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Feb. 28, 2014

--The Florida Bar--

SUPREME COURT WANTS BAR CHAPTERS TO MEET IN HANDICAPPED-ACCESSIBLE PLACES -- The Florida Current, http://www.thefloridacurrent.com, Feb. 27, 2014.
The Florida Supreme Court has ordered The Florida Bar to quit holding meetings, even social gatherings, in places not fully accessible to the handicapped. The justices gave the Bar 60 days to report on progress in implementing a rule to prevent county, city and regional lawyer organizations from conducting business or holding after-hours events at inaccessible locations. Chief Justice Ricky Polston, in a letter to Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis of Fort Lauderdale and Jack Harkness, executive director of the state organization, directed The Florida Bar to develop a rule "for Bar-related activities at all levels" to assure ADA compliance. 

BAR TASK FORCE TO LOOK AT DIVERSITY ON BENCH -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Feb. 27, 2014.
Florida Bar president Eugene Pettis has appointed a new task force to explore how Florida can bolster diversity among its judges and judicial nominating commissions. The President's Task Force to Study the Enhancement of Diversity on the Bench and the Judicial Nominating Commissions will seek to determine why diverse candidates are not applying to bench and JNC openings. The 10-member task force is headed by Frank Scruggs II, a partner at Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale. Other members are Cynthia Angelos of Port St. Lucie, Bob Butterworth Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Cassandra Larkin Denmark of Bartow, Linda Bond Edwards of Tallahassee, Judge Hubert Grimes of DeLand, Paul Huck Jr. of Miami, William Scherer of Fort Lauderdale, William Schiffino of Tampa and Robert Vaughan of Fort Lauderdale.

--Legal Profession--

CONTRIBUTIONS BY BLACKS TO LAW HIGHLIGHTED AT EVENT -- South Florida Times, http://www.sfltimes.com, Feb. 27, 2014.
As Black History Month winds down, the City of Fort Lauderdale stepped up and researched the history of African Americans in the legal and judicial field who had a significant impact on history. Henry Latimer was the first African-American circuit court judge in Broward County, and was in line to become the first African-American president of The Florida Bar when he was killed in a car accident in South Florida. Latimer's contributions, and many others, were the focus at the fifth Walk Through History event Monday [Feb. 24] evening at the Broward Performing Arts Center. The program highlighted local and national history that changed the course of America forever. Attorney Eugene Pettis, first African American president of The Florida Bar and the six African-American judges that serve at the Broward County Courthouse were part of the celebrations.

THE F. MALCOLM CUNNINGHAM SR., BAR ASSOCIATION HOSTED ITS 13TH ANNUAL WILLIAM HOLLAND SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON -- Westside Gazette, http://thewestsidegazette.com, Feb. 27, 2014.
The
 F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr., Bar Association hosted its 13th Annual William Holland Scholarship luncheon on Feb. 21, at the Palm Beach County Kravis Performing Arts Center in West Palm Beach. Charlie Crist, former Florida governor, was the keynote speaker. He empowered the audience to work together in unity and challenged the third year law students, the honorees, to continue to excel as they are preparing for the Florida Bar examination. 

ATTORNEY HONORED FOR SERVICE TO PUBLIC BROADCASTING STATION -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com Feb. 27, 2014.
Attorney Phil DiComo, of The Acreage and a partner in the North Palm Beach law firm of Haile Shaw Pfaffenberger, along with others of his firm, has been busy supporting local charities - not just with checks but with boots on the ground volunteerism. His latest endeavor earned him accolades last month when he was awarded the WXEL Corporate Ambassador Award for his long-term support of the public broadcasting station. DiComo, 48, was instrumental in brokering a deal to transition WXEL, PBS for the Palm Beaches, from Miami Shores-based Barry University back to Palm Beach County, allowing the station to produce more community based programing. For DiComo, combining his legal expertise with his personal knowledge of the broadcasting arena allows him to keep a foot in the door of the world of broadcasting, while providing legal advice for a cause he is passionate about.

--Judiciary--

FROM DEFENSE ATTORNEY TO JUDGE: STEPHEN TONER DIGS IN -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Feb. 26, 2014.
Profile of Circuit Judge Stephen E. Toner Jr. In January, the former criminal defense attorney with deep roots in Hernando County took over half of the county's felony criminal cases. The docket previously had been handled by Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti, who transferred to Marion County. It's an incredible responsibility, Toner, 47, said in an interview. "There are aspects of my job that are not pleasant, but they need to be done, and I'm absolutely ecstatic about having the opportunity to serve in this capacity."

PALM BEACH JUDGE ROBIN ROSENBERG NOMINATED FOR FEDERAL COURT POST -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Feb. 27, 2014.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday [Feb. 26] nominated Palm Beach Circuit Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to the federal bench in the Southern District of Florida. She has been a circuit judge since 2007, and previously worked in her own law firm, as general counsel at Slim-Fast Foods Co., as a partner at Holland & Knight and as an assistant city attorney for West Palm Beach. She had also served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and worked at a nonprofit organization in the Czech Republic.


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