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Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson and 17 district court of appeal judges have qualified for merit retention on the November 2018 general election ballot. On the trial court side, 177 circuit judges have been elected or reelected without opposition, while voters will decide another 34 contests. In the county courts, 105 were elected or reelected without opposition and there are 42 contested races. Trial court contests will appear on the August 28 primary ballot and any runoffs will be decided in the November 6 general election.

Judicial Campaign Conduct Forum
15TH CIRCUIT CHIEF JUDGE KRISTA MARX discussed the importance of public trust and confidence in the judicial system to judicial candidates attending the Judicial Campaign Conduct Forum in West Palm Beach, one of 10 forums held across the state.
Today’s bitterly partisan political atmosphere, a fog of social media distortion and dark money, can be a dangerous place for judicial candidates. Declare a party affiliation, embellish a resume, distort an opponent’s record, or let a campaign manager do any of those things, and the result could be disbarment, suspension, crushing fines, and a televised dressing down in front of the Florida Supreme Court. That’s the message more than a dozen attorneys and incumbents received last week at a Judicial Campaign Conduct Forum at the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee.

Malware attack severely disrupts West Palm Beach solo's practice
West Palm Beach attorney James “Randy” Ackley has an unusual but urgent message for fellow Bar members — don’t open emails from the Law Offices of James R. Ackley, P.A. A sole practitioner who specializes in foreclosure defense, Ackley thinks his firm’s network was infected by malware that was hiding in an e-reader attached to a digital transcript he recently ordered.



OCBA YLS planking
THE ORANGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION’S Young Lawyers Section board took a quick break during one of its recent meetings to take a planking photo for the #WellLawyer initiative. Ashlee PouncyThe Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association will honor the trailblazing black lawyers who were admitted to The Florida Bar in the 1980s at its Legacy Gala Saturday, June 16, at The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando.

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    OCBA YLS book fair
    THE ORANGE COUNTY BAR YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION hosted a free book fair in May for the students at Washington Shores Elementary School in Orlando.

    Court hears arguments on proposal for automatic discipline for frivolous actions
    (Editor's Note Update: The Supreme Court of Florida dismissed this petition on May 25.)
    Supreme Court justices questioned details about a member-petition proposed rule amendment to automatically discipline a lawyer if an appellate court found he or she pursued a frivolous action, but justices also queried Florida Bar representatives on whether the grievance process could be improved for such cases.

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