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November 16, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | November 16, 2020
The Florida Bar and the Board of Legal Specialization and Education congratulates the 76 lawyers who recently earned Florida Bar board certification, which recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Only about 7 percent of Florida’s more than 107,000 lawyers have earned board certification. Florida offers 27 specialty areas for board certification, more than any other state.
WUSF | Article | November 15, 2020
Raising questions about whether the case was “frivolous” or filed in “bad faith,” the First District Court of Appeal court Friday [Nov. 13] rejected Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder’s lawsuit that sought to force Gov. Ron DeSantis to close beaches statewide to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The three-judge panel rejected the case, saying the appeals court has “reviewed the briefs and other filings in this case and finds that the appellant (Uhlfelder) fails to demonstrate even an arguable legal basis for reversal.”
Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 13, 2020
Six candidates were nominated by a judicial nominating commission to fill the vacant seat left on the Fifth District Court of Appeal when Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Justice Jamie Rutland Grosshans to the Florida Supreme Court. The candidates include two circuit judges, one county judge and three attorneys. Gov. DeSantis has 60 days to appoint a judge from among the nominees.
Daily Business Review | Article | November 13, 2020
Last week, University of Miami School of Law professor Daniel Ravicher posted a handful of tweets that were deemed racially insensitive and unprofessional by students and colleagues. Dean Anthony E. Varona told Ravicher his contract would not be renewed if he didn’t change his pattern of tweets and issue an apology. Then Ravicher, whose contract expires in May 2022, tweeted Friday [Nov. 13] morning that he had been fired. But according to his employer, Ravicher has not been fired.
Bay News 9 | Article | November 13, 2020
Matthew Alexander King on Friday [Nov. 13] was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for plotting to kill a federal judge and prosecutor in Miami who handled a 2018 case in which he was found guilty of murder-for-hire. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom sentenced King on charges of retaliation against a federal judge and solicitation to commit murder and ordered King’s sentence to run consecutive to the 97-month sentence that he is currently serving.