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Aug. 14, 2013

--Legal Profession--

GREENBERG TRAURIG HIKES PAY FOR FIRST-YEAR ASSOCIATES TO $145,000 -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription),, Aug. 13, 2013.
Greenberg Traurig has bumped up pay for its first-year associates in Miami and Fort Lauderdale 16 percent from $125,000 to $145,000. When the legal job market and economy were good in the mid-2000s, large law firms began offering record first-year associate salaries, which traditionally were matched by other firms, but since the recession, few law firms have raised first-year salaries, and some have even cut them. It's unclear if other law firms will follow Greenberg's lead. Some legal observers questioned the move by Greenberg and speculated on the motivation, as attorneys are job hunting in a saturated market. Others pointed out the competitive environment to get first-tier associates. The move could signal an upswing in the South Florida economy, where billion-dollar deals are returning.

SARASOTA LAWYERS RECOGNIZE INTERNS -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune,, Aug. 13, 2013.
The Sarasota County Bar Association's Diversity Committee honored Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship interns Dena Daniels, Jamie Pasquali and Sara Calabrese at a recent luncheon. Scholarship recipients receive 10 weeks of on-the-job experience as summer employees at private law firms and governmental and judicial agencies with the goal of returning to Sarasota to live and work upon graduation. At the conclusion of the internship, the students receive $4,000 awarded to their law school to further their education. The scholarship initiative is a collaborative effort of the bar association and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

--Civil Justice Issues--

LIKELY LABOR REGS WOULD AID VETS, DISABLED, UNIONS -- Florida Times-Union,, Aug. 14, 2013.
The U.S. Labor Department is expected to unleash a flurry of long-awaited regulations that would help boost employment for veterans and the disabled, increase wages for home health care workers and set new limits for workplace exposure to dangerous silica dust. Other, more controversial rules and actions could help labor unions in organizing campaigns and allow union officials to take part in safety inspections at nonunion companies. In many cases, the pending rules have languished, stalled by election-year politics and the delay in installing Thomas Perez as labor secretary. One rule triggering strong opposition would require employers to disclose the attorneys and consultants they hire to advise them during union organizing drives, even if the consultants have no direct contact with workers.

--Criminal Justice Issues--

BIG CHANGE IN 'WAR ON DRUGS' COMES SUDDENLY -- Miami Herald, Column,, Aug. 14, 2013. [Also: EDITORIAL: TOWARD A BETTER DRUG POLICY -- Tampa Bay Times, Editorial,, Aug. 14, 2013; SMARTER SENTENCING -- Panama City News Herald, Editorial,, Aug. 14, 2013.]
In a speech before an American Bar Association conference, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that federal prosecutors will no longer charge nonviolent, low-level drug offenders with offenses that fall under mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Leonard Pitts Jr. applauds the announcement in a column for the Miami Herald and hopes that the new measures will allow authorities to "stop using criminal-justice tools to solve a public health problem." A Times editorial asserts that "Holder's shift reflects a growing bipartisan consensus that America's overemphasis on prison time is too costly on many fronts," noting that the reforms are refreshing but they should have been implemented long ago. The News Herald calls it "a much-needed shift in federal policy" but points out problems with Holder's approach, "starting with the fact it appears he is instructing prosecutors to withhold from courts evidence of the amount of drugs the defendant possessed . . . It threatens to stretch prosecutorial discretion into disrespect."

Miami killer Marshall Lee Gore will be executed Sept. 10, Florida's governor said Tuesday [Aug. 13], hours after the Florida Supreme Court denied a last-ditch appeal. The court's decision agreed with a Bradford judge who ruled that Gore was faking his mental illness, which included wild claims that the state was harvesting his organs and his eyes were to be given to the son of an unnamed senator. Gore was convicted and sent to Death Row for the 1988 slaying of Lauderhill's Robyn Novick and Tennessee college student Susan Marie Roark. Gore is notorious for his outrageous courtroom outbursts during his trials.


KATHLEEN ANN MCCARTHY BISHOP (1966-2013) -- Tallahassee Democrat,, Aug. 19, 2013.
Kathleen Ann McCarthy Bishop, 47, of Tallahassee, passed away Monday, Aug. 12. Bishop graduated in 1988 from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Pre-law, and then graduated in 1991 with her Juris Doctorate degree from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. She practiced at Bishop Law firm until 2006 when she joined The Florida Bar as ethics counsel.

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[Revised: 08-15-2013]