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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.

April 5, 2013

--Legal Profession--


TAMPA MAN CONTINUES FIGHT TO WIN APPROVAL OF FLORIDA BAR -- The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com , April 5, 2013. [Also: MEXICAN IMMIGRANT'S REQUEST FOR BAR ADMISSION ON HOLD AGAIN -- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com , April 5, 2013.]
A Tampa man who wants to practice law in Florida despite a lack of U.S. citizenship received another setback Thursday [April 4] when the Florida Supreme Court denied his Bar petition on narrow technical grounds. In a brief two-sentence order, the court denied Jose Godinez-Samperio’s motion for admission to the Florida Bar and noted that the Board of Bar Examiners has asked the court to issue an advisory opinion on the matter. Godinez-Samperio, 26, petitioned the court last Oct. 2. Since then, he has obtained a Florida driver’s license, a federal work permit and a Social Security card. He also accompanied U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, to watch President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in January. At issue is whether a law license is considered a “public benefit.” Under a 1996 federal immigration law, noncitizens are not entitled to public benefits.

DELGADO NEW PRESIDENT OF HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION -- Wellington Town Crier, http://www.gotowncrier.com , April 5, 2013.
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC attorney Luis J. Delgado has been inducted as president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. Elected by his peers, Delgado will serve a one-year term and will work closely with his fellow officers and board of directors, as well as arranging monthly programming, social events and community service.

--Judiciary--

IN REAL LIFE, HE PLAYS A MIAMI-DADE JUDGE -- The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com , April 5, 2013.
By day, William Altfield is a Miami-Dade County judge. At night, he plays many different roles. This weekend, he has the lead as Don Quixote in the "Man of La Mancha" at the 530-seat Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens, an outdoor amphitheater on the old grounds of Parrot Jungle in Pinecrest. "Man of La Mancha" will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the theater at 11000 Red Road.

--Civil Justice Issues--

SEN. KELLI STARGEL'S AMENDED ALIMONY BILL PASSES FLA. SENATE -- The Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com , April 5, 2013.
Sen. Kelli Stargel's bill changing the way alimony is decided passed the Florida Senate 29-11 on Thursday [April 4]. The bill was amended, with Stargel's approval, to take out some of the opposition to the bill and to make the limits on payments higher and more equitable, but it is different than the House bill. The House has a different version waiting to go to the floor that opponents of both characterize as even harsher. Former Senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said there are hardships on both sides of a divorce and not just the one receiving the alimony. Carin Porras, chair of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, disagreed and told The Ledger the bill still places a burden on the person receiving alimony. It also arbitrarily cuts payments to 50 percent of the length of the marriage and eliminates a permanent alimony for those who may be older and unable to now support themselves.

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[Revised: 04-08-2013]