Legal Roundup

first_imgLegal Roundup: Sarasota FAWL Works With At-risk Students: Members of the Sarasota Chapter of the FAWL, including President Evelyn Moya, Joan Donnelly, Magistrate Judge Susan Maulucci, and retired law professor Beverly Blair, recently traveled to the Polk County PACE Center for Girls in Lakeland for a Breakfast-n-Books mentoring program to work with girls at the center who are experiencing difficulty in school and at home. PACE’s purpose is to intervene and prevent high school drop-outs, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, and welfare dependency. Sarasota FAWL also has donated over 40 new books to the Polk PACE Center. Under the leadership of PACE staff member Robin Turley, eight girls joined the FAWL members for juice and pastries to talk about a book they all had read. Nassau Bar Awards Scholarship : Teresa J. Sopp, vice president of the Nassau County Bar, recently presented Hilliard Senior High School student Megan Hoobler with a $1,000 scholarship. Hoobler, an honors student and Bright Futures Scholar, has been involved with the Nassau County Teen Court Program for six years. She served as a juror, a prosecutor, and as a defense attorney. Nassau County Teen Court sponsor Judge Robert E. Williams has watched Megan come up through the ranks. “Megan is very competitive and dedicated,” said Judge Williams. “She will definitely be a part of the legal community in the future.” The Nassau County Bar awards a scholarship each year to a high school senior participating in Teen Court. FALSS Meeting Set: The Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists will hold its first 2005 quarterly meeting at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine July 30. The morning seminars available to legal support staff and anyone interested will be Board Certification Workshop in Wills, Trusts and Estates; Court System: Past, Present, and Future, presented by Judge John M. Alexander; and Electronic Messaging (Understanding E-mail and Messaging and Protecting Yourself from Messaging Exploits. The FALSS first quarterly membership meeting will be that afternoon, and everyone registered can attend. For more information, call FALSS officer Barbara Cavallaro at (239) 337-7337 or e-mail her at [email protected] Dufoe Wins DeVane Award: The Lakeland Bar Association recently presented its Annual Jerry DeVane Award to Bill Dufoe of Holland & Knight in recognition of his “exemplary scholarship, professionalism, and collegiality.” The officers of the Lakeland Bar Association include Brent Geohagen, president; Mario Cabrera, vice president; Rick Nail, treasurer; and Jonn Hoppe, secretary. Jon H. Anderson Pro Bono Awards: Florida Rural Legal Services presented awards to several local attorneys for their voluntary service in representing indigent persons in civil matters. Those honored include: Stephen R. Senn, Samuel G. Crosby, Eva M. Donohue, Pierce J. Guard, Jr., Daniel Medina, Nora Leto, Richard A. Miller, Ramona Blankenship, and Peterson & Myers. Viernes Culturales: Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, and Miami Police Chief John Timoney were only some of the guests who recently joined Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in a special reception to honor the “unsung heroes” of Little Havana’s Cultural Fridays (Viernes Culturales). Cultural Fridays is an art crawl through S.W. Eighth Street from 14th to 17th avenues that takes place on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 11 p.m. This multi-ethnic event features live music, artists, shows at neighboring galleries, and a wide variety of foods from local restaurants. The firm’s Mikki Canton recognized the members of the Cultural Fridays board of directors for their longtime support of the festival and Crist presented awards to City of Miami police officers Freddy D’Agostino and Joe De Hombre for their outstanding service to Little Havana. Officers David Rivero, Hector Mirabile, Mike Perez, and Manny Gomez were also honored. Ethics and Professionalism: The Orange County Bar and the First Central Florida Inn of Court jointly sponsored an afternoon ethics and professionalism seminar recently for approximately 375 lawyers, including the entire staffs of the state attorney and public defender’s offices, as well as numerous private practitioners and more than 20 judges. Bruce Blackwell, who spearheaded the seminar, said it was the first time that ethics professors Amy Mashburn from the University of Florida, Rob Atkinson from Florida State University, and Terri Day from Barry University each made in depth presentations together on a wide variety of ethical issues facing the Bar. Judges Retire: More than 200 family members and friends paid tribute to five recently retired 17th Judicial Circuit judges at a celebration sponsored by the Broward County Bar Association. The retiring judges include Judge Patricia Cocalis, Judge Jerry Pollock, Judge Sheldon Schapiro, Judge Bill Herring, and Judge Julie Koenig. Leopold to Lead PBCBA: Theodore (Ted) J. Leopold was recently named president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Other new officers and board members include Manuel Farach, president-elect; Scott Murray; Bryan Poulton; Richard Schuler; Meenu Sasser; Michelle Suskauer; V. Lynn Whitfield; North County Section President William Fleck; Young Lawyers Section President Wade Bowden; and South Palm Beach County Bar Association President Jeffrey Marks. Judge Robert J. Simms Memorial Dedication: Bay Area Legal Services recently honored the life and career of Judge Robert J. Simms and thanked the supporters of the memorial fund established by Bay Area Legal Services. Judge Simms made a “deep impact on many lives during his time on the bench” and friends, family, and colleagues attended the reception and shared their memories of Judge Simms, according to BALS. Bay Area has raised more than $100,000 for the memorial fund and to honor Judge Simms. Bay Area Legal Services’ Library will be renamed the Judge Robert J. Simms Conference and Training Center. July 1, 2005 Regular News Legal Rounduplast_img

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