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September 10, 2019
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The Florida Bar News | Article | September 10, 2019
Today the Daily News Summary highlights two Florida Bar News stories, focusing on Southern Legal Counsel’s new pro bono program and new appointments to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. With support from a Florida Bar Foundation pro bono transformation grant, Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) is developing a formalized pro bono program that will involve volunteer lawyers, students, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals in all aspects of the public interest law firm’s litigation and advocacy. Samantha Howell, SLC’s new pro bono director under the grant, is holding a series of focus groups across the state with prospective partners to discuss the pro bono landscape and identify law firm needs and obstacles to taking on pro bono cases.
Daily Business Review | Article | September 09, 2019
The Florida Supreme Court appointed Miami litigators Paul Schwiep of Coffey Burlington and Stanley Wakshlag, shareholder at Kenny Nachwalter, to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Schwiep previously served a five-year term on the bar examiners’ board, which he chaired in 2005. He has practiced since 1989, focusing on commercial litigation and environmental law. Fellow appointee Wakshlag specializes in class action, securities and complex business litigation.
Criminal Justice Issues
WSVN | Article | September 10, 2019
A judge has set a hearing on an attempt by defense attorneys in Florida’s high school massacre case to remove the state’s prosecutors because they won’t reconsider seeking the death penalty for the defendant. Attorneys for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz say in a court motion that Broward State Attorney Michael Satz informed them he will consider no evidence that would argue against capital punishment. Satz’s office responded that the motion is another attempt to prevent a jury from deciding Cruz’s fate. The hearing is scheduled for Friday [Sept. 13]. Cruz is charged with killing 17 people in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Civil Justice Issues
Tampa Bay Times | Article | September 10, 2019
A Hillsborough County judge ruled Monday [Sept. 9] that a 4-year-old boy with leukemia will remain in the custody of his grandparents because there is “imminent risk of neglect” if he stays with his parents. Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation after which they may be able to be reunified with their child. The long and winding legal battle began in April, after 4-year-old Noah was diagnosed with leukemia and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office issued an endangered child alert after the family couldn’t be located and missed appointments. The family wanted to pursue natural remedies over chemotherapy.
Civil Justice Issues
Health News Florida | Article | September 10, 2019
In a blow to environmental groups, an appeals court Monday [Sept. 9] overturned a circuit judge’s ruling saying state lawmakers improperly diverted money that flowed from a 2014 constitutional amendment designed to boost land and water conservation. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal found Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson erred when he ruled that money from the amendment could only be used on land purchased after the voter-approved measure took effect. Dodson’s ruling followed allegations by environmental groups that lawmakers had improperly used money from what is known as the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for other expenses, including agency expenses and salaries.
The Florida Bar | Article | September 10, 2019
Dragging an app into Trash on a Mac only removes the “.app” file, but that action doesn’t necessarily delete associated data and files – things like preferences, logins, and licensed files. Taking the time to remove that now-unused data will free up space on your computer. This week’s Tech Tip goes over three ways to uninstall apps on your Mac.