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May 9, 2014

--Legal Profession--

FOUNDATION SUPPORTS MIAMI LAW'S ADVOCACY FOR FOSTER YOUTH -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, May 15, 2014.
The Children & Youth Law Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, supported since 2004 by a Children’s Legal Services grant from The Florida Bar Foundation, aids current and former foster youths in matters of dependency, health care, mental health, disability, independent living, education, immigration and other civil areas, ensuring that they have a voice in court proceedings.  The clinic received a special $100,000 grant in 2013-14 from The Florida Bar Foundation made with funds provided by the Miami Beach-based Batchelor Foundation. The grant is enabling the clinic to continue to help clients, just as the Bar Foundation’s revenue from Florida’s Interest on Trust Accounts Program has slowed to a trickle. 

JUPITER-BASED CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE ADDS LAW DEGREE AT 70 -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.palmbeachpost.com, May 9, 2014.
Former state Rep. Carl Domino on Saturday [May 10] will receive a law degree from Nova Southeastern University, at age 70. Domino plans to take the bar exam this summer and then contend for a seat in Congress. He’s one of six Republicans running in the Aug. 26 primary for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast seat of Rep. Patrick Murphy. Domino said he spent three years pursuing his juris doctorate so he could better understand how legislation works and because he enjoys learning new things. Domino began his career as a money manager and started his own firm, Carl Domino Inc., in 1987. He also served in the Florida House from 2002 to 2010, leaving because of term limits. Going back to school as a full-time student in 2011 after four decades in business and politics was an adjustment, Domino said, but he’s glad he did it.

--Judiciary--

LAKELAND-BASED 2ND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL TO ADD 2 MORE JUDGES -- The Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, May 9, 2014.
The Lakeland-based Second District Court of Appeal will have two more judges, eligible for appointment after July 1, thanks to approval by the Florida Legislature and heavy growth in the district. Lawmakers authorized and funded two additional judgeships for the 2nd District and one additional judge for the 5th District Court of Appeal, headquartered in Daytona. The 2nd District Court of Appeal, which has its main courthouse in Lakeland and a branch in Tampa, is one of the busiest in the state. It encompasses 14 counties with 3.8 million people. The two additional judges will increase the bench to 16 from the current 14 appellate judges serving in the district.

--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--

JURY CONVICTS BANKERS -- Panama City News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com, May 8, 2014.
After nearly three weeks of trial, jurors in Panama City convicted three former leaders for their roles in a fraudulent loan that cost the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation millions. Terry Dubose was convicted of all 12 counts with which he was charged in a federal indictment. Dubose was the president and CEO of Coastal Community Investments. Elwood “Woody” West was acquitted on the conspiracy count and convicted of the 11 other counts. West was Coastal’s chief financial officer. Frank Baker was Coastal’s attorney and a member of its board of directors. He was convicted on eight counts and acquitted on three counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FDIC. A felony conviction disqualifies someone from being a member of The Florida Bar, so the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners will have to find a replacement for Baker, who has served as county attorney even since his indictment.

--Other--

DAVID L. HANCOCK, 58, SEBASTIAN -- VeroNews,http://www.veronews.com, May 9, 2014.
David L. Hancock, 58, of Sebastian, passed away on May 4. He was a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law. He practiced law for approximately 25 years in Florida's Treasure Coast region. Hancock served as legal counsel to the Indian River County and Brevard County Value Adjustment Boards and the Indian River County Code Enforcement Board. He was appointed as the City of Sebastian, Florida Code Enforcement Special Magistrate in 2009.

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[Revised: 05-12-2014]