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More than a dozen proposed constitutional amendments affecting Article V of the Florida Constitution — four dealing with the judicial retirement age and one apparently opening up judicial deliberations to public scrutiny — have been proposed by Constitution Revision Commission members. Several more have been filed that are of interest to the legal profession.


Taking a fresh look at pre-trial detention
Judge Jack TuterAs jail costs soar, civil rights advocates head to federal court, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg throws his philanthropic weight behind reforms, some Florida judges are taking a harder look at the need for monetary bail and pre-trial detention.

Court amends Florida Bar rules
Bar rules encouraging inactive and retired lawyers to provide pro bono service and specifying that lawyers who have voluntarily chosen inactive status remain “members in good standing” have been approved by the Supreme Court. The court also approved a new certified practice area for international litigation and arbitration. Declaring two recent driver’s license clinics a success, Leon County Judge Layne Smith is already hard at work on the Second Circuit’s next adventure in experimental jurisprudence.


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Board of Governors nominating petitions are due December 15
Nominating petitions for the 2018 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All board positions are two-year terms.

YLD nominations now being accepted
Nominating petitions for positions on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors must be received in The Florida Bar headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15.


RJA works to get a handle on electronic devices in court
What is “the media?” What is the best way for judges to control the use of electronic devices that might record or broadcast audio or video from a courtroom? If there’s a policy on using electronic devices in courtrooms, does that also apply to the judge’s chambers if that is used for ancillary meetings or proceedings in a case, or in the hallways outside the courtroom?

The Mindful LawyerThe Mindful Lawyer column first appeared in this year’s August 1 issue of the News, marking eight years since the publication initially reported on mindfulness and the law. Over the course of the past decade, interest in supporting the mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being of lawyers, law students, and judges has grown, with the legal academy, and local, state, and national bar associations taking the lead. The reasons for this heightened attention are many, and much has been written in this area.

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    December 1, 2017
    Jack McMullen
    PLENTY OF LAWYERS, LIKE MANY WHITE-COLLAR WORKERS THESE DAYS, TELECOMMUTE. Few do so regularly from an Airstream camper deep in the woods. Yet that’s just what veteran Orlando corporate attorney Jack McMullen has done for the past year.

    Want to serve on a Bar committee?
    Michelle SuskauerThe annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Michelle Suskauer will be available December 1 at floridabar.org.

    Beware of holiday cyber scams
    Michael HigerThis may not be at the top of your holiday preparation list, but The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute is reminding all Bar members to protected themselves from holiday phishing scams or malware campaigns.



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    HEATH ESKALYO of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale completed the 2017 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
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    Florida Bar CLE

    36th Annual International Tax Conference
    January 11-12, J.W. Marriott Miami Downtown

    Estate and Trust Planning/Asset Protection
    November 30, 8 a.m. - 4:20 p.m., Hyatt Regency International Airport, Orlando

    Civil Trial Update & Board Certification Review 2018
    February 1-2, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Tampa Airport Marriott

    Practicing Before the Second District Court of Appeal
    December 1, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,Hillsborough County Bar Association, Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, Tampa

    Criminal Law Update 2017
    December 8, 9:45 a.m. - 3:25 p.m., Orange County Bar Association

    Practicing with Professionalism
    December 8, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Downtown Miami

    Basic Evidence 2017
    December 8, 08:15 a,m. - 4:10 p.m., Tampa Airport Marriott.


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