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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 31, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    BAR PANEL STUDIES UTAH’S CREATIVE LEGAL ACCESS APPROACHES

    The Florida Bar | Article | July 31, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on an extended stay on foreclosures and evictions, two new judges appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal, a new COVID-19 website from the American Bar Association, proposed amendments to the U.S. Eleventh Circuit rules and a look at Utah’s creative approach to legal access. As part of immediate Past Bar President and Chair John Stewart’s desire to have the Special Committee to Improve the Delivery of Legal Services hear how other states are updating their regulation of legal practice, Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas presented ways that state is seeking to stimulate innovation to meet consumers’ legal needs.

  2. Civil Justice

    ORANGE TEACHERS UNION FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST SCHOOLS REOPENING CAMPUSES IN AUGUST

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | July 30, 2020

    The Orange County teacher’s union filed a lawsuit Thursday [July 30] against the county school district, calling its plans to open campuses Aug. 21 unsafe and alleging that it had refused to make public information on summer outbreaks of COVID-19 among staff. The Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, the union for the district’s 14,000 educators, said it filed the lawsuit because the district had refused to negotiate “in good faith” the details of its reopening plans. On Wednesday [July 29] Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran defended their order to open schools by Aug. 31, saying in-person education is best for most children, schools can open safely, and parents should have the option of having their kids back on campus.

  3. Criminal Justice

    JUDGE ISSUES STAY IN MARSY’S LAW CASE, KEEPING NAME OF OFFICER IN MCDADE SHOOTING CONFIDENTIAL FOR NOW

    Tallahassee Democrat | Article | July 30, 2020

    Leon Circuit Judge Charles Dodson agreed Thursday [July 30] to issue a stay in a legal battle over whether police officers in use-of-force cases should be granted confidentiality under Marsy’s Law. The name of the Tallahassee Police Department officer who shot and killed Tony McDade will likely remain secret for now. The ruling stems from the May 27 death of McDade who allegedly stabbed a neighbor’s son to death before pointing a gun at the officer who then used deadly force.

  4. Criminal Justice

    FLORIDA COUPLE ARRESTED FOR BREAKING COVID-19 QUARANTINE, DECLARED AN ‘IMMEDIATE DANGER’

    USA Today | Article | July 31, 2020

    Freire Interian and his wife, Yohana Anahi Gonzalez, learned they were infected with the COVID-19 on July 15 and were required to self-isolate for at least 14 days. But the Florida Department of Health determined them to “present an immediate danger of harm to others” after the couple had gone to the grocery store on July 20 while possibly still infected. The agency issued a mandatory quarantine order against the couple. Police received video footage Wednesday [July 29] showing a Freire walking his dog in possible violation of that order and asked a judge to issue arrest warrants.

  5. Civil Justice

    WAKULLA 4-H ANNOUNCES, ‘TEACH ME IN 3’ CIVIC ENGAGEMENT VIDEO CHALLENGE FOR YOUTH

    Tallahassee Democrat | Article | July 28, 2020

    The Wakulla 4-H “Teach Me in 3” Civic Engagement Video Challenge grew from club leaders who were motivated to find a way to extend 4-H members’ learning about citizenship and civic engagement in a fun, interactive format that would appeal to youth. Challenge guidelines are available on the Wakulla 4-H website at https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/wakullaco. Through videos, youth can create and share messages about the importance of voting.

  6. Legal Discipline

    6 SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEYS DISCIPLINED BY STATE SUPREME COURT

    Daily Business Review | Article | July 30, 2020

    Of the 14 attorneys disciplined this month, six were from South Florida. Fort Lauderdale attorney Ashley Ann Krapacs lost her law license for posting disparaging comments about Fort Lauderdale lawyers Russell J. Williams and Nisha Bacchus on social media, and for allegedly impugning a circuit and an appellate judge. Attorney Thomas Jackson Craft Jr. in Tequesta along with Miami maritime lawyer Eduardo Enrique Dieppa, Miami attorney Scott Richard Dinin, Fort Lauderdale commercial litigator Andrew Dale Ledbetter, Coral Gables construction litigator Joseph Anthony Sorce and Lawrence Joseph Forno of Boynton Beach were all disciplined.

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