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An electronic digest of media coverage of interest to members of The Florida Bar compiled each workday by the Public Information and Bar Services Department. Electronic links are only active in today's edition. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

April 23, 2013

--Legal Profession--

COASTAL STUDENTS DONATE $31K TO JALA -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, April 23, 2013.
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid received a $31,000 donation Thursday [April 18] for its Baker Defense Project from The Student Bar Association at Florida Coastal School of Law. Proceeds were raised through efforts such as Florida Coastal's Barrister's Ball and charity golf tournament. The Baker Defense Project provides free and full representation to foreign nationals detained at the Baker County Jail. It also advocates for improved living conditions, access to medical care and access to counsel on behalf of all immigrants detained at Baker, one of the five immigration detention facilities in Florida.

IN THEIR DEFENSE: BYRON HILEMAN A BULWARK IN HIGH-PROFILE COURT CASES -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, April 23, 2013.
The article profiles the life and career of Byron Hileman, chief of the homicide division for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, who represents indigent defendants when the Public Defender's Office can't because of a conflict of interest, particularly those charged with murder. Lately, Hileman's client list has grown to a who's who of high-profile homicide cases in the Tampa Bay area. Hileman acknowledges that the stress of handling murder can be tough, especially during trials where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

--Judiciary--

COURT WON'T STOP JUDGES FROM GETTING RAISES -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, April 22, 2013.
By The Associated Press. Congress in 1989 limited federal judges' ability to earn money outside of their job, giving them instead automatic cost-of-living increases. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in October ordered Congress to pay six federal judges who sued for cost-of-living increases payment promised to them but never paid, as Congress withheld those cost-of-living increases in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday [April 22] that it won't stop those federal judges from getting paid, refusing to hear an appeal of the decision.

FUND COUNTY CLERKS -- Panama City News Herald, Editorial, http://www.newsherald.com, April 23, 2013.
The editorial discusses legislative plans to provide some relief to overburdened and underfunded county clerk offices. It states that "change is overdue and should help correct problems in funding the clerks, who help support one of the most basic functions of state government, the courts and the courthouses." It encourages legislators to take the first step of "restoring the pre-2009 funding method so that clerks don't have to beg the Legislature for money to do their jobs."

JUDICIAL PROFILE: BROWARD CIRCUIT JUDGE MILY RODRIGUEZ-POWELL DISCOVERED HER PASSIONS AS SHE WENT ALONG -- Daily Business Review, (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, April 22, 2013.
The article profiles Mily Rodriguez-Powell, Broward circuit judge, featuring her experiences as a newly arrived child from Cuba and the struggles she faced to learn English, her years at the University of Miami law school, and her appointment as a compensation claims judge in 1995 by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles. She began her work at the circuit level in January 2006 through the dependency court. A year later she moved to criminal court and after three years was asked to switch to the civil division, where she remains.

--Other--

HILLSBOROUGH AVIATION AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN STEVE BURTON, 52, DIES -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, April 22, 2013.
Attorney and Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Chairman Steve Burton died at the age of 52 early Sunday [April 21] morning from complications of his recent heart transplant. Mr. Burton was a managing partner at the law firm of Broad and Cassel and spent more than two decades in commercial and business litigation. He was also active in the economic development community, especially when it came to the Tampa International Airport.

NORRIS STANTON GOULD -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, April 23, 2013.
Clearwater attorney Norris Stanton Gould, age 85, passed away, Friday, April 19. He obtained his law degree from the State University of Iowa in 1952. He arrived in Clearwater in 1958, where he became a partner at McFarland, Gould, Lyons & Sullivan. He served as a city attorney for the towns of Belleair and Safety Harbor and was a past president of the Clearwater Bar Association.

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[Revised: 04-24-2013]