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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.

April 07, 2021

  1. The Florida Bar

    LESSONS LEARNED FROM ENDURING A LONG-HAUL ILLNESS

    The Florida Bar | Article | April 07, 2021

    Reports of the spread of COVID-19 were everywhere but Florida and its court system were still open and functioning on Tuesday, March 3, last year when a mid-Florida attorney felt flu symptoms. It launched an attorney, who asked that her name not be used, on a more than year-long journey dealing with not only a protracted illness but questioning how to keep up with her busy solo practice — and even whether she was able to judge her own ability to help clients. The Florida Lawyers Helpline is available to Bar members to assist in coping with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues. 

  2. Judiciary

    FIRST DCA RULES MARSY’S LAW PRIVACY APPLIES TO POLICE, SHIELDING OFFICER IN TONY MCDADE CASE

    Tallahassee Democrat | Article | April 06, 2021

    A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday [April 6] unanimously reversed an earlier decision by Leon Circuit Judge Charles Dodson that on-duty officers are not afforded protection under Marsy’s Law, a state constitutional amendment that grants privacy rights to crime victims. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Tallahassee police officers who maintained that, as victims, they were entitled to privacy protections in the 2018 constitutional amendment. The ruling sprang from the case of Tony McDade who was shot and killed last May by an officer with the Tallahassee Police Department.

  3. Legislative

    “GAIL’S LAW” HOPES TO CREATE A STATEWIDE DATABASE TO TRACK DNA EVIDENCE IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES

    Florida Phoenix | Article | April 06, 2021

    A measure that would provide the status of “rape kits” for evidence to survivors of sexual assaults and rape, is on its way to the House floor in the Florida Legislature. The legislation would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to create a statewide database to track the processing status and location of rape kits, so victims would be able to access the information to keep track of their case. Both the House and Senate are pursuing the legislation this session.

  4. Legal Profession

    AS FLORIDA COASTAL TRIES TO GET STUDENT LOAN FUNDS REINSTATED, ABA SEEKS TEACH-OUT PLAN

    ABA Journal | Article | April 06, 2021

    The U.S. Department of Education has terminated the Florida Coastal School of Law’s access to federal student financial aid, and the for-profit school has been directed to file a teach-out plan with the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Peter Goplerud, the law school’s president and dean, told the ABA Journal that the school is resubmitting the DOE application Tuesday [April 6], and that students have their loan money for the current term. Florida Coastal’s parent company is InfiLaw, an entity of the private equity firm Sterling Capital Partners.

  5. Civil Justice

    EVEN WITHOUT GOVERNOR’S ORDER, VACCINE REQUIREMENTS IN FLORIDA FACE LEGAL CHALLENGES

    Tampa Bay Business Journal | Article | April 07, 2021

    As more and more of the Florida population receive shots, businesses are mulling how to handle customers who have received their shots versus those who have not. However, to get in front of any potential decision, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning the use of so-called “vaccine passports” in the state. According to local attorneys, however, instituting such a policy was already going to be a challenge.

  6. Criminal Justice

    FLORIDA SHERIFF’S SERGEANT ACCUSED OF DISCLOSING CONFIDENTIAL CASE INFORMATION

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | April 07, 2021

    Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tamara Hardin was charged Tuesday [April 6] with one count of disclosure of confidential criminal justice information and one count of offense against computer users, news outlets reported.  She is accused of using confidential law enforcement databases to provide information about a criminal investigation to a family acquaintance in Georgia. Undersheriff Patrick Ivey said Hardin, a 17-year veteran declined to resign, but the agency will move to terminate her employment because she is facing felony charges.

  7. Wellness Wednesday

    HOW TO BE HAPPY: TIPS FOR CULTIVATING CONTENTMENT

    The Florida Bar | Article | April 07, 2021

    Despite what the fairy tales depict, happiness doesn’t appear by magic. It’s not even something that happens to you. It’s something you can cultivate. Start discovering how to be happy now.

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