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January 2, 2013
FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT GWYNNE YOUNG TALKS LEGAL AID FUNDING, MERIT RETENTION EDUCATION FOR 2013 -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com , Jan. 1, 2013.
Tampa attorney Gwynne Young was sworn in as president of The Florida Bar in June, leading the statewide professional and regulatory organization for lawyers. It has more than 90,000 members. Young took time to discuss issues facing the organization in 2013 and how it plans to deal with those issues. The article discusses legal aid and merit retention education efforts.
PRO BONO WORK SHOULD BE REQUIRED FOR BAR ADMISSION -- Daily Business Review, column by Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , Dec. 31, 2012.
Chemerinsky writes, "New York's new requirement for pro bono work as a condition for admission to the bar should be a model for other states to copy. Last May, Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of New York, announced this proposal. On Sept. 12, the New York Court of Appeals adopted a requirement that, effective Jan. 1, 2015, admission to the New York bar will require an applicant having completed 50 hours of pro bono service. This is to be applauded: Pro bono work helps to meet the enormous unmet demand for legal services, provides law students valuable legal training and hopefully instills a lifelong habit of public service...Law schools can do an enormous amount to encourage and facilitate pro bono work. But they cannot do it alone. The single best way to encourage pro bono work by law students is to have future employers — judges, law firms, government agencies, public interest offices — look to pro bono work in law school as a factor in their hiring decisions."
SOUTH FLORIDA LAWYER'S CASE HELPED U.S. HIGH COURT PHARMACEUTICAL RULING -- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , Dec. 31, 2012.
When a federal appeals court invalidated on First Amendment grounds the conviction of a pharmaceutical sales representative for engaging in off-label marketing, it turned to a case spearheaded by a South Florida firm all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney Tom Julin, a partner at Hunton & Williams in Miami, also used a First Amendment argument in a case that centered on whether businesses and professionals have free speech rights. The Dec. 2 ruling will have wide-ranging effects on the pharmaceutical industry, Julin said. The decision undermines extensive FDA regulation of the industry as well as the many multi-billion dollar damage claims that have been brought against the companies that encouraged their sales representatives to engage in off-label marketing.
PUSH RENEWED FOR FLORIDA BAN ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING -- The Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com , Jan. 1, 2013.
More than a decade since Florida lawmakers first called for limits on motorist cellphone use, advocates say a ban on texting behind the wheel may soon win approval. Despite dozens of bills since 2002, no restriction on motorist cellphone use or texting ever has cleared the Florida Legislature, but 2013 could be different. House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, blocked attempts in 2012 to have a texting ban heard, after the measure was OK’d by the state Senate. But Cannon left the House in November due to term limits. Supporters say his departure may help clear the way for Florida to become the nation’s 40th state to prohibit all drivers from texting.
SERVICES FOR FORMER JUSTICE BEN F. OVERTON ANNOUNCED --Supreme Court of Florida, news release, http://www.floridasupremecourt.org, Jan. 2, 2013.
A funeral service for former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben F. Overton will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville at 10:30 Saturday [Jan. 5] with a reception at Oak Hammock. Overton, 86, died last Saturday in Gainesville due to complications from heart surgery. There will be a Lying in State Monday from Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Supreme Court Building rotunda in Tallahassee. A memorial service will follow starting at 2:00 p.m. in the courtroom featuring speakers that include Chief Justice Ricky Polston, former Gov. Reubin Askew, former Justice Parker Lee McDonald, and Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte. During the Lying in State, the family will receive visitors in the Lawyer’s Lounge at the Florida Supreme Court building, main floor. A final service will be held on January 9 at St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg (Seminole) at Noon. Burial will follow in St. Petersburg.
BOATS, TRAINS, LED JUDGE HAURY TO SOUTH FLORIDA CAREER -- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , Dec. 31, 2012.
The article profiles Broward Circuit Judge Bill Haury.
--Legal Ethics/Lawyer Discipline--
F. LEE BAILEY DENIED BID TO PRACTICE LAW IN MAINE -- Bradenton Herald, http://www.bradenton.com , Jan. 1, 2013.
F. Lee Bailey, the attorney who represented O.J. Simpson and Patty Hearst, has been denied his request to practice law in Maine. The 79-year-old Bailey passed the Maine bar exam last winter. He was previously licensed in Massachusetts and Florida but was disbarred in those states for mishandling $6 million worth of stock for a client. In a 5-4 decision, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners wrote that Bailey hadn't demonstrated by "clear and convincing evidence that he possesses the requisite honesty and integrity" to practice law in Maine.
DISBARRED MIAMI LAWYER CHARGED WITH TRYING TO SELL SADDAM HUSSEIN FAMILY'S GUNS -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com , Jan. 2, 2013.
Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have charged a disbarred Miami-area lawyer and three other people with hatching a scheme to sell a cache of stolen guns that once belonged to the family of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Prosecutors say David Ryan, 48, a one-time personal injury lawyer from Pinecrest, obtained at least seven guns that had been smuggled out of Iraq and then tried to sell them, with the help of others, through a New Jersey sporting goods store. Officials with Iraq’s embassy in Washington confirmed that the guns had been taken from Iraq, and that they are considered property of the Iraqi government, court records show.
OLD ORLANDO LAWYER PUT VALUE IN REPUTATION -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com , Jan. 1, 2013
Charlie Collins, 85, was a charter-member of Old Orlando, the son of a prominent Orlando doctor who become a prominent Orlando attorney. He died Dec. 31 of complications related to a lung infection.