‘Legal freegans’ are looking to ‘eat your lunch’

‘Legal freegans’ are looking to ‘eat your lunch’Advanced technologies and nonlawyer entities are encroaching on the traditional practice of lawBy Mark D. KillianManaging Editor In the 1880s, a group of experts was asked about New York City’s future. While the prognosticators correctly predicted the city’s population would swell exponentially, they concluded New York would become uninhabitable due to the waste generated by more than six million horses the city would need. The impact of the internal combustio. . . ...

Cooley students volunteer for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF FROM COOLEY LAW SCHOOL’S Tampa Bay campus celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr., Day by volunteering at two locations. Volunteers from Cooley worked in the soup kitchen at the Portamento of Hope Café (above), which provides food and resources to the homeless. They also partnered with the George Edgecombe Bar to chaperone middle-school students at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Parade.. . . ...

Board of Bar Examiners has vacancies

Board of Bar Examiners has vacancies The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its May 23 meeting: Florida Board of Bar Examiners Vacancy: Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill two vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board of Governors will be selecting six nominees for two lawyer vacancies at its May 23 meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill two five-year terms commencing November 1, and expiring on. . . ...

Petition seeks Bar fees to fund legal aid

Petition seeks Bar fees to fund legal aidBy Gary BlankenshipSenior Editor A group of Florida lawyers is preparing a petition to the Supreme Court seeking authority to have Bar annual membership fees raised up to $100, with the extra funds earmarked for financially strapped legal aid programs. Bar President Eugene Pettis reported on the effort at the Board of Governors January 31 meeting and said he expects the board to discuss it at its March 28 meeting in Palm Coast. He also expressed reservations about th. . . ...

Proposed new jury instruction 8.25

Proposed new jury instruction 8.25 The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court a report proposing new jury instruction 8.25 (Violation of a Condition of Pretrial Release From a Domestic Violence Charge). The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the Committee’s proposal, which is reproduced in full below, as well as online at . All comments must be filed with the court on or before March 17, with a certificate of servic. . . ...

Amendments to use of force jury instructions

Amendments to use of force jury instructions The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court a report proposing amendments to jury instructions 3.6(f) (Justifiable Use of Deadly Force) and 3.6(g) (Justifiable Use of Non-Deadly Force). The court invites all interested persons to comment on the Committee’s proposals, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at . All comments must be filed with the court on or before March 17 . . . ...

Letters

LettersMissing the Good Old Days Recently retired, I attended a CLE luncheon and seminar presented by the Clearwater Bar Association on “Ethics and Professionalism” with Bar President Eugene Pettis presiding. The correct title should have been “The Continuing Decline and Eclipse of the Legal Profession.” President Pettis grimly described the current status of lawyering, touching on the lessening demand for lawyers due to free online legal advice, LegalZoom, and online legal documents, clerk’s office self-h. . . ...