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March 13, 2014

--The Florida Bar--

YLD SETS THREE DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUMS FOR MAY 9 -- The Florida Bar,, March 15, 2014.
The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar is expanding its efforts to promote diversity by hosting diversity symposiums in three parts of the state simultaneously. Events are set for May 9 at Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, and Florida International University College of Law in Miami. The symposiums are open to all lawyers and law students in Florida. Sorraya Solages, chair of the YLD diversity committee, said she expects about 50 to 100 people to attend each event. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss diversity-related issues affecting their specific region. The committee plans this year to award diversity grants to local YLD affiliates that implement a diversity program or event in their area. The grants are designed to encourage programming throughout the state related to diversity initiatives. 


Kelsey Burke was born in Honduras. She arrived with her mother in Florida when she was 10 years old and lived as an undocumented resident in Lake Worth. Eventually, Burke was allowed to apply for Temporary Protected Status in America after the devastating Hurricane Mitch affected Honduras. Now a 26-year-old, Burke wants to be an immigration lawyer but she can't. Last week, the Florida Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion, ruling that because of a federal law that denies “state public benefits” to unauthorized aliens, they can't be given a law license. Burke’s Temporary Protected Status makes her ineligible due to her “unauthorized immigrant” status. The federal law says that only state legislators have the power to make exceptions to the federal law by passing a state law that grants these residents state benefits. Frank Cerabino writes, "And unless or until they do, it’s a terrible waste of potential, not only for Burke but for this nation of immigrants."


GOV. ASKEW DIES AT 85 -- The Florida Current,, March 13, 2014. [Also: FORMER FLORIDA GOV. REUBIN ASKEY DIES AT 85 -- Tampa Bay Times,, March 13, 2014; FORMER FLORIDA GOV. REUBIN ASKEW DIES AT 85 -- Miami Herald,, March 13, 2014.]
Former Gov. Reubin Askew, a pivotal figure in Florida politics, died today [March 13]. He was 85. Askew was known for implementing Florida's corporate income tax, which was the cornerstone of his 1970 campaign for governor, and for the "Sunshine Amendment" that mandated financial disclosure by public officials. He appointed the first black Supreme Court justice, Joseph Hatchett, and advocated advancement of women in state agencies and political positions. In addition to the corporate income tax, which took a constitutional amendment passed in a special election, Askew implemented Judicial Nominating Commissions -- giving up the governor's patronage power to select judges -- along with merit retention elections, in which appellate jurists are up for a yes-or-no vote, rather than running against opponents.

JAMES JOSEPH MCVEIGH -- Panama City News Herald,, March 13, 2014.
James Joseph McVeigh, 87, passed away. He graduated from University of Miami Law School in 1953. McVeigh was Miami's assistant city attorney, a litigator and a 60-year member of The Florida Bar. He was one of Miami's first advocates for veterans and homeless in downtown Miami.

HENRY FRANKLIN PERRITT JR. -- Florida Times-Union,, March 12, 2014.
Henry Franklin Perritt, Jr. passed away March 8. He earned a Juris Doctor in 1962 from the University of Florida's law school. He entered the Florida Army National Guard in 1959, retiring in 1989 as a full colonel. After clerking during law school summers at Marks, Gray, Yates, Conroy, & Gibbs, he joined the firm in 1962 until his retirement from active practice in 2007.

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[Revised: 03-14-2014]