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March 1, 2013
News and Notes

Lisa Radtke Bliss, associate clinical professor and co-director of the Health Law Partnership Clinic at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, was elected to the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education. Bliss was also elected to the board of directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association.

Jennifer B. Compton of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota was a panelist at the Business Women’s Initiative Women of Influence & Rising Stars conference in Sarasota Yacht Club, discussing personal branding, intergeneration communication, and best practices, among other things.

Timothy C. Garding of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been appointed to the board of directors of Tempus Projects, a nonprofit organization comprised of local artists and professionals dedicated to nurturing established and emerging local, national, and international artists through exhibitions and events.

Alan T. Dimond of Greenberg Traurig in Miami received the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Award, recognizing his lifetime achievement and dedication to individual rights and democratic values.

Douglas M. McIntosh of McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected a fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Israel U. Reyes of The Reyes Law Firm in Miami has been appointed to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

Glenn M. Cooper of GrayRobinson in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed chair the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance’s International Action Team.

Ethan Wall of Richman Greer in Miami spoke on “Emerging Technologies and E-Discovery” and “Ethics” alongside a panel of judges at the Center for Professional Development’s E-Discovery and Information Governance National Institute at Stetson University.

Robert Eckard of The Law Office of Robert Eckard & Associates in Palm Harbor presented “Time, Billing and Collections” at the Second Annual Solo Practice Institute at Stetson University College of Law.

John M. Hament and Gail E. Farb of Kunkel Miller & Hament in Sarasota presented “Flight 2013: SHRA’s Annual Journey Through the Fascinating World of Employment Law” to the Sarasota Manatee Human Resources Association.

Mark Barnebey of Blalock Walters in Bradenton has been re-elected to the Just for Girls Foundation Board of Directors.

Christine Marlewski of GrayRobinson in Tampa has become an official member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

R. Craig Mayfield of Hill Ward Henderson of Tampa received the Defense Research Institute Leadership Award.

John M. Hemenway of Bivins & Hemenway in Valrico wrote the chapter “Effective Estate Planning for the Modern Family in Uncertain Times,” in the book Inside the Minds: Strategies for Trusts and Estates in Florida, 2013 ed., published by Aspatore Books, a Thompson Reuters business.

Elizabeth van den Berg of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in Ft. Myers spoke to students at the Ave Maria School of Law during a panel discussion of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers.

Jorge Espinosa of Espinosa Trueba in Miami spoke as a panelist at The Intellectual Property Student Association and American Civil Liberties Union of Florida International University’s lecture in conjunction with the College of Law titled “The Internet and You” in Miami.

Lonnie N. Groot of Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham in Lake Mary served as a presiding judge at the Ninth Judicial Circuit High School Mock Trial Competition held at Barry Law School in Orlando.

David Steinfeld of Palm Beach County presented “Commonly Litigated Issues in Real Estate Transactions” to the Northern Palm Beach Real Estate Investor’s Association.

Louis Smoller of the Bradley Legal Group in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the board of directors of Jazz Archive, Inc.

Joel E. Roberts of GrayRobinson in Orlando was appointed to serve as chairman of the Board of Directors for AMEC Federal Programs.

Fermin Lopez of Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter in Orlando was elected to the board of directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida.

Patricia A. Petruff of Dye, Deitrich, Petruff and St. Paul in Bradenton has been elected president of Just For Girls, Inc., and president of Just for Girls Academy, a public charter school for girls.

David Bazerman was honored by Legal Aid Service of Broward County for his work with the Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Dependency Project.

Michael J. Napoleone of Richman Greer in West Palm Beach has been elected vice chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County and will serve as interim chair until a full-time chair is appointed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Brian S. Adler of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami has become chair of the SAVE Dade Board of Directors, an organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and defending equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Miami-Dade County.

Steven M. Berman of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke at the University of Florida College of Law Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar.

Jim Edwards of Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando was just featured in an ABA Journal’s national cover article on civility.

Curtis B. Hunter of Berger Singerman in Miami has been named to the board of directors of the Children’s Bereavement Center.

Daniel F. Tordella of Ft. Lauderdale has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a family law mediator.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catherine Peek McEwen of Tampa has been appointed chair of the 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.

Manny Diaz of Lydecker Diaz in Miami has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of National Education Organization.

Christine L. Harter of Ocala presented “Tips on How to Have a Successful Mediation” to the Marion County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Stewart Fried of OFW Law in Washington, D.C., presented “Bowman v. Monsanto: The Supreme Court Reexamines Biotech Seed Patent Protection” at the National Association of Wheat Growers’ winter conference in Washington, D.C.

James Jones, Jr., of The Jones Firm in Miami was published in the Winter edition of Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee News, an ABA publication. The article is titled, “The Cruise Industry Post-Concordia: Improved Safety and Other Consequences.

Grasford W. Smith of Richman Greer has been named general counsel of the Urban League of Palm Beach County.

Miranda Lundeen Soto of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel in Miami spoke on “Ethical Claims and File Handling of Potentially Fraudulent Claims” at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Bad Faith/Coverage/Fraud Conference in Orlando.

Brian H. Bieber of Hirschhorn & Bieber in Miami presented “The Use and Persuasive Powers of Documents to Make Your Case to the Jury” at the NACDL’s 33rd Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar in Aspen.

Allison Perez Ramirez of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been elected to the board of directors for Senior’s First.

Steve Looney of Dean Mead in Orlando spoke on the panel at the ABA Tax Section meeting in Orlando on “S Corporation Compensation Reclassification Risks.”

Maria del Carmen Ramos of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke at Sterling Seminar’s Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar on “Mini-Primer on I-9’s, E-Verify and No Match Letters.”

Douglas A. Cherry of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota presented “The New Digital Terrain and eDiscovery Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure: An Overview and Discussion” at the Florida Institute of CPAs Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Conference in Ft. Lauderdale.

Chris Curry of Ingram, Foels & Gibbs in Orlando has become president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference at St. James Cathedral.

George Barford a retired Carlton Fields shareholder in St. Petersburg and Tampa, was appointed to the 11th Circuit Credentials Committee of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Michael T. Gibson of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., Orlando, spoke about his business practices and ability to obtain “real local results,” at the Eckstein Summers Armbruster & Company’s 24th Annual New Business Conference in Ft. Myers.

Kristina Feher of Feher Law in St. Petersburg has received Community Law Program’s Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award for 2012.

Leslie A. Share of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg in Coral Gables presented “International Tax Issues (Foreign Taxpayer)” at the FICPA’s 27th Annual Accounting Show in Ft. Lauderdale and co-presented “The Top Ten International Tax Issues for CPAs and How to Handle Them In Practice” at the FICPA Tax and Estate Planning Conference in Hollywood.

Lawrence A. Saichek of Miami was reappointed to the Mediator Qualifications Board by the Florida Supreme Court.

Chris Vernon of Vernon Healy in Naples spoke about “Protecting Your Clients from Investment Fraud and Incompetence” to the Florida Institute of CPAs in Sarasota and “How to Uncover Investment Fraud” to the Institute of Internal Auditors in Naples.

Walter Dartland, executive director of the Consumer Federation of the Southeast, and the Ron Sachs Communications PR team in Tallahassee, received the national Bulldog Reporter “Best Online/Social Media Community of the Year” bronze recognition for its “Protect People with Brain Injuries” campaign.

Christopher Benjamin of The Barrister Firm in Aventura was elected vice president for the NAACP Miami-Dade Branch. He will also chair the Legal Redress Committee and act as the branch’s general counsel.

[Revised: 01-09-2017]