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Florida Supreme Court rules that current governor can’t replace 3 retiring justices
The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state's next governor, not current Gov. Rick Scott, has the authority to choose justices for three seats that will come open in January.
Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida can call hotline for legal assistance

Hurricane Michael survivors can now call a hotline at 1-866-550-2929 to get legal help from volunteer lawyers.

The hotline is a partnership of the Disaster Legal Services Program of the…

Florida lawyer who uses ‘Ever Argued With a Woman?’ slogan sues law firm for alleged infringement

Bartow, Florida, lawyer Melissa Wilson uses the slogan “Ever Argued With a Woman?” and she is not afraid to argue about it.

In a federal suit filed Tuesday, Wilson…

Law firm is dropped from app’s antitrust suit; Florida Bar fights request for hotline records

A ticket-fighting company that matches drivers with lawyers has dropped a law firm known as the Ticket Clinic from its antitrust lawsuit.

The plaintiff, TIKD, had targeted the Ticket…

North Carolina bar accuses lawyer of stealing from 2 death row exonerees

A Florida lawyer defrauded, deceived and embezzled funds from two mentally disabled clients who were declared innocent after spending 31 years in prison, according to a complaint filed Wednesday…

University of Alabama School of Law receives record $26.5M gift, new name

Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a Florida attorney and developer, has agreed to donate $26.5 million to the University of Alabama School of Law over the next four years.

The donation…

Some immigrants picked up by ICE given ‘fake dates’ to appear in court

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has failed to coordinate or clear appearance dates with federal courts in six cities, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Some people received documents with…

Some ex-students join Charlotte School of Law in limited settlement fund motion

Updated: A joint motion to settle a proposed class action brought by former students of the shuttered for-profit Charlotte School of Law was filed Tuesday with one group…

Florida Coastal still out of compliance with accreditation standards, ABA legal ed council says
The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has affirmed its findings that Florida Coastal School of Law is out of compliance with certain accreditation standards—increasing the likelihood that the matter will be settled in court.
Outdoor food sharing is expressive conduct and ‘more than a picnic in the park,’ appeals court says

Sharing food with the homeless in a public park by a group with a political message is expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Administrative law judge kills himself after hostage standoff, police say

An administrative law judge who reviewed Social Security disability cases shot and killed himself Friday morning after a 10-hour standoff with police in South Florida.

The judge, Timothy Maher, did…

Judge resigns after recognizing his courtroom comment was ‘a career-ender,’ chief judge says

A Florida judge abruptly retired last week after he referred to a black lawyer as “the other gorilla defense counsel.”

Judge Peter Evans of Palm Beach County, who is white,…

Shooter in parking lot dispute charged after sheriff said he was protected by stand-your-ground law

Prosecutors have charged the shooter in a fatal parking lot dispute despite a Florida sheriff’s determination that the man was protected by the state’s stand-your-ground law.

Michael Drejka, 48, was…

Are states obligated to educate formerly incarcerated people about their new voting rights?

The last few years have been good for former prisoners hoping to regain the ability to vote. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued pardons in May to…

Ethics case dropped against ex-Florida judge accused of faking dockets to take time off

A former Florida judge accused of creating “contrived dockets” so he could secretly take time off from work won’t face ethics charges.

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission had filed…

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