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August 02, 2022
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The Florida Bar | Article | August 02, 2022
At the Florida Bar Board of Governors’ meeting on July 29, the Bar’s Special Committee on Greater Public Access to Legal Services reported the panel is studying the expanded use of certified legal interns; the use and promotion of prepaid legal services plans; simplifying and standardizing court divisions; acquiring more funding for civil legal aid; intensifying the use of court navigators; and leveraging technological assets to improve access. The Board of Governors also heard a report from its Communications Committee on a “toolkit” that is being implemented to assist the board on how to better engage with the membership, and a report from the Technology Committee, which recently updated its Best Practices for Remote Court Proceedings guide.
News Service of Florida | Article | August 01, 2022
In a yearslong legal battle rooted in the discovery of a 13-year-old human trafficking victim working as a dancer, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday [August 1] largely upheld restrictions that Miami Beach placed on nude strip clubs. The panel rejected arguments that a city ordinance unconstitutionally imposed increased worker-identification requirements on strip clubs and allowed the city to inspect logs of workers entering and leaving the establishments. The court, however, found that the city overstepped its legal authority when it required clubs to confirm that dancers are U.S. citizens, legal residents or otherwise eligible to work in the country.
Daily Business Review | Article | August 01, 2022
Writing that a trial court failed to consider the contempt element of “willfulness,” Florida’s First District Court of Appeal has reversed a contempt order handed down against the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) after the department failed to take a criminal defendant into custody and transfer him to a mental health treatment facility. “A party cannot be held in civil contempt if it lacks the ability to comply,” the appellate court wrote, in a decision that reversed a contempt order the court said had “characteristics of both civil and criminal contempt sanctions.” The contempt order originally required the agency to pay a fine for each day the defendant remained in the Duval County sheriff’s custody beyond 15 days from the date the defendant was committed to department custody. When DCF still hadn’t transferred the defendant 27 days later, a public defender sought a contempt order and sanctions.
Tallahassee Democrat | Article | July 30, 2022
A state ethics panel on Wednesday [July 27] found probable cause for a complaint against Bristol’s City Clerk Robin Hatcher that alleges she left IOU notes for money she took from the cash drawer in City Hall. The panel recommended a formal public hearing in the matter finding probable cause that Hatcher violated state ethics laws by abusing her public position for personal gain. The date of the hearing has not yet been determined. The complaint was filed April 6 by Bristol Mayor James Kersey after Deputy City Clerk Nichole Day reported that she had seen Hatcher take $200 from the city’s cash drawer and replace it with a slip of paper “stating she had taken cash and would repay it later,” according to the complaint.
Florida Today | Article | August 02, 2022
Former Brevard County Attorney Scott Knox just became the first person cited for violating the rules governing lobbyists in Brevard that Knox had signed off on when he worked for the county. The lobbyist rules were passed by the County Commission in 2017, during Knox’s tenure as county attorney, a role he held from 1993 to 2018. As county attorney at the time, Knox would have signed off on the ordinance language before it came to the County Commission for approval. Knox served as a lobbyist for an affiliate of Driftwood Capital, but he did not register as a lobbyist with the county until after he received a written warning from Brevard County Manager Frank Abbate on July 26.
Law.com | Article | August 01, 2022
A Spivey Consulting blog posted Monday [August 1] reports the gap between the number of law school applicants for the 2022 enrollment year and pre-pandemic applicants has been steadily narrowing throughout the latest admission cycle. At the end of the cycle, applicants for 2022 ended up being 0.4 percent fewer than they were in 2020. While number of applicants declined, number of applications still increased significantly from the previous cycle.
The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | August 02, 2022
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