begin just 10 days after the Legislature ‘sine die’ this Friday [March 9]. The commission’s regular session would begin on Monday, March 19. The calendar notes that the commission must wrap up its work by May 10, with its report due to Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
Daily Business Review | Article | March 05, 2018
Florida Supreme Court justices will hear arguments today [March 6] in a closely watched case about which evidence standard the state’s courts should use to admit expert opinions. The civil and criminal defense bar supports the Daubert standard, which requires a trial judge to ensure the relevance and reliability of scientific testimony or evidence. Daubert is used in all federal and most state courts. Plaintiffs’ attorneys want Florida to keep the long-used Frye standard, which only asks the court to look at new or novel evidence to make sure it’s based on generally accepted science.
Civil Justice Issues
Pensacola News Journal | Article | March 05, 2018
The event Justice on the Block, to be held today [March 6], will provide free legal advice to folks who couldn’t otherwise afford a lawyer in Pensacola. The event will allow income-eligible individuals to ask lawyers about non-criminal legal topics such as housing, family, consumer issues, employment, public benefits and education. Justice on the Block will be held at the Community Action Program building. As part of the initiative, volunteer and legal aid lawyers come in-person or via video-conference to community events and centers. They offer initial consultations for free, then advise a path for other services and ongoing help.
Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | March 05, 2018
The D.W. Perkins Bar Association celebrated the first day of Women’s History Month on Thursday [March 1] with a panel discussion featuring three women judges who shared how they arrived on the bench. The panel was comprised by Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Angela Cox, Circuit Judge Karen Cole and Duval County Judge Dawn Hudson.
Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | March 05, 2018
Kevin Hyde, partner at the Foley & Lardner law firm, will become interim president of Florida State College at Jacksonville on or about May 31 when President Cynthia Bioteau retires. Hyde is chair of the University of North Florida’s board of trustees and past chairman of The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section. Hyde has identified his initial priorities as interim president, including maintaining the college’s financial aid support for students.
Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 06, 2018
Firefighters, police officers and EMTs who cannot work due to job-related post-traumatic stress disorder could qualify for expanded benefits under a bill heading to Gov. Rick Scott. The House unanimously approved the measure Monday [March 5]. In Florida, injured workers are prevented from receiving workers’ compensation insurance benefits — either medical benefits or lost wages — for mental or nervous injuries not accompanied by physical injuries. The bill would change that if police officers, firefighters, emergency-medical technicians and paramedics meet certain criteria.
Criminal Justice Issues
Tallahassee Democrat | Column | March 05, 2018
Mark Schlakman, senior program director at Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; Raoul Cantero, former Florida Supreme Court justice; and Roberto Martinez, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, write: “A seemingly improbable capital felonies bill passed by a vote of 11-1 in the Senate Rules Committee last week. . . . Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Orange County, sponsored it. . . . The bill responds to a Florida Supreme Court opinion that determined the extent to which prior death sentences are subject to review after the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Hurst v. Florida. . . . We commend Sen. Bracy for his leadership and agree that meaningful review of Florida’s entire death penalty process as framed by The Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section is necessary and in the best interests of all Floridians.”
The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | March 06, 2018
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