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Florida lawyers stand with unaccompanied minors

Miami Immigration Court judges called an emergency meeting July 29: In three days, a surge of children would flood their courtrooms, and a trio of judges would struggle to hear 150 cases a day. As young as 6 years old, the children had journeyed alone for weeks and even months from Central America. They walked on foot, with guides dubbed “coyotes.” They were packed in crowded buses. They clung to the tops of trains to keep from falling off, this roaring vehicle they call “the Beast.” Some were abandoned in the desert. Some were robbed. Some were raped. When it was their turn to appear in a Miami immigration courtroom in this strange new land, they hoped would bring a better life, most would stand alone, with no family member and no lawyer at their side.

Michael OrrTechnology and social media highlight YLD webinar series
During his swearing-in ceremony in June, Bar President Greg Coleman announced, “My focus is going to be on identifying technological tools for our members to enhance and improve their practice.” In the audience, the leaders of the Young Lawyers Division were most certainly taking notes.

Foundation investments in the fight against human trafficking continue to pay dividends
When her labor pains started, Jacinta Moreno, 15, pleaded to be taken to a hospital to have her baby, but the man who had forced her to work in a Ft. Pierce orange grove would not allow it. “He said to me, ‘You can’t go to a hospital because, if you go, they will ask you where you live, and I will end up with problems,’ ” said Moreno, not her real name.

Foundation to benefit from Bank of America settlement
The Florida Bar Foundation will be among the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) programs around the country receiving a portion of the proceeds from the $17 billion settlement the U.S. Department of Justice entered into in August with Bank of America.   


Judge Patt ManeyCounty judges honor Maney
Okaloosa County Judge Patt Maney said it came as a total surprise when his colleagues selected him for the Harvey Ford Award at the annual Florida Conference of County Court Judges. But there’s no mystery why the 66-year-old retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserves was chosen for the honor out of more than 300 county judges.


When is it acceptable to discard old files?
When may I destroy my old files? This is among the most difficult questions that Bar ethics staff answer, because it breeds a number of other questions: Does the file contain original client records? If so, what are the ethical obligations to return originals to a client? Do the files contain transactions that were of a contingent nature? If so, what are the ethical obligations? Were trust funds involved? And, so on.

Discounts available for Web marketing videos
Greg ColemanFlorida Bar members can enjoy a reduced rate for online promotional videos that may attract prospective clients and boost business for their practices. TheLaw.TV, a leading provider of online video production services for law firms based in West Palm Beach, was approved by the Bar Board of Governors as a new member benefit beginning in September.


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    Jorge Labarga: Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
    The Florida Bar JournalAfter helping tie a Cuban flag to the antenna, seven-year-old Jorge Labarga jumped in his father’s canary yellow ’56 Chevy Bel Air, and they cruised around town honking the horn and cheering in celebration of the revolution.

    It was 1959, dictator Fulgencio Batista had fled the island with his fortune, and Fidel Castro came down from the mountains bringing grand promises of an American-style democracy for Cuba.


    But that democratic dream soon turned into what Labarga calls a “Marxist nightmare.”

    October 1, 2014
    Judge Ed Scales, Leslie Lott, and Eugene Pettis
    A NUMBER OF FLORIDA BAR LEADERS recently participated in the Second Annual NaviGator Program in South Florida, a professional development event exclusively for law students at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.


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