Bartelle to Lead FAWL: June McKinney Bartelle was recently installed as president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She is a senior assistant attorney general where she serves as the general counsel to the Florida Commission for Independent Education in Tallahassee. “As a woman who is dedicated to the principles upon which FAWL was founded, I am proud to have been selected by our membership to continue the kinds of programs that have propelled women into the forefront of our profession,” she said.
Manatee Bar Bestows Honors: The Manatee County Bar Association recently recognized two members for their record of service to the community. Judge Thomas M. Gallen received the Manatee County Bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Judge Charles E. Williams received the Community Service Leader Award. The Manatee County Bar also installed Gregory S. Hagopian as president of the association. Other officers are President-elect Barrett Bell, Secretary Mary Fabre Levine, and Treasurer Lisa Bell. Directors include Mark Nelson, Adam Mohammadbhoy, Barbara Levin, Eric Bruce Angelina Colonnesso, James Minix, and Gilbert Smith, Jr.
FSU’s Weidner Assumes Chair: Florida State University Provost Larry Abele appointed Law Dean Don Weidner to the newly created Alumni Centennial Chair. The position — endowed in excess of $1 million — was established by several alumni to honor Weidner for his many years of leadership at the law school. Weidner will hold the chair for as long as he is a member of the faculty. When he retires, the chair will be renamed the Donald J. Weidner Chair and will be used to support the sitting dean of the law school. The effort to endow the chair was spearheaded by Ed Walborsky, a 1979 graduate and outgoing president of the college of law’s alumni association. Other donors included Chris Cadenhead, Wayne and Pat Hogan, David and Deborah Fonvielle, Phil and Rita Blank, Sheila McDevitt, Buck and Donna Vocelle, Tom Scarritt, Mark Williamson, Judge Terry Terrell, Larry Beltz, and Rick and Karen Torpy.
Bailey to Lead Broward Bar: Tim Bailey was installed as president of the Broward County Bar, 20 years after his father Patrick lead the association. The Broward County Bar consists of approximately 2,500 of Broward’s roughly 7,000 lawyers.
Stetson Wins Professionalism Award: The Florida Bar honored Stetson University College of Law with a professionalism award at the Annual Meeting. Stetson’s Centers for Excellence in Advocacy and Elder Law received the 2005 Professionalism Award for its Elder Law Ethics Video Project. The series of 15 educational videos encourage professionalism by illustrating how elder law students, attorneys, and judges can deal successfully with ethical issues in the real world.
UF Initiates Advanced Degree: The University of Florida’s Levin College of Law is launching a master of laws in international taxation degree. Though the program was created primarily to serve foreign students, law school administrators believe it will also attract U.S. students. “Legal expertise in international taxation is greatly valued in a world of multinational corporations, electronic commerce, and international business and investment transactions,” said Associate Dean Michael Friel, head of the law school’s graduate tax program. “U.S. lawyers in cities throughout the country must become more familiar with international tax rules, and foreign lawyers must become more familiar with both U.S. and international tax rules.”