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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 21, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    FOURTH CIRCUIT BOARD OF GOVERNORS CANDIDATES’ PLATFORM STATEMENTS

    The Florida Bar | Article | February 21, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on the Mindful Lawyer, public member and lawyer openings on the Board of Bar Examiners and the Fourth Circuit Board of Governors candidate platform statements. W. Braxton Gillam IV and John M. Phillips are candidates running in this year’s Florida Bar Board of Governors race in the Fourth Circuit. Ballots will be emailed or mailed to eligible voters on Feb. 28 and must be returned no later than midnight, March 23.

  2. Civil Justice

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FLORIDA’S NEW COURT-NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

    Daily Business Review | Article | February 20, 2020

    The new e-Notify system makes it easier for attorneys, defendants, family members and interested parties to attend court hearings. The user-friendly system allows anyone who registers their name, telephone number and email at enotify.flcourts.org to have reminders about upcoming court events in criminal cases sent to their device.

  3. Judiciary

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SIGNS OFF ON AMENDMENT PROPOSAL

    WUFT | Article | February 20, 2020

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday [Feb. 20] unanimously approved a ballot measure that would require future constitutional amendments to be approved by voters twice in separate elections — instead of once. Justices said the proposal’s ballot title and summary, the wording that voters will see at the polls, meet legal requirements. The proposal will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot as Amendment 4.

  4. Legal Profession

    ORLANDO LAWYERS CREATE NONPROFIT TO HELP YOUTH

    News 6 Orlando | Article | February 18, 2020

    Benjamin Garcia and Erica Burns are Orlando attorneys by day and mentors and advocates for teen success by night. Garcia and Burns created a nonprofit called Life Beyond Adversity to give youth more positive options. Their mission is to help youth facing socio-economic hardships further their education and equip them with the ability to make better life decisions.

  5. Civil Justice

    NEW ELEVENTH CIRC. RULING APPLIES A NEW TEST TO THE TCPA

    Law.com | Article | February 20, 2020

    On Jan. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decided two cases involving the same issue on appeal, one from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and one from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The cases concerned unwanted and unsolicited telephone calls received by the plaintiffs. The ruling creates a new opportunity for massive litigation to be filed against telemarketers.

  6. Civil Justice

    POINT OF VIEW: FLORIDA CLERKS PUSH FLEXIBLE PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR DRIVER LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

    Palm Beach Post | Column | February 21, 2020

    Chris Hart, CEO of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, writes: “A driver license is suspended when a person fails to pay, or to begin making payments on, a court-ordered financial obligation within 60 days of receiving the order . . .  Clerks of Court agree with the policy goal of reducing driver license suspensions. We think the way to do this is by working with customers on the front end to get on a payment plan to comply with court-ordered financial obligations . . .  We remain ready and willing to work with our partners in the Legislature to find a solution that works for all Floridians — the ones who owe debts to the court, and the taxpayers who would be shouldered with their debt if clerks didn’t have a strong incentive to encourage them to pay.”

  7. Judiciary

    FOR TAMPA’S NEWEST JUDGE, JAMES S. MOODY III, LAW IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | February 20, 2020

    James S. Moody III was appointed in January as a Hillsborough County judge. His grandfather, James S. Moody Sr., was a state legislator and later a circuit judge. His father, James S. Moody Jr., is a federal judge in Tampa. His sister, Ashley Moody, was a circuit judge and now serves as Florida’s attorney general. His mother, Carol Moody, is a longtime attorney for Bay Area Legal Services. His younger sister, Patricia, is the non-lawyer in the family. She’s a doctor.

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