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June 4, 2014

--Legal Profession--

LAWYER SETS UP PET TRUSTS SO NO ANIMAL IS LEFT BEHIND -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel,, June 4, 2014.
Boca Raton attorney Stephen Beiner has developed Pet Trusts locally so no pet gets left behind. Each year, more than 500,000 dogs are euthanized because their owners can't care for them any longer or have died leaving behind no legal plan to establish a caretaker for their pets. When setting up a Pet Trust, Beiner's goal is for the pet to live as close to the same lifestyle as possible as when its owner was alive and able to care for it. If an individual caregiver can't be found to care for a pet in a Pet Trust, Beiner can also make arrangements with local kennels to look after the pet if the owner is deceased. "Every time I do a Pet Trust, I feel good because I know another animal is being saved and their future is secure," Beiner said.


JUDGE LAMBERT MOVING TO COURT OF APPEAL -- Ocala Star Banner,, June 4, 2014.
On May 18, Circuit Judge Brian Lambert learned that he had been selected as the newest member of the 5th District Court of Appeal, filling the seat vacated by retiring Judge Jacqueline R. Griffin. Marion County Bar Association members met at the courthouse on Tuesday [June 2] to say goodbye and honor a judge who gave 14 years of service to the community. During that time, Lambert presided over every docket except for delinquency and dependency, most recently overseeing felony, mortgage foreclosure and guardianship and adult protective services cases. Since being appointed to the circuit bench in 2000 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush, Lambert has made his mark on the community and judiciary. Those who work with Lambert describe a man who works long hours inside the courthouse and outside, taking work home with him that he couldn't finish before the day ended. Assistant State Attorney Pete Brigham said he believes the judge will be successful in his new position because he already conducts his courtroom much like the appellate court.

Judge John C. Murphy, the Brevard County judge who reportedly punched an attorney during a courtroom confrontation, will take a temporary paid leave of absence until further notice and seek anger management counseling. The Judicial Qualifications Commission could not confirm whether it was investigating Judge Murphy's role in the incident. Chief Judge John Harris released a statement Tuesday [June 3] to assure the public that the incident "is not something that will ever be tolerated in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit . . . This isolated event in no way reflects the typical manner that courtrooms in Brevard and Seminole Counties are managed by the hardworking and conscientious judges in this circuit."


Florida State University’s quest for a new president changed dramatically Saturday [May 31] when Ricky Polston, chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court and an FSU alum, announced he was a candidate. The search had been placed on hold May 21 by search committee chair and Trustee Ed Burr, who said then the committee could decide one way or the other on powerful state Sen. John Thrasher’s candidacy. Burr on Tuesday [June 3] reopened the search and notified the 27-member committee that the June 11 meeting, previously set to be an interview with Thrasher, will instead be a regular meeting of the committee as it works to set a deadline for closing the application process. Burr told the Democrat that Polston’s candidacy did change the search.

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[Revised: 06-05-2014]