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January 15, 2013

--Legal Profession--

SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY WITH PRO BONO SERVICES -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Jan. 15, 2013.
This article is by Kathy Para, the JBA Pro Bono Committee chairwoman. Jacksonville attorneys have three opportunities for giving back to our nation's military service men and women: the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project, The Jacksonville Bar Association Military Law Section and The Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership. Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact the Jacksonville Bar Association.

THE JACKSONVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION HOSTS DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Jan. 15, 2013.
The Jacksonville Bar Association began its 2013 schedule of lunch meetings with a diversity program Wednesday [Jan. 9] at the Hyatt Downtown. The guest speaker was attorney Karol Corbin Walker with LeClairRyan. She became the first African-American woman to attain partner status at any major New Jersey law firm in 1995. Walker also made history by becoming the first African-American president of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The meeting was followed by The JBA Diversity Symposium, which was organized by Latasha Fullwood, chairwoman of The JBA Diversity Committee. 

PEDROSA NAMED TO THIRD DCA NOMINATING COMMISSION -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Jan. 15, 2013.
Greenberg Traurig shareholder Eliot Pedrosa of Miami has been named to the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Pedrosa succeeds outgoing chair Lilly Ann Sanchez, a shareholder of the LS Law Firm in Miami. Pedrosa’s term began Thursday and end July 1, 2016. The commission will select a new chair later.

LAW FIRM DIVERSITY: WOMEN STILL SEEKING PARITY -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription),http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Jan. 14, 2013.
Women have been grappling with the challenge of succeeding at law firms for decades. While many firms have taken steps to address women's concerns about balancing their work with parenthood by offering flex-time, the conversation now appears to have shifted to money—equal pay, equity partnerships and training to develop that crucial book of business. Increasingly, women, frustrated by unequal pay and opportunity for partnership, are leaving Big Law, taking their chances with smaller firms or by going solo.

--Judiciary--

JUSTICE PERRY TO DELIVER FAMU'S MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CONVOCATION THIS MORNING -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, Jan. 15, 2013.
Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry will deliver Florida A&M's Martin Luther King Jr. convocation this morning [Jan. 15] at Gaither Gym. Perry, appointed to the state's highest court in 2009 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist, saw King speak several times and, while a college student in North Carolina, demonstrated with the civil rights leader. Perry told FAMU officials he intends to make sure young people "understand from which they come."

--Legislature--

HIGH COURT RULING MAY GIVE JUVENILE KILLERS ANOTHER HEARING -- Leesburg Daily Commercial, http://www.dailycommercial.com, Jan. 15.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June struck down laws requiring mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile-aged killers. Lake County Judge Don F. Briggs recently used a decision by two District Courts of Appeal in Florida that said the Supreme Court ruling is not retroactive, in his denying motions for new sentencing hearings for Rod Ferrell and Howard Scott Anderson. Both were both 16 in 1996 when they were accused of first-degree murder . . . they both were eventually convicted and sentenced to life. The decisions . . . stated the Supreme Court ruling does not apply to cases that were already final. "The Supreme Court ruling doesn't mean the inmates will be let go early, only that they can be given another sentencing hearing," Assistant State Attorney Bill Gross said.

LAWMAKERS QUESTION FLORIDA ELECTION SUPERVISORS ON PROBLEM-FILLED NOVEMBER VOTING -- The Palm Beach Post, http://www.palmbeachpost.com, Jan. 15, 2013. [Also: COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS: REFORM IS NEEDED -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, Jan. 15, 2013].
A group of county election officials Monday [Jan. 14] stressed reforms they said are needed to improve Florida’s election laws. Nine supervisors of elections testified before the Senate Ethics and Election Committee, which is trying to determine why there were long lines and delayed result reporting in some counties this election cycle. The committee expects to begin drafting an election reform bill when lawmakers return to Tallahassee in February. It will be Florida’s second major election law overhaul since 2011.

--Other--

JACK RUDY, INTERIM HILLSBOROUGH STATE ATTORNEY, DIES AT 74 -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Jan. 15, 2013. [Also: TAMPA LAWYER JACK RUDY DIES AT 74 -- Tampa Bay Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com, Jan. 15, 2013.].
Jack Rudy, a corporate lawyer who served as interim Hillsborough State Attorney during a tumultuous period in that office, died Sunday [Jan. 12] after an extended illness. He was 74. Mr. Rudy, who served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, worked as a federal prosecutor in the Watergate investigation and helped found the Tampa law firm of Bush Ross Gardner Warren & Rudy. Rudy also served as the president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors.

OTTO: PLANT CITY'S SMITH WAS A CHAMPION FOR DIVERSITY -- Tampa Tribune, http://www2.tbo.com, Jan. 14, 2013.
This story by Steve Otto profiles deceased attorney William Reece Smith Jr.

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[Revised: 01-16-2013]