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Aug. 23, 2013
ORDER IN THE COURT: WOMEN BALANCE PASSION FOR LAW AND DEVOTION TO FAMILY -- Pensacola News Journal, http://www.pnj.com, Aug. 23, 2013.
The News Journal features the profiles of several local women lawyers who are raising the bar in their profession and celebrates their accomplishments and commitments. Profiled are Bridgette Jensen, assistant state attorney; Angel Stull-James, who practices in the area of pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts at a Pensacola firm; Tiffany Taylor Woodward, an attorney with a practice devoted to family law cases; and Jessica Lyublanovits, clerk of court for the Northern District of Florida. They strive to find balance between a rigorous work schedule and the needs of their families and personal lives.
COOLEY LAW SCHOOL BEGINS FIFTH TERM AT TAMPA BAY CAMPUS -- Bloomingdale Patch, http://bloomingdale.patch.com, Aug. 23, 2013.
In May 2012, Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus welcomed its first class of students. Its fifth class will begin their law school careers in September. Beginning next month, Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus will have approximately 370 students, 16 full-time faculty, 13 part-time faculty and 20 support staff. Recent appointments to the school’s administrative and teaching ranks include Ronald Sutton, who will serve as the school’s assistant dean, and new adjunct faculty members — 13th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Sabella and Marshall Deason Jr., a partner with Tampa Bay Business Law.
JUDGE OFFERS EVIDENCE OF WATER DAMAGE AT FEDERAL COURTHOUSE IN MIAMI -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, Aug. 23, 2013.
U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas conducted a tour of the federal courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale for Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel to show how rain has ravaged the leaky building: plaster walls were peeling; wastepaper baskets were poised to capture drips from sagging ceilings; water-damaged wall panels were missing; carpets were rotted; and dehumidifiers strained to banish lingering moisture. There's a consensus on what needs to be done but not on the source of funding, as it is unlikely that the federal government would fund a new facility. For Seiler, the solution is a public-private partnership, where a developer could build the courthouse and lease space back to the government for a profit. Discussions are ongoing.
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FORT LAUDERDALE FIRM SETTLES SUIT CLAIMING DEBT-COLLECTION VIOLATIONS -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Aug. 23, 2013.
The former Law Office of Marshall C. Watson has agreed to an $85,000 settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging debt collection violations in foreclosure cases, according to an agreement filed Aug. 15 with U.S. Judge Jose E. Martinez in Miami. No fairness hearing has been set. Hallandale Beach solo attorney Scott Owens filed the suit on behalf of 10,000 to 15,000 Floridians. Watson's Fort Lauderdale foreclosure firm was closed in December under a Florida Bar order. It has reconstituted as Choice Legal Group.
FRIENDS, FAMILY MOURN PIONEER IN REAL ESTATE LAW -- Fort Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com, Aug. 23, 2013.
The News-Press profiles Richard Dearborn DeBoest, 81, who died Aug. 8. As an attorney practicing in Fort Myers, DeBoest wrote Southwest Florida's first legal documents for condominiums in the 1960s, and helped form the state's condominium laws. Richard DeBoest's son, Richard DeBoest II, said his father inspired him to become an attorney.