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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.

February 11, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS HAS ONE PUBLIC MEMBER OPENING

    The Florida Bar | Article | February 11, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on a fundraiser for the Innocence Project, the ACC Tampa Bay Women’s group learning self-defense, the FSU Black Law Student Association winning a mock trial competition, St. John’s Legal Aid honoring volunteers and an opening for a public member on the Board of Bar Examiners. Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before March 23 for one three-year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Supreme Court of Florida will appoint one public member to serve on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

  2. Criminal Justice

    FLORIDA COURTS STRUGGLE TO COLLECT FINES OWED BY EX-FELONS

    WUSF | Article | February 11, 2020

    A new government study shows Florida courts have a remarkably difficult job collecting fees and fines in criminal cases – failures that now have a direct effect on the ability of ex-felons to vote in future elections after they serve their prison sentences. Of more than $315 million in fines and fees assessed in 2017 and 2018, the study by the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability found that state circuit courts – where most criminal cases are adjudicated – collected less than 10 percent of the money owed. County courts collected just under 40 percent of money owed.

  3. Legislative

    AMY HAMLIN: SWEEPING ALIMONY CHANGES WILL HURT FLORIDA FAMILIES

    Florida Politics | Column | February 10, 2020

    Amy Hamlin, chair of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, writes: “For the last several legislative sessions, there has been a push for sweeping changes to Florida’s alimony statute that would severely alter our system and cause significant harm to Florida families. This year’s push has come in the form of House Bill 843 and Senate Bill 1832. These bills would make negative and far-reaching changes to the current alimony system, including doing away with long-term alimony and adopting the presumption of equal timesharing, along with other provisions that discount the concept that marriage is an equal partnership.”

  4. Judiciary

    SIX FINALISTS FOR VACANT JACKSONVILLE JUDGESHIP AFTER ELECTION WAS CANCELED

    Florida Times-Union | Article | February 10, 2020

    A Jacksonville Judicial Nominating Commission selected six finalists Monday [Feb. 10] to fill a vacant circuit judgeship after an election to fill the position was canceled last month. Gov. Ron DeSantis must now choose from among those six finalists. The election was canceled after Circuit Judge Gregg McCaulie resigned. The 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission vetted 12 candidates for the position.

  5. Legal Discipline

    FORT PIERCE ATTORNEY FAILED TO PURSUE CLIENT’S EMPLOYMENT CLAIM, WHICH WAS THEN DISMISSED, COURT SAYS

    TC Palm | Article | February 10, 2020

    Still on probation following a public reprimand two years ago, longtime attorney Joseph Mancini has been suspended from practicing law for 91 days by the Florida Supreme Court. Mancini, who works primarily in labor and employment law, was among 13 attorneys disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders that disbarred two, revoked the licenses of two, reprimanded one and suspended eight.

  6. Criminal Justice

    CLERK’S OFFICE CAN’T BE TRUSTED WITH COUNTY FINANCES, PUBLIC DEFENDERS WARN

    Sun Sentinel | Article | February 10, 2020

    The Broward Clerk’s Office has shortchanged the Public Defender’s Office by $1.6 million a year, on average, Public Defender Howard Finkelstein and his chief assistant, Gordon Weekes, said in letters to the governor, state senators, Broward County commissioners and several appointed officials. But the clerk’s office accused the Public Defender’s Office of staking claim to money that doesn’t belong to them. The disagreement over payments has been the subject of a longstanding feud between the two offices.

  7. Tech Tip

    NEW & IMPROVED WINDOWS 10 FEATURE: SNAP!

    The Florida Bar | Article | February 11, 2020

    On Windows 10, the “Snap” function helps you organize the space on your screen more efficiently, improving productivity. Using this feature, you can quickly snap windows to the sides or corners by just using your mouse, keyboard, or touch without the need to resize and position them manually – even if you have more than one monitor.

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