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Jan. 6, 2014

--Legal Profession--


FAIRNESS AND THE FLORIDA BAR -- Tampa Bay Times, editorial, http://www.tampabay.com , Jan. 4, 2014. [Also: ASPIRING FLORIDA LAWYER CHEERS AS CALIFORNIA GRANTS LAW LICENSE TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com , Jan. 5, 2014; SHOULD FLORIDA ALLOW AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT TO PRACTICE LAW? -- Palm Beach Post, editorial, http://www.pbpost.com , Jan. 5, 2014.]
The editorial states: "A California Supreme Court ruling last week finally gave Sergio Garcia the law license he had already earned. Garcia is undocumented, having come to the country illegally with his parents. He paid his way through college and law school, and he passed the California Bar. Still, it took a determination by the state’s highest court to let him practice law. Now the Florida Supreme Court should follow suit to resolve a similar situation. Florida's Jose Godinez-Samperio has waited more than a year for the court to issue an advisory opinion on whether an undocumented alien is eligible for admission to the state Bar. The way is clear for the justices to rule in favor of fairness. . .Today, Godinez-Samperio works as a paralegal at Gulf Coast Legal Services in Clearwater awaiting a decision that would allow him to enter the profession he trained for. Foreign citizens may obtain admission to The Florida Bar, but so far undocumented aliens whose schooling Florida taxpayers have invested in cannot. The Florida Supreme Court should correct this injustice and reward the hard work of Godinez-Samperio and others like him."

LAW FIRMS PREDICT INCREASE IN REAL ESTATE, TRANSACTIONAL WORK IN 2014 -- Daily Business Review (requires login), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , Jan. 6, 2014.
As the economy improves -- particularly in South Florida -- law firm managers predict a welcome uptick in real estate and transactional work in 2014. Additionally, Miami law firm managers are expecting another burgeoning practice area this year: international arbitrations, which are starting to arrive in Miami in strong numbers. That's the good news. On the down side, firms universally are preparing for a slide in bankruptcy work this year.

BUSINESS PEOPLE -- Sarasota Herald-Tribue, http://www.heraldtribune.com , Jan. 6, 2014.
The Sarasota County Bar Association recently installed its new officers and directors for 2013-14. They are: Kevin Bruning, president; Douglas Cherry, president-elect; Hunter Carroll, secretary; E. Keith DuBose, treasurer; Alyssa Nohren, immediate past president; Jessica Carroll, Nancy Cason, W. Andrew Clayton Jr. Sheryl Edwards, Mark Flaherty, Cindy Hill Ford, Jason Lessinger, Scott Petersen and Tonya Willis Pitts, directors. Jennifer Grosso was installed as president of the Young Lawyers Division. Elected officers of the division are: Nishit Patel, president-elect; Drew Solnoki, secretary; Adam Portnow, treasurer; and Lindsey Meshberger, immediate past president.

--Judiciary--

18 APPLY FOR OPENING ON BROWARD CIRCUIT BENCH -- Daily Business Review (requires login), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , Jan. 6, 2014.
Of the 18 applicants vying to fill a judicial seat being vacated by Broward Circuit Judge Eileen O'Connor, the candidates are split evenly between the private sector and government agencies. The 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission released the list of applicants Friday [Jan. 3] afternoon. The commission will hold a telephonic meeting Monday [Jan. 6] to consider the candidates.

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[Revised: 01-07-2014]