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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.

July 07, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    FLORIDA LAWYERS EARN BOARD CERTIFICATION

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 07, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on the Florida Civil Legal Aid Association, the ABA’s “Reunification Hero”, honoring Gold Star Families and newly Board-certified lawyers.  The Board of Legal Specialization and Education congratulates the 60 lawyers who recently earned Florida Bar board certification. Only about seven percent of Florida’s more than 108,000 lawyers have earned board certification.

  2. Judiciary

    JUDGE ABRUPTLY REVERSES ORDER TO HAVE FACT-FINDER INVESTIGATE SOUTH FLORIDA ICE JAILS

    Miami Herald | Article | July 06, 2020

    On Monday [July 6], U.S. District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke appointed an independent fact-finder to investigate possible “inhumane conditions, deliberate indifference and cruel and unusual punishment” prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic at three South Florida immigration detention centers. Hours later, Cooke reversed her order and it’s unknown if she will issue a revised order.

  3. Judiciary

    SOUTH FLORIDA LAWYER TURNS HEADS BY WEARING FULL HAZMAT SUIT TO FEDERAL COURT

    Daily Business Review | Article | July 06, 2020

    Miami criminal defense attorney Samuel J. Rabin Jr. went into the federal courthouse in Miami for a sentencing hearing in a full hazmat suit, gloves, respirator mask and face shield because he wasn’t about to risk catching or spreading COVID-19. Though Rabin said he had the option of appearing via Zoom, he felt the sentencing was too important to do online. “The judge had no issue with me wearing it,” Rabin said. “She understood, quite frankly, and wasn’t upset about it in any way.”

  4. Legal Discipline

    BROWARD LAWYER’S THREATENING MESSAGE LANDS HIM A SUSPENSION: ‘YOU WILL NEVER SEE ME COMING’

    Daily Business Review | Article | July 06, 2020

    The Florida Supreme Court suspended Fort Lauderdale attorney James M. Potts Sr., of the Potts Legacy Law Group for a pattern of misconduct and multiple offenses, including electronic messages that an “objectively reasonable person” would assume, are meant to harass and intimidate. Potts, who represented residents of a condominium, sent the condo association treasurer, Ruben Vicente, a series of unprofessional and disparaging emails. “You can’t hide from law enforcement. You can’t hide from the state attorney looking for you when you are in contempt of court, and you especially can’t hide from me,” the referee’s report quotes Potts as saying in the email.

  5. Judiciary

    BED TAX FIGHT GOES TO FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

    Florida Politics | Article | July 07, 2020

    Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon is asking justices to take up the issue of whether Airbnb and similar vacation-rental platforms are required to collect and send in county tourist-development taxes.  In March, a divided Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that the online companies are not required to handle the so-called “bed taxes.” The appeals court denied a request for a rehearing, including a potential rehearing by the full court.

  6. Tech Tip

    NEW MICROSOFT’S NEW OFFICE APP AVAILABLE ON IOS AND ANDROID

    The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | July 07, 2020

    Microsoft recently released its new unified Office app for iOS and Android. The app combines Word, Excel and PowerPoint into a single application and links to Microsoft 365 for easy access to files.  It’s designed with some of the more mobile-friendly parts of Word, Excel and PowerPoint in mind.

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