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THE DEC. 15 BAR NEWS: JUDGES ON FACEBOOK, LAWYERS SOUND OFF ON PARENTAL LEAVE CONTINUANCES, SC JNC SEND 11 NAMES TO FILL THREE VACANCIES ON THE SUPREME COURT

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The December 15 Bar News is now available with stories including:

Facebook is OK for judges, but it is not recommended
Judges don’t have to automatically recuse themselves from cases where a lawyer appearing before them is a Facebook friend, according to a majority of the Florida Supreme Court, but a different majority would be happy if judges stayed off the social networking site.

Lawyers sounding off on parental leave continuances.
Family time versus the rights of defendants and the vulnerable dominated responses to the Supreme Court’s call for public comment on a proposed Rule of Judicial Administration that would require judges to presumptively approve a 90-day continuance when lawyers in cases before them are expecting children.

SC JNC sends 11 names to fill three vacancies on the Supreme Court.
Eleven judges and lawyers have been nominated by the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission to fill three upcoming vacancies on Florida’s top court.