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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.

April 01, 2020

  1. Judiciary

    NEW STATEWIDE COVID-19 EMERGENCY ORDERS EXTEND COURT LANGUAGE INTERPRETER REGULATORY & CONTINUING JUDICIAL EDUCATION DEADLINES

    The Florida Bar News | Article | April 01, 2020

    To ensure that state courts have sufficient foreign language interpretation services, Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady issued a new administrative order March 31 extending a number of regulatory deadlines for court interpreters during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Canady also issued a separate order March 31 extending the period of time in which Florida state judges must meet continuing education requirements.

  2. The Florida Bar

    CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC IMPACTS EXPECTED TO SLASH FOUNDATION’S IOTA INCOME; BOARD DELAYS SOME GRANTS

    The Florida Bar News | Article | April 01, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on an uptick in estate planning, a runoff for the Fourth Circuit Young Lawyers Division Board, a high school hockey championship and COVID-19 effects on IOTA income. Almost half of its IOTA income will likely be lost in the next fiscal year because of collapsing interest rates, part of the economic upheaval caused by the new COVID-19 pandemic, according to Florida Bar Foundation projections. Foundation Executive Director Donny MacKenzie reported to the board that through the June 30 end of the 2019-20 fiscal year, he expects the Foundation to receive $13.7 million in IOTA funds. But because of lowered interest rates, slashed by the Federal Reserve to help boost the economy, that’s expected to be around $7.1 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

  3. Legislative

    LAWMAKERS CALL ON GOV. DESANTIS TO BLOCK EVICTIONS AS RENT COMES DUE FOR JOBLESS CITIZENS

    Florida Phoenix | Article | March 31, 2020

    Miami-area Rep. Shevrin Jones and a group of lawmakers said Tuesday [March 31] in an online press conference that they called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to order a halt to evictions after a Supreme Court order generally pausing evictions expires April 17. The tenants would be responsible for paying the rent due after the moratoriums are lifted.

  4. Judiciary

    KIDS IN FOSTER CARE? CORONAVIRUS PROMPTS COURTS TO HALT FAMILY VISITS, DEALING HARSH BLOW

    Palm Beach Post | Article | March 31, 2020

    Biological parents battling to regain custody of children in foster care could lose crucial bonding time and see reunification stymied as dependency courts nationwide cancel hearings and suspend face-to-face family visits over coronavirus concerns. The visitation suspensions — issued in counties across Texas, Florida, Nebraska and Maine, among others — are temporary. Some courts stipulate that in-person visits may continue if all parties agree to proceed.

  5. Judiciary

    FEDERAL APPEALS COURT REFUSES TO REVISIT FLORIDA FELONS VOTING RULING

    Daytona Beach News Journal | Article | March 31, 2020

    Striking another blow against Gov. Ron DeSantis, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday [March 31] turned down the governor’s request for what is known as an “en banc,” or full court, review of a decision by a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based court. The case involves a challenge to a 2019 Florida law that made felons’ voting eligibility contingent upon payment of court-ordered fees, fines and restitution. The panel on Feb. 19 upheld a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle that the state cannot bar felons from voting if they are “genuinely unable” to pay the obligations.

  6. Criminal Justice

    U.S. ATTORNEY IN TAMPA LAUNCHES CORONAVIRUS FRAUD TASK FORCE

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 31, 2020

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida is launching a task force with state and local officials to investigate fraud related to the coronavirus. “During this national crisis,” U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez said in an announcement of the task force, “we will prioritize the investigation and prosecution of crimes related to COVID-19,” the disease caused by the virus.

  7. Judiciary

    WILLIAM H. HOEVELER JUDICIAL PROFESSIONALISM AWARD RECOGNIZES CHARACTER, SERVICE AND COMPETENCE

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | April 01, 2020

    U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard of the Jacksonville Division of the Middle District of Florida was awarded the annual William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award by The Florida Bar. The award recognizes an active judge who best exemplifies strength of character, service and competence as a jurist, lawyer and public servant. Judge Howard has served as a district judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 2007.

  8. Civil Justice

    LAWSUITS TARGET ZOOM OVER FACEBOOK DATA TRANSFERS

    Law.com | Article | March 31, 2020

    Zoom Video Communications Inc. has been hit with two privacy lawsuits in California after the company’s data protection procedures came under scrutiny once the platform transformed into a crucial tool for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Wexler Wallace filed the first-class action complaint against Zoom on Monday [March 30], followed by Tycko & Zavareei Tuesday [March 31]. The lawyers assert that Zoom’s sharing of user data to third parties was an “egregious breach of their trust and of social norms” and violated even Facebook’s policies.

  9. Civil Justice

    VINDICATED: BIG COMEBACK FOR MIAMI LAWYER WHO LOST BOARD SEAT OVER PRO BONO WORK

    Daily Business Review | Article | March 31, 2020

    A pro bono case temporarily cost Coffey Burlington partner Paul J. Schwiep his seat on the Miami-Dade Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust. Ultimately, Administrative Judge Suzanne Van Wyk agreed with Schwiep and his clients Tropical Audubon Society and found the extension of State Road 836 by 14 miles would damage the environment, risk contaminating drinking water and destroy wetlands. Schwiep alleged his removal from the transportation trust, an independent body that supervises and audits half-penny sales surtax for transit operations, was politically motivated, and the Third District Court of Appeal ordered his reinstatement in January.

  10. Wellness Wednesday

    HOW TO BUILD HEALTHY HABITS

    The New York Times | Article | April 01, 2020

    The best way to form a new habit is to tie it to an existing habit, experts say. Look for patterns in your day and think about how you can use existing habits to create new, positive ones.

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