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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.

Dec. 18, 2013

--The Florida Bar--

RAMÓN A. ABADIN OF MIAMI IS FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT-ELECT DESIGNATE -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, Dec. 17, 2013. [Also: RAMON A. ABADIN BECOMES THE FLORIDA BAR'S PRESIDENT-ELECT DESIGNATE -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Dec. 18, 2013; RAMON A. ABADIN NAMED FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT-ELECT DESIGNATE, TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT IN MID-2015 -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Dec. 18, 2013; MIAMI ATTORNEY NAMED FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT-ELECT -- South Florida Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com, Dec. 17, 2013.]
Miami attorney Ramón A. Abadin has been certified as The Florida Bar’s president-elect designate. He will be sworn in as president-elect at the Bar’s Annual Convention in June 2014 when Gregory W. Coleman of West Palm Beach becomes president. Abadin will become Florida Bar president in June 2015. He was unopposed in the election. Abadin is a partner in Sedgwick LLP’s Miami office where he focuses on complex commercial, insurance and corporate litigation matters as well as specialty tort defense litigation and premises liability. 

--Legal Profession--

JEFF ASHTON RETURNS TO CASEY ANTHONY COURTROOM FOR FIRST TRIAL AS STATE ATTORNEY -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Dec. 17, 2013.
For the first time since the Casey Anthony case made him a household name in 2011, Jeff Ashton was back in an Orange County courtroom on Monday [Dec. 16] representing the state in a first-degree murder trial. The case against 24-year-old accused killer Gangapersad Ramroop is the first Ashton has personally taken to trial since he took office as Orange-Osceola State Attorney in January. It's also Ashton's first trial as a prosecutor since Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee. Ashton, then an assistant state attorney, retired days after the Anthony verdict in July 2011. He wrote a book about the case, and last year ran for and was elected state attorney.

--Judiciary--

RICK SCOTT APPOINTS NEW JUDGE TO PINELLAS-PASCO COUNTY -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Dec. 18, 2013.
Gov. Rick Scott appointed Sherwood S. "Flip" Coleman to a judgeship on the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court on Tuesday [Dec. 17, 2013. Coleman, 44, of Clearwater, has practiced law since 1994. He has served as an assistant state attorney and was partner with Kwall, Showers, and Barack. Since 2007, Coleman has served as associate general counsel for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Coleman received his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Florida. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge W. Lowell Bray.

NEW JUDGE APPOINTED TO BREVARD COUNTY COURT -- Florida Today, http://www.floridatoday.com, Dec. 17, 2013.
David Koenig was appointed to the Brevard County Court today [Dec. 17], filling the opening created when Judge Kelly J. McKibben was appointed to the Circuit Court, according to a release from the office of Gov. Rick Scott. Koenig, 50, has been an assistant state attorney in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit since 1990. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the juvenile division chief. Since 2005, he has been the prosecutor responsible for making charging decisions in child abuse and sex crime cases.

--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--

VOLUSIA SCHOOLS ATTORNEY TED DORAN TO BEGIN FLORIDA BAR SUSPENSION -- Daytona Beach News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com, Dec. 18, 2013.
Daytona Beach lawyer Ted Doran, the high-profile Volusia County Schools attorney and former candidate for Volusia County chair, will begin serving a 60-day Florida Bar suspension Wednesday [Dec. 18], according to a filing with the Florida Supreme Court. The suspension is punishment for a series of Bar violations, including one dating back to 2006, that Doran admitted to in October. He will be automatically reinstated after the suspension. The 2006 complaint involved a bitter divorce case in which Doran obtained a confidential document and used it for an advantage.

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[Revised: 12-19-2013]