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October 3, 2013

--Legal Profession--


LAKELAND LAWYER OFFERS A LAST HOPE FOR RESIDENTS FACING DEPORTATION -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com , Oct. 3, 2013.
Jean Pierre Espinoza is one of a handful of lawyers in Polk County who devote their practices to all forms of immigration law: deportation defense, family petitions, business immigrations, asylums and naturalizations. He said about two-thirds of his business involves deportation defenses. Espinoza, whose main office is in Lakeland, is a frequent presence in the Orlando federal court, where he appears with clients an average of two or three times a week. He offers the last hope for often desperate clients, people facing administrative decisions that could force them to leave the United States, sometimes after decades of living here.

TALLAHASSEE BAR ASSOCIATION'S FIRST ANNUAL LEGAL COMMUNITY CONFERENCE -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tdo.com , Oct. 3, 2013.
On Friday, Sept. 20, the Tallahassee Bar Association hosted its first ever all-day Legal Community Conference held at the Advocacy Center at the FSU College of Law. This innovative program boasted faculty comprised of First DCA, circuit, county and DOAH judges, as well as leading attorneys and professionals from the medical and media fields. The Conference offered a unique opportunity for the Tallahassee legal community to come together to learn, network and enjoy camaraderie.

LAW SERIES -- The Gainesville Sun, http://www.gainesville.com , Oct. 3, 2013.
The Alachua County Library District and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association will present the Law in the Library Series. During October, there will be two sessions. They are: Oct. 10: 5:30 p.m., Library Partnership, 1230 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville. The topic will be child support. The discussion will cover paternity and child support establishment, modification of child support, and enforcement. Oct. 14: 6 p.m., Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave., Gainesville. The topic will be residential foreclosure legal issues. Attorneys will discuss foreclosure process, modification process, short sales, deeds in lieu foreclosure and more.

ENDLESS FLORIDA DISPUTES HELP KEEP THE LAWYERS BUSY -- Tampa Bay Times, column by Robert Trigaux, http://www.tampabay.com , Oct. 3, 2013.
Trigaux writes: "To freshen Shakespeare's famous quote for modern times, the first thing we do is hire all the lawyers — so we win in court. It's the American and Floridian way, as seen in these four business disputes winding their way through our legal system." Trigaux mentions a few recent cases in Florida.

--Judiciary--

3 FINALISTS SELECTED FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE VACANCY -- Ocala Star Banner, http://www.ocala.com , Oct. 3, 2013.
Three attorneys from the Hernando County area will be considered by Gov. Rick Scott for a vacant judicial seat in the 5th Judicial Circuit. The circuit’s Judicial Nominating Commission considered 22 applicants and chose civil litigator John E. Napolitano, Hernando County Judge Donald E. Scaglione, and Thomas R. Eineman, who is board certified in marital and family law. The three names were submitted to the governor’s office on Sept. 27. Scott now has until Nov. 26 to select one candidate to fill the vacancy created by Circuit Judge Sandra Edwards-Stephens’ retirement.

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[Revised: 10-04-2013]