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Nov. 20, 2013

--Legal Profession--

LAW SCHOOL GRADS TRADE TOP PAY FOR JOB EXPERIENCE -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel,, Nov. 20, 2013.
Greenberg Traurig, the state's top law firm in 2012 revenues and No. 2 with its more than 300 lawyers, once only recruited graduates from the top-tier law schools. But in October, the firm launched a residency program to hire new graduates for non-partnership track employment. Resident attorneys earn a salary below a first-year associate's. The program aims to change the dynamic in the way the firm brings on legal talent. During the recession, law firm clients grew critical of law firms using young lawyers and charging the same rates as for experienced lawyers. The program typically lasts a year, with an option for a second-year extension.

CABA PRESIDENTIAL CONTEST CALLED 'A GENTLEMAN'S RACE.' -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription),, Nov. 20, 2013.
While past Cuban American Bar Association presidential elections may have been contentious, candidates Nelson Bellido and Manny Crespo Jr. are friends, and neither has an ill word to say about the other. The election for CABA president and six board seats will be held on Dec. 3. The presidential term is for one year beginning in January 2015. The current candidates have nearly identical platforms in their run to lead the powerful, 2,500-member bar association. Both want to expand CABA's presence beyond Miami to Orlando, Tampa and Washington and both want to continue the recent mission of launching CABA student chapters. Both want to ramp up mentoring efforts for young lawyers and students as well as professional networking events for CABA members. It's not their platforms that offer a clear difference to voters, but the ability to accomplish those goals and their backgrounds, observers say.

AVE MARIA LAW SCHOOL PRESIDENT TO STEP DOWN -- Fort Myers News-Press,, Nov. 20, 2013. [Also: AVE MARIA LAW SCHOOL ACTING DEAN TO STEP DOWN -- Naples Daily News,, Nov. 20, 2013.]
Eugene Milhizer, president and dean of Ave Maria School of Law, is resigning his post after leading the Naples-based institution for six years. Milhizer will remain as a faculty member, according to the school. Milhizer will step down July 1, giving the institution more than seven months to search for a replacement. Milhizer became the school's acting dean in 2009. He oversaw the school's move from Michigan to Florida in 2009 along with the creation of the school's Advanced Critical Thinking Department.


SOLID CHOICE FOR COUNTY JUDGE -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Editorial,, Nov. 20, 2013.
"When Kimberly Bonner was effectively promoted to a circuit judgeship, her departure left a gaping hole in Sarasota County court. That gap will be filled by Erika Quartermaine, who was appointed to the judgeship last week by Gov. Rick Scott. Both Scott and the local Judicial Nominating Commission deserve credit for the selection of Quartermaine, who has had solid training for the job and, at 35, possesses the vigor and stamina to manage the huge volume of cases in county court."

--Criminal Justice Issues-

MY WORD: MORE POWER TO JUDGES IN GUN DEATHS -- Orlando Sentinel, Opinion Column,, Nov. 20, 2013.
Column by Jacob V. Stuart Jr., Orlando lawyer. Stuart comments on Charlie Stuart's My Word column in the Nov. 12 Sentinel, "Law should hold gun owners responsible," which suggested that the person "responsible" for an unintentional shooting should be charged with attempted murder, or even murder if an accidental death occurs. "The law now requires a mandatory sentence of life in prison upon conviction of a murder by firearm, with attempted murder involving a firearm resulting in a minimum of 25 years in prison if the victim was shot. A judge has no discretion in determining the sentence when a person is charged with these crimes . . . As a matter of public policy, we should continue to recognize and re-emphasize the importance of electing judges based upon their values, experience and temperament. We should also repeal any type of minimum mandatory requirement for crimes, allowing judges to apply a sentence, based upon the facts of each particular case."

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[Revised: 11-21-2013]