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Legal Roundup

first_img Legal Roundup Brevard Honors: The Brevard Bar Foundation — dedicated to aiding the educational, legal, and charitable projects aimed at meeting the needs of the public and the profession — hosted its first annual dinner in recognition of its lifetime charter members and donors. Florida Bar President Jay White provided the keynote address. The lifetime charter members include: John O. Alpizar, Roy A. Alterman, Kevin P. Bailey, Douglas R. Beam, Mason R. Blake, S. Sammy Cacciatore, Sammy M. Cacciatore, Jr., Steven G. Casanova, Stephen G. Charpentier, Hubert C. Childress, Gregory J. Donoghue, Gary B. Frese, Daniel J. Freyberg, Carmine D. Gigliotti, Marjorie Green, Edward Kinberg, Stephen R. Koons, Scott D. Krasny, Troy R. Lotane, Clifton A. McClelland, Joan Berry Nassar, James M. Nicholas, Arthur W. Niergarth, Robin M. Petersen, Julie Glocker Pierce, Judge Frank R. Pound, Judge Tonya B. Rainwater, Walter C. Shepard, Erik P. Shuman, Nicholas F. Tsamoutales, Kenneth F. Tworoger, David Volk, and Judge Robert A. Wohn. O’Malley to Lead BALS: Andrew O’Malley has become president of Bay Area Legal Services. Other officers include President-elect Gary Walker, Treasurer Leslie Schultz-Kin, and Secretary Cerese Taylor. YLD Law School Division: Second-year University of Miami School of Law student Madeleine “Mady” Mannello was elected president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s newly established Law Student Division. She was elected by representatives from 10 Florida law schools. The new division will help forge networks between law students and attorneys, provide mentoring and scholarship programs, and represent law students in state matters that affect them. Diversity Scholars Award: Constangy, Brooks & Smith presented its annual Diversity Scholars Award to University of Florida, Levin College of Law student Xinning Shirley Liu, a second-year student. She received a $2,000 scholarship for her outstanding accomplishments. Liu, who had previously been selected as a Fulbright Research Scholar, has studied political science, business, philosophy, and language from colleges in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Oxford, England. As a J.D. candidate at UF, Liu hopes to receive special certification in international and comparative law and intellectual property law. Black History: At its fifth annual celebration for Black History Month, delancyhill P.A., in collaboration with the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, as part of the HMSF preview of the Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami exhibition, honored former County Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson for inspiring change, community engagement, and building bridges in the African diaspora of South Florida. Honoring Dr. King: More than 400 people gathered at J.A.Y. Ministries in Riviera Beach to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day at an event sponsored by Gordon & Doner. Following the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day parade, members of the local community joined in prayer and an afternoon of food, music, giveaways, and entertainment. Gordon & Doner also donated two new Dell computers to J.A.Y. Ministries’ youth outreach program for its learning center. More Scholarships: The Leesfield Family Charitable Foundation awarded a $1,000 law school scholarship to Doris Torres, a third-year law student at Florida International University and president of the Hispanic Law Students Association. The scholarship was granted in association with the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and was presented at FAWL’s 26th Annual Judicial Reception and Scholarship Presentations event at the Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove. Fisher & Phillips Recognized: Fisher & Phillips and firm partner Cathy Stutin were the recipients of the 2008 Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc. The firm was selected for the award because of its dedication toward providing pro bono services for BPHI, including employment advice and counseling. Gullikson Fundraiser: The Law Offices of Andy M. Custer recently hosted a fundraiser in support of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation. The night brought together the legal and medical professions from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation’s mission is to provide support to brain tumor patients and their caregivers and families. APABA Charity Event: Members of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, law school students, and friends joined together for a volunteer project at the Jubilee Center of South Broward, Inc., preparing lunch and serving approximately 100 clients of the center. APABA South Florida plans to participate in similar events in the near future. Cape Coral Cares: The Cape Coral Bar Association recently donated a sizable contribution to the Cape Coral Caring Center to help the organization in assisting those persons in the Cape Coral community who have a critical need due to the recent downturn in the economy. President Steven K. Teuber presented the donation check to Executive Director Fred J. Cull and met with Julie Ferguson, operations manager of the CCCC, at its February meeting to learn about the organization and how it serves the community. Since its inception, the CCCC has helped more than 70,000 people in the Cape Coral Community on a short-term basis. Jax Women Lawyers to Meet: The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association will have its April 8 luncheon meeting at the River City Brewing Company at noon. The guest speaker will be Travis Hollifield, founder of the Hollifield Legal Centre for Women, who will speak about the employment rights and duties of women attorneys. For more information contact Stephanie Harriett at [email protected] Best Buddies: The Hollywood firm Dell & Schaefer donated 35 tickets to the Florida Panthers hockey game recently and 80 members of the firm went to the game with participants in the Best Buddies of Broward, an international nonprofit that enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. More than 30 members of the firm also participated in the Best Buddies Day Walk-a-Thon March 8 at the Velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park. Dell and Schaefer partner Steven J. Dell is chair of the board of directors of Best Buddies of Broward and the firm’s efforts raised more than $50,000 for Best Buddies of Broward last year. Naples/Ft. Myers Paralegals to Meet: The Southwest Florida Chapter of Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., will meet March 19, at Double Tree Guest Suites on Tamiami Trail North in Naples. The speaker will be Lawrence Pivacek, an arbitrator/mediator, who will discuss “Ethics in the Judiciary.” The dinner meeting will begin with a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a CLE presentation at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 members and $30 for nonmembers. The chapter also will host a membership drive April 16 at Bank of Florida on Daniels Parkway in Ft. Myers. The social event will be from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For additional information about either event, contact Carolyn Pierce at [email protected] NSU Public Interest Day: The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University held its 17th annual Public Interest Law Day on February 19, where students were able to meet with representatives from 25 different organizations to discuss summer internships and clinic placements. Organizations represented at the Public Interest Law Day included the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Homeland Security, Public Defender’s Office for Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, and Guardian Ad Litem for Broward and Palm Beach counties. March 15, 2009 Regular News Legal Rounduplast_img read more

Show us more red tape, SRA asks firms

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has identified nine unnecessary regulations affecting law firms – and has appealed to solicitors to identify more for simplification or abolition. Announcing the next phase of the authority’s Red Tape Initiative, Charles Plant, the SRA’s chair, last week appealed to the profession to ‘engage with us’. He said the authority would ‘very carefully consider’ every proposal sent in. The fruits of the exercise will appear in a new edition of the SRA Handbook in April, he told an event organised by the authority in Birmingham on Friday. Plant said the initiative had been inspired by a firm’s complaint about waiting 16 weeks for approval to have a trainee seconded to a client’s in-house department. After agreeing that the process should be speeded up, Plant said he thought: ‘Why the hell are we doing this? Do we really need to have to give approvals in these circumstances?’ The nine initial proposals for unnecessary regulations emerged from 10 suggested by Chris Perrin, general counsel at magic circle firm Clifford Chance, Plant said. They range from trainee secondments to removing restrictions on charges by in-house lawyers working in not-for-profit organisations. Several would amend the training regulations, for example to remove the need for students to re-enrol after four years. However, in response to a question he said that the SRA – based at the Cube, pictured – had declined to include a proposal for removing the need to record non-material breaches of the code of conduct. The consultation closes on 8 February.last_img read more