Harry Lee Coe: A Cautionary Tale

Harry Lee Coe: A Cautionary Tale

Recently, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Jorge Labarga, authored a piece about the effect of stress upon lawyers.1 According to the Chief Justice, “Stress without proper care contributes to the higher-than-usual rates of addiction, suicide, and mental...
When Lawyers Need Help

When Lawyers Need Help

Recently, The Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court wrote an essay in the Florida Bar News.  In it, he addresses a problem that is not widely discussed. I reprint it here: “Most lawyers work in stressful jobs. Mine often is.  So are the jobs of most of my...
The Admissibility of Social Media Postings

The Admissibility of Social Media Postings

As of the third quarter of 2017, 2.07 billion people actively used the social networking site Facebook on a monthly basis.  Instagram, the mainly mobile photo-sharing network, serves 800 million active monthly users. Digital evidence is often critical in proving or...
Emergency Hearings and Due Process

Emergency Hearings and Due Process

In the practice of Family Law, it is a common experience for a client to ask a lawyer to seek an emergency hearing. Section 61.518(1), Florida Statutes (2015), provides that [b]efore a child custody determination is made under this part, notice and an opportunity to...