Daily News Summary
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June 26, 2014
--The Florida Bar--
FLORIDA BAR TO HOLD ANNUAL CONVENTION IN ORLANDO -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, June 18, 2014.
The Florida Bar will hold its Annual Convention in Orlando/Kissimmee at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center from June 25 to 28. West Palm Beach attorney Gregory W. Coleman will be sworn in as the Bar's 66th president at the General Assembly on Friday, June 27, while Miami attorney Ramón A. Abadin will be sworn in as president-elect. Abadin will become president in 2015. The convention gives Florida Bar members a chance to choose from an array of seminars for Continuing Legal Education credit, meet with their committees and sections dedicated to advancing the Bar's work, network with colleagues and attend special luncheons and events.
BAR LAUNCHES NEW LOOK WEBSITE -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, July 1, 2014.
The Florida Bar’s website is undergoing a major renovation and redesign. The vision for the new design of the website is to enhance Bar members’ experiences and simplify the interaction. The first phase will feature a new home page and a member-unique information page. The new home page visual design is more graphic and the site navigation is now at the top and the bottom of every page. Last redesigned four years ago, this major new look will dramatically transform the site to give it a contemporary look featuring more graphics and simplifying the navigation.
BAR PRESIDENT DISMAYED BY LACK OF JUDICIAL DIVERSITY -- Ocala Star Banner, http://www.ocala.com, June 25, 2014.
The Fifth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission on Wednesday [June 25] announced a call for applications to fill the latest vacancy in the 5th Judicial Circuit. The process of replacing Judge Brian Lambert is also part of a larger, statewide discussion about the need for judicial diversity, an element that is not part of the formal selection criteria. Gov. Rick Scott came under criticism in January for not appointing as many minority candidates to the bench as his predecessors had. Making diversity a priority of his presidency, Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis convened an 11-member Presidents Special Task Force to Study Enhancement of Diversity in the Judiciary and on the Judicial Nominating Commissions. Pettis hopes Scott will appoint more minority candidates to fill a wave of vacating judicial nominating commission slots around the state.
ANDREW "ANDY" LAWRENCE RINGERS -- Daytona Beach News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com, June 26, 2014.
Andrew "Andy" Lawrence Ringers, 76, of New Smyrna Beach, passed away on June 23. Ringers attended Stetson University College of Law and went on to become a board certified member of The Florida Bar. He continues to be remembered and revered for his preeminent lawyering skills by colleagues, opponents, and presiding officers alike.