Daily News Summary
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.
May 21, 2014
--The Florida Bar--
NEW AD REVISION FILING FEE TAKES EFFECT JULY 1 -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, June 1, 2014.
The Florida Bar Board of Governors at its March meeting approved a recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee that law firms that file revisions to already approved ads will be charged $150 for a timely filed ad and $250 for a late filed ad — the same fees that apply to filing an original ad. The only exception will be for alterations made at the recommendation of Bar staff, which are needed to bring previously filed ads into compliance with Bar rules. The new policy is effective July 1.
STATE'S JUDICIAL RACES SET -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, June 1, 2014.
Twenty-two district court of appeal judges have qualified for merit retention on this year’s November election ballot. In the trial courts, there will be 50 contested circuit court contests on the Aug. 26 primary ballot, while 209 circuit judgeships — mostly held by incumbents — were uncontested. On the county court bench, there are 17 races on the primary ballot, while 57 were elected or reelected without opposition. Any runnoffs will be decided in November. Voters in Orange County will have the largest judicial ballot this year, with eight contested circuit races and two contested county court races.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
ROTHSTEIN LAWYER CHRISTINA KITTERMAN GETS 5 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FRAUD -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, May 20, 2014. [Also: FORMER ROTHSTEIN LAWYER KITTERMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON -- South Florida Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com, May 21, 2014; UPDATED: ROTHSTEIN'S EX-LOVER GETS FIVE YEARS -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, May 20, 2014; BOCA LAWYER WHO AIDED ROTHSTEIN GETS 5 YEARS FOR ROLE IN PONZI SCHEME -- Palm Beach Post (requires subscription), http://www.palmbeachpost.com, May 20, 2014.]
Lawyer Christina Kitterman was sentenced to five years in federal prison Tuesday [May 20] for impersonating a Florida Bar official in a hoax that helped Scott Rothstein keep his $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme alive. Kitterman was taken into custody immediately. Though Kitterman did not know Rothstein was running a scam, she knew she was committing fraud when she pretended she was a senior disciplinary official for The Florida Bar, Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley ruled Tuesday. Hurley said Tuesday that Kitterman lied to jurors when she claimed she did not identify herself as Adria Quintela, head of the Bar's Fort Lauderdale office, during a conference call. Kitterman was found guilty of three counts of wire fraud.
TURMOIL ROILS GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, May 20, 2014.
Last year, Gulfcoast Legal Services hired Kathleen Mullin, a seasoned trial lawyer and TV legal analyst, as executive director. Barely a year after hiring her, Gulfcoast's board gave her a resounding vote of "no confidence.'' Mullin left in February. Mullin's tenure and its rocky aftermath have roiled Gulfcoast, a St. Petersburg-based nonprofit that provides free legal help on housing, immigration and other issues to low-income Tampa Bay residents. There have been firings, resignations and complaints of sex and age discrimination. Critics blame Mullin for the turmoil. But supporters say she was only trying to prepare Gulfcoast for the challenges facing many nonprofits forced to operate more like businesses as their traditional funding sources dry up.