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Your Driver Has a Shorter Attention Span than a Goldfish. Do You Hand Them the Keys?

by Alyssa Davenport, FJA Communications Coordinator There’s a problem on Florida’s roads. In 2018, according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV), there were 1,671 citations given by law enforcement for distracted driving. In 2015, 3,242 people…

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Satisfy all of your technology and ethics CLE in one seminar!

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Spotlight: Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence Advocacy Session

This session is approved by The Florida Bar for 4 Hours of Ethics and 4 Hours of Technology CLE Credit!

Click here or scroll below to see other Workhorse sessions that satisfy the ethics and technology CLE requirements.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Driving Electronic Discovery With Technological Competency – Your Roadmap to Success at Trial
[6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]

Preliminaries to Technical Competency: This session will introduce the skill sets AND sample documents you need to drive electronic discovery negotiation, whether in a major single event or MDL. The panel will also discuss the important changes in the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the case law that emerged in the first year of their application, and comparisons with The Florida Rules Civil Procedure.

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Federal Overreach: NHTSA Foreshadows Possible Preemption of State Tort Law

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By William C. Ourand

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Self-driving cars are already being tested, and will become increasingly more common in the years to come.  There are good reasons to be optimistic about this technology, as it has the potential to reduce crashes.  But make no mistake: the battle over tort liability for self-driving car crashes has already begun, and there is a very real possibility that automakers and software companies may secure a sweeping victory in the form of federal preemption.  We are at a critical juncture in this fight as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) just released its initial guidance on the topic.  NHTSA’s guidance contains several unfortunate statements which may foreshadow a massive power grab by federal bureaucrats—one that could completely displace state law and deny Floridians the right of access to the civil justice system.

This article will analyze the troubling aspects of the NHTSA guidance, expose the hollow arguments advanced against automotive products liability law and in favor of federal preemption, and provide recommendations for consumer advocates who wish to remain informed and engaged in the fight.

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Masters of Justice Spotlight: Auto Negligence Seminar

The FJA Auto Negligence Seminar offers education on cutting-edge topics so that you can be prepared for what’s coming in the future – with or without you!

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This seminar will cover many new issues for auto negligence practitioners such as updates on ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft, the new green light for beta-testing autonomous commercial vehicles on Florida’s interstate highways, and the VW emissions and Takata Airbag cases.

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FJA Forward: Working Smarter Not Harder

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By now most people should know the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that Millennials occupy the largest portion of the American workforce. Most researchers define Millennials as the cohort which reached adulthood around the turn of the millennium. This means millennials are most familiar with the rise of Microsoft and Windows, dying of dysentery in the game Oregon Trail, the start of Wikipedia, and when you could not get a Facebook page without a college email address. Millennials grew up with technology as a matter of life and that has shaped the entire generation in ways which make Millennials quite different from other generations in the workforce.

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