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Before ruling on a request to allow the lawyer spouses of military personnel to practice in Florida when they are stationed in the state, the Supreme Court wants to see more restrictions added to the proposal.
Sandy DiamondAs the Constitution Revision Commission’s various committees settle into the nuts and bolts work of considering various proposed constitutional amendments, the Bar’s public education campaign has already made substantial progress since its hurricane-delayed kickoff on October 17.

Senate bill would allow judges more discretion in sentencing
Sen. Jeff BrandesJudges could deviate from harsh, one-size-fits-all, minimum mandatory sentences for drug trafficking under bipartisan proposals gaining momentum in the Florida Senate.

Court launches 'Beyond the Bench' podcast
Chief Justice Jorge LabargaA good conversation covers a lot of ground — and that can be heard in the inaugural podcast by the Florida Supreme Court, which features Chief Justice Jorge Labarga talking with Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson about why courts must communicate with the people they serve.



Board finds bullying proposal too vague
Dori Foster-MoralesA well-meaning attempt to strengthen protections against bullying in the legal profession may have gone too far, at least according to the Board of Governors.

Rep. Renner brings a community-service spirit to his work
Rep. Paul RennerWhen Paul Renner was a kid, just about every conversation around the dinner table with his preacher father and teacher mother centered on how to help others.

ABA President Bass to speak and Harkness to be honored at Supreme Court Historical Society Dinner
Hilarie BassAt its January 25 annual dinner event, "A Supreme Evening 2018", the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society will host a keynote address by ABA President Hilarie Bass.

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    January 15, 2018

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    Bar's virtual advice clinic is going strong
    For Tallahassee lawyer Leah Wiederspahn, it was helping an elderly South Florida couple deal with an intimidating business owner and his suspect demand for hundreds of dollars in damages. “They’re nice, honorable people, obviously living on Social Security, who had done everything they could,” she said.
    By Barry Richard
    Special to the News
    Barry RichardIn part two of this series, I discussed the most effective strategies to control the issues and fight the battle on your strongest ground when drafting the argument section of an appellate brief. In this part, I explore additional strategies for preparing for oral argument.

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