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March 5, 2014

--Legal Profession--


MEET ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY LAW'S NEW DEAN - AGAIN -- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , March 5, 2014.
Douglas Ray, the law dean at St. Thomas University, is the latest Florida law school dean to step down after less than four years in the position. Ray's replacement was announced without a nationwide search. Alfredo Garcia, who served as dean of the private Miami Gardens law school from 2007 to 2010, was reappointed, the school announced Monday [March 15]. Ray will remain as a law professor, effectively switching places with Garcia, who has been a full-time law professor since 2010.

MELISSA VANSICKLE PUTS LEGAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO WORK WITH STUDENTS -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tdo.com , March 5, 2014.
The article profiles Tallahassee attorney Melissa VanSickle. VanSickle volunteers in Justice Teaching, a program developed by the Florida Supreme Court to bring attorneys into the classroom for important lessons in civics. VanSickle is president of the Tallahassee Bar Association and was chosen for The Florida Bar’s inaugural Leadership Academy.

ATTORNEY NATALIE JACKSON VISITS SANFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL TO SPEAK -- Sanford Herald, http://www.mysanford.com , March 5, 2014.
Orlando attorney Natalie Jackson presented a Black History Program at Sanford Middle School Feb. 24. Jackson, shared her story based on the theme, “My Vision Will Manifest”. Jackson, for more than 13 years, has contributed leadership, media and legal expertise and is noted for her work in advocating for the legal rights of women and children. Her areas of law practice include criminal defense, personal injury, injury to children and wrongful death.

--Legislative Issues--

HOUSE REPUBLICAN FILES BILL TO REQUIRE DRUG TESTING OF ELECTED OFFICIALS -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com , March 5, 2014.
Pointing to a need to make sure public officials are sober when they make policy decisions, a House Republican filed a bill this week that would require drug testing for elected officeholders and judges. The bill (HB 1435), filed by Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, comes after controversies and legal battles about attempts to require drug testing of state employees and recipients of public assistance. Eagle's proposal calls for testing of people elected to federal, state and local offices, along with Florida Supreme Court justices, appeals-court judges and local judges. Officials who refuse to take the tests would be required to resign.

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[Revised: 03-06-2014]