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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 16, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    80 PERCENT OF SEVENTH CIRCUIT TOWN HALL PARTICIPANTS FAVOR CONTINUED USE OF REMOTE TECHNOLOGY

    The Florida Bar | Article | September 16, 2020

    Member comments and responses to Zoom polls during Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales’ Sept. 15 virtual town hall on the pandemic are being forwarded to the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force. The comments in the poll showed more than 80 percent of respondents would welcome the continued use of remote technology for non-evidentiary and evidentiary hearings after the pandemic subsides.

  2. Civil Justice

    APPEAL COURT EYES ARMED SCHOOL GUARDIANS IN FLORIDA

    News4Jax | Article | September 15, 2020

    A controversial state program allowing school “guardians” to carry guns on campus came under scrutiny Tuesday [Sept. 15]  as the First District Court of Appeal  heard arguments in a legal challenge to Duval County’s “school safety assistants.” In a lawsuit filed in 2018, a handful of public school students, their parents and the League of Women Voters of Florida alleged that the program runs afoul of a longstanding state law banning people who aren’t law enforcement officials from bringing guns to schools.

  3. Legislative

    FLORIDA’S ELECTED STATE CABINET IS FINALLY MEETING AGAIN, AFTER NEARLY FOUR MONTHS

    Orlando Weekly | Article | September 15, 2020

    Spending more than $9 million to keep 5,200 acres across five counties from development and replacing the chief judge of the state Division of Administrative Hearings are on tap for the first in-person Florida Cabinet meeting in more than seven months. The agenda released Tuesday [Sept. 15] for the Sept. 22 meeting doesn’t include a request by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to discuss state plans for spending federal stimulus money received because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  4. Judiciary

    JUDGES REFUSE TO STEP ASIDE FROM SCHOOLS CASE

    News4Jax | Article | September 15, 2020

    Appellate Judges Lori Rowe and Timothy Osterhaus on Tuesday [Sept. 15] refused to disqualify themselves from a legal battle about a state order to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Florida Education Association and other plaintiffs last week filed a motion requesting that Rowe and Osterhaus step aside from the case, which is pending at the 1st District Court of Appeal, because of the possibility that Gov. Ron DeSantis — one of the defendants in the case — could consider them for a seat on the Supreme Court.  Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Jamie Grosshans was ultimately selected to fill the Supreme Court seat.

  5. Civil Justice

    CITY OF VENICE ORDERED TO PAY $195K TO FIRED BLACK EMPLOYEE

    The Patch | Article | September 15, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced a $195,000 settlement Tuesday [Sept. 15] with the city of Venice in the case of a 30-year Black employee, who was subjected to a series of “unwarranted disciplinary actions,” including two unpaid suspensions and ultimately being fired from his city job in 2016. Federal officials said the city of Venice did not have legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for treating Williamson more harshly in imposing discipline than it did toward comparable white coworkers.

  6. Legal Profession

    PAY GAP HAS WIDENED FOR MALE AND FEMALE PARTNERS IN LARGER LAW FIRMS, NEW REPORT SAYS

    ABA Journal | Article | September 15, 2020

    The pay gap between male and female partners is growing, partly because compensation for male partners is increasing at a faster rate than that of female partners, according to a report by legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa released Tuesday [Sept. 15]. In 2010, female partners at larger law firms earned an average of 24 percent less than their male counterparts. By 2018, the gap had widened, with female partners making 35 percent less than male partners. During that same eight-year period, average male partners’ compensation grew 42 percent, compared to 22 percent for female partners.

  7. Civil Justice

    A THIRD OF MIAMI-DADE DRIVERS CARRY SUSPENDED LICENSES

    Miami Today | Article | September 15, 2020

    Miami-Dade County commissioners Oct. 6 will consider whether to create a Driver License Suspension Task Force. Among its duties: reviewing court-related fines and fees tied to driver license suspensions. About a third of Miami-Dade’s 2 million licensed drivers, 665,307, have suspended licenses, according to the most recent figures from the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Administrator’s Office.

  8. Wellness Wednesday

    HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR RESILIENCE MUSCLE

    The Florida Bar | Article | September 16, 2020

    Resilience is the ability to overcome adversity and carry on, despite it not being done beautifully or perfectly. Resilience has never been more important.  Here’s how can you train yourself to be more resilient, whether you’re already a little resilient or you’ve never heard of resiliency.

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