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 29, 2014
--The Florida Bar--
EDITORIAL: JUDICIAL NOMINATING PANELS SHOULD REFLECT DIVERSE FLORIDA -- Palm Beach Post, Editorial, http://www.pbpost.com, May 28, 2014.
Editorial on the report released by the special task force of The Florida Bar pushing for more diversity in the state’s judiciary. "The 22-page report, which focuses heavily on the state’s influential judicial nominating commissions (JNCs), highlights the ongoing lack of diversity among Florida judges and, its little-known nominating commissions. The latter, by the way, play a key role in the courts makeup because they propose judicial candidates to Gov. Rick Scott, who then makes appointments. So far, those appointments — or lack of appointments — have been woeful during Scott’s term as governor at diversifying the makeup of the judiciary . . . The governor’s spokesman said, “For judicial appointments, (Scott) selects the most qualified candidate from nominees provided by the (JNCs) who will serve with humility and follow the rule of law.” With 78 vacancies on JNCs to fill, the governor has a golden opportunity to not only prove that statement true but renew efforts to give Florida a fair and independent judiciary that reflects its diverse population."
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
RUNAWAY ATTORNEY'S PARTNER CLEARED OF WRONGDOING IN $6 MILLION THEFT -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, May 28, 2014.
Steven Samiljan, the former law partner of runaway attorney Timothy McCabe, was cleared by The Florida Bar of misconduct in relation to the theft of an estimated $6 million in client money. Samiljan said he only discovered money was missing from the firm’s trust account after McCabe sent him an April 2013 email about “wrongdoing that may be discovered at the firm.” McCabe’s victims also blamed Samiljan for the loss. The Florida Bar agreed in part that he should have known that money held by their firm was being used improperly, but didn’t believe his lack of awareness was enough to punish Samiljan.
ATTORNEY GENERAL BONDI TALKS DRUGS AT MANATEE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON -- Bradenton Herald, http://www.bradenton.com, May 28, 2014.
Attorney General Pam Bondi focused on both legal and illegal drugs during a speech to the Manatee County Bar Association on Wednesday [May 28] afternoon. In addition to drug issues, Bondi talked about how the housing crisis is still affecting Florida, fighting the Environmental Protection Agency on water purity rules and human trafficking. The luncheon was in honor of Law Day, and officials within the association talked about ways they'd been giving back to the community, new nominees for leading positions and awards.
CLIFF B. GOSNEY -- Daytona Beach News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com, May 29, 2014.
Cliff B. Gosney of Tallahassee died at home Friday, May 23. Gosney attended Stetson Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1952. He was a civil trial and appellate lawyer until his retirement. He began his career as an associate with Gurney, McDonald, & Handley in Orlando, and commenced his private practice in Daytona Beach in 1960.