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Florida Bar will focus on ‘protecting the courts’ during constitutional revision process

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The new president of The Florida Bar says the organization is standing by to offer “technical legal” support to the Constitution Revision Commission as it readies to amend the state’s governing document, which could include changes affecting the judicial branch. But Michael J. Higer, a partner in Berger Singerman’s Miami office, won’t say which public proposals already filed he favors—or fears. He assumed the Bar presidency on June 23. “It is too early in the process to focus on any…

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Personnel Note: Governor’s top lawyer joining Constitution Revision Commission

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William Spicola, general counsel to Gov. Rick Scott for the past year, is leaving to become top legal officer of the Constitution Revision Commission. Replacing him as GC in the executive office of the governor is Daniel Nordby, a partner in Shutts & Bowen’s Tallahassee office. Both job changes become official on April 17, the governor’s office announced Monday. “Will has been a valuable member of my team and has done an outstanding job leading efforts to appoint qualified judges to…

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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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Another Rick Scott staff shift, another org chart…

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Frank Collins‘ departure from the embrace of the Executive Office of the Governor means yet another rejiggered organizational chart of Gov. Rick Scott‘s team. The latest chart shows that Collins, a former deputy chief of staff, hasn’t been replaced. Rather, his portfolio has been spread among remaining deputy chiefs and other high-level officials. For example: — CareerSource Florida to Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rasmussen. — Department of Economic Opportunity, Enterprise Florida to Legislative Affairs Director Kevin Reilly. — Statewide Guardian ad Litem to Deputy…

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Tim Cerio rejoining GrayRobinson law firm

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Tallahassee attorney Tim Cerio, former general counsel to Gov. Rick Scott, is returning to the GrayRobinson law firm, according to a Wednesday news release. Cerio, who rejoins the firm as a shareholder, will practice “regulatory and health care law; administrative law, including representation of clients in regulatory, administrative and quasi-judicial proceedings; and complex litigation in state and federal courts,” the firm announced. Cerio first went to GrayRobinson in 2001, leaving for two government stints, one as chief of staff and general counsel at the…

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