Daily News Summary
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.
January 30, 2013
--The Florida Bar--
LOCAL ATTORNEY HONORED FOR PRO BONO WORK -- St. Augustine Record, http://www.staugustine.com, Jan. 30, 2013.
St. Augustine attorney Tania Romaine Schmidt-Alpers will be one of 22 attorneys recognized Thursday [Jan. 31], when The Florida Bar hosts ceremonies at the Supreme Court of Florida honoring the attorneys for their work on behalf of poor and indigent clients. Schmidt-Alpers, nominated by Megan Wall, managing attorney for St. Johns County Legal Aid, was chosen as recipient of the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Schmidt-Alpers . . . “is a sole practitioner in St. Augustine. Her principal areas of practice are child and family law, and family law with a strong focus on domestic violence issues."
INTERIM COUNTY ATTORNEY RECEIVES MANN'S NOMINATION -- Ft. Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com, Jan. 30, 2013.
Three Lee County Commissioners said Tuesday [Jan. 29] they don't have objections to stopping the search for a county attorney and appointing from within. Commissioner Frank Mann nominated longstanding second-in-command and two-time interim county attorney Andrea Fraser to lead the county's legal department. Fraser slid into the top spot temporarily Jan. 8, when the commission put former county attorney Michael Hunt on paid leave and Mann motioned for Fraser to step in.
LEGAL OFFICE SLAMMED AFTER STAFFER MOVES ON -- Hernando Today, http://www.hernandotoday.com, Jan. 30, 2013.
When Hernando County Assistant Attorney Richard Appicello leaves Friday [Feb. 1] for a new job in Oregon, the already strained work load will be bursting at the seams yet again, said Garth Coller, Hernando County's attorney. Cases were already getting delayed or shunted aside even when Appicello was there and the work was divvied up between the three lawyers. Coller said he has already started advertising for Appicello's replacement but didn't know how long that search will take.
TALLAHASSEE STOOD OUT IN FIRM'S NATIONAL SITE SEARCH -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, Jan. 30, 2013.
Now that Tallahassee is the destination for international law firm Kaye Scholer’s upcoming transfer of its operations staff, the transition process has begun. Jeffrey Hunter, the New York-based firm’s chief operations officer, gathered his staff this afternoon [Jan. 29] to explain the details of the Florida move. Meanwhile, the firm is close to deciding on the location here where about 100 support personnel will work. In conducting a national site search, Hunter said the firm considered dozens of locations, narrowing its list of finalists to four cities which he described as being in the Eastern and Central time zones. Tallahassee was the top choice.
CLEMENS FILES RESOLUTION THAT WOULD CREATE FULL-TIME LEGISLATURE -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.palmbeachpost.com, Jan. 30, 2013.
State Sen. Jeff Clemens, a freshman who won a bitter primary against former state Rep. Mack Bernard, filed a resolution that would make the legislative sessions last two years, instead of 60 days. Under Clemens’s proposed constitutional amendment (SJR 512), the session would begin two weeks after the general election and last two years. Clemens said lawmakers don’t have enough time to fully vet issues during the two-month session.
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IDAHO ORDERS NORTH PALM BEACH LAW FIRM TO STOP SOLICITING RESIDENTS -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.palmbeachpost.com, Jan. 30, 2013.
A North Palm Beach law firm was ordered by the State of Idaho to stop soliciting residents to join a foreclosure-related lawsuit that allegedly required them to pay thousands of dollars in up-front fees and monthly payments. The Residential Litigation Group was given a cease and desist order by the Idaho Department of Finance after an investigation that included a department employee posing as a prospective client. The company also has a complaint against it filed with the Florida Attorney General's office. Its managing partner, attorney Marc H. Hoffman, is under investigation by The Florida Bar for sending out misleading mailings.
ATTORNEY, FORMER HIGHLANDS COMMISSIONER ANDREW JACKSON DIES -- Tampa Bay Online, http://www.tbo.com, Jan. 30, 2013.
Former three-term county commissioner and long-time attorney Andrew Jackson died Tuesday [Jan. 29]. Flags were lowered at Highlands County courthouse, and will remain at half-staff until funeral services conclude. Jackson had been a Florida Bar member since 1964.
A DAY FOR 'CHIP' RICE -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com, Jan. 30, 2013.
This opinion piece profiles H. Hamilton "Chip" Rice Jr., who was the chief attorney for Manatee County from 1985 to 1997.