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The purpose of this summary provided by the Communications Department of The Florida Bar is to present media coverage that may be of interest to members. Opinions expressed in the articles are attributable solely to the authors. The Florida Bar does not adopt or endorse any opinions expressed below. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

July 09, 2019

  1. The Florida Bar

    PORTAL’S E-SERVICE FUNCTION SAVES LAWYERS MILLIONS

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 08, 2019

    This week, FloridaBarNews.TV highlights the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority, which oversees the court system’s statewide online filing portal. At the authority’s June 25 meeting, Portal Project Manager Carolyn Weber said lawyers have saved more than $30 million in postage since 2014 when the portal https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/ began its free automatic electronic service to a list created by parties in a case.

  2. The Florida Bar

    BOARD TO DISCUSS ONLINE LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDERS JULY 19

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 09, 2019

    The Florida Bar Board of Governors is expected to debate the new Bar president’s proposal for registering online legal services providers. The discussion would happen when the Board of Governors convenes July 19 in Key Largo. Fresh from his June 28 swearing-in ceremony at the Annual Convention, President John Stewart is expected to propose an amendment to Florida Bar Rules that would, among other things, create “Chapter 23, Registered Service Provider Program.” The program is designed to strengthen protection and expand economic opportunity for Bar members while promoting cooperative relationships with unregulated providers.

  3. Civil Justice Issues

    CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS RAISE PRIVACY CONCERNS OVER POST-PARKLAND SCHOOL SECURITY DATABASE

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | July 09, 2019

    Civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center and several that advocate for people with disabilities or mental health issues, said today [July 9] that the state should re-evaluate its plan for creating an expansive database of student discipline and behavior. In a letter scheduled to be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis, the 32 groups wrote that the still-developing database amounted to an “overly broad” attempt at “mass surveillance” of students that could end up discouraging kids from reporting bullying incidents or mental health needs out of fear that they could be labeled as a “potential school shooter.”

  4. Civil Justice Issues

    COURT: BREVARD DISCRIMINATES AGAINST SOME IN INVOCATIONS

    Tampa Bay News 9 | Article | July 08, 2019

    The Brevard County Commission on Monday [July 8] lost another legal battle over its policy of selecting speakers for meeting invocations that critics call discriminatory and unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued a 45-page ruling that criticized Brevard commissioners for favoring “mainstream” religious individuals when picking speakers to give opening statements before public meetings. The ruling upholds a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in September 2017, agreeing with plaintiffs that commissioners’ practice of excluding nontheists violated the U.S. Constitution. Messages to Brevard County commissioners on Monday were not immediately returned.

  5. Legal Profession

    BUY A BUTTON: LAW FIRM LAUNCHES A SOCIAL MEDIA MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

    Daily Business Review | Article | July 08, 2019

    Miami law firm Mark Migdal & Hayden has created a mental health social media campaign to help raise funds that will go toward the Hagan Kilby Foundation. The charitable corporation offers financial assistance to attorneys who are otherwise unable to obtain treatment offered by Florida Lawyers Assistance for depression, anxiety, alcoholism or any other mental health issues. Mark Migdal & Hayden is raising the money by matching donations made in the purchase of black-and-white buttons sold by the Hagan Kilby Foundation. The buttons are designed to bring attention to mental health issues and are being sold for a minimum donation of $5.

  6. Judiciary

    FLORIDA’S SHAM: GOVERNORS ARE RIGGING COURTS THROUGH ‘PARTISAN LITMUS TESTS’

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | July 03, 2019

    Guest columnist O.H. Eaton, Jr., a retired circuit judge from Seminole County, writes: “Judicial independence is one of the cornerstones of American democracy . . . [then-Gov.] Rubin Askew had the courage and foresight to limit political considerations in the selection of judges. He created nominating commissions for each of the courts in Florida . . . The system worked admirably until recent governors started watering it down.”

  7. Civil Justice Issues

    JUDGE SETS AGGRESSIVE TIMETABLE FOR FELON VOTING RIGHTS RESTORATION LAWSUITS

    Florida Politics | Article | July 06, 2019

    Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has ordered an expedited schedule for lawsuits challenging the implementation of Amendment 4. During a conference call with attorneys, Walker addressed the need for speed. He said he believes a final hearing could take place in as soon as five months. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the legislation in question into law on June 28. Most controversially, the new law requires felons seeking to register to vote to have first fulfilled all financial obligations associated with their criminal record. That included court fees, fines and “full payment of restitution.”

  8. Tech Tip

    USING KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS TO CHANGE CASE OPTIONS

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 08, 2019

    WHY ARE YOU YELLING? Well, maybe you’re not, but you accidentally left CAPS LOCK on and your computer is raising its voice. On both Windows and Mac OS devices, rather than retyping, you can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly cycle through case options such as ALL CAPS, all lower and Sentence case.

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