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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.

November 17, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    FLORIDA’S FREE LEGAL ANSWERS IS OUTPERFORMING MOST STATES

    The Florida Bar | Article | November 17, 2020

    Tech savvy and compassionate, Florida lawyers are outperforming most other states when it comes to volunteering for Free Legal Answers, the online legal clinic that is growing increasingly popular. Since Free Legal Answers went live in May 2017, Florida attorneys have posted an average answer rate of 85 percent, said Francisco-Javier Digon-Greer, The Bar’s assistant director for programs. “The national average is 75 percent,” he said. “We are 10 percent higher overall, but during the COVID time, March 1, 2020, until November 15, 2020, the [Florida] answer rate was 95 percent.”

  2. Civil Justice

    ORANGE COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS TO OFFER FREE EVICTIONS UPDATE AND RESOURCES WEBINAR IN DECEMBER

    Orlando Weekly | Article | November 16, 2020

    The Orange County Clerk of Courts is offering a free Zoom webinar Dec. 3 to assist local residents in navigating the complex web of legal and financial issues around eviction during the coronavirus pandemic. “Legal Matters Forum Series: Evictions Update During COVID-19” will provide up-to-date information about what is happening with evictions locally and statewide and about Orange County’s Eviction Diversion Program. Experts from Orange County’s Self-Help Center, the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association and the judiciary will weigh in.

     

  3. Criminal Justice

    TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NEARLY 200 ARRESTS IN ‘LARGE-SCALE’ CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION

    WTXL | Article | November 17, 2020

    The Tallahassee Police Department announced the results of a “large-scale” human trafficking investigation Tuesday [Nov. 17] morning that resulted in 178 arrests. The investigation called Operation Stolen Innocence began in November 2018. Since then, 106 people have been charged with felonies and 72 with misdemeanors. Nineteen people also face federal charges. Charges range from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor. All suspects are from the southeast region, spanning all the way to Mississippi and Alabama.

  4. Civil Justice

    WARRANTLESS SEARCH OF CAR’S GPS DATA IS CONSTITUTIONAL, FLORIDA APPEALS COURT RULES

    Flagler Live | Article | November 16, 2020

    The First District Court of Appeal Monday [Nov. 16] backed the actions of police officers who used information from a car’s GPS system to track down and arrest Brandon Joshua Bailey, a suspect in a 2016 Jacksonville murder. The ruling rejected arguments by Bailey that the GPS evidence, which was obtained without a warrant, should be suppressed and his first-degree murder conviction should be overturned. Bailey, now 30, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Dustin Howell, who was found shot to death in a park. Bailey had been staying at a hotel with a woman who owned a car equipped with a GPS tracker.

  5. Criminal Justice

    LAWYER ARRESTED ON EXTORTION CHARGE AS EX-NFL PLAYER DEANDRE BAKER HAS CHARGES DROPPED

    Sun Sentinel | Article | November 16, 2020

    Miami lawyer William Dean tried to force former NFL player DeAndre Baker to pay his clients $800,000 to get them to change their story about an armed robbery in Miramar, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Broward prosecutors dropped the robbery charges against Baker on Monday [Nov. 16], the same day the Sheriff’s Office arrested Dean on a charge of extortion. A message left at the office of his Miami firm — Ford, Dean and Rotundo — was not returned Monday.

  6. Legal Profession

    ‘THE HARDEST THING I DO’: AS GUARDIAN AD LITEM, BRINKLEY MORGAN PARTNER HELPS KIDS IN ABUSIVE FAMILIES

    Daily Business Review | Article | November 16, 2020

    As a guardian ad litem, attorney Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter advocates on behalf of children in heart-wrenching circumstances. They are thrown into the system, staying in foster care because their homes are unsafe. The cases span domestic violence, parental substance abuse, sexual abuse and other agonizing issues. Nutter shared her story.

  7. Legal Profession

    ATTORNEY RUNS 160 MILES ACROSS FLORIDA TO RAISE MONEY FOR LEGAL AID

    WCJB20 | Article | November 16, 2020

    Mike Freed, a business attorney with Gunster, began a 160-mile journey from the Florida Supreme Court to the Duval County Court House Monday [Nov. 16] morning as part of an effort to raise money to pay legal bills for low income and vulnerable patients. This is the fourth year Freed has made the run. By the time he completes this year’s six-day journey, he will have run the equivalent of 24 marathons.

  8. Tech Tip

    10 ESSENTIAL MICROSOFT TEAMS KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

    The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | November 17, 2020

    Keyboard shortcuts are the easiest way to perform different tasks on Microsoft Teams. Instead of moving your cursor here and there, simply use the keyboard commands to perform specific tasks. This not only saves time but makes you more productive.

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