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July 1, 2022 News and Notes

News & Notes

William F. Whitson of Roswell, GA, published a novel, “The Librarian, Intrigue at RAF Greenham,” based heavily on Whitson’s own experience as a member of the United States Air Force, stationed at RAF Greenham Common UK in the 1980s.

Melton H. Little of Kallins, Little and Brosious in Palmetto has been awarded an LL.M. degree in health law and policy from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, New York.

James N. Hurley of Fowler White presented, “Maritime Law Collection Issues,” at the 128th Commercial Law League of America “CLLA” National Convention in Chicago.

Michael G. Whelan of Brooktondale, NY, has been admitted into the National Academy of Arbitrators. Ceci Berman of Brannock Humphries & Berman was featured on a panel discussion, “Nuts & Bolts of Bankruptcy Appeals,” at the ABI Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar.

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law participated as a featured speaker as part of the “CEO for a Day” event hosted by the Talent Development Network.

Rob Sniffen of Sniffen & Spellman co-presented, “Handling Employment Actions in the Public Sector,” at the Defense Research Institute’s Annual Employment Law Conference in Denver. Sniffen’s presentation included a discussion about the unique challenges faced by public-sector employers in defending federal and state employment litigation.

Nancy La Vista of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin is the recipient of the 2022 Compassionate Gladiatrix Award, presented by the Florida Justice Association, for her dedication to the legal profession and achievements in the courtroom.

Douglas J. Witten of Innovative ADR International has been sworn in as chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.

Eugene K. Pettis of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm and Judge Robert W. Lee gave a presentation, “New ‘Improved Resolution’ Rules,” at the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Convention.

James S. Haliczer of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm was a panelist for, “Cross Exam and Closing Statements,” as part of the Mock Trial Track at the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Convention.

Iman Zekri of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers was featured in the article, “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became An Attorney,” published by “Authority Magazine.”

Brian D. Burgoon of Burgoon Law Firm in Atlanta was elected vice chair of the University of Florida College of Law Board of Trustees.

Zachary M. Rothman of Jones Foster has graduated from the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Class V.

Ellen M. Leibovitch of Assouline & Berlowe was sworn in as president of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Trisha Widowfield of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm was a panelist for, “Pre-Trial Considerations,” as part of the Mock Trial Track at the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Convention.

Lauren Reynolds of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman has been voted 2022-2023 president-elect of the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association.

Katherine V. Hely of Caribbean IP in West Palm Beach moderated the session, “Eco-Friendly Anticounterfeiting? The Environmental Impact of Counterfeits and Anticounterfeiting Measures and Future Best Practices for Brands,” at the International Trademark Association’s 2022 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Ron Herman was a featured speaker at the Big Bend Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida Annual CLE Seminar, “Get Involved,” where he shared his career path and encouraged participation in bar work and local communities.

Leslie A. Share of Packman Neuwahl & Rosenberg in Miami presented, “Methods of Modifying the Irrevocable Trust,” as part of the “Making Changes to Irrevocable Trusts: What Can You Do?,” webinar for the National Business Institute.

Sharlene Stanford of IDignity Orlando, Inc., was honored as a recipient of the 2021-2022 Florida Association for Women Lawyers Leaders in the Law Award on behalf of the Central Florida Chapter.

Richard Schwamm of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm was a panelist for, “Critique of Cross-Examination: Questions and Answers,” at the Orange County Bar Association’s Trial Lawyers Bootcamp.

Robert P. Charbonneau of Agentis Law was appointed chair of the Legislative Committee for the Commercial Law League of America.

Bruce J. Berman and Peter D. Webster of Carlton Fields published the latest edition of the book, “Berman’s Florida Civil Procedure,” 2022 ed. (Vol. 4, Florida Practice Series, Thomson Reuters).

Scott Holtz of the Palm Beach County Attorney’s Office received the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Robert S. and Ceil N. Levy Young Leadership Award.

Robert Turk of Stearns Weaver Miller presented, “Is a Gratuity a Tip or Service Charge?,” for the South Florida Hospitality Human Resources Association.

Christopher C. Weeg of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun has been elected to the East Coast Estate Planning Council Board of Directors.

Sandra M. Powery Moses of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., has become president of the Palm Beach County Sheree Davis Cunningham Black Women Lawyers Association.

Alison Miller of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson was honored by The Education Fund as a recipient of the 2022 Sapoznik Insurance Public School Alumni Achievement Award.

Maria C. Gonzalez recently presented on “Alimony” at the 30th Annual Nuts & Bolts of Family Law Seminar sponsored by Miami-Dade County Bar and Dade Legal Aid — Put Something Back.

M. Scott Kleiman of Kalis, Kleiman & Wolfe was installed as chair of the David Posnack Jewish Community Center board.

Jeff Wright and Kaylee Tuck of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Naples presented a Legislative Update at the 69th Florida Planning and Zoning Association State Conference in Captiva. Wright and Tuck discussed topics including pollution control standards and liability, floating solar facilities, power of land authorities, statewide flooding and sea level rise resilience, and building regulations.

Carolina Y. Blanco of Hill Ward Henderson has been appointed to serve a three-year term on Prospera’s Board of Directors.

S. Elise Batsel of Stearns Weaver Miller presented at the Fourth Annual Environmental and Land Use Law Conference for the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Christine M. Walker of Fowler White had her article “A Word About SWIFT Accounts and Crew Pay…” published in the March 14, 2022, edition of the Maritime Law Association of the United States’ Bitter End Bulletin.

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