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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.

October 16, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    CREDIT CARDS AND LOANS, DELIVERED MEALS, MEDITATION HELP CONSIDERED FOR MEMBER BENEFITS

    The Florida Bar | Article | October 16, 2020

    Financial, nutritional, and wellness needs for Bar members were recently considered by the Member Benefits Committee as it recommended a credit card and loan service, a home meals delivery service, and a meditation app for inclusion in the Bar’s Member Benefits program. The committee voted at its Oct. 8 meeting to recommend Bankers Healthcare Group as a provider of credit card and loan services for Bar members. The Bar’s prior member benefit deal with Bank of America for credit card and financial services expired in September.

  2. Judiciary

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT GIVES ELECTIONS OFFICIALS A DEADLINE TO RESPOND TO LEGAL ATTACK ON PRIMARY BALLOT INITIATIVE

    Florida Phoenix | Article | October 15, 2020

    The Florida Supreme Court gave Secretary of State Laurel Lee until Tuesday [Oct. 20] to respond to a petition that could block enforcement of Amendment 3, which would replace the state’s party primaries with a “top two” or “jungle” primary. The initiative would create a single primary in races for governor, Cabinet, and the Legislature open to all voters, including those registered as having no political preference, with the top two vote-getters proceeding to the general election.

  3. Legal Profession

    ‘ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS I’VE GONE THROUGH.’ EXAMINEES WEIGH IN ON FLORIDA’S ONLINE BAR

    Daily Business Review | Article | October 15, 2020

    Florida officials deemed the state’s first-ever online bar exam a success — after months of delays, format changes and pushback from law graduates who argued that they should not be required to take the licensing exam during a pandemic or a least be given an open-book test. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners said 3,137 examinees completed the test. The test consisted of three essays and 100 multiple-choice questions. Results will be available Nov. 20.

  4. Judiciary

    WHO ARE THE APPEAL COURT JUDGES ON THE BALLOT?

    Fernandina Beach News-Leader | Article | October 15, 2020

    There is a total of 15 judges on the Florida First District Court of Appeal, six of whom are on the Nov. 3 ballot because their current term ends Jan. 5, 2021. Voters will decide whether these six judges should be retained past that date. The First District Court of Appeals covers 32 counties, including Nassau and Duval. It includes judicial circuits 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 14. Newly appointed judges go on the ballot for the first time within two years after appointment. If the voters retain them, they then go on the ballot again every six years.

  5. Civil Justice

    RELEVANT OR ABUSIVE? SOUTH FLORIDA COURT WADES INTO DISPUTE OVER FINANCIAL DISCOVERY REQUESTS

    Daily Business Review | Article | October 15, 2020

    A battle over financial discovery in an employment discrimination lawsuit Wednesday [Oct. 14] allowed the Fourth District Court of Appeal to clarify the broad discretion trial courts have for deciding when a document request is relevant to litigation or an invasion of a defendant’s privacy. The appeal revolved around plaintiff Cheryl Ohel, who sued Weston-based Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc., maker of Bang Energy Drinks, alleging it fired her for discriminatory reasons. The litigation hit a snag when Ohel asked for evidence of the defendant’s financial worth — something she argued was necessary to show the reasonableness of any punitive damages.

  6. Judiciary

    MIAMI IMMIGRATION COURT TO REOPEN ITS DOORS MONDAY AS COVID CASES SOAR IN FLORIDA

    Miami Herald | Article | October 15, 2020

    The Miami immigration courthouse will reopen Monday [Oct. 19] more than six months after shutting its doors and as COVID cases continue to rise in the state. Face masks will be required in all waiting rooms, corridors, and courtrooms. In April, the government shut down the downtown Miami immigration courthouse after months of public controversy.

  7. Civil Justice

    FLORIDA ACTS TO REMOVE FELONS FROM VOTER ROLLS AS ELECTION LOOMS

    Politico | Article | October 15, 2020

    Division of Elections Director Maria Matthews, in an email to the state’s 67 local election supervisors late Tuesday [Oct. 13], said they would “begin to see” files on registered voters “whose potential ineligibility is based on not having satisfied the legal financial obligations of their sentence.” The email also instructed supervisors to act on information from other sources, including court clerks, that raises eligibility questions. The announcement, which was distributed to local election officials but not the wider public, drew immediate pushback from county election supervisors and suspicion from Democrats who say it could be used to challenge the eventual election results.

  8. Legal Profession

    THE MARBUT REPORT: PRO BONO HOURS SLUMP AMID PANDEMIC

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | October 15, 2020

    In a year when legal practices are limited because of COVID-19, slightly more lawyers reported providing pro bono services in 2019-20 than the previous year, although the amount of assistance declined, reports The Florida Bar. According to figures provided to the Pro Bono Legal Services Committee on Oct. 7 during the Bar’s fall meeting, 40,344 lawyers reported individually donating 1.293 million hours of pro bono work in the 2019-20 Bar year. Another 24,368 attorneys reported donating almost $6.4 million to legal aid programs in 2019-20, compared with 22,228 lawyers who donated $6.2 million the previous year.

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