Florida Bar News – Bill would Ease Requirements for Returning Felons to Obtain Occupational Licenses

Rep. Kevin Chambliss Released felons would have an easier time qualifying for an occupational license under a bipartisan criminal reform measure that has been filed in the Florida House. Rep. Kevin Chambliss, D-Miami, filed HB 87 on September 13. Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood and chair of the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, is a co-sponsor. The measure would allow…

Florida Bar News – Business Law Section to Offer a Financial Literacy and Legal Assistance Program for Veterans

Kacy Donlon The Business Law Section, two legal aid programs, a South Florida bankruptcy judge, and United Way’s Mission United program are combining to offer a financial literacy and legal assistance program for veterans in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The planners hope that the October 30 Veteran’s Financial Literacy Program will be a template for…

Florida Bar News – 11th Circuit Launches Pilot Program to Resolve Eviction Disputes

Judge Nushin Sayfie Expecting a flood of evictions in the coming months, the 11th Circuit is using a voluntary, remote platform to encourage landlords and tenants to resolve their differences. Called “courtHELP,” for Court Housing, Eviction, Landlord/Tenant Portal, the pilot program allows landlords and tenants to communicate, exchange information, and initiate mediation from a smartphone,…

Florida Bar News – Bill Would Make Parents of Adult Children Who are Victims of Medical Negligence Eligible for Damages

Rep. Spencer Roach A Southwest Florida lawmaker filed a bill to authorizes parents of adult children to recover damages for mental pain and suffering in medical negligence suits. Rep. Spencer Roach, R-North Ft. Myers, filed HB 6011 on August 24. The measure has yet to be referred to a committee ahead of the 60-day session that convenes…

Florida Bar News – A Call for Lawyers to Help with Evictions

With U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on attorneys nationally to help tenants facing evictions, legal aid programs around Florida are bracing for an expected surge in eviction filings. Garland sent his letter, “To Members of the Legal Community,” on August 30, just four days after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling…

[FLN – Updates] – August 31, 2021 – Latest and More Great Updates . . . .

Greetings Everyone: Welcome to the final day of August 2021. It’s official. FLN is very happy to announce that all 11 [FLN – Chapters] were able to conduct a live in-person [FLN – Chapter Meeting] in the month of August 2021 as scheduled. And while attendance was lighter than usual, it was great to connect,…