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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.

March 27, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    TANNER WINS ELECTION FOR BAR PRESIDENT-ELECT

    The Florida Bar News | Article | March 24, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on the election for Bar president-elect, responses to COVID-19 in the legal world, a proposed new procedural rule for Marsy’s Law, and the disciplining of five judges by the Florida Supreme Court.

    Jacksonville attorney Michael G. Tanner has prevailed over fellow Board of Governors member Renée E. Thompson of Ocala in a neck-and-neck race to become president-elect of The Florida Bar. In results released March 24, Tanner received 8,647 votes to Thompson’s 8,558. The 89-vote margin (50.3 to 49.7 percent) out of more than 17,000 ballots cast marks it as one of the closest contests in Bar history. Four other seats on the Board of Governors were also decided when balloting ended at midnight March 23; as was one seat on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors while another YLD race goes to a runoff.

  2. The Florida Bar

    LEGAL AID OFFICES OPERATING REMOTELY, REACHING OUT TO CLIENTS IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

    The Florida Bar News | Article | March 26, 2020

    Legal aid organizations are working to beef up already existing capabilities for helping clients online and via telephone, reaching out through social media, while still finding ways to reach people who do not have access to electronic technology. Some offices are maintaining a skeleton staff to handle mail and other matters and deal with clients who come by or require some in-person meeting, while maintaining social distancing and other safety measures.

  3. The Florida Bar

    MARSY’S LAW PROPOSED PROCEDURAL RULE WINS PRAISE, ESPECIALLY FROM CLERKS

    The Florida Bar News | Article | March 27, 2020

    A proposed new rule to carry out the victim privacy provisions of Marsy’s Law has won the support of Florida’s clerks of courts and praise from a representative of the organization that backed the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018. A special Bar joint subcommittee with members from several procedural rules committees has proposed new Rule of Judicial Administration 2.423 to address the amendment protections of personal information about crime victims.

  4. Judiciary

    COURT REPRIMANDS JUDGES FOR AN IMPROPER ENDORSEMENT

    The Florida Bar News | Article | March 27, 2020

    The Supreme Court has reprimanded one former and four current 11th Circuit judges for improperly endorsing a company seeking a community care services contract from the Florida Department of Children and Families. Those reprimanded are retired Judge Cindy Lederman, Judge Marcia Caballero, Judge Rosa Figarola, Judge Teresa Pooler, and Judge Mavel Ruiz. The Judicial Qualifications Commission found the action violated Canons 1, 2, and 4 of the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct.

  5. Civil Justice

    FEDERAL JUDGE TELLS FLORIDA TO FIX PROCESS FOR LETTING FELONS VOTE OR ‘I WILL’

    Bradenton Herald | Article | March 27, 2020

    U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle delivered an ultimatum Thursday [March 26] to attorneys representing Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration in a lawsuit challenging a 2019 law that implemented a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences. Judge Hinkle warned the state’s attorneys to come up with a process to determine whether felons have paid “legal financial obligations” as required by the law and whether those felons have the ability to pay the court-ordered fees and fines before an April 27 trial in the case. “If the state is not going to fix it, I will,” said Hinkle during a telephone hearing Thursday [March 26].

  6. Judiciary

    STUCK WITH A TRAFFIC TICKET OR DIVORCE CASE? WHAT THE COURTS WILL LET YOU DO AMID CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN

    South Florida Sun Sentinel | Article | March 26, 2020

    South Florida’s courts are all but closed to the public as part of the region’s response to the new coronavirus, but in necessary ways, the doors are not locked — justice is still being served. “While the courthouse is closed to the general public,” there remains “an exception for parties who need to file injunctions,” said Dian Diaz, chief operating officer for Broward Clerk of Courts Brenda Forman.

  7. Legal Profession

    ‘I FEEL LIKE STRESS CRYING’: LAW STUDENTS SHARE ANXIETY, SUPPORT ON REDDIT

    Law.com | Article | March 26, 2020

    The online forum Reddit has emerged as a place for law students to share info about their school’s grading policies, express their worries and swap advice amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The section of online forum Reddit that is dedicated to law schools—r/LawSchool—offers an unfiltered look at what is keeping future lawyers up at night.

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