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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.

November 16, 2012

--Legal Profession--


STETSON NAMES SIX TO LAW SCHOOL HALL OF FAME -- Tampa Bay Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com , Nov. 16, 2012.
The article names six lawyers that were inducted into the Stetson Law School Hall of Fame.

RETIRING COUNTY ATTORNEY STEPS DOWN AFTER 28 YEARS -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com , Nov. 16, 2012.
Last week, Attorney Donald Odom celebrated his retirement from Hillsborough County after 28 years of dedicated service. His retirement was celebrated with a going away party attended by his family, friends, and co-workers.

--Judiciary--

PRESIDENT NOMINATES GAY, BLACK MIAMI-DADE JUDGE FOR FEDERAL BENCH OPENING -- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , Nov. 16, 2012.
Fort Pierce is on the verge of getting its first permanent sitting federal judge. President Obama nominated Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William L. Thomas to the federal bench in the Southern District of Florida. If confirmed, Thomas will be assigned to the new federal courthouse in Fort Pierce, Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno told the Daily Business Review. Thomas will also be the first gay black man on the federal bench.

INCOMING BROWARD JUDGE FACES ETHICS INVESTIGATION -- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , Nov. 16, 2012.
The Florida Bar has made a finding of probable cause against Broward Circuit Judge-elect Laura M. Watson for her role in an unjust enrichment lawsuit. Watson, a solo practitioner in Fort Lauderdale, was one of several personal injury protection attorneys at several law firms who coordinated a class action lawsuit more than a decade ago against Progressive Insurance. The suit alleged improper denial of benefits. When Watson is sworn in to the 17th Judicial Circuit, The Bar would likely hand off its investigation to the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

--Legal Ethics/Lawyer Discipline--

DEPUTIES: LAWYER FACING METH COOKING CHARGES AFTER HITTING A DEER -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, Nov. 15, 2012. [Also: POLK COUNTY ATTORNEY FACES METH-MAKING CHARGES AFTER HITTING DEER -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Nov, 15, 2012; BARTOW LAWYER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, Nov. 15, 2012.]
A Polk County defense attorney with a criminal past was arrested on methamphetamine-manufacturing and other drug-possession charges after his car hit a deer Wednesday [Nov. 14]. William "Bill" Evans, 56, of Bartow was on probation for disorderly conduct and under investigation for drugs when he struck a deer with his 2009 Cadillac on State Road 60 in Polk County. According to his arrest affidavit, a police dog was brought to the crash site and sniffed for drugs. When the canine indicated that drugs were present, deputies searched and found about one gram of meth and a pipe with meth residue. Investigators also got a warrant to search Evans' home. Inside, they found tools needed to cook meth, as well as other drugs and paraphernalia, a report shows. He was arrested in a 1996 meth sting and spent one year in federal prison for the charges. Evans' Bar membership was revoked in the past but reinstated in 2003.

WELLINGTON COUNCIL FIRES ITS ATTORNEY -- Wellington Town Crier, http://www.gotowncrier.com, Nov. 16, 2012.
Despite mounting lawsuits against the community, a divided Wellington Village Council voted Tuesday [Nov. 13] to oust longtime Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz. In a move that Vice Mayor Howard Coates decried as “outright reckless,” council members voted 3-2 to direct staff to give a 30-day notice of termination of the contract with Glen J. Torcivia & Associates, Kurtz’s law firm.

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[Revised: 11-19-2012]