Daily News Summary
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March 25, 2014
--The Florida Bar--
GLOVER IN LINE TO LEAD THE YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, April 1, 2014.
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division recently elected Gordon Glover of Ocala president of the YLD for 2015. Glover will take over the reins as president-elect in July, under the leadership of President Michael Fox Orr. Glover said a desire to support Florida’s young lawyers inspired him to run for the position. During his year as president-elect, Glover plans to “meet and speak with as many young lawyers throughout the state as possible in order to learn more about their needs and the current issues facing today’s young lawyer.” As president, Glover said meeting the needs of young lawyers transitioning from law school to practicing law will be his top priority.
PRO SE BANKRUPTCY CLINIC HAS BEGUN -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, March 24, 2014.
The Pro Se Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic launched March 12 at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse in Jacksonville. The clinic is a collaboration of the Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and Three Rivers Legal Services. Pro se bankruptcy filers are encouraged to attend the clinic to meet one-to-one with a practicing bankruptcy attorney to ask questions and receive brief legal guidance. No appointment is needed. Experienced bankruptcy attorneys who would like to participate in the program are encouraged to contact Kathy Para at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANAGING STUDENT LOAN DEBT NEW FOCUS FOR WEST PALM BEACH LAWYER -- Palm Beach Post (requires subscription), http://www.pbpost.com, March 25, 2014.
During the past few years, West Palm Beach attorney Paul Krasker began noticing a common theme: Many clients were saddled with enormous amounts of student loan debt. Krasker has developed a service to help people make use of new federal laws allowing for student loan debt restructuring. Using new federal programs, borrowers with government-backed student loans can lower their monthly payments, and in certain circumstances, even have their loans reduced or forgiven. Krasker said the programs are poorly advertised, so that is why he established the Student Loan Department at his firm. The programs are available to borrowers who are current on their loans, as well as those who have already defaulted on their loans. Krasker said he has hired a specialist trained to assist clients with consultation, application, and tracking to participate in the loan program.
POLK COUNTY JUDGE BOB GRODE WANTS PLAINTIFFS TO HAVE A FAIR HEARING -- The Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, March 24, 2014.
Profile of Polk County Judge Bob Grode. In 2012, Grode told his wife that he wanted to run for an open Polk County judge position, and she was supportive. He went on to win the race with 60 percent of the vote and took the bench in January 2013. Grode is board certified by The Florida Bar in civil trial law. His current assignment is in the Lakeland branch courthouse, where he oversees everything from criminal to small claims cases. "Everybody who walks into that courtroom deserves to be treated a certain way," he said. "That's the reason that we exist. Those people coming in should not be thought of as an annoyance or hindrance to your day. That's the reason for your day."
TAMPA LAWYER KIM VANCE APPOINTED JUDGE -- Tampa Bay Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com, March 24, 2014.
Gov. Rick Scott named Kim Hernandez Vance to the Hillsborough County Court bench. A Tampa native, she is a commercial litigator, a partner at GrayRobinson PA and began her legal career at another area firm in 1997. She is one of 34 candidates who applied to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James V. Dominguez. Her appointment coincides with The Florida Bar’s campaign to boost diversity in the judiciary, which has led to the creation of a special task force to address concerns about the lack of minorities on the bench.
FEUER, GOODMAN TROT OUT TEAMS OF ENDORSEMENTS ON PALM BEACH COUNTY JUDICIAL RACE -- Palm Beach Post (requires subscription), http://www.pbpost.com, March 24, 2014.
Surrogates and endorsements take on heightened importance in contests like the four-candidate campaign for the open seat of retiring Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Lucy Chernow Brown. Under the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct, a candidate for judge can’t solicit campaign contributions, but can designate a “committee of responsible persons” to do so. Judicial candidates are also barred from attending political party functions unless they are non-fundraising events in which all the other candidates in the race are invited. Two attorneys in the nonpartisan race — Samantha Schosberg Feuer and Jaimie Goodman — have publicized teams of big-name supporters.
TWO ORLANDO JUDGES ON SHORT LIST FOR DAYTONA APPEALS COURT -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, March 25, 2014.
Two state circuit judges who work in Orlando and the chief judge of the Brevard-Seminole circuit are among the six finalists for a spot on the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Gov. Rick Scott will choose which one will succeed the retiring Jacqueline Griffin. The finalists are Orlando judges Lisa Munyon and Heather Pinder Rodriguez; John M. Harris, chief judge in Seminole-Brevard; Terence R. Perkins, chief judge of the circuit that includes Volusia; Circuit Judge Brian Lambert of Ocala; and Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy.
MEASURE WOULD REPLACE THE MED MAL TORT SYSTEM -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, April 1, 2014.
A bill proposed by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Ocala, would have medical malpractice injury and wrongful death claims handled by an administrative law system rather than the tort system. Doctors and insurers expressed skepticism about the proposal. Brodeur said the current malpractice system costs too much in premiums for doctors, pays too little to “patients who suffer avoidable medical harm,” and encourages the practice of defensive medicine, which wastes billions of dollars in resources. HB 739 would set up an administrative system in which claims would be reviewed by administrative boards of doctors who are experts in the medical fields involved. The findings and awards of those boards could be appealed to administrative law judges and then to the First District Court of Appeal.
LARRY HELM SPALDING -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, March 24, 2014.
Larry Helm Spalding, 70, died in Tallahassee on March 22. He was engaged in the private practice of law briefly in Nashville, Tennessee, before relocating to Sarasota, where he became a partner in the law firm of Lewis & Spalding. In 1985, he was appointed by former Governor Bob Graham to head the Office of Capital Collateral Representative. He was subsequently appointed to a second four-year term by former Governor Bob Martinez. Spalding concluded his legal career as a public interest lawyer and lobbyist.
--Tech Tip Tuesday--
FIVE USEFUL PRO OUTLOOK E-MAIL TIPS -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, March 25, 2014.
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