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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 10, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    UNIFORM COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE RECEIVERSHIP ACT IS NOW THE LAW IN FLORIDA

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 10, 2020

    The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act became law on July 1, marking a new era for Florida courts and the culmination of four years of relentless diplomacy by the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. Florida is one of only nine states that have adopted UCRERA since 2017. Drafted in 2015 by the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws, UCRERA creates a process for state courts to appoint a receiver in disputes that arise over commercial real estate, typically a default.

  2. Legal Profession

    WHO’S IN CHARGE? NEW FLORIDA BAR COMMITTEE LEADERS APPOINTED

    Daily Business Review | Article | July 09, 2020

    Following the 2020 Annual Florida Bar Convention, new leaders were named for its committees and boards and dozens of leadership positions are now held by South Florida attorneys. Listed are the new chairs and vice-chairs from South Florida.

  3. Judiciary

    HISTORIC SHIFT TO ‘VIRTUAL’ MIAMI-DADE COURT CONTINUES WITH 1ST CIVIL JURY SELECTION ON ZOOM

    WPLG | Article | July 09, 2020

    The state’s first virtual jury selection hearing was held Thursday [July 9] on Zoom. It was a civil case about Hurricane Irma-related damage. The dispute was between an insurance company and a homeowner with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko as the trial judge. “The only part of the jury trial on Zoom is going to be this jury selection part,” Butchko said, as her black labrador retriever Zeus barked in the background.

  4. Criminal Justice

    POLICE IN ST. PETERSBURG TO STEP BACK FROM NONVIOLENT EMERGENCY CALLS

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | July 09, 2020

    St. Petersburg city and police leaders announced on Thursday [July 9] that some nonviolent calls to police will soon be handled by social workers rather than uniformed officers. Social workers will respond to calls in St. Petersburg about people who are intoxicated or have overdosed, people who are in mental health crises or are suicidal, homelessness, neighbor disputes and disorderly kids or truants. The social workers will be in regular clothes and will not be armed.

  5. Civil Justice

    FLORIDA YOUTHS FILE APPEAL IN CLIMATE CHANGE CASE AGAINST STATE

    WUSF | Article | July 10, 2020

    A group of eight young Florida residents is appealing a circuit judge’s ruling that tossed out a lawsuit seeking to force the state to take steps to address climate change, according to a notice filed last week in Leon County circuit court. Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll last month sided with the state and dismissed the case.

  6. Legal Discipline

    FLA. LAWYER DISBARRED FOR ONLINE ATTACKS AGAINST OTHER ATTORNEYS

    Law360 | Article | July 09, 2020

    The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday [July 8] disbarred Fort Lauderdale attorney Ashley Ann Krapacs who targeted two other lawyers on social media that also netted her a libel lawsuit and a stalking injunction. The court also ordered Krapacs to pay The Florida Bar costs of $4,777. Krapacs’ social media attacks targeted Russell J. Williams, who agreed to represent Krapacs’ ex-boyfriend while she was pursuing an injunction for domestic violence against him in January 2018. Krapacs also targeted Williams’ attorney, Nisha Bacchus who asked for and received an injunction for stalking against Krapacs in February 2019. Krapacs plans to appeal the ruling.

  7. Judiciary

    ELECTION 2000 MEMORY PROJECT

    Florida Supreme Court | Article | July 09, 2020

    2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Bush v. Gore and the Supreme Court Library and Public Information Office are creating a permanent archive of staff memories from the event. If you worked at the Supreme Court during Election 2000 or have a court-related election memory, please share your memories with us at this link: https://lnkd.in/e2tefZx. Memories will be compiled for archival purposes and educational use by the Supreme Court Library and Public Information Office. The deadline is July 31.

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