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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.

September 15, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    GROSSHANS APPOINTED TO THE SUPREME COURT

    The Florida Bar | Article | September 15, 2020

    Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Jamie Grosshans has been named to the Florida Supreme Court by Gov. Ron DeSantis, replacing the unsuccessful nomination of Fifteenth Circuit Judge Renatha Francis. DeSantis made the announcement and introduced Grosshans at 5 p.m., ending an uncertain day after the Supreme Court ordered the governor on Sept. 11 to select a replacement for Francis by noon on the 14th. The court took that action after agreeing with a challenge from Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windemere, that Francis was ineligible for the Supreme Court because she had not been a Bar member for 10 years, as required by the Florida Constitution.

  2. Criminal Justice

    AS WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED MAN IS EXONERATED, ATTORNEYS ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF BITE-MARK CONVICTION REVIEWS

    Florida Phoenix | Article | September 14, 2020

    Robert DuBoise, wrongfully imprisoned for 37 years for the rape and murder of Barbara Grams, was fully exonerated Monday [Sept. 14] after DNA evidence proved his steadfast claims of innocence. DuBoise, then 18, now 55, was convicted in part on bite-mark evidence that has since been discredited. Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren and Susan Friedman, DuBoise’s New York-based attorney with the Innocence Project, will now search for other convictions in Hillsborough County that relied on bite-mark evidence. Nationwide, the Innocence Project, a national nonprofit legal aid organization, has identified 33 wrongful convictions that relied on bite-mark evidence.

  3. Legal Profession

    THE GENESIS OF FLA.’S UCRERA: FROM CONTROVERSIAL TO SUPPORTED IN THE NICK OF TIME

    Daily Business Review | Column | September 14, 2020

    Miami attorney Kenneth Dante Murena writes: “In 2016, when the Uniform Law Commission presented the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (UCRERA) to the Business Law Section (BLS) of The Florida Bar, few could have predicted just how necessary and universally supported it would become four years hence. . . Many believe UCRERA was enacted just in time to help manage the flood of mortgage foreclosures that are expected to inundate the court system throughout the state of Florida and create a backlog of cases that may further impair the value of commercial real estate already in decline as a result of the global health and economic crisis.”

  4. Criminal Justice

    FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PLANS TO RESUME PRISON VISITATION IN OCTOBER

    Florida Trend | Article | September 14, 2020

    Putting safety measures in place to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Florida Department of Corrections plans to resume allowing visitors at state prisons on Oct. 2. The state stopped visitation in March. As of Friday [Sept. 11], 15,812 inmates had tested positive for COVID-19, and 117 had died. Also, 2,836 workers in the corrections system had tested positive.

  5. Civil Justice

    LAWYERS SAYS 11TH CIRCUIT RULING WILL ALLOW BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INSURANCE RECOVERY CLAIMS

    Law.com | Article | September 15, 2020

    Attorney John Ruiz of Coral Gables said a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will allow his firm to collect billions of dollars from insurance companies for Medicare claims. Ruiz is working with a group of lawyers in Florida and around the country seeking reimbursements from a long list of insurance companies. The Eleventh Circuit combined those cases and reversed lower court rulings dismissing them with prejudice.

  6. Civil Justice

    COURT RULES GOVERNMENT CAN END HUMANITARIAN PROTECTIONS FOR SOME 300,000 IMMIGRANTS

    NPR | Article | September 14, 2020

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled on Monday [Sept. 14] that the Trump administration can end humanitarian protections for some 300,000 immigrants living in the United States, clearing the way for their potential deportation starting next year. The decision affects citizens from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, many of whom have lived in the United States for decades, have U.S.-born children and are considered essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Immigrants from the affected countries could be subject to removal starting in January.

  7. Tech Tip

    MAKING A FORMULA IN EXCEL

    The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | September 15, 2020

    Learn how to create simple formulas in Excel to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.  These tips will help you create formulas to use in your professional and personal life.

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