Daily News Summary
An electronic digest of media coverage of interest to members of The Florida Bar compiled each workday by the Public Information and Bar Services Department. Electronic links are only active in today's edition. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.
February 21, 2013
BARTOW LAWYER FROST DONATES $1 MILLION TO FSU COLLEGE OF LAW -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, Feb. 21. 2013.
John W. Frost II . . . cares about Florida State University's College of Law so much, he's provided it with several large donations, including a recent million-dollar gift. Thanks to the donations John Frost has made to the Florida State University College of Law, a courtroom will now bear his name in the FSU law school's Advocacy Center. The Bartow lawyer was part of the first graduating class of FSU's law school in 1968 and has a fond attachment. Don Weidner, dean of the FSU law school, expressed thanks to Frost. "As a member of our charter class, John was our first president of The Florida Bar, our first alumnus to be a major donor, and now is the first to sponsor a courtroom in our new Advocacy Center," he said in a statement.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
EMAILS DETAIL CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NCAA, SHAPIRO'S ATTORNEY -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Feb. 21, 2013.
Email exchanges between the NCAA and Coral Gables attorney Maria Elena Perez show they squabbled over money and found ways around the association's legal objections to paying her. The emails were released along with the NCAA's investigation of itself after it found improper conduct with its own probe of the University of Miami's dealings with Perez's imprisoned client, Miami Beach Ponzi schemer and UM booster Nevin Shapiro. She is under investigation by The Florida Bar for a possible conflict of interest for representing Shapiro as well as the body that was investigating his alleged wrongdoing at the school.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
A FOOL FOR A CLIENT: 7 WHO ACTED AS THEIR OWN ATTORNEY -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Feb. 21, 2013.
This week in a Pinellas courtroom, convicted rapist William Chad Routenberg is representing himself at his murder trial. Routenberg has no legal experience and has been preparing to defend himself for six days. He fired his attorney late last week. This prompted researchers at the Times to find some other cases of defendants in serious trials who decided to represent themselves. Here are those cases in which the defendant acted as their own attorney, also known as pro se, a Latin term that means "for oneself" or "on one's own behalf."
U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING AFFECTS MANY IMMIGRANT CONVICTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Feb. 21, 2013.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday [Feb. 20] shuts the door on appeals for hundreds of Floridians convicted in the past of crimes for which they could be deported. The high court, in Chaidez v. United States, ruled that immigrants convicted of certain crimes before 2010 cannot appeal their cases if their criminal defense lawyer did not properly warn them of deportation. South Florida defense attorneys greeted Wednesday's ruling with dismay. The issue of retroactivity had been particularly vexing in immigrant-rich South Florida, and several Miami cases had made their way through the appellate courts.
CHARLES WARWICK, FORMER TOWN COUNCIL MEMBER, DIES -- Palm Beach Daily News, http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com, Feb. 21, 2013.
Charles Henry “Bud” Warwick III, a Palm Beach resident and former town council member, died Monday [Feb. 18] following an extended illness. He was 88. Mr. Warwick practiced law in West Palm Beach and then in Palm Beach for 61 years, until his retirement in 2011. He was primarily an estates and trust attorney. Mr. Warwick was a past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.