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Rick Scott rejects Bar’s nominees for state’s judicial panels

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Gov. Rick Scott has rejected all suggestions from The Florida Bar to fill vacancies in several of the state’s Judicial Nominating Commissions (JNC), the panels that recommend lawyers for judgeships. The latest rejections now add up to at least 90 of the Bar’s recommendations for JNC openings that Scott has turned down since taking office in 2011, according to Bar records. Other names that Scott rejected over the years include Vero Beach lawyer Erin Grall, now a Republican state representative, and nationally known civil-rights attorney…

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Miami attorney to become Florida Bar president in 2017

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Miami attorney Michael J. Higer has been chosen to become president of the Florida Bar in 2017. Bar officials say Higer’s term will begin after Tampa lawyer William J. Schifino Jr. serves in the post next year. Both will be sworn in at the Florida Bar convention in June 2016. Higer has been a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors since 2008. He is a Miami Beach native with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and…

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