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first_imgPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Alan R. Hochman has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement from two rehabilitative suspensions.The first suspension, effective July 28, 1997, was for a period of three years and resulted form Hochman’s misuse of client funds and trust accounting violations. The second suspension, effective nunc pro tunc July 28, 1997, was for a period of three years and resulted from a determination of guilt on two felony charges of grand theft stemming from the same misuse of client funds resulting in the earlier suspension.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Hochman’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Randi Kayman Lazarus, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Court sets arguments The Clerk of Court’s Official Recorder’s Office for Miami-Dade County has introduced a new electronic recording system.“This exciting project not only provides a new dimension of accessibility to the public records but it enables a host of efficiencies and savings within our operations and for our customers as well,” Clerk Harvey Ruvin said.The new system integrates a redesigned official record recording process and electronic storage and retrieval into one comprehensive document imaging solution, accessible on the Internet at www.miami-dadeclerk.com.The new system will replace the aging microfilm index system with 30 years of optically imaged databases, all viewable from a Personal Computer Book and page numbers will be available immediately upon recordation, and original documents will be returned expeditiously.After system implementation is completed at the central downtown location (22 NW First Street), the Clerk’s Office will be implementing official records recording at various locations county wide. Current plans include recording functions at the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspection Center (MDPIC on Coral Way at 122 Avenue), in the North Dade Justice Center, South Dade Justice Center, and the new Hialeah Courthouse. In addition, the system will be expanded to accept electronically signed and filed documents, as well as paper documents.EASL hosts legal symposium Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Brad Alexander has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for reinstatement to the Bar from a rehabilitative suspension.This suspension was effective January 27, 2000, and was for a period of one year resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Alexander’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.FLA schedules annual seminar As chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Harry Lee Anstead makes legal decisions that impact all of Florida, but as a child, he was impacted by a seemingly small decision to join the Boys & Girls Club of Jacksonville.Chief Justice Anstead credits the club and specifically his scholarship to a week-long summer camp for giving him the first opportunity to venture outside Jacksonville’s Brentwood Housing Project. Raised by a single mother and with five older siblings, Justice Anstead attended the Boys & Girls Club where he learned many lessons including how to swim, shoot a bow and arrow, and believe there was no limit to what an individual can accomplish.Anstead recently joined seven other club alumni including actor Mario Lopez, NBA Hall of Fame member Bill Walton, and Olympic gold medallist Brooke Bennett, as they were inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame.Induction ceremonies took place May 15, the opening day of B&GCA’s 97th Annual National Conference in Orlando. This year’s conference theme, “Share The Vision,” was a fitting backdrop for the Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony as it was the vision of the staff in local Boys & Girls Clubs who contributed largely to the success of these outstanding former members.Following his appointment to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Anstead made a passionate commitment to elevate the juvenile court because of its importance in helping the most troubled children.“I have continuously felt that this is an obligation of the community to ensure that all the children out there are all of our children,” Anstead said.According to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, other distinguished members of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame include Boys & Girls Clubs of America national spokesperson Denzel Washington, entertainers Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Lopez, and NBA superstars Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Terry Porter, and Darrell Armstrong.Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of more than 3,300 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving some 3.5 million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances.Hoffman petitions for readmission Neil George Paulson, Sr., of Orlando has submmitted an application for Bar readmission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Paulson resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings under allegations that he appropriated funds from personal injury claims for other legal work without clients’ knowledge or consent, pursuant to an April 6, 2000, Supreme Court order.The Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Paulson’s application for readmission and all members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Paulson, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.If you wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Eleanor Hunter, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Hochman petitions for reinstatement The Dade County Bar’s Legal Aid Society and 11th Circuit Court Judge Maynard “Skip” Gross took Career Day to the next level by giving fourth and fifth grade students from New Life Christian School the opportunity to sit as jurors in the case Mary Contrary v. Little Bo Peep and see the judicial system at its best.May marked the second anniversary of Career Day at the Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society. In addition to Judge Gross, several attorneys from the Legal Aid Society, including Peter S. Adrien, Wendy L. Robbins, Mark Brown, Jepera Hvidberg, David Wolin, M. Christina Gonzalez, and Marcia Reisman, also participated.Support specialists elect new officers The Florida Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, SC03-705 for August 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m.A maximum of 15 minutes to each side has been allotted for the arguments.Boys & Girls Clubs honor Anstead Florida Bar members are now receiving their 2003-2004 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees.The statements were mailed in late May. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15.Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online at www.FLABAR.org.Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a late fee.Paulson applies for Bar readmission Kenneth Stephen Hoffman of Beaufort, South Carolina, has submitted an application for Bar readmission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Hoffman resigned pursuant to a June 5, 1997, Supreme Court order in lieu of disciplinary proceedings that alleged that without clients’ knowledge or consent, he appropriated funds recovered from stolen property claims and failed to return them to the client in a timely fashion.The Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Hoffman’s application for readmission. All members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Hoffman, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.To be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Eleanor Hunter, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Izquierdo petitions for reinstatement Arnold Mittelman, producing artistic director for The Coconut Grove Playhouse, presented its First Annual Spotlight Award to Third District Court of Appeal Judge Mario P. Goderich at a recent pre-show reception and ceremony.Judge Goderich, who founded the Cuban American Bar Association and was the first Cuban American workers’ comp judge, circuit judge, and appellate court judge, was joined by more than 1,000 guests, including judges, friends, and colleagues from various bar associations to celebrate the event.The award presentation took place prior to a performance of Eduardo Machado’s Once Removed, a comedy-drama centered around a 1961 Cuban exiled family. The event was chaired by Ervin A. Gonzalez.In addition to receiving the award, Judge Goderich received a proclamation from Gov. Jeb Bush.The Cuban American Bar Foundation also announced the creation and full endowment of the Mario P. Goderich Merit Scholarship at Florida International University School of Law.The recipient, Mauricio Rivero, was present to receive the $25,000 scholarship.Judge Goderich was born in Cuba, graduated from the University of Havana and became a doctor of civil law at the University of Miami.The Coconut Grove Playhouse Spotlight Award was created to recognize individuals from all walks of life who strive to make South Florida a better place and honors citizens who have an impressive track record and a demonstrated commitment of giving back to their community.Judge Hodges wins ABA Devitt Award Bar fees are payable July 1 June 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. will be holding its 17th annual workshop and seminar August 1st and 2nd at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.The organization was formed by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1986 as a nonprofit corporation with two goals in mind, according to its executive director, Michael Cohen.The first of these goals is to educate and assist law students, lawyers, and judges dealing with behavioral problems and the addicting cycle of substance abuse before the illnesses become a problem in their personal and professional lives.“The important thing is to learn how to interrupt that cycle before it gets to the point where you lose control,” said Cohen, who has seen the effect these type of problems can have.“Get up and walk out of the deposition instead of reaching over the desk and grabbing opposing counsel,” said Cohen.The second major goal of the organization is to develop a rehabilitation program for those who need it, to get in recovery and stay in recovery.These type of issues, Cohen insists, are more prevalent in the legal community than in many other sects of society, but that it goes unrecognized more often by those in the legal community.“A fair amount of it is dealing with stress, and that kicks off the dependence,” said Cohen, who attributes some of the stress to the Bar’s growth in membership and consequently competition.The workshop and seminar registration fee is $130 by July 5th and $160 thereafter. There is a guest fee of $60. Registration information can be received by contacting Michael Cohen, Executive Director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., at 954/566-9040.YLD to fill 16th Circuit vacancy More than 200 people turned out to raise money for Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s Childrens Advocacy Program at the second annual For the Public Good Awards fundraiser.Awards were also presented to nine members of the community who have furthered the cause of equal justice. The event raised more than $20,000 and included dancing, a silent auction, raffle, and cocktail buffet wrapped in a sports theme.For The Public Good Award recipients included State Attorney Michael Satz; Greenberg Traurig, represented by Henry Latimer; State Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples; the City of Coral Springs, represented by Commissioner Rhonda Calhoun; Stuart attorney Willie E. Gary represented by his law partner and former legal aid attorney, Donald Watson; Frances Payne of the Jack & Jill Children’s Center; Keith Clayborne of Broward Times ; Broward attorney Jerome Ira Solkoff, who was presented with the Russ E. Carlisle Advocacy Award; and Clear Channel Worldwide, represented by General Manager Peter Bolger.Volunteers and donors to Legal Aid were also recognized as were Event Committee Co-Chairs Julie Klahr and Andrew Stien.Death penalty seminar set The Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists, Inc., recently elected Sarasota’s Deborah R. Woodson as its new president.Other new officers include E. Jean Tarman, president-elect; Jean C. McCarter, vice president; Gayle Briske, treasurer; Barbara Cavallaro, secretary; Deborah L. Waters, chapter liaison; Robert R. Anderson, director of education; and Judi S. Barnes, director of marketing.Fowler White collects clothing The Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors is seeking those interested in filling a 16th Circuit vacancy created by the resignation of Samuel Kaufman.Anyone wishing to fill the vacancy should send a letter of intent and a resume to Austin Newberry, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by July 18.Broward legal aid raises funds The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section recently honored the memory of legendary music producer Tom Dowd at its Fifth Annual Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film and Television in Miami Beach.The symposium luncheon featured the presentation of the Tom Dowd Excellence in the Arts Award to Francis Preston, president of BMI.“Despite the challenges to the music industry, BMI has endured successful growth in the past years,” Preston said. “We are optimistic about our future.”The luncheon also featured presentations from Peter Price, president of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Antoinette Zel, president of MTV Networks, Latin America.“To succeed in the music industry, we must maintain our sense of creativity, a respect for our audiences, and a devotion to integrity,” Zel said.Louis Tertocha, EASL’s chair, said the symposium drew more than 150 lawyers and industry representatives to the various seminars and the luncheon and awards ceremony covering legal and business affairs in music, film, and television.“We are very pleased that this nationally recognized legal symposium has been so well received within the entertainment industry, and we hope to continue presenting this event on an annual basis,” said Richard Rappaport, co-chair of the symposium.Judge takes justice to the classroom William Terrell Hodges, senior judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, has been selected to receive the 21st Annual Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.The Devitt Award honors a judge of national stature whose distinguished lifelong career is characterized by:• Decisions that, through their wisdom, humanity, and commitment to the rule of law, make clear that bench, bar, and community alike would willingly entrust that judge with the most complex cases of the most far-reaching import.• Writings, including opinions, lectures, or other publications, that reveal scholarship and dedication to the improvement of the judicial process.• Activities that have helped to improve the administration of justice, advance the rule of law, reinforce collegial ties within the judicial branch, or strengthen civic ties within local, national, and international communities.Hodges served as an active judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida from 1971 to 1999, and as its chief judge from 1982 to 1989.His impact has been felt at both the state and national level. He was chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and is currently chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.Hodges also was the founder and former president of the American Inns of Court, Tampa Chapter; and in 1996, after moving to Jacksonville, he served as president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Alexis Izquierdo has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Izquierdo was suspended for 18 months pursuant to court order dated May 17, 2001, as a result of a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Izquierdo’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Carlos A. Lebon, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377- 4445.Alexander petitions for reinstatement Fowler White Boggs Banker and Ernst & Young recently pooled their resources to team up for the “Dress for Success” and “Dream a Dress” clothing drive.In two weeks, they collected over 200 business suits and dresses, 75 evening gowns, and dozens of accessories for two nonprofit organizations.“Fowler White Boggs Banker and Ernst & Young enthusiastically supported our efforts, and their partnership was a great example of two firms coming together to help our community,” said Pat Ellington, executive director of Dress for Success Tampa Bay.“These are the kinds of efforts that help the women in need,” said Dianne Jacob, the volunteer founder of the Dream a Dress program.Dress for Success provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women entering the workforce. Women are referred to the program by nonprofit organizations such as Alpha House, Centre for Women, Tampa/Hillsborough Urban League, and The Spring. Each woman receives three business outfits when she has a job interview and two more when she gets the job.Dream a Dress provides prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who would not be able to attend their proms otherwise. This organization works in conjunction with the Hillsborough County School Board.Goderich honored by his community Briefs An opportunity to learn the latest in handling death penalty cases arrives August 22-23 during the fourth Capital Cases Seminar at the Hotel Royal in Orlando.Roger Maas, director of the Commission on Capital Cases, said he expects lawyers to get 12 continuing legal education credits, which corresponds with the new rule requiring 12 CLEs every two years. He anticipates judges will receive 10 continuing judicial credits.Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead will give the keynote address and also speak on the role of the Supreme Court in capital litigation.Gerald Tjoflat, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, will speak on the role of federal courts in capital litigation and effective appellate presentations.Eighteenth Circuit Judge O.H. “Bill” Eaton will discuss recent developments in capital litigation, as well as covering the penalty phase of trials.Judge Stan Morris, in Gainesville’s Eighth Circuit, will talk about postconviction relief.Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Michael Weatherby will explore recent developments in the guilt phase of a capital case.And Larry Klein, Fourth District Court of Appeal judge, will give pointers on effective appellate presentations.In addition, there will be a panel discussion exploring ethical considerations in light of recent Supreme Court decisions and the Illinois study that called for a moratorium on the death penalty.To register for the seminar, send a check for $210 to The Florida Legislature, Commission on Capital Cases, 402 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee 32399-1300. Call (850) 921-4704 for more information.Dade clerk’s office installs new e-recording systemlast_img

first_imgPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Alan R. Hochman has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement from two rehabilitative suspensions.The first suspension, effective July 28, 1997, was for a period of three years and resulted form Hochman’s misuse of client funds and trust accounting violations. The second suspension, effective nunc pro tunc July 28, 1997, was for a period of three years and resulted from a determination of guilt on two felony charges of grand theft stemming from the same misuse of client funds resulting in the earlier suspension.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Hochman’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Randi Kayman Lazarus, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Court sets arguments The Clerk of Court’s Official Recorder’s Office for Miami-Dade County has introduced a new electronic recording system.“This exciting project not only provides a new dimension of accessibility to the public records but it enables a host of efficiencies and savings within our operations and for our customers as well,” Clerk Harvey Ruvin said.The new system integrates a redesigned official record recording process and electronic storage and retrieval into one comprehensive document imaging solution, accessible on the Internet at www.miami-dadeclerk.com.The new system will replace the aging microfilm index system with 30 years of optically imaged databases, all viewable from a Personal Computer Book and page numbers will be available immediately upon recordation, and original documents will be returned expeditiously.After system implementation is completed at the central downtown location (22 NW First Street), the Clerk’s Office will be implementing official records recording at various locations county wide. Current plans include recording functions at the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspection Center (MDPIC on Coral Way at 122 Avenue), in the North Dade Justice Center, South Dade Justice Center, and the new Hialeah Courthouse. In addition, the system will be expanded to accept electronically signed and filed documents, as well as paper documents.EASL hosts legal symposium Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Brad Alexander has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for reinstatement to the Bar from a rehabilitative suspension.This suspension was effective January 27, 2000, and was for a period of one year resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Alexander’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.FLA schedules annual seminar As chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Harry Lee Anstead makes legal decisions that impact all of Florida, but as a child, he was impacted by a seemingly small decision to join the Boys & Girls Club of Jacksonville.Chief Justice Anstead credits the club and specifically his scholarship to a week-long summer camp for giving him the first opportunity to venture outside Jacksonville’s Brentwood Housing Project. Raised by a single mother and with five older siblings, Justice Anstead attended the Boys & Girls Club where he learned many lessons including how to swim, shoot a bow and arrow, and believe there was no limit to what an individual can accomplish.Anstead recently joined seven other club alumni including actor Mario Lopez, NBA Hall of Fame member Bill Walton, and Olympic gold medallist Brooke Bennett, as they were inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame.Induction ceremonies took place May 15, the opening day of B&GCA’s 97th Annual National Conference in Orlando. This year’s conference theme, “Share The Vision,” was a fitting backdrop for the Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony as it was the vision of the staff in local Boys & Girls Clubs who contributed largely to the success of these outstanding former members.Following his appointment to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Anstead made a passionate commitment to elevate the juvenile court because of its importance in helping the most troubled children.“I have continuously felt that this is an obligation of the community to ensure that all the children out there are all of our children,” Anstead said.According to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, other distinguished members of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame include Boys & Girls Clubs of America national spokesperson Denzel Washington, entertainers Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Lopez, and NBA superstars Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Terry Porter, and Darrell Armstrong.Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of more than 3,300 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving some 3.5 million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances.Hoffman petitions for readmission Neil George Paulson, Sr., of Orlando has submmitted an application for Bar readmission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Paulson resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings under allegations that he appropriated funds from personal injury claims for other legal work without clients’ knowledge or consent, pursuant to an April 6, 2000, Supreme Court order.The Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Paulson’s application for readmission and all members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Paulson, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.If you wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Eleanor Hunter, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Hochman petitions for reinstatement The Dade County Bar’s Legal Aid Society and 11th Circuit Court Judge Maynard “Skip” Gross took Career Day to the next level by giving fourth and fifth grade students from New Life Christian School the opportunity to sit as jurors in the case Mary Contrary v. Little Bo Peep and see the judicial system at its best.May marked the second anniversary of Career Day at the Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society. In addition to Judge Gross, several attorneys from the Legal Aid Society, including Peter S. Adrien, Wendy L. Robbins, Mark Brown, Jepera Hvidberg, David Wolin, M. Christina Gonzalez, and Marcia Reisman, also participated.Support specialists elect new officers The Florida Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, SC03-705 for August 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m.A maximum of 15 minutes to each side has been allotted for the arguments.Boys & Girls Clubs honor Anstead Florida Bar members are now receiving their 2003-2004 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees.The statements were mailed in late May. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15.Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online at www.FLABAR.org.Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a late fee.Paulson applies for Bar readmission Kenneth Stephen Hoffman of Beaufort, South Carolina, has submitted an application for Bar readmission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Hoffman resigned pursuant to a June 5, 1997, Supreme Court order in lieu of disciplinary proceedings that alleged that without clients’ knowledge or consent, he appropriated funds recovered from stolen property claims and failed to return them to the client in a timely fashion.The Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Hoffman’s application for readmission. All members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Hoffman, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.To be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Eleanor Hunter, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Izquierdo petitions for reinstatement Arnold Mittelman, producing artistic director for The Coconut Grove Playhouse, presented its First Annual Spotlight Award to Third District Court of Appeal Judge Mario P. Goderich at a recent pre-show reception and ceremony.Judge Goderich, who founded the Cuban American Bar Association and was the first Cuban American workers’ comp judge, circuit judge, and appellate court judge, was joined by more than 1,000 guests, including judges, friends, and colleagues from various bar associations to celebrate the event.The award presentation took place prior to a performance of Eduardo Machado’s Once Removed, a comedy-drama centered around a 1961 Cuban exiled family. The event was chaired by Ervin A. Gonzalez.In addition to receiving the award, Judge Goderich received a proclamation from Gov. Jeb Bush.The Cuban American Bar Foundation also announced the creation and full endowment of the Mario P. Goderich Merit Scholarship at Florida International University School of Law.The recipient, Mauricio Rivero, was present to receive the $25,000 scholarship.Judge Goderich was born in Cuba, graduated from the University of Havana and became a doctor of civil law at the University of Miami.The Coconut Grove Playhouse Spotlight Award was created to recognize individuals from all walks of life who strive to make South Florida a better place and honors citizens who have an impressive track record and a demonstrated commitment of giving back to their community.Judge Hodges wins ABA Devitt Award Bar fees are payable July 1 June 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. will be holding its 17th annual workshop and seminar August 1st and 2nd at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.The organization was formed by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1986 as a nonprofit corporation with two goals in mind, according to its executive director, Michael Cohen.The first of these goals is to educate and assist law students, lawyers, and judges dealing with behavioral problems and the addicting cycle of substance abuse before the illnesses become a problem in their personal and professional lives.“The important thing is to learn how to interrupt that cycle before it gets to the point where you lose control,” said Cohen, who has seen the effect these type of problems can have.“Get up and walk out of the deposition instead of reaching over the desk and grabbing opposing counsel,” said Cohen.The second major goal of the organization is to develop a rehabilitation program for those who need it, to get in recovery and stay in recovery.These type of issues, Cohen insists, are more prevalent in the legal community than in many other sects of society, but that it goes unrecognized more often by those in the legal community.“A fair amount of it is dealing with stress, and that kicks off the dependence,” said Cohen, who attributes some of the stress to the Bar’s growth in membership and consequently competition.The workshop and seminar registration fee is $130 by July 5th and $160 thereafter. There is a guest fee of $60. Registration information can be received by contacting Michael Cohen, Executive Director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., at 954/566-9040.YLD to fill 16th Circuit vacancy More than 200 people turned out to raise money for Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s Childrens Advocacy Program at the second annual For the Public Good Awards fundraiser.Awards were also presented to nine members of the community who have furthered the cause of equal justice. The event raised more than $20,000 and included dancing, a silent auction, raffle, and cocktail buffet wrapped in a sports theme.For The Public Good Award recipients included State Attorney Michael Satz; Greenberg Traurig, represented by Henry Latimer; State Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples; the City of Coral Springs, represented by Commissioner Rhonda Calhoun; Stuart attorney Willie E. Gary represented by his law partner and former legal aid attorney, Donald Watson; Frances Payne of the Jack & Jill Children’s Center; Keith Clayborne of Broward Times ; Broward attorney Jerome Ira Solkoff, who was presented with the Russ E. Carlisle Advocacy Award; and Clear Channel Worldwide, represented by General Manager Peter Bolger.Volunteers and donors to Legal Aid were also recognized as were Event Committee Co-Chairs Julie Klahr and Andrew Stien.Death penalty seminar set The Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists, Inc., recently elected Sarasota’s Deborah R. Woodson as its new president.Other new officers include E. Jean Tarman, president-elect; Jean C. McCarter, vice president; Gayle Briske, treasurer; Barbara Cavallaro, secretary; Deborah L. Waters, chapter liaison; Robert R. Anderson, director of education; and Judi S. Barnes, director of marketing.Fowler White collects clothing The Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors is seeking those interested in filling a 16th Circuit vacancy created by the resignation of Samuel Kaufman.Anyone wishing to fill the vacancy should send a letter of intent and a resume to Austin Newberry, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by July 18.Broward legal aid raises funds The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section recently honored the memory of legendary music producer Tom Dowd at its Fifth Annual Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film and Television in Miami Beach.The symposium luncheon featured the presentation of the Tom Dowd Excellence in the Arts Award to Francis Preston, president of BMI.“Despite the challenges to the music industry, BMI has endured successful growth in the past years,” Preston said. “We are optimistic about our future.”The luncheon also featured presentations from Peter Price, president of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Antoinette Zel, president of MTV Networks, Latin America.“To succeed in the music industry, we must maintain our sense of creativity, a respect for our audiences, and a devotion to integrity,” Zel said.Louis Tertocha, EASL’s chair, said the symposium drew more than 150 lawyers and industry representatives to the various seminars and the luncheon and awards ceremony covering legal and business affairs in music, film, and television.“We are very pleased that this nationally recognized legal symposium has been so well received within the entertainment industry, and we hope to continue presenting this event on an annual basis,” said Richard Rappaport, co-chair of the symposium.Judge takes justice to the classroom William Terrell Hodges, senior judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, has been selected to receive the 21st Annual Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.The Devitt Award honors a judge of national stature whose distinguished lifelong career is characterized by:• Decisions that, through their wisdom, humanity, and commitment to the rule of law, make clear that bench, bar, and community alike would willingly entrust that judge with the most complex cases of the most far-reaching import.• Writings, including opinions, lectures, or other publications, that reveal scholarship and dedication to the improvement of the judicial process.• Activities that have helped to improve the administration of justice, advance the rule of law, reinforce collegial ties within the judicial branch, or strengthen civic ties within local, national, and international communities.Hodges served as an active judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida from 1971 to 1999, and as its chief judge from 1982 to 1989.His impact has been felt at both the state and national level. He was chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and is currently chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.Hodges also was the founder and former president of the American Inns of Court, Tampa Chapter; and in 1996, after moving to Jacksonville, he served as president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Alexis Izquierdo has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Izquierdo was suspended for 18 months pursuant to court order dated May 17, 2001, as a result of a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Izquierdo’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Carlos A. Lebon, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377- 4445.Alexander petitions for reinstatement Fowler White Boggs Banker and Ernst & Young recently pooled their resources to team up for the “Dress for Success” and “Dream a Dress” clothing drive.In two weeks, they collected over 200 business suits and dresses, 75 evening gowns, and dozens of accessories for two nonprofit organizations.“Fowler White Boggs Banker and Ernst & Young enthusiastically supported our efforts, and their partnership was a great example of two firms coming together to help our community,” said Pat Ellington, executive director of Dress for Success Tampa Bay.“These are the kinds of efforts that help the women in need,” said Dianne Jacob, the volunteer founder of the Dream a Dress program.Dress for Success provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women entering the workforce. Women are referred to the program by nonprofit organizations such as Alpha House, Centre for Women, Tampa/Hillsborough Urban League, and The Spring. Each woman receives three business outfits when she has a job interview and two more when she gets the job.Dream a Dress provides prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who would not be able to attend their proms otherwise. This organization works in conjunction with the Hillsborough County School Board.Goderich honored by his community Briefs An opportunity to learn the latest in handling death penalty cases arrives August 22-23 during the fourth Capital Cases Seminar at the Hotel Royal in Orlando.Roger Maas, director of the Commission on Capital Cases, said he expects lawyers to get 12 continuing legal education credits, which corresponds with the new rule requiring 12 CLEs every two years. He anticipates judges will receive 10 continuing judicial credits.Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead will give the keynote address and also speak on the role of the Supreme Court in capital litigation.Gerald Tjoflat, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, will speak on the role of federal courts in capital litigation and effective appellate presentations.Eighteenth Circuit Judge O.H. “Bill” Eaton will discuss recent developments in capital litigation, as well as covering the penalty phase of trials.Judge Stan Morris, in Gainesville’s Eighth Circuit, will talk about postconviction relief.Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Michael Weatherby will explore recent developments in the guilt phase of a capital case.And Larry Klein, Fourth District Court of Appeal judge, will give pointers on effective appellate presentations.In addition, there will be a panel discussion exploring ethical considerations in light of recent Supreme Court decisions and the Illinois study that called for a moratorium on the death penalty.To register for the seminar, send a check for $210 to The Florida Legislature, Commission on Capital Cases, 402 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee 32399-1300. Call (850) 921-4704 for more information.Dade clerk’s office installs new e-recording systemlast_img

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