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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.

May 23, 2022

  1. The Florida Bar

    GOVERNOR VETOES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT DEBTORS COULD RETAIN IN A SINGLE VEHICLE

    The Florida Bar | Article | May 23, 2022

    Saying it doesn’t go far enough, Gov. Ron DeSantis has vetoed a measure that was designed to prevent struggling Floridians from losing their only car to creditors. The measure, HB 265 by Rep. Mike Gottlieb (D-Sunrise) would have raised from $1,000 to $5,000 the amount of interest a debtor could retain in a single automobile. But in his veto message, DeSantis said he was concerned that the measure only raises the threshold for debtors involved in a bankruptcy proceeding.

  2. Judiciary

    APPELLATE COURT REINSTATES GOV. DESANTIS’ CONGRESSIONAL MAP

    Florida Politics | Article | May 23, 2022

    An appellate court has reinstated Florida’s new, Governor-designed congressional map for now. No judges’ names were attached to the court order. The direction reverses a decision by Judge Smith to vacate an automatic stay on a decision he issued last week. Judge Smith ordered a map signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to be replaced with one submitted by Harvard professor Stephen Ansolabehere. “While disappointed by the court of appeal’s decision, we will continue to fight for fair and legal maps in Florida and around the country,” said Democratic attorney Marc Elias, whose firm is representing the challenge to the map.

  3. Judiciary

    SUPREME COURT JUSTICE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON TAPS PALM BEACH COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER AS CLERK

    Palm Beach Post | Article | May 23, 2022

    Claire Madill, Palm Beach County assistant public defender who is among roughly 25 appellate lawyers who work for the tax-funded office that represents the poor, will become one of newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s four clerks. Madill was top of her 2015 graduating class at the University of Michigan Law School. Held two federal clerkships. And was a public defender in Washington, D.C.

  4. Legal Profession

    ABA LEGAL ED COUNCIL SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSED REVISION TO LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST REQUIREMENT

    ABA Journal | Article | May 20, 2022

    A suggested revision to remove the requirement for law school entrance exams will be going out for notice and comment, following a Friday [May 20] vote by the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. If the council revisits the issue following notice and comment, proposed revisions would go to the ABA House of Delegates no earlier than February 2023 midyear meeting. The proposed changes suggest cutting most of its language and adding a sentence that schools “may use” admissions tests. It also suggests law schools identify in admissions policies any entrance exam accepted.

  5. Judiciary

    COMPLAINT ALLEGES INCUMBENT COUNTY JUDGE MISUSED ENDORSEMENTS IN CAMPAIGN ADS

    Palm Beach Post | Article | May 21, 2022

    On Friday [May 20] supporters of Boca Raton family law attorney Karen Velez who is challenging Palm Beach County Judge Paul Damico announced they have filed a complaint filed with the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission accusing Damico of overstating the support he has from the legal community and of misusing an endorsement from a police union in campaign materials. Damico, who has never faced a challenger since he was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2001, said he was stunned to learn a complaint had been filed. Damico is the lone sitting county court judge who faces opposition in the Aug. 23 election.

  6. Criminal Justice

    VIDEO, NIKE AIR PRESTOS HELP CONVICT MACHINE GUN-TOTING MAN WHO ROBBED SOUTH FLORIDA LAWYER

    Miami Herald | Article | May 23, 2022

    On the afternoon of Feb. 11, 2019, as attorney Robert Roemer was walking back into his office on the 100 block of Northwest 167th Street. Donavan Bell, prosecutors told the jury, walked through some bushes and confronted the lawyer with an assault rifle. At last week’s trial, jurors saw black-and-white Nike Air Presto sneakers seized in Bell’s apartment. They resembled ones worn by the gunman, prosecutors Wally Hernandez and Lindsey Johnson told jurors. Roemer, to police and on the witness stand, identified Bell as the man who robbed him. The six-person jury deliberated about one hour in convicting Bell.

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