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July 18, 2013
MARIA HENDERSON TAKES OFFICE AS IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, July 18, 2013.
Maria E. Henderson, an insurance consultant at the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt, took office July 1 as immediate past president of The Florida Bar Foundation, the statewide charitable organization that provides leadership and funding for justice in Florida. Henderson is the first non-lawyer to serve as president of the Foundation. She began serving on the Foundation board in 2004 as one of its public members. Henderson is a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Foundation’s Gold Society for lifetime giving.
ALEX ACOSTA, HARLEY TROPIN AND MARILYN J. HOLIFIELD JOIN FEDERAL JNC -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, July 18, 2013.
Alex Acosta, dean of Florida International University’s law school, is now one of four new members on the JNC’s Southern District Conference. Coral Gables attorney Harley Tropin, a founding partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, and attorney Marilyn J. Holifield, a partner at Holland & Knight in Miami, also have been named to the panel. S. Daniel Ponce, a partner at Berger Singerman, is returning to the Southern District Conference after serving on the Northern District Conference. The 22-member panel is responsible for naming finalists for open judicial posts to Florida’s two U.S. senators, who conduct their own interviews before recommending a candidate to the president.
SEN. MARCO RUBIO UNDER FIRE FOR HOLDING UP BLACK JUDICIAL NOMINEES -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, July 18, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is facing criticism for holding up the confirmations of two African-American judicial candidates, Brian Davis for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District and William L. Thomas for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson isn't pressing forward on the candidacy of Thomas, either. The senators had sent letters to the White House supporting the nominees and President Barack Obama then nominated them. Rubio now says he shares concerns about statements Davis made in the mid 1990s in a speech about race. As for Thomas, Rubio is concerned about his involvement in a controversial case in which a man was given a sentence of just 364 days in jail for a hit-and-run death.
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DOES REPEALING 'STAND YOUR GROUND' STAND A CHANCE IN FLORIDA? -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, July 18, 2013.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made an impassioned call while addressing the NAACP national convention in Orlando on Tuesday [July 16] to overturn "stand your ground" laws in states across the nation in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in Trayvon Martin's shooting death. His call was not met with enthusiasm by the National Rifle Association. According to supporters — and even opponents — of the controversial legislation, the possibility of the law being overturned in Florida is unlikely. Gun ownership and the right to carry firearm remains especially strong in the state.
C. MICHAEL RITCHEY -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, July 18, 2013.
C. Michael Ritchey of St. Petersburg died Tuesday, July 16. Ritchey was a 1976 graduate of the University Of Florida Law School where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree. He practiced law in St. Petersburg for 20 years.
SEATING A JURY OF OUR PEERS -- Tampa Tribune, Letter to the Editor, http://www.tampatrib.com, July 18, 2013.
A letter to the Editor from Tampa resident Mary Shofi Volpe, who shares her opinion that the process of choosing jurors is flawed. Volpe writes that when a potential juror is being interviewed by the attorneys, "the only categories that should be considered would be: is a potential juror familiar with the defendant, judge or attorneys? If so, they should be dismissed . . . For a truly fair and impartial jury to be chosen, all other questions or criteria are unnecessary and potentially not representative of the true interpretation of our Founding Fathers and Constitution."