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The purpose of this summary provided by the Communications Department of The Florida Bar is to present media coverage that may be of interest to members. Opinions expressed in the articles are attributable solely to the authors. The Florida Bar does not adopt or endorse any opinions expressed below. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

April 01, 2021

  1. The Florida Bar

    VOTING UNDERWAY IN BAR RUNOFF ELECTIONS

    The Florida Bar | Article | April 01, 2021

    Voting is underway in runoff elections for a 15th Circuit seat on The Florida Bar Board of Governors and 11th and 13th circuit seats on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Ballots for the runoffs were emailed and/or mailed to eligible voters by the Bar’s election services provider, Election Services Corporation, today [April 1]. Voters will receive an eballot and have the option of voting online (using their Personal Identification Number and member number) in lieu of returning a paper ballot. There will also be a link posted on the Bar’s home page. All votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT), Thursday, April 22.

  2. Legal Discipline

    SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES SEVEN SOUTH FLORIDA ATTORNEYS

    Sun Sentinel | Article | March 31, 2021

    Seven of the 10 attorneys disciplined this month by the Florida Supreme Court are from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. These are this month’s sanctions; Stuart Jared Starr, of Fort Lauderdale; Fernando Martin Socol, of Miramar; Ellen B. Dorfman, of Boca Raton; Ronald Cordon, of Miami; Leroy G. Lee, of Miami, Miami; Luis Torrens, of Miami Lakes; Alba Varela, of Coral Gables; Timothy Lamont Dave, of Lake Mary; Robert Charles Grady, of Jacksonville; and Crystal Lyn Eller, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

  3. Judiciary

    THERE SOON WILL BE A VACANCY ON THE FEDERAL BENCH IN JACKSONVILLE.

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Column | March 31, 2021

    Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan writes: “The Jacksonville Division of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has an opening to succeed U.S. Magistrate Judge James Klindt, who is retiring this year. . . As a former occupant of that position, I have noticed that many attorneys, even those who regularly practice in federal court, do not fully understand the role of the magistrate judge in the federal court system. This article briefly discusses that role. I also take this opportunity to explain the selection process in the hope of encouraging all qualified persons to apply for the vacancy.”

  4. Criminal Justice

    FLORIDA ATTORNEY AWAITS EXTRADITION FOR SEATTLE WOMAN’S MURDER IN TEXAS

    Local 10 | Article | March 31, 2021

    Attorney Nina Beltran, also known as Nina Marano, is awaiting extradition in Miami-Dade County for a murder in Texas. She and two of her relatives, Charles Beltran and Lisa Beltran are facing capital murder charges in Dallas in the killing of Marisela Botello Valadez a Seattle resident who vanished on Oct. 5. Beltran was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2012, the New York State Bar Association in 2011, and she worked at the New York City Housing Authority.

  5. Criminal Justice

    THINKING ABOUT PLAYING A PRANK? YOU SHOULD KNOW FLORIDA LAW FIRST

    Pensacola News Journal | Article | April 01, 2021

    Pulling stunts like egging a friend’s house, grabbing a street sign as a souvenir from a wild night, or mean-girling a classmate on social media may seem like no big deal. You could even classify acts like these as “dumb stuff.” The problem is — aside from property damage and the hurt caused to the people involved — playing dangerous pranks, messing around on the internet in prohibited ways, and pocketing even small items are illegal and could get you, your friends or even your parents arrested, fined or thrown into jail.

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