The Florida Bar

Daily News Summary

  1. Home
  2. News & Events
  3. Daily News Summary

Daily News Summary

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.

April 06, 2021

  1. The Florida Bar

    SHOULD YOU PURSUE BOARD CERTIFICATION?

    The Florida Bar | Article | April 06, 2021

    Blaire Bisbee, Certification Specialist/ Communications Coordinator at The Florida Bar writes: “Close to 91,000 lawyers are currently eligible to practice law in Florida and more are entering the field each year – whether graduating from Florida law schools or transferring from other states. As the legal landscape grows increasingly competitive, board certified lawyers are able to use their status to set themselves apart from peers. . . For more information and to see if pursuing board certification is right for you, visit FloridaBar.org/Certification.”

  2. Legislative

    FLORIDA GOVERNOR WON’T CONSENT TO DROP FELONY CHARGES IN VOTER HACKING CASE

    WUFT | Article | April 05, 2021

    Gov. Ron DeSantis is not dropping criminal charges against a 20-year-old Naples resident, Anthony Steven Guevara, accused of hacking the governor’s voter registration file before the 2020 election. The governor’s decision to press forward in the voting registration case means Guevara can accept a plea offer or face trial later this month.

  3. Judiciary

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CHALLENGE TO INSURANCE LAW

    Fox 35 | Article | April 05, 2021

    The Florida Supreme Court on Monday [April 5] agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to a 2016 state law that put new requirements on life insurance companies to determine whether policyholders have died and to contact beneficiaries. The case centers on a law that requires insurers to search what is known as the “Death Master File” or another comparable database annually to determine whether policyholders have died. The law applied the new requirements retroactively to policies dating back as far as 1992.

  4. Criminal Justice

    MARION COUNTY STARTS VACCINATING JAIL INMATES AGAINST COVID-19

    WUFT | Article | April 05, 2021

    Marion County Jail has begun vaccinating its incarcerated population for COVID-19 — making them among the first inmates in Florida to receive the shot. Starting March 22, the jail started vaccinating inmates older than 60 who meet the state’s vaccine eligibility criteria. While more than 75 inmates qualified for the vaccine, 43 opted to receive it. They received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. An additional 510 incarcerated people at the jail now qualify for the shot under the recently eligible 40 and over age group.

  5. Legal Discipline

    MONEY FOR NOTHING AMONG ISSUES THAT GOT SEVEN SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEYS PUNISHED BY THE STATE

    Miami Herald | Article | April 06, 2021

    Lax legal work, supervision of legal work, lying and taking money for a job not well done or done at all put seven South Florida attorneys on The Florida Bar’s new list of attorneys disciplined by the state Supreme Court. They include Miami attorney Ronald Cordon, Boca Raton attorney Ellen Dorfman, Miami attorney Leroy Lee, Miramar’s Fernando Socol, Fort Lauderdale attorney Stuart Jared Starr, Miami Lakes attorney Luis Torrens, and Coral Gables attorney Alba Varela.

  6. Legal Profession

    THE SIMPLE PRINCIPLE THAT CAN FIX AMERICAN LAW

    The Atlantic | Article | April 02, 2021

    Aaron Tang, Professor of law at the University of California, Davis writes: “The researchers Adam Bonica, of Stanford, and Maya Sen, of Harvard, have found that the present ideological distribution of federal judges resembles an inverted bell curve. . . What America lacks today, in other words, is a judicial philosophy that can mediate the usual theories advanced on the left and the right. This absence might be every bit as much of a problem for our legal culture and legal system as the absence of centrist judges. Or, rather, it might be the underlying problem altogether.”

  7. Obituary

    CONGRESSMAN ALCEE HASTINGS, AFTER CAREER OF TRIUMPH, CALAMITY AND COMEBACK, DIES AT 84

    Sun Sentinel | Article | April 06, 2021

    Congressman Alcee Hastings has died at the age of 84. Hastings crusaded against racial injustice as a civil rights lawyer, became a federal judge who was impeached and removed from office, and went on to win 15 congressional elections, becoming Florida’s senior member of Congress. In 1977, then-Gov. Reubin Askew appointed Hastings as a Broward Circuit Court judge. In 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter nominated Hastings to the U.S. District Court, making him Florida’s first Black federal judge.

  8. Tech Tip

    GOOGLE CHROME PRO TIP – TAB GROUPING

    The Florida Bar | Article | April 06, 2021

    A feature in the Google Chrome web browser allows you to organize your related and open tabs into a group. A set of tabs in a group can be collapsed or expanded as needed. Here’s a 3-minute video illustrating these tips and more.

Recent Archives: