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For the first time since courts were reorganized in 1972, the Florida Supreme Court has recommended a net reduction in the number of the state’s trial judges. The court reported that except for civil traffic cases, civil filings are up but criminal filings are down.

Court sets out funding needs
PK JamesonFlorida courts are critically short of translators, state attorneys and public defenders are bleeding talent, and an avalanche of death penalty reviews is just over the horizon.

Board works to keep parental leave rule before the S. Court
A suggested new procedural rule favoring court continuances for parental leave should be accepted by the Supreme Court as a “report” from the Bar Board of Governors rather than an out-of-cycle rule amendment submission.

Yoga at the Courthouse
THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION’S Judicial Relations Committee — co-chaired by Chief Judge Krista Marx and Rina Clemens — recently hosted its first “Yoga at the Courthouse” class. Members took a relaxing break with yoga and a healthy lunch.



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.

CRC debates the retirement age for judges
Bill SchifinoFlorida voters could raise the minimum requirements for becoming a judge, and the mandatory retirement age for judges and Supreme Court justices, under separate proposals gaining steam in the Constitution Revision Commission.

Sen. Flores was raised to 'love the Constitution' and the rule of law
Sen. Anitere FloresWhen Anitere Flores was a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Miami, she was on a debate team that went to Washington, D.C., and won a national championship. Classmates ribbed the team for caring more about competing in the “We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution” program than going to their senior prom happening at the same time. But it was an easy choice for Flores, who said she and the majority of her classmates were children of political exiles from Cuba.

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    December 15, 2017
    Tom Scarritt and students
    TAMPA LAWYER and professional actor Tom Scarritt taught stage acting to six classes of fourth-graders at the invitation of his daughter, teacher Mallory Scarritt Edghill, at Eisenhower Elementary School in Clearwater as part of the Great American Teach-In held November 15.

    There is still time to apply to sit on Bar committees
    Michelle SuskauerThe annual committee preference forms for Bar members seeking appointments for the term of President-elect Michelle Suskauer are available at

    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.

    The Art of the Appeal
    By Barry Richard
    Special to the News
    Barry RichardThe fifth century BC military strategist Sun Tzu, in his classic treatise The Art of War, taught that the army that controls the field of battle will have a significant strategic and tactical advantage. Twenty-six centuries later, the treatise is still studied by military leaders and has lessons for appellate lawyers as well.


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