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August 23, 2019
The Florida Bar News | Article | August 22, 2019
The Daily News Summary has two Florida Bar News stories today, including one about The Florida Bar’s extended deadline to apply for vacancies on the 2nd and 5th DCA judicial nominating commissions and the 5th, 7th, 9th, 15th, 16th, and 18th circuit JNCs. Attorneys interested in applying may complete the application form on the Bar’s website or should call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5757 to obtain the application. Completed applications are due by Sept. 4.
Gainesville Sun | Article | August 22, 2019
Former Gainesville attorney Chris Chestnut has been permanently disbarred, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday [Aug. 22]. Chestnut was already serving a five-year disbarment for several other complaints lodged against him. The permanent disbarment takes effect immediately. He filed an appeal contesting the previous ruling but it was denied.
Florida Phoenix | Article | August 22, 2019
Based on the language of a new law passed by the Florida Legislature this spring, some out-of-state groups financed by ideological and political-leaning donors have been chosen to consult with Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to review all civics instructional materials, raising concerns about the potential for fundamental changes in the way civics is taught. Under the law, Florida’s Education Commissioner has to make recommendations to improve civics education materials and testing by Dec. 31. By Dec. 31, 2020, the Florida Department of Education also will review statewide academic standards – what students are supposed to know — used for civics courses.
WPLG | Article | August 21, 2019
Democrats in the Florida House on Tuesday [Aug. 20] launched a bid to convene the Republican-controlled Legislature but most Republicans are expected to follow the lead of their legislative leaders who oppose the move. A special session would need consent from at least three-fifths of legislators in both chambers. Senate President Bill Galvano, a Republican, says that a special session would be too limiting, in time and scope, for the comprehensive review he wants – particularly when there is not yet a clear consensus on how to address the issue. Days after the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Galvano asked fellow lawmakers to explore new measures to curb gun violence, including ways to address hate and white nationalism.
Civil Justice Issues
Palm Beach Post | Article | August 22, 2019
The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages. Estate lawyers and other experts say prying open the trust and dividing up the financier’s riches is not going to be easy and could take years. Epstein, 66, killed himself Aug. 10 in New York while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. The discovery of the will with its newly created 1953 Trust, named after the year of his birth, instantly raised suspicions he did it to hide money from the many women who say he sexually abused them when they were teenagers.
Civil Justice Issues
Daily Business Review | Article | August 22, 2019
The Florida Third District Court of Appeal has affirmed a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judgment providing for former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s Kendall property to be donated to Miami Dade College. Reno, who died in 2016, had originally intended for her lifelong Florida property to be donated to another school – the University of Miami. However, UM declined the gift after Reno’s death, reasoning that the property’s upkeep and the maintenance would prove too costly. Her estate subsequently arranged for the ranch to be endowed to Miami Dade College. The matter reached the appellate court after the former Miami prosecutor’s niece, Janet Meliha Reno, appealed the lower court’s order permitting her aunt’s will to be amended.