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February 10, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | February 10, 2020
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on an amendment to a rule comment on lawyer networking opportunities headed to the Supreme Court, a new Florida International University law clinic to assist low-income families in Miami-Dade and Blan Teagle named Judicial Qualifications Commission executive director. Later in February Teagle will take over at the Judicial Qualifications Commission following the retirement of its previous executive director, Michael Schneider, in 2019. The commission’s 15 members investigate allegations of judicial misconduct and, when it is found to have occurred, the commission recommends sanctions to the Florida Supreme Court.
Axios | Article | February 07, 2020
The editors in chief of law journals at the top 16 law schools in the U.S. are all women for the first time in history, the Washington Post reports. The report also notes that women still only make up less than a quarter of law firm equity partners, a quarter of tenured and tenure-track law professors and about a third of active federal district and appeals court judges. And only four women have ever served on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Daytona Beach News Journal | Article | February 09, 2020
The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred Brett Hartley for using money from his attorney trust account to run a strip club in Jacksonville. The Florida Supreme Court initially suspended Hartley from practicing law in 2018 as the investigation continued. Hartley also made “intentionally false and misleading” statements to Flagler County Judge D. Melissa Moore Stens during a hearing in August 2018 concerning a client’s restitution. The order disbarring Hartley is effective immediately since he was already suspended.
Law.com | Article | February 07, 2020
Law firms in Miami and Los Angeles claim in a class action that the Google Photos service uses facial recognition technology that violates an Illinois biometric privacy law with stiff statutory penalties. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California claims Google failed to get the consent or written release required under Illinois’ 2008 Biometric Information Privacy Act requiring the collectors of unique identifiers to detail how they store and protect the sensitive information.