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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.

Dec. 4, 2012

--Legal Profession--


GREENBERG TRAURIG FACES GENDER DISCRIMINATION SUIT-- The Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Dec. 4, 2012.
Greenberg Traurig, one of South Florida's largest law firms, has been accused of gender discrimination in a $200 million class-action lawsuit in federal court filed by a former female shareholder in its Philadelphia office. Francine Friedman Griesing worked at the firm as a shareholder from April 2007 to January 2010 and claims in her lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former female shareholders that Greenberg pays women less, promotes them at lower rates than men and virtually freezes them out from high-level managerial positions. Hilarie Bass, one of two women on Greenberg's 12-member executive committee, responded to the lawsuit Monday [Dec. 3] saying it is without merit. Although Greenberg calls Miami home, the lawsuit was filed in New York where CEO Richard Rosenbaum has his offices.

--Judiciary--

CIRCUIT JUDGE CHARLES ARNOLD RETIRES-- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Dec. 3, 2012. [Also: DUVAL COUNTY JUDGE HAROLD 'BUCKY' ARNOLD RETIRES-- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Dec. 3, 2012].
Two Jacksonville judges were honored last week as they retired. A retirement ceremony was held for Fourth Circuit Judge Charles "Chuck" Arnold Thursday [Nov. 29] at the Duval County Courthouse. Arnold was appointed in 1997 by Gov. Lawton Chiles, with most of his judicial career focused on criminal cases. Duval County Judge Harold "Bucky" Arnold was honored with a retirement reception Wednesday [Nov. 28] in Chief Judge Donald Moran's chambers at the County Courthouse. Arnold was appointed to the Duval County Court bench by Gov. Bob Martinez in 1988.

--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--

SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES SEVEN ATTORNEYS-- The Florida Bar, news release, http://www.floridabar.org, Dec. 3, 2012. [Also: STUART ATTORNEY SUSPENDED FOR 3 MONTHS-- Treasure Coast Newspapers, http://www.tcpalm.com, Dec. 4, 2012; FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES TWO AREA LAWYERS-- Tampa Bay Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay, Dec. 4, 2012; THREE SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEYS SUSPENDED FOR TRUST ACCOUNT VIOLATIONS-- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Dec. 3, 2012 {Subscription required.}; EMERGENCY SUSPENSIONS FOR TWO SOUTH FLORIDA LAWYERS-- South Florida Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida, Dec. 4, 2012].
The Florida Bar, the state's guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court, in court orders issued between Oct. 9 and Oct. 24, disciplined seven attorneys, disbarring one and suspending six.

--Criminal Justice Issues--

JACKSONVILLE PROSECUTORS PREVENT DEFENDANT FROM PLEADING GUILTY TO DUI CHARGE-- The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, Dec. 4, 2012.
The State Attorney’s Office has two weeks to decide whether it will charge the truck driver who ran over and killed a man near the Jacksonville Landing with felony DUI. Brian Craig Patterson, 32, was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in October. He got a second DUI in Baker County last week, which led to his bail being revoked. When Patterson tried to plead guilty to the October DUI on Monday [Dec. 3], County Judge Russell Healey refused to let him after prosecutors objected. Assistant State Attorney Lee Smith said being found guilty of misdemeanor DUI would mean the state cannot charge Patterson with a felony crime. He said the state has enough evidence for misdemeanor DUI conviction, but prosecutors are still interviewing witnesses in the Landing incident to determine if a felony charge is warranted.

--Other--

FRIENDS REMEMBER RICK BATEMAN FOR PERSONALITY-- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, Dec. 4, 2012.
Rick Bateman spawns adjectives from friends and news clippings. He was a formidable political force, high-powered and higher-profile attorney, spotlight-loving advocate, civic activist, father, philanthropist and inveterate pursuer of fun and thrills. He cast a figure that was larger than life while making an impression in the details: He never wore socks. Frederick L. Bateman Jr. of Tallahassee died Monday [Dec. 3] in Atlanta, where he attended the Southeastern Conference championship football game this past weekend with friends. He was 55. Bateman worked heavily in land-use law and representing developers, but also dived into hot-button issues like Leon County's billboard ordinance and governance over Internet cafes.

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