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March 13, 2013

--Legal Profession--

STETSON UNIVERSITY HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE -- Daytona Beach News-Journal,, March 13, 2013.
Stetson University is being recognized for its volunteer work in the community from free legal service to helping local families file their income tax forms. Stetson has been named one of 14 Presidential Award Finalists in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. One of the projects Stetson students, faculty and staff participated in that was considered for the award includes Stetson College of Law, which requires all of its students to complete at least 60 hours of legal and nonlegal pro bono work prior to graduation. This resulted in more than 19,000 hours of highly skilled assistance to legal aid societies, local nonprofits and government agencies last year. 

The article profiles attorney Brian Albritton. In 2008, when he became the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, he set aside his 18-year specialty of white-collar criminal defense and embraced the prosecutor’s role. As much as he enjoyed being U.S. Attorney, the 54-year-old Tampa native is now back where he started, defending corporate clients against the same assistant U.S. attorneys he used to lead.


THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL: BADLY BATTERED AT 50 -- New York Times,, March 10, 2013.
A half-century ago, the Supreme Court ruled that anyone too poor to hire a lawyer must be provided one free in any criminal case involving a felony charge. The holding in Gideon v. Wainwright enlarged the Constitution’s safeguards of liberty and equality, finding the right to counsel “fundamental.” While the constitutional commitment is generally met in federal courts, it is a different story in state courts, which handle about 95 percent of America’s criminal cases. This matters because, by well-informed estimates, at least 80 percent of state criminal defendants cannot afford to pay for lawyers and have to depend on court-appointed counsel. 

By Reuters. The federal judiciary on Tuesday [March 12] warned of the consequences of compulsory sequestration budget cuts on court operations nationwide. If the cuts imposed by the Congress remain in place, funding for federal courts this year will drop to about $6.6 billion, down around $350 million, or 5 percent from fiscal year 2012, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the national management body for the judiciary, said in a statement. The cuts could lead to up to 2,000 employees being laid off or the introduction of a furlough program that would lead to a 10 percent pay cut for those affected, the administrative office said.


STATE SENATE HONORS FRED KARL -- Tampa Tribune,, March 13, 2013.
The Florida Senate stood silent Tuesday [March 12] for a moment of solemn tribute to Fred Karl, mourning him as "one of Hillsborough County's greatest political mentors and problem solvers." Karl, 88, died Thursday [March 7] at his Tampa home. Karl, a decorated World War II veteran, was elected to the Florida House in 1956 and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1964. He returned to the Legislature as a state senator in 1968 and served four years. He later served as a Supreme Court justice, Hillsborough county attorney and county administrator.

FLORIDA LT. GOV. JENNIFER CARROLL RESIGNS -- Florida Times-Union,, March 13, 2013.
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned. The resignation comes two days after Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers interviewed Carroll about her involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit that operates Internet cafes in Florida. Carroll gave her resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday [March 13]. It gives no details about the decision, but in a statement, Adam Hollingsworth, Scott’s chief-of-staff, said fallout from the Allied Veterans investigation spurred the resignation.

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[Revised: 03-14-2013]