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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. 31, 2013

--The Florida Bar--

ABADIN 'HUMBLED AND OVERWHELMED' FOR HIS CHANCE TO LEAD STATE BAR -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, Dec. 30, 2013.
By Jan Pudlow, senior editor of The Florida Bar News. In 1961, when Ramón "Ray" Abadin III was 2 years old, his father left his law practice and his mother said goodbye to her beloved home in Cuba. They packed a suitcase and the trio boarded a plane for the United States and never went back, leaving behind everything they knew. Fifty-two years later, Abadin, a partner at Sedgwick LLP's Miami office, reflects on coming to America as a toddler, and carrying on a love for the rule of law instilled by his father, Ramón Abadin Jr. "Living the immigrant experience" is a big part of Abadin's answer when asked why he wants to be president of The Florida Bar, a career milestone that will become a reality in June 2015.

--Legal Profession--

FAMILY LAW IS SENIOR ATTORNEY'S PASSION -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, Dec. 30, 2013.
Career spotlight featuring Christopher W. Rumbold, 38, a senior attorney at Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., who was appointed vice chair of the legislation committee of The Florida Bar Family Law Section and elected to its executive council. "Nothing in society is as sacrosanct as the family. Family is what and who we are. The preservation and protection of the family, in its infinite forms, should be a concern for everyone. Both committees provide an opportunity and avenue to directly shape the law and section, thereby presenting the opportunity to improve it." His top goal this year is "promoting alimony reform that effectively couples predictability and consistency with sufficient judicial discretion to protect against a "one size fits all" approach to Florida's families. "

JOHN HOWE, ATTORNEY AND PRESIDENT OF THE PALM BEACH BAR ASSOCIATION -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, Dec. 31, 2013.
Interview with John Howe, former president of the Palm Beach Bar Association. When asked about the activities of the bar association, he responded, "people don't realize all that the bar does within the legal community and the community at large. One example is that the bar formed the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion in 2007. It deals with all kinds of issues: race, gender and sexual orientation issues as it pertains to the legal community." Among the highlights of his tenure as immediate past president: "the thing I was most proud of was that we actually moved into our new building and meeting facility on my watch. For more than 20 years, it was one of the most significant goals of the bar association — to have its own home . . . What was unexpected was the total embrace from the legal community, and particularly from the African-American community."

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS THAT FLORIDA LAWYERS SHOULD CONSIDER -- Tampa Tribune, Column, http://www.tbo.com, Dec. 31, 2013.
Column by Catherine Peek McEwen, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa and the chairwoman of the 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. "Justice, as you know, is not guaranteed to all who seek to enter the halls of justice, which you frequently call home. Many face court actions without representation and often lose their cases. Today I ask if you will consider taking just one [pro bono] case a year, at least. That simple challenge echoes the theme of the Florida Supreme Courts pro bono ONE campaign: One client, one attorney, one promise . . . With the coming of a new year and the list of resolutions that goes with that turn of the page in the calendar, Florida lawyers should add the word ONE to their lists. And then take at least one pro bono case in 2014."

--Tech Tip Tuesday--

ASK YOUR SMARTPHONE TO CALCULATE A DATE -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, Dec. 31, 2013.
For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.

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