Daily News Summary
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.
Sept. 3, 2013
--The Florida Bar--
SOUTH FLORIDA 100: EUGENE PETTIS, PRESIDENT, THE FLORIDA BAR -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, Sept. 1, 2013.
Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis' contributions to the Sun-Sentinel's South Florida 100, a forum of "interesting, informed and influential leaders" from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Every week, the Sun-Sentinel asks their participants to weigh in on current events.
28 ATTORNEYS IN SOUTH FLORIDA GET BOARD CERTIFICATION -- South Florida Business Journal (requires subscription), http://www.bizjournals.com, Aug. 31, 2013.
The Florida Bar announced that 28 local attorneys received board certification in their area of expertise. They were among 94 statewide who received certification recently. Nine were from Fort Lauderdale. According to a news release from the Bar, Florida offers 24 specialty areas for board certification, more than any other state. Of the lawyers eligible to practice law in Florida, 6 percent -- more than 4,600 Florida lawyers -- have earned board certification.
LAWYERS 'JOIN HANDS' FOR STUDENTS -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Aug. 31, 2013.
The Miami-Dade Justice Association and the Dade County Defense Bar Association have teamed up with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beth Bloom to help students in need. "Lawyers Join Hands for Students" will assist students and teachers throughout Miami-Dade County with needed school supplies. Bloom recognized that many supplies are submitted to judges for use at hearings, yet few attorneys request that the materials be returned. Bloom suggested the partnership, and collection bins are now available in the clerk's office and the Dade County Law Library at the Dade County Courthouse for lawyers to drop off supplies.
FLORIDA 12TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT'S NEW STATE ATTORNEY KEEPING CAMPAIGN VOWS -- Bradenton Herald, Editorial, http://www.bradenton.com, Aug. 31, 2013.
A Herald editorial praises 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Ed Brodsky for keeping pledges made during his campaign to continue to attack gangs, career criminals and violent lawbreakers, exploitation of the elderly and white collar crime, as well as animal cruelty cases. He created three teams of prosecution units to focus on specialities for violent offenses, white collar crime and animal cruelty. The editorial notes that "in the Herald's editorial endorsement of his candidacy last fall, we found favor in Brodsky's deep experience as a career prosecutor and his two decades in this judicial district. We're pleased the new state attorney is living up to his promises and our hopes."
CHARLES E. WILLIAMS: BOOKER HIGH GETS A LAW ACADEMY -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Column, http://www.heraldtribune.com, Sept. 2, 2013.
Charles E. Williams, a circuit court judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit, praises Dr. Rachel Shelley, principal of Booker High School, along with her faculty and staff, for bringing the Booker High School Law Academy Mock Courtroom to Sarasota and the community. Williams writes that he has vested interest in the long-term success of the Booker High School Law Academy. The magnet program is open to all students in Sarasota County and it gives high school students the unique opportunity to explore careers related to the law. Williams applauds a $8,000 contribution from the Sarasota County Bar Association and a Florida Bar Pipeline Project grant that have been used to help jump-start the program.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 19 ATTORNEYS -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.flabar.org, Aug. 30, 2013. [Also: FLORIDA BAR SUSPENDS FORT MYERS ATTORNEY -- Fort Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com, Aug. 31, 2012; FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 19 LAWYERS, INCLUDING ONE LAKELAND WOMAN -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, Aug. 31, 2013; 3 WINTER PARK LAWYERS DISCIPLINED BY STATE -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Aug. 31, 2013; FLORIDA BAR DISCIPLINES 8 SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEYS; THREE LICENSES REVOKED -- South Florida Business Journal (requires subscription), http://www.bizjournals.com, Aug. 31, 2013.]
The Florida Bar, the state's guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 19 attorneys, disbarring two, revoking the licenses of seven, suspending eight and publicly reprimanding two. Two attorneys received more than one form of discipline. One was placed on probation and both were ordered to pay restitution.
TWO BROWARD LAWYERS CHARGED IN SCOTT ROTHSTEIN PONZI SCHEME -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Aug. 30, 2013. [Also: FEDS: ATTORNEY FOR EX-HEAD OF BOYNTON BEACH CRA CONNECTED TO CONVICTED PONZI SCHEMER ROTHSTEIN -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, Aug. 31, 2013; TWO ATTORNEYS INDICTED IN SCOTT ROTHSTEIN CASE -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, Aug. 31, 2013; TWO BROWARD ATTORNEYS CHARGED IN ROTHSTEIN SCHEME -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Sept. 3, 2013.]
Federal prosecutors charged two Broward County attorneys with participating in Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. The two defendants, Christina M. Kitterman, who worked in Rothstein's Fort Lauderdale law firm, and Douglas L. Bates, a Plantation lawyer, were arrested on fraud charges. According to separate indictments, Kitterman and Bates were busted for playing fictional roles as lawyers to help Rothstein with his investment scam. When Rothstein's investors complained about his failure to pay them in April 2009, he falsely informed them that he was under investigation by The Florida Bar and that their investment trust accounts had been frozen. To dodge them, Rothstein asked Kitterman to pose as the head of The Florida Bar's Fort Lauderdale office. Bates played multiple roles for Rothstein, according to his indictment.
A COURT TO GIVE JUVENILES A CHANCE -- Tampa Bay Times, Column, http://www.tampabay.com, Aug. 30, 2013.
Times columnist Sue Carlton writes about boutique courts, which "immerse the judge, lawyers and staff in the nuances particular to an issue . . . This can lead to consistency and efficiency in court," in light of Hillsborough County considering an especially serious such court for teenagers charged as adults. Carlton asserts that "the scrutiny of a single, specialized court could mean the difference between turning around a kid who can be turned around, or sending him off into a system where there is little hope of it."
JACKSONVILLE-AREA LAWYERS, JUDGES SEEK FEDERAL JUDGESHIP, U.S. ATTORNEY OPENINGS -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, Aug. 31, 2013.
Several local judges and lawyers are among those seeking an appointment as a federal judge for the Middle District of Florida and one for U.S. attorney. Circuit Judges Virginia Norton and Waddell Wallace in Jacksonville, Circuit Judge Carlos Mendoza in Palatka and Jacksonville-based U.S. Magistrate Judges Monte Richardson and James Klindt are among 14 applicants for the district judge vacancy. Jacksonville attorney Bryan Gowdy also is a candidate. The Judicial Nominating Commission also is considering four applicants to replace the district’s former U.S. attorney, Robert O’Neill. One is Curry Pajcic, a Jacksonville attorney. They will all be interviewed by the commission in Orlando on Sept. 10.
CIVIC-MINDED LAWYER EMIL 'MARK' MARQUARDT DIES AT 72 -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Aug. 30, 2013.
A profile of attorney Emil C. "Mark" Marquardt Jr., who passed away on Aug. 17. He served as president of the Florida Academy of Hospital Attorneys, chairman of the Pinellas County Health Facilities Authority and on a governor's task force on medical malpractice. He served as a Judge Advocate General in the Air Force, then joined a Clearwater firm in 1968. By 1973 he had made partner in McMullen, Everett, Logan, Marquardt and Cline, which later merged with Macfarlane Ferguson of Tampa.