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 20, 2014
--The Florida Bar--
BAR STEPS UP ITS SOCIAL MEDIA OUTREACH -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, June 1, 2014.
Last year, The Florida Bar Board of Governors Communications Committee created the Social Media and Communications Technology Subcommittee to create a social media plan and capitalize on innovative technology to communicate The Florida Bar’s messages through a variety of new platforms. In mid-February, the Bar hired a full-time social media coordinator at its Tallahassee headquarters. In late March, a unanimous vote by The Florida Bar Board of Governors opened the door for expansion of a limited social media plan. Today, The Florida Bar’s steady stream of information for its 98,000-plus members is prevalent across six social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest.
MICHAEL FOX ORR TO LEAD STATE YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, May 19, 2014.
Jacksonville attorney Michael Fox Orr will be sworn in as president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division next month at The Florida Bar's annual meeting. Orr, a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, has served on the YLD's Board of Governors since 2006. After chairing most of the board's committees, he will now lead the division. The division was established to encourage young lawyers to participate in Florida Bar activities, and to provide resources to help new lawyers transition into the profession.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
BAR SEEKS EMERGENCY SUSPENSION FOR LAWYER ON LAM -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, May 19, 2014.
The Florida Bar is asking the Florida Supreme Court for an emergency suspension against Michael R. Casey, a former long-time Oakland Park attorney charged with mail and wire fraud who is now a fugitive. The Bar's petition filed Monday [May 19] notes Casey was charged in September 2012 in an alleged $19 million fraudulent investment scheme. A bench warrant was issued for Casey's arrest in April after he failed to appear for a court hearing. An FBI wanted poster states he is considered "armed and dangerous."
--Criminal Justice Issues--
ROTHSTEIN LAWYER CHRISTINA KITTERMAN BEING SENTENCED FOR FRAUD TUESDAY -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, May 20, 2014. [Also: ROTHSTEIN'S EX-LOVER TO BE SENTENCED -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, May 19, 2014.]
Former Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler lawyer Christina Kitterman will be sentenced Tuesday [May 20] for impersonating a Florida Bar official in a ruse that helped Scott Rothstein to keep his massive investment fraud afloat. Kitterman was found guilty of three counts of wire fraud after a jury trial earlier this year. She is in the process of being disbarred. Though Kitterman did not know that Rothstein was running a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme, federal prosectors said she knew that she was committing fraud. Her lawyer, Valentin Rodriguez Jr., hopes to persuade the sentencing judge that Kitterman would be sufficiently punished by serving a term of probation. Prosecutors have not yet publicly said what punishment they are seeking. More than 30 of Kitterman's family and friends wrote letters to U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley, asking for leniency.
--Civil Justice Issues--
FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL ASKS SUPREME COURT TO THROW OUT CHALLENGE TO BLIND TRUSTS, USED TO SHIELD FINANCIAL ASSETS -- Florida Times-Union (requires subscription), http://www.jacksonville.com, May 20, 2014. [Also: STATE ASKS COURT TO DISMISS 'BLIND TRUST' CHALLENGE -- Tampa Tribune, http://www.tbo.com, May 20, 2014.]
Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Legislature asked the state Supreme Court on Monday [May 19] to throw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 law that allows elected officials to use blind trusts to shield their financial assets. Jim Apthorp, a former aide to the late Gov. Reubin Askew, filed the lawsuit last week. In a response filed Monday, Bondi asked the court to dismiss the case and argued that “blind trusts have been widely accepted as promoting the very purpose of the Sunshine Amendment: to avoid conflicts of interests.” Bondi’s lawyers asked the court to throw out the case or, if not, to refer it to a lower court.
JOHN "DOYLE" TUMBLESON -- Daytona Beach News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com, May 20, 2014.
John "Doyle" Tumbleson, 69, of Ormond Beach, passed away on May 16. Tumbleson graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1970. He went on to a successful law career with the law firm of Kinsey Vincent Pyle for more than 40 years. For the past 20 years, he was a co-managing member of the firm. Tumbleson served on several committees of The Florida Bar, including as chairman of the Grievance Committee for the Seventh Judicial Circuit and president of the Volusia County Bar Association from 1985-1986.
--Tech Tip Tuesday--
INSTANT MATH WIZARDRY IN EXCEL -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, May 20, 2014.
Learn to calculate a quick sum or average for a client in Excel. For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.