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2180 ABA Journal Florida articles.

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…

Potential closure plan for Arizona Summit discussed while accreditation appeal is pending
Updated: If Arizona Summit School of Law, a for-profit InfiLaw campus, loses its ABA accreditation, students may have the option to finish their education at Arizona State University’s law school.
Judge who abruptly resigned is accused of creating ‘contrived dockets’ to take time off

A Florida judge who abruptly resigned July 6 faces allegations that he scheduled fake cases so he could secretly take time off from work.

A notice filed Monday says there…

Shook Hardy lawyer in the spotlight for opposing pregnant lawyer’s continuance request
A Miami lawyer with Shook, Hardy & Bacon objected when a pregnant opposing lawyer sought a continuance because her due date coincided with a trial date.
Sheriff says he can’t make an arrest in fatal parking spot dispute because of stand-your-ground law
A Florida sheriff says he can’t charge a man for fatally shooting another man who shoved him to the ground in a parking lot dispute because of the state’s stand-your-ground law.
Court: Law firm accused of having an on-site bar not liable for death of intoxicated paralegal

A Florida law firm accused of having a bar on its premises to encourage employees to work longer hours isn’t liable for the death of an intoxicated paralegal, a Florida…

Tech is not the only answer to legal aid issues, justice center director Joyce Raby says (podcast)
Since the late 1990s, Joyce Raby has spent a career bringing technology to legal aid. While a booster and believer in technology's potential to improve America's legal system, her experience is tempering.

"We've been saying for a very long time that technology was going to be the saving grace for the justice ecosystem," she says. "I don't think it is."
Nelson Mullins, Broad and Cassel set to form ‘super-regional’ law firm
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is merging with Broad and Cassel to form a firm with more than 725 lawyers.

$4 award to family of black man fatally shot by cop is reduced to zero

Florida jurors awarded $4 last week to the family of a black man shot and killed in his garage by police who were called to the home to investigate a…

Proposed Florida law resurrects the debate around the legal duty to help someone in distress
Florida would be in a distinct minority of states if it imposes a duty to rescue people in distress. The rule in the United States is you have no duty to rescue a stranger, and legal scholars are divided on whether that’s a good thing.
After jury convicts him, man punches his lawyer and a courtroom brawl breaks out

Courtroom deputies used Tasers on three men following guilty verdicts in a Florida murder trial on Friday and after one…

Lawyer who helped an exoneree blow through $750K faces ethics complaints

The North Carolina State Bar is investigating a Florida lawyer for his treatment of two mentally disabled clients who spent 31 years in prison before being declared innocent.

Henry McCollum…

2 prominent lawyers ensnared by Florida’s ‘hot potato doctrine’ are suspended for conflicts

The Florida Supreme Court has suspended two prominent lawyers 30 days each for seeking a payout for their clients from a scientific institute created in a class action tobacco settlement…

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