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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.

September 16, 2022

  1. The Florida Bar

    THERE IS STILL TIME TO MAKE NOMINATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL PRO BONO AWARDS

    The Florida Bar | Article | September 16, 2022

    The Florida Bar has issued a call for nominations for the annual pro bono service awards, which honor lawyers, judges, law firms and associations that have contributed extraordinary pro bono service. The deadline for most nominations is October 7. Every year, in a ceremonial session of the Florida Supreme Court, more than two dozen lawyers and judges are honored by the court and The Florida Bar for the free legal assistance they have provided. This honor underscores a professional commitment to service and acknowledges the many hours of pro bono work performed to help children, victims of human trafficking, the elderly, refugees, the poor and countless others who wouldn’t be able to afford the legal assistance they so badly need. For more information, visit https://www.floridabar.org/ProBonoAwards.

  2. Judiciary

    FEDERAL JUDGE DENIES HILLSBOROUGH STATE REP. MIKE BELTRAN FROM ASSISTING DESANTIS WITH ANDREW WARREN SUSPENSION

    News Service of Florida | Article | September 15, 2022

    U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle this week denied a request by State Rep. Mike Beltran to file an amicus brief backing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren. Last Friday [Sept. 9], State Rep. Mike Beltran filed a document on behalf of Tampa Bay-area attorneys, Republican Party officials and former judges asking Judge Hinkle to let them to let them weigh in on the issue and bolster DeSantis’ case. Judge Hinkle refused the request, however, noting that arguments in the case are scheduled for Monday [Sept. 19] and scolding the DeSantis supporters’ attempt.

  3. Judiciary

    JUDGE KEEPS RENT CAP ON ORANGE COUNTY BALLOT, BUT SAYS ORDINANCE LIKELY ‘CONTRARY TO ESTABLISHED LAW’

    WMFE | Article | September 15, 2022

    Circuit Judge Jeffrey Ashton on Thursday [Sept. 15] denied a request from Realtors and the Florida Apartment Association to remove a rent stabilization initiative from the Orange County ballot. In his order denying the temporary injunction, Judge Ashton said the rent cap appears to be “contrary to established law” because the county hasn’t shown a housing emergency constitutes a serious menace to the general public. But he wrote that commissioners want it on the ballot anyway, and he won’t substitute his judgment for theirs.

  4. Judiciary

    ‘GHOST’ CANDIDATE CLAIM IN OSCEOLA COMMISSION RACE SPARKS LAWSUIT, INVESTIGATION

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | September 15, 2022

    A lawsuit has been filed in circuit court last week by Osceola County District 4 commission candidate Jackie Espinosa, who claims one of the candidates in the three-way primary was paid to run in a scheme to steal Hispanic votes, allowing the incumbent to retain her seat. Espinosa’s suit seeks to have the election invalidated, forcing a new election. Named as defendants are members of the Osceola County Canvassing Board, District 4 seat-holder Cheryl Grieb and candidate Carlos Irizarry Sr., a former Kissimmee City Commissioner. The suit alleges Irizarry was “given or offered a bribe or reward” to enter the race to split Hispanic voters between his and Espinosa’s campaign, which helped Grieb to stay in the seat.

  5. Judiciary

    NIKKI FRIED’S ETHICS CASE ON FINANCES WILL GO BEFORE A JUDGE

    News Service of Florida | Article | September 15, 2022

    An administrative law judge will hold a hearing on allegations that Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried violated state law by not properly disclosing personal financial information. The state Commission on Ethics this week sent the case to the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, where a judge will conduct a hearing. The ethics commission in December issued an order finding “probable cause” that Fried did not properly report income in 2017 and 2018 on financial-disclosure forms. Commission staff members started an investigation after Evan Power, a Leon County Republican leader and lobbyist, filed a complaint in June 2021. The complaint came after Fried filed amended financial-disclosure forms that showed substantially more income in 2017 and 2018 than she previously reported.

  6. Legal Profession

    PRESIDENT BIDEN TAPS 2 FLORIDA LAWYERS TO BECOME US ATTORNEYS

    Daily Business Review | Article | September 15, 2022

    President Joe Biden on Thursday [Sept. 15] nominated two Florida lawyers in to serve as the U.S. attorney for the middle and southern districts of Florida. For the Middle District of Florida, Biden nominated Roger Handberg. Handberg has served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida since 2021 and held the position of assistant U.S. attorney at the federal agency for nearly two decades. For the Southern District of Florida, Biden nominated Markenzy Lapointe, who has based his law practice out of Miami for at least two decades. Lapointe could replace Juan Antonio “Tony” Gonzalez, who is the top prosecutor in the jurisdiction. In the announcement, the White House noted that the president chose the attorneys based on their devotion to enforcing the law, as well as their “dedication to pursuing equal justice for all, and their commitment to the independence of the Department of Justice.”

  7. Civil Justice

    WHAT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS WILL BE ON FLORIDA’S 2022 BALLOT? HERE’S AN EXPLANATION

    News Service of Florida/ WUSF Public Media | Article | September 15, 2022

    Florida voters in November will vote on three proposed constitutional amendments, deciding whether to approve two property-tax measures and the fate of the state’s Constitution Revision Commission. One of those measures, which will appear on the ballot as Amendment 1, would prevent properties’ assessed values from going up because of improvements aimed at combating flooding. The other proposed tax break, which will appear as Amendment 3, would expand the homestead property-tax exemption for teachers, first responders and military members. Meanwhile, what will appear as Amendment 2 would repeal the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, a panel that meets every 20 years and has the power to propose ballot measures. The commission drew controversy in 2018 because of some of its proposals.

  8. Legal Profession

    ATTORNEYS INVITED TO VETERANS TREATMENT COURT LUNCH-AND-LEARN

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | September 16, 2022

    The Jacksonville Bar Association Veteran and Military Affairs Committee is hosting a lunch-and-learn event on Sept. 20 focused on helping military veterans. Duval County Judge Mose Floyd will explain the 4th Judicial Circuit’s Veterans Treatment Court, a nationally recognized diversion program. Topics will include an overview of the program in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties as well as challenges facing veterans in Northeast Florida. Visit jaxbar.org to register.

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