October 4, 2022

Government/Politics & Law

Florida's new Secretary of the Department of Management Services to oversee state's IT infrastructure

Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official Pedro Allende has been appointed Florida's new Secretary of the Department of Management Services, which is tasked with overseeing cyber-security for state government and administering tens of millions of dollars in new funding for government cyber-resiliency programs. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

The Case Against Scot Strems

South Florida attorney Scot Strems built his law firm suing insurance companies — and built the insurers' case for reining in lawyers. Read more »
Published on 8/24/2022

FAMU's Economic Justice Initiative provides free legal services to minority business owners 

With a $110,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank, Florida A&M University's College of Law is spearheading its Economic Justice Initiative, which will provide free legal services to help minority-owned small-business owners as they launch and grow their enterprises. Read more »
Published on 7/26/2022

Attorney Mischelle D'Angelone reflects on her childhood and why she does so much pro bono work

Pasco County-based Mischelle D'Angelone, one of 20 lawyers recognized this year by the Florida Bar for service to low-income and disadvantaged clients, points to her own childhood as the reason why she does so much pro bono work, particularly work on behalf of children and families. Read more »
Published on 7/20/2022

Noise litigation attorney Mark Bentley's Beatles passion project debuts at Florida Film Festival

Attorney Mark Bentley of Tampa turned his passion for the Beatles into a documentary that kicked off the Florida Film Festival in Orlando. Read more »
Published on 7/14/2022

The Florida Bar Association's new president Gary S. Lesser outlines his goals for the next year

The Florida Bar's new president wants more mentoring, awareness and professionalism. Read more »
Published on 7/12/2022

Florida Icon: Clarence Anthony

I experienced racism at every point in my life, whether it was personal or professional. There were things that occurred that were traumatic, that would hurt your feelings, that would motivate you, as well, and that's how I tend to use those moments — to motivate me. Read more »
Published on 4/5/2022

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

Sen. Jeff Brandes leaves behind a legacy of big ideas and principled dissents

Last March, as lawmakers cobbled together a spending plan in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Senate budget subcommittee rolled out ... Read more »
Published on 1/13/2022

Legislative Preview - Rags to Riches

Flush state coffers will ease this year's budget process. Here's a closer look at the issues on the Legislature's agenda. Read more »
Published on 1/10/2022

Voter-passed tax referenda generate a bonanza for local governments, inviting pushback from the Legislature

Voters in many Florida counties take advantage of local option taxes to fund some specific services. The Legislature has moved to restrict that flexibility, however. Read more »
Published on 10/27/2021

Where does Florida's government get its money?

With no state income tax Florida's state government generates the bulk of general revenue from sales tax collections. Read more »
Published on 10/27/2021

Orlando cyber-security firm focuses on utilities and other government customers

Orlando entrepreneurs Alex Santos and Peter Kassabov have a knack for staying ahead of the curve. Read more »
Published on 7/30/2021

Key West residents clash with cruise industry, Legislature and governor over cruise restrictions

A month after Florida went on COVID-19 lockdown, Will Benson took his wife and two young children out on his skiff for a quarantine break. Read more »
Published on 7/30/2021

A heavy loss

After Pensacola plaintiff's attorney Fred Levin died from COVID-19, UF-educated trial lawyer Mark Proctor became President of Levin Papantonio Rafferty. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Priorities for the year ahead

“The court system estimates that there'll be a little more than 1.1 million cases backlogged as of July... That's just in Florida." Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Thinking bigger

“I had one gift — I was curious, and I liked to learn,” says Gary Sasso. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Justice for all

“It just caused me to double down on my efforts related to the role lawyers can play when appropriately focused,” says attorney Al Dotson. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

No immunity from racism

Jaret Davis was helping a friend move out of her house in an affluent Miami neighborhood about 20 years ago when neighbors called the police three times, supicious Davis was stealing furniture. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Dealing with uncertainty

“Of course, nobody knew we were on the eve of a pandemic, or one of us might have thought better of that plan,” she laughs. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Florida property insurance is a sea of red ink

The Legislature passed a bill in its 2021 session making major changes in Florida's property insurance markets... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

Florida hurricane season 2021: The good news and bad news

The good news: More than a quarter of Florida's homes have been built or remodeled according to the tougher statewide building codes... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

The Chinese government calls paying U.S. researchers ‘talent recruitment' but is it intellectual espionage?

Several researchers in Florida have handed over work funded by American taxpayers. Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

Case Files: Researchers arrested over ties to China

A look at NOAA scientist Chunzai Wang and others... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

A perspective on mobility law

Florida's young people and especially professionals want to live in town, and live, work and recreate in the same place... Read more »
Published on 4/28/2021

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