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January 15, 2014
News and Notes

Twyla Sketchley of The Sketchley Law Firm in Tallahassee was elected treasurer of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.

Elizabeth Green of BakerHostetler in Orlando will soon be inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Manny Diaz of Lydecker Diaz in Miami was selected to serve on the senior advisory committee of the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Kimberly Kolback of Miami lectured on “Branding for Dollars” during the 25th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

John D. Dumbaugh of Syprett Meshad in Sarasota was recognized with the Legacy Award by Habitat for Humanity Sarasota.

John M. Hemenway of Bivins & Hemenway in Valrico wrote the chapter “Adapting to the Changing Concerns of Trusts and Estates Clients in the Current Planning Environment,” in the book Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Structuring Trusts and Estates, 2014 ed., published by Aspatore Books, a Thompson Reuters business.

Reuben A. Doupé of Klaus Doupé, P.A., in Naples became a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Bonnie Sockel-Stone of Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone discussed “Litigating a Family Law Case” at a seminar sponsored by the Dade County Bar Family Law Section and Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back.

Brian Karpf of Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez in Miami and Weston presented “Social Networking for the Family Lawyer: What You Need to Know About Ethics, Evidence, and Discovery,” on behalf of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section.

David L. Ross of The Law Offices of David L. Ross, P.A., in Miami presented a video webcast on the topic of “Eliminating/Minimizing Complex Liens in Personal Injury Settlements.”

Adam B. Cordover of Tampa was elected president of Next Generation Divorce, formerly known as the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay.

Steven J. Adamczyk of Goede, Adamczyk & DeBoest in Ft. Myers was recognized as the “Charitable Estate Planning Volunteer of the Year” by the American Heart Association.

Renee M. Smith of Smith and Associates Title Services in Miami was appointed to the executive board of Honey Shine, Inc., a Mourning Family Foundation Charity, as the acting board chair.

T. Bennett Acuff of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa was elected to the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County.

Richard J. Scholz of Jacobs Scholz & Associates in Fernandina Beach spoke to the Senate Special Committee on Aging in Washington, D.C., on the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to enable the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the “authorship, content, format, color scheme, printing, and dissemination requirements for patient medication information.”

Alex Perkins of Perkins Law Offices in Coral Gables became president of the Miami Beach Bar Association.

Glen J. Torcivia of The Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates in West Palm Beach was elected president of the Palm Beach Habilitation Center.

Cynthia Rignanese of Winter Haven delivered the keynote address, “Crossing Borders—How International Travel Enhances Business Skills” in Winter Haven at Olde Town Square. She was also on the six-person steering committee to produce the City of Lake Wales Christmas Parade.

Milton A. Vescovacci of GrayRobinson in Miami joined the Florida Venture Forum Board of Directors, a statewide group that supports venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

Chet Kaufman, an assistant federal public defender for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee, presented “Federalizing Issues,” part of the Appellate Program of the Florida Public Defender Association’s Trial
with Style Winter Conference in Sarasota.


Patricia “Trish” A. Redmond of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Miami was named “Woman of the Year in Restructuring” by the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of The Broward County Mental Health Court was named a finalist for the “Successful Innovation” Award presented by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law Foundation.

Victoria McCloskey of Bush Ross in Tampa was named runner-up to receive the Community Leadership Award presented by USF’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy for her service to the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, and dedication to various local civic and community organizations.

Robert W. Murphy of Ft. Lauderdale was re-elected secretary of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

[Revised: 04-16-2014]