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May 7, 2014
--The Florida Bar--
8 LOCAL ATTORNEYS CHOSEN FOR FLORIDA BAR ACADEMY -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, May 6, 2014.
Eight attorneys from Central Florida are part of The Florida Bar’s 2014-15 class of the William Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy. The academy is aimed at promoting diversity and developing leaders in the legal profession. The yearlong program includes six one-day meetings at locations throughout the state beginning at the Bar’s Annual Convention, June 25-28. The locals in the class are: Lemar Flores Alejo, Amy Jo Carter, Ryan Edward Davis, Lisa Gong Guerrero, Jennifer L. Morando and André Tylor Young, all of Orlando; Kimra Denise Major-Morris and Shaunda Lee Brown, of Apopka.
BUDGET INCLUDES FUNDS FOR COURTS' PAY EQUITY ISSUES -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.flabar.org, May 15, 2014.
The Florida Legislature addressed the state court system’s top priority — employee pay disparity — with an $8.1 million budget allocation. Lawmakers approved the budget May 2, the last day of the session. The courts requested funding for the issue after a comprehensive study of employee pay across the three branches of government found that court employees’ salaries lagged behind comparable positions in other branches by an average of 12.59 percent. The disparity made it difficult to offer salaries commensurate with experience and award merit among staff. The budget also allocates $7.1 million to begin construction of a new courthouse for the Fourth District Court of Appeal. An additional $3 million is included to fund various maintenance projects for the Second, Third and Fifth DCAs.
PORTAL AUTHORITY WORKS TO ADDRESS E-SERVICE ISSUES -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, May 15, 2014.
Lawyers have been reporting problems both sending and receiving files when they e-serve documents though the Internet portal that provides electronic filing and electronic service for Florida courts. The portal’s latest upgrade, installed at the end of March, automatically places an alert beside any email address on a service list if the portal attempted to serve a document at that address and it bounced back, or failed at least once. The article includes recommendations for filers having trouble sending or receiving an e-service documents.
19 APPLY FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE POSITION -- The Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, May 7, 2014.
Nineteen applications for a Circuit Court judge's post have been sent to the commission that will recommend candidates to Gov. Rick Scott. The vacancy opened with the resignation of Circuit Judge Beth Harlan. Interviews by the 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will be held May 22. Judges for the 10th Judicial Circuit oversee cases in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. The list of applicants is included.
BICYCLIST KILLED IN LEE WAS MANAGING SHAREHOLDER OF LAW FIRM -- Naples Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com, May 6, 2014.
James Chelius Jr., 61, was managing shareholder of the Fort Myers office of Banker Lopez Gassler, a Tampa-based law firm with five additional offices statewide. Chelius died Sunday [May 4] from injuries after a bicycle accident in Fort Myers. He received his law degree from the Delaware Law School of Widener University in Wilmington, Del., in 1977. He previously practiced law in Pennsylvania.