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April 9, 2014
--The Florida Bar--
BOARD CONSIDERS SHORT-TERM FOUNDATION HELP -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, April 15, 2014.
The Florida Bar Board of Governors voted to oppose a proposed petition to the Supreme Court to raise Bar annual membership fees by up to $100 to support struggling legal aid programs. Instead, Bar leaders are exploring an up to $6 million short-term loan to The Florida Bar Foundation. Bar President Eugene Pettis said that while the Bar’s Board of Governors is committed to legal aid, they do not see raising Bar fees to address the Foundation’s shortfall as the best response to the funding crisis. The suggested solution, Pettis said, is for the Bar to make a loan of $2 million a year for each of the next three years, to be repaid over the following five years. The loan idea has already been referred to the Budget and Investment committees, which will report to the full board in May.
HUNDREDS APPLY FOR JNCS -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, April 15, 2014.
Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis thanked and praised Bar members who responded to his call to apply for upcoming vacancies on the state’s 26 judicial nominating commissions. Pettis recently expressed concern about diversity among Florida’s judges and also declining diversity on the JNCs that review candidates for judicial vacancies. He told the board that of the 188 applicants by late January, there were no African-American males, five African-American females, and 30 to 35 Hispanics. “Now we have 679 people in the pool, an all-time high for JNC applications,” Pettis said. “Roughly 45 percent fall into a category for diversity: women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians.” He noted that the newspaper editorial boards he has visited are universally interested in seeing diversity on the bench and on JNCs.
TIMOTHY WARFEL -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, April 9, 2014.
Timothy Joseph Francis Warfel, 60, of Tallahassee died Sunday, April 6. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1977. Warfel first practiced law in Moultrie, Ga., where he was a law partner with U.S. Sen. C. Saxby Chambliss. In 1983 he moved to Tallahassee, where he joined the law firm of Messer, Rhodes, and Vickers. Over the next 30 years he developed a highly respected practice specializing in wills, trusts, and probate. In January 2014, he joined the law firm Messer Caparello, P.A. Warfel served his community in many ways.