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19TH CIRCUIT JNC ANNOUNCES CIRCUIT COURT VACANCY

January 15th, 2021

As the result of the resignation of 19th Circuit Court Judge James W. McCann, the 19th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission gives notice it is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Circuit Court for the 19th Circuit of Florida. Applicants should note the following. Applications for this 19th Circuit Court vacancy must be received…

HALLANDALE BEACH’S ANTHONY C. MUSTO TO RECEIVE TOBIAS SIMON PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD

January 12th, 2021

Attorney Anthony C. Musto (photo) of Hallandale Beach, who has been dedicated to provid­ing pro bono legal services for his entire 45-year career, is the recipient of the 2021 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, the highest statewide pro bono award. The award will be presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a Jan….

13TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE BARBARA TWINE THOMAS TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED JUDICIAL SERVICE PRO BONO AWARD

January 12th, 2021

The Hon. Barbra Twine Thomas (photo), judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit Criminal Division serving Hillsborough county, is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Judicial Service Award. The award, which honors outstanding and sustained service to the public especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services, will be presented by Chief Justice…

YOUNG LAWYER FAY OLGA PAPPAS OF WINTER PARK TO BE HONORED FOR PRO BONO SERVICE

January 12th, 2021

Fay Olga Pappas (photo) is the recipient of the 2021 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. The award recognizes public service or legal aid performed by a lawyer who is 35 or younger or who has not practiced for more than five years. The award will be presented in a Jan. 28…

VIRGINIA M. HERNANDEZ COVINGTON TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED FEDERAL JUDICIAL SERVICE PRO BONO AWARD

January 12th, 2021

The Hon. Virginia M. Hernandez Covington (photo), a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award. The award, which honors outstanding and sustained service to the public especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services,…

NOVEY+GONZALEZ LAW OFFICE TO RECEIVE COMMENDATION FOR PRO BONO WORK

January 12th, 2021

Novey+Gonzalez, LLC., will receive the 2021 Law Firm Commendation at the annual Pro Bono Awards virtual ceremony on Jan. 28 hosted by the Supreme Court of Florida. The commendation honors significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. The commendation will be presented by Chief Justice…

CABA PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES TO RECEIVE STATEWIDE PRO BONO AWARD

January 12th, 2021

CABA Pro Bono Legal Services is the recipient of the 2021 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award, which will be presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a Jan. 28 ceremony streamed live by the Supreme Court of Florida. The award recognizes a Florida voluntary bar that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery…

21 LAWYERS WILL RECEIVE FLORIDA BAR PRO BONO AWARDS IN SUPREME COURT CEREMONY JAN. 28

January 12th, 2021

The Florida Bar will recognize 21 lawyers for their work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients at a Jan. 28 ceremony streamed live online by the Supreme Court of Florida. Established in 1981, The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards are intended to encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor…

FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL JNC ANNOUNCES DISTRICT COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY

January 5th, 2021

As a result of the retirement of the Hon. Judge  Richard  B. Orfinger,  there  is a  vacancy  in The Fifth District Court of Appeal and the Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancy. Judicial applications for this vacancy must be received before 5 p.m. on Jan….

SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 19 ATTORNEYS

December 29th, 2020

Summaries of orders issued from November 21 to December 28, 2020 The Florida Bar, the state’s guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 19 attorneys, disbarring three, revoking the licenses of three, suspending 12 and reprimanding one. One attorney was placed on probation and…