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June 17, 2022
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The Florida Bar | Article | June 17, 2022
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has published results from its survey of Bar members about their practice and expectations for newly licensed lawyers. The results will help guide members of the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners as they consider what subjects the bar exam should cover and how to test them. More than 21,000 Bar members participated in the survey with over 13,000 Bar members completing the entire survey. A report with the survey results is available on the board’s website.
News Service of Florida | Article | June 16, 2022
U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor has rejected an attempt by Florida lawmakers to limit contributions to political committees supporting ballot initiatives, saying it violates the First Amendment. Judge Winsor’s ruling on Wednesday [June 15] included a permanent injunction against the $3,000 contribution limit, which passed in 2021 and was revised this year. The limit was part of long-running efforts to make it harder to pass ballot initiatives to amend the state Constitution.
Sun Sentinel | Article | June 16, 2022
After a decision by the 4th District Court of Appeals focusing on which parts of a grand jury report must be redacted, the long-awaited report will recommend that Gov. Ron DeSantis remove some school board members. Gov. DeSantis asked the Florida Supreme Court to convene the grand jury in 2019 to focus mostly on safety and security issues statewide in the wake of the Parkland tragedy, although the focus morphed into corruption within the Broward school district. The grand jury ended its work in 2021, but the public release was delayed when eight people mentioned in the reported asked Judge Jack Tuter to block the report’s release or expunge portions, which resulted in a lengthy appeals process.
Pensacola News Journal | Article | June 16, 2022
The Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers filed a “friend of the court” brief on Friday [June 10] in support of a key legal argument by Escambia County Clerk of Court Pam Childers in her ongoing legal battle with Escambia County commissioners over a controversial county retirement plan. The brief supports Childers’ legal argument that she has the discretion to review the legality of county expenses. Attorneys for the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers said the argument that a county clerk’s role simply as ministerial contravenes the state constitution, state law and previous case law stating the clerk must determine if county expenditures are legal, and the clerk’s role as a county auditor serves as “check and balance” to the county commission.