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.
June 24, 2013
--The Florida Bar--
FLORIDA BAR TO SWEAR-IN ITS FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, June 22, 2013.
Fort Lauderdale attorney Eugene K. Pettis will become The Florida Bar's first African American leader and its 65th president during a swearing-in ceremony at the Bar’s annual convention at the Boca Raton Resort & Club June 28. Pettis is a founding member of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
HELPING SARASOTA CHILDREN WHO NEED A BIT MORE -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com, June 22, 2013.
Legal Aid of Manasota is offering an advocacy program aimed at special-education students in Manatee and Sarasota county schools. The attorneys will act as advocates and will assist parents with questions about the legal rights of their children with special needs. Staff attorney Jaime Rubin said the organization is also looking for attorneys who want to volunteer their time.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
SUSPENSION STAINS REPUTATION OF FORMER PROSECUTOR SCHEINBERG -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, June 22, 2013.
Thursday [June 20] the Florida Supreme Court suspended Broward prosecutor Howard Scheinberg's license to practice law for two years, due to his close emotional relationship with Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner, the judge presiding over a capital murder case that he was prosecuting. Before Scheinberg's relationship with Gardiner came to light, he enjoyed a sterling reputation among fellow prosecutors and the defense lawyers he battled in court.
JUDICIAL PROFILE: KILLING TIME IN LAW SCHOOL LED TO JUDGE ROSENTHAL'S PASSION -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, June 24, 2013.
Broward Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal's primary reason for going to law school was to give herself more time to figure out what she really wanted to do. She started out in architecture school but did her last year in journalism. She graduated from law school and returned home to Miami-Dade. Once she began practicing, she discovered she loved being in court most of all. The article describes her journey from the civil division at the U.S. attorney's office to her appointment to the bench last July.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL: OPENING STATEMENTS TODAY -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, June 24, 2013. [Also: JUDGE BARS AUDIO EXPERTS FROM GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL WHO SAY SCREAMS WHERE NOT HIS -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, June 23, 2013.]
Jurors will hear opening statements at the George Zimmerman murder trial today, as attorneys for both sides begin telling their version of what happened the night Zimmerman killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a homicide that set off weeks of civil rights rallies. Opening statements come on the heels of a major victory for Zimmerman's defense: Nelson ruled Saturday [June 22] that forensic audio analysts the state hoped to call as expert witnesses will not be allowed to testify at trial.
MIAMI KILLER SLATED FOR EXECUTION MONDAY LEAVES BRUTAL LEGACY -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, June 23, 2013.
Marshall Lee Gore is scheduled to be put to death at 6 p.m. Monday [June 24] by lethal injection for the strangulation murder of Lauderhill exotic dancer Robyn Novick 25 years ago. He was found to be responsible for a staggering string of rapes, robberies and two murders. Gore's lawyer is still fighting for a last-minute appeal, saying he should be allowed to explore claims Gore should not be executed because he is insane.
HOLLY SKOLNICK, PROMINENT GREENBERG TRAURIG ATTORNEY, DIES -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, June 23, 2013.
Holly R. Skolnick, 59, a veteran attorney at the Miami-based firm Greenberg Traurig, died on Saturday [June 22] of melanoma. In an email to firm personnel, co-President Hilarie Bass said that Skolnick will be remembered as a brilliant lawyer and someone who was always committed to finding justice for those who needed her help. The firm's website describes her as an experienced trial attorney and litigator for more than 25 years [who] represented individuals and entities in complex civil, criminal and regulatory matters.