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first_img BriefsFive elected to Bar board, Aaron, Kuehne in runoff Two 11th Circuit lawyers have emerged from a 10-candidate field for a Bar Board of Governors seat and will meet in a runoff this month, following March balloting for board seats. That balloting also saw five other lawyers elected to board seats in contested elections, as well as two lawyers chosen for seats on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. In the 11th Circuit, Seat 7, race, Ben Kuehne, with 759 votes, and William Aaron, with 455 votes, are in the runoff. Ballots were mailed around April 1, and must be returned to the Bar’s election company, Election Services Corp., no later than midnight April 22. Lawyers in the 11th Circuit will have the choice of voting by paper ballot or online at Elections Services Web site, www.electionservicescorp.com. The remaining results for that race are: Jeffrey Michael Cohen, 284 votes; Guillermo F. Mascaro, 312; John A. Moore, 103; Sheri Eva Nott, 280; Brian Patchen, 110; Philip Reilly, 33; Ivar Miles Starr, 31; and Joel R. Wolpe, 197. In other board races, in the First Circuit, Seat 1, Ross Goodman got 306 votes to defeat Woodburn S. Wesley with 255 and Stuart C. Poage with 39. In the Sixth Circuit, Seat 1, Andrew B. Sasso received 527 votes, to defeat Catherine Day Hult with 189, and J.D. Hadsall with 62. In the 11th Circuit, Seat 5, Henry T. Courtney got 1,300 votes to defeat incumbent board member Don L. Horn, with 891. In the 17th Circuit, Seat 1, incumbent board member Alan C. “Peter” Brandt, Jr., got 877 votes to defeat Bradley Winston with 453. And in the 18th Circuit, Seat 1, incumbent board member Clifton A. McClelland, Jr., received 482 votes to defeat former board member Thomas G. Freeman, with 252. In the YLD races, in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 2, incumbent Curry G. Pajcic defeated John M. Phillips 185 to 99, and in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1, Victor R. Smith defeated Sara L. Reyes 62 to 44. All of the newly elected board members, along with those elected or reelected without opposition, will be sworn in at the Bar’s June Annual Meeting.Baker & McKenzie honored Briefs for representing kids in need The Miami office of Baker & McKenzie is being honored with the Child Advocacy Award for its pro bono work with Lawyers for Children America. Last year, the firm took on several cases to aid foster children in danger of being committed to residential mental healthcare facilities, who, pursuant to legislation in 2003, were granted the right of legal representation at their commitment hearings. “We have an amazing team of committed attorneys who have spent many hours devoting their knowledge and expertise to helping children that otherwise would have no legal representation in Florida’s courts,” said Eugene Rostov, managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Miami office. “We are very honored to have helped children in need.” The firm also hosted a training program and provided charitable contributions to assist LFCA with quality legal representation for abused and neglected children. “For the first time, these kids had a lawyer, a voice which is quite empowering for a child who can easily be lost in such a gigantic governmental system,” said Donald J. Hayden, who worked on hearings for foster children. “For us, it has been amazing to be dealing with a child in a tough situation and to really get down to the problem, find the best solution for that child, and fight for it in court.” Leading the pro bono work for the firm was Jonas C. Packer and Ana C. Ramirez. Along with Hayden, both Packer and Ramirez did extensive work on all cases and continue to lead the firm in its pro bono work. Lawyers for Children America will present Baker & McKenzie with the award during its annual John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Awards Luncheon April 30 at the Hotel InterContinental Miami. The award is named for Smith, who was an attorney and an active member of LFCA and a champion of the needy. He died in 1998. “Baker & McKenzie’s commitment and dedication not only exemplifies John’s life’s mission, but also clearly illustrates the principles and driving goals of Lawyers for Children America, which is to reduce the devastating trauma of abuse and neglect on children in the child welfare system,” said Melissa S. Buckner, Miami regional director for LFCA. Lawyers for Children America is an organization dedicated to serving abused and neglected children by working to create positive outcomes through effective legal advocacy.Scholarship targets ‘top students’ Stephen Turner views the scholarship his firm recently created as an investment not only in the Florida State University College of Law and the students who receive it, but also in the legal profession as a whole. “We want to help the FSU law school attract the highest level of students with the long-term intent of elevating the practice of law in the state and public confidence in our legal system,” said Turner, Broad and Cassel’s Tallahassee managing partner. “If the caliber of students is better, lawyers are better, judges are better, legislators are better, professional relationships are better, and analytical thinking is better.” The Tallahassee office of Broad and Cassel established the scholarship with a gift of $105,000 over seven years ($15,000 per year) to attract top students to the law school and increase the school’s academic excellence. Once selected, individual recipients will remain Broad and Cassel scholars during their three years in law school, and each will receive an annual scholarship of $5,000. Recipients also will be offered the opportunity to clerk during the summer at one of the firm’s seven locations. “Steve’s commitment to excellence is an important resource for us and we are extremely grateful for his firm’s generous and innovative scholarship/clerkship opportunity,” says Dean Don Weidner. In addition to displaying outstanding academic performance, scholars are expected to have established a reputation for high moral character and professional ethics, and display those characteristics during law school, Turner says. “We believe that top law students tend to be fine lawyers and that their performance is a good indicator of how dedicated they will be to the profession,” Turner said. “We want to encourage future lawyers who are high-minded and thoughtful, and who display maturity, good judgment, and leadership.”Hillsborough sets ADR seminar for May The Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will present a seminar covering voluntary trial resolution and arbitration May 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the HCBA offices in downtown Tampa, located at 201 N. Franklin Street in Suite 200. The seminar, featuring mediator/arbitrators Cary R. Singletary and Christopher M. Shulman and litigator/voluntary trial resolution Judge Michael J. Keane, will discuss what voluntary trial resolution is generally, and provide an overview of the statute and process, its uses and practical tips, and lessons learned both in Florida and in other jurisdictions. VTR will be compared and contrasted to arbitration, with additional discussion of types and processes of arbitration. The seminar will conclude with comments from the bench regarding these topics, featuring 13th Circuit Chief Judge Manuel Menendez, Jr., and a question-and-answer period. For more information, contact the HCBA via [email protected] or phone at (813) 221-7777.Bay Area launches telephone intake service Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., has implemented a five-county centralized telephone screening and intake service for low-income residents of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. As part of a regionalization effort involving four other nonprofit providers of civil legal services, BALS staffs a legal aid line for eligible residents of the five-county area. After assessing their clients’ problems and providing legal advice, BALS legal advocates refer clients who qualify for extended services within their organization, and to the other regional providers: Gulfcoast Legal Services (Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties); Legal Aid of Manasota (Manatee and Sarasota counties); and the Community Law Program (South Pinellas County). Since the implementation of the system, the waiting time for applicants screened through the legal aid line call center has been reduced from four to seven days, to 24 hours, according to BALS.St. Thomas U. alumni plan Law Day event St. Thomas alumni have organized a Community Law Day Fair to be held at St. Thomas Law School May 1 in conjunction with the Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section. Every year the ABA gives a theme for law week and this years theme is: “To Win Equality by Law: Brown vs. Board of Education at 50.” The event will take place at the law school from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We believe it is both an ethical responsibility as attorneys and a moral obligation as human beings to give back to the communities in which we work and live,” said Joshua Hertz, a recent St. Thomas graduate chairing the event. The fair designed to provide the community with information about legal service programs and legal resources that are available in the Miami area. The fair is free, and highlights legal resources and services that are also free of cost to the public. Bar Journal, News, Directory and Web site being reviewed The Florida Bar’s Communications Committee is now evaluating The Florida Bar Journal, The Florida Bar News, the annual membership Directory, and the Bar’s Web site to determine their usefulness and members’ interest in alternative delivery vehicles. As part of the evaluation, the Bar has contracted with The Market Workshop, Inc., a professional opinion research firm, which recently sent out 2,500 surveys to gather members’ attitudes toward the format, content, and frequency of the publications. “If you receive one of the surveys, I ask that you please take a few minutes to complete it thoughtfully and honestly,” said Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr. “Your response will give the Communications Committee insight into the best way to meet your information needs.” A return, postage-paid envelope is enclosed with the surveys and all reports will be in the aggregate and no individual response will be identified.Appellate mediation training set for May The Fifth District Court of Appeal has set an appellate mediation training session for certified mediators to serve as a mediator for Fifth DCA pilot program for May 7 at the Savannah Center at 1545 Buena Vista Boulevard, The Villages, FL 32158. The program will have significant intellectual and practical content and will constitute an organized program of learning directly related to the practice of mediation at the appellate level. The cost is $100 and preregistration is required by April 23. For more information or to resister, visit www.5dca.org.FRLS professionalism seminar sails to the Bahamas in October Florida Rural Legal Services, in cooperation with the 19th Circuit Bench Bar and Pro Bono committee, will present “Professionalism and You,” an October 1-4 CLE seminar aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Sovereign of Seas. The programs include “Professionalism & You,” with retired Justice Major Best Harding, Judge Terry P. Lewis, Terri Anderson of The Florida Bar Center for Professionalism, and Donna Graf, pro bono coordinator for the 19th Judicial Circuit; “Ethics, Behavioral Science & Daily Living,” with Dr. D. Clark Thompson, Richard B. Bush, Judge Lewis, Judge Paul B. Kanarek, Donald Isaac, executive director of FRLS, and Anderson; “Ten Ingredients for a Successful Mediation Process,” with Justice Harding, Judge Robert A. Hawley, Bruce Blitman, Portia Scott, and a representative from the Center for Professionalism. Also involved in putting on the seminar is the Legal Aid of Manasota, the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar, and The Florida Bar Center for Professionalism. The ship departs from Port Canaveral and makes stops in Nassau and Coco Cay in the Bahamas. For more information, visit www.Sealecruise.com or contact Donna Graf, Portia Scott or Linda Weiksnar at Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., 200 South Indian River Drive, Suite 101, P.O. Box 4333, Ft. Pierce 34948-4333, phone (772) 466-4766.center_img Communications survey underway April 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img

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