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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.

May 20, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    SPECIAL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS BAR PRESIDENTS EXERCISE MORE DISCRETION IN NON-VOTING BOARD APPOINTMENTS

    The Florida Bar | Article | May 20, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features a Florida Bar News column about a judge’s feedback on remote court proceedings and articles about information sent to the IOTA Task Force and more discretion in non-voting board appointments by Florida Bar presidents. The Special Committee on Non-Voting Board Appointments recommended the policy be “enforced as written, with each president having the authority and discretion to issue such invitations as that president may decide.” President John Stewart directed the Rules Committee to review the findings and report back to the Board of Governors in June.

  2. Judiciary

    ‘QUIET. MOM’S IN COURT’: AKERMAN MIAMI PARTNER DESCRIBES TAKING PART IN HISTORIC HIGH COURT VIRTUAL HEARING

    Daily Business Review | Article | May 19, 2020

    On May 6, when Marcy Levine Aldrich appeared before the Florida Supreme Court, she had a sign on the door of her home office that says, “Quiet. Mom’s in court.” Aldrich, a partner at Akerman in Miami and chair of the firm’s class action defense practice, appeared before the Florida Supreme Court during a historic moment when the court heard oral arguments via video for the first time.

  3. Civil Justice

    ‘SECRET’ ECUA GRAND JURY REPORT SHOULD BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC, COURT SAYS

    Pensacola News Journal | Article | May 20, 2020

    A Florida appellate court has recommended the full release of a “secret” grand jury report that raised concerns about the operations and management of the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority. After ECUA’s then-attorney Bradley Odom reviewed the grand jury’s final report in 2018, he successfully petitioned a circuit judge to repress public release of several sections that were critical of him and ECUA’s leadership. The First Circuit Court of Appeal issued an opinion Tuesday [May 19] calling for the full release of the report, finding the grand jury report was based on fact and within the jury’s purview.

  4. Criminal Justice

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE BETWEEN ALACHUA COUNTY AND SHERIFF SADIE DARNELL

    WCJB | Article | May 20, 2020

    A legal battle between Alachua County and Sheriff Sadie Darnell is headed to the state Supreme Court. The court announced Tuesday [May 19] it will accept jurisdiction over the case, which centers around the sheriff’s ability to move money around in her budget without approval from the county. The First District Court of Appeal sided with the sheriff last year saying Florida statute preserves the sheriff’s independence as a constitutional officer when it comes to how she spends her budget.

  5. Obituary

    FORMER ESCAMBIA COUNTY JUDGE BILLY G. WARD OF WALNUT HILL PASSES AWAY

    NorthEscambia.com | Article | May 20, 2020

    Former Escambia County Judge Billy G. Ward of Walnut Hill passed away at the age of 95. He was a justice of the peace in Escambia County from January 1957 through December 1971 when the Justice of the Peace Court was abolished by a Florida constitutional revision, replaced by Circuit Courts and County Courts. Ward was grandfathered as a county judge and went on to win election to the bench. He served until retiring on Dec. 31, 1988. At the time, he was the only sitting judge in Florida who was not a lawyer.

  6. Wellness Wednesday

    7 SCIENCE-BASED STRATEGIES TO COPE WITH CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY

    The Florida Bar | Article | May 20, 2020

    Feeling anxious in response to a threat is a normal human reaction but sustained high anxiety can undermine constructive responses to a crisis. These seven suggestions, based on psychology, can help you deal with coronavirus anxiety. Although you might feel helpless during this stressful time, following these strategies can help keep anxiety from becoming a greater problem.

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