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September 23, 2021
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The Florida Bar | Article | September 23, 2021
The Supreme Court’s Workgroup on the Continuity of Court Operations and Proceedings During and After COVID-19, otherwise known as the COVID-19 Workgroup, filed the petition on rules regarding communications technology July 1. The extensive package centers on a proposed rewrite to Florida Rule of General Practice and Judicial Administration 2.530 (Communications Technology) and encompasses six additional rule sets — Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Probate Rules, Traffic Court, Small Claims, and Appellate Procedure. The Florida Supreme Court on August 24 granted a Florida Civil Legal Aid Association request and extended the comment period until Sept. 30. Responses are due Oct. 21.
The Gainesville Sun | Article | September 22, 2021
Circuit Judge Monica J. Brasington has granted a temporary emergency injunction requested by City of Gainesville employees’ attorney, which stops the city from enforcing the Oct. 1 deadline for employees to get their first COVID-19 vaccination. In August, the Gainesville City Commission, in a 4-3 vote, approved a requirement for its more than 2,200 employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment.
AN OFF-DUTY DEPUTY IS ACCUSED OF THREATENING THREE MEN AT GUNPOINT. DOES HIS CASE BELONG IN VETERANS COURT?
Sun Sentinel | Article | September 23, 2021
Jerald Alderman, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy charged in an off-duty gun incident two years ago is asking for counseling and other help for an alcohol problem and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, rather than face his accusers. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office on Monday [Sept. 20] told the judge these are serious crimes not suitable for the rehabilitation-based Veterans Court, which oversees pretrial intervention programs. State law does not allow this venue for veterans charged with crimes of violence. Alderman was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1991. Alderman is charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon, and a misdemeanor offense of using a firearm while under the influence.
Florida Today | Article | September 22, 2021
Seminole County Judge Melissa Souto has found that former Brevard County Clerk of Courts Mitch Needelman is not competent to face retrial on corruption charges. Judge Souto’s order filed Tuesday [Sept. 21] found Needelman suffers from a medical condition that affects his short-term memory and therefore was not competent to participate in any legal proceedings that require his active intellectual participation. Needelman was found guilty of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, bid tampering and official misconduct in October 2017, but the judge vacated the conviction and ordered a new trial based on juror misconduct.
ABA Journal | Article | September 21, 2021
A survey released Tuesday [Sept. 21] asked young attorneys if their legal education was worth the cost, and fewer than half said yes. However, 60.9 percent of respondents said that if they had to do it over, they would still attend law school. The data is part of a report, Student Debt: the Holistic Impact on Today’s Young Lawyer, published by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the AccessLex Institute Center for Legal Education Excellence.
Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | September 23, 2021
The Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association and the D.W. Perkins Bar Association are seeking volunteers for the Ribault and Raines High School Future Lawyers and Leaders program. The program, which lasts a school year, is a mentoring opportunity organized around a mock trial at the end. The program was established at Jean Ribault Senior High School in 2014 and is expanding to also include William M. Raines High School this year.