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Dec. 30, 2013

--The Florida Bar--

More information about grievance cases nearing conclusion will be posted on the Bar’s website following approval by the Bar Board of Governors of recommendations from the Communications Committee. The board acted at its Dec. 16 meeting in Fort Lauderdale. The changes will result in public information being posted on member profile pages on the Bar’s website when a consent judgment or referee’s report with a finding of guilt in a grievance case is filed with the Supreme Court. They will also make more information from those grievances and those in which the Supreme Court has taken final action available online. When a consent judgment or referee’s report with a finding of guilt is filed with the Supreme Court, a Bar member’s status on the Bar’s website will be changed from “Member in Good Standing” to “Member in Good Standing/Disciplinary Proceeding Pending.” 


HUBERT GRIMES, VOLUSIA'S FIRST BLACK JURIST, TO RETIRE -- Daytona Beach News-Journal,, Dec. 29, 2013.
Profile of Circuit Judge Hubert L. Grimes, the only black circuit judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit. The 60-year-old circuit judge will retire from the bench at the end of January. Grimes became the circuit’s and Volusia County’s first black judge when he was elected in 1988 to the county bench and served at the courthouse annex in Daytona Beach. Grimes said that he wanted to set an example for other blacks when he became a judge and added there are plenty of African-Americans qualified and capable of becoming a circuit judge. He said diversity is needed so people keep the faith in the justice system.

--Legal Profession--

BOCA LAWYER RACES TO MAKE OTHERS AWARE OF BREAST CANCER -- Palm Beach Post (requires subscription),, Dec. 30, 2013.
Stacey Mullins is a matrimonial lawyer at Shuttler & Greenberg law firm in Boca Raton. She’s also a dedicated runner. Now this busy woman is running a race to spread the message that early detection of breast cancer saves lives. The journey began following the 2010 death of Mullins’ mother, Sandy Zabinsky, from the disease. In 2012, Mullins established the EBC Foundation in her honor. The foundation sponsors a 5K run each October. The first run last year was at John Prince Park in Lake Worth and featured some 650 runners. This past October, the run had 1,000 participants. This year, about $15,000 so far has been collected for the South Florida affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where she is on the board of directors. Mullins still is expecting to collect another $10,000. Despite efforts to move past her mother’s death, Mullins remains surrounded by the tragedy of the disease: Last month her law partner, Susan Greenberg, died of breast cancer.


MARK WILLIAM AHLBRAND (1955-2013) - Fort Myers News-Press,, Dec. 29, 2013.
Mark William Ahlbrand, 58, of Naples, passed away on Dec. 24. He graduated from Valparaiso Law School in 1979. He attended the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., as a commissioned officer in the JAG Corp, U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Jacksonville. Upon leaving the Navy, Ahlbrand worked as assistant state attorney for Lee County, and later worked in private practice in Fort Myers as a defense attorney. 

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[Revised: 12-31-2013]