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February 14, 2013

--Legal Profession--

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES TOPIC OF LEGAL SEMINAR -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, Feb. 14, 2013.
More than 250 lawyers, mental health professionals and staff of agencies that serve children with mental health issues are expected to attend a free seminar Thursday [Feb. 14] hosted by Mental Health America of Northeast Florida partnered with Circuit Court Judge Karen K. Cole. "We are thrilled that the Supreme Court of Florida and The Florida Bar are committed to ensuring that lawyers and other legal professionals are well-educated about mental health issues," said Denise Marzullo, president/CEO of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida.

ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY WAYNE HOLMES WINS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD -- Florida Today, http://www.floridatoday.com, Feb. 14, 2013.
The Brevard County Bar Association honored Assistant State Attorney Wayne Holmes with the Judge Clarence T. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award Wednesday [Feb. 13] at a luncheon in Viera. The award recognized Holmes' 34 years of service with the State Attorney's Office, according to a release. Holmes has prosecuted some of Brevard's more notorious criminals including William Cruse and Mark Schwab. 

LOCAL ATTORNEY SPONSORS MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT AT UCF -- West Orlando News, http://www.westorlandonews.com, Feb. 14, 2013.
Attorney and UCF alumnus Michael T. Gibson of the Orlando-based personal injury law firm Michael T. Gibson, P.A., is a local sponsor of the American Mock Trial Association’s Orlando Regional Tournament. The UCF Mock Trial Team will host the two-day tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17.

--Legislature--

LAWMAKERS TAKE AIM AT LIMITS ON ALIMONY PAYMENTS -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Feb. 14, 2013.
After hearing sharply divided opinions from people who have been through divorces, a House panel Wednesday [Feb. 13] began moving forward with a controversial bill that would place new limits on alimony. The proposal (HB 231) would take steps such as reining in the amount of time that alimony payments could be required and would allow what is known as "retroactivity,’’ which could lead to reopening already-existing alimony arrangements to reduce payments. Opponents include the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar.

EDITORIAL: BROKEN SYSTEM -- Gainesville Sun, http://www.gainesville.com, Feb. 14, 2013.
The opinion piece agrees that a reform is needed to address issues regarding Florida's death penalty system, but expresses concern for state Rep. Matt Gaetz's call to speed up executions. The piece asserts that "speeding up a broken process is a bad idea. Florida must first demonstrate that its death penalty is being carried out fairly and not leading to the wrong people being executed."

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[Revised: 02-15-2013]