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first_imgPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, George Franjola has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.The Supreme Court suspended Franjola from the practice of law for a period of three years effective August 24, 1998, as a result of his conviction for possession of cocaine, a felony offense.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Franjola’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jan K. Wichrowski, Chief Branch Discipline Counsel, The Florida Bar, 1200 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 32804-6314, phone (407) 425-5424.Nova offers dual admissions plan Incoming college students who aspire to become attorneys can shorten their journey to a career in law with a “3+3 Dual Admission” program offered through Nova Southeastern University’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and the Shepard Broad Law Center.The 3+3 Dual Admission program saves students one year of college tuition by allowing exceptional students to complete three years of study in any undergraduate major, then enroll in the three-year law program. Undergraduate students are admitted to law school at the end of three years if they have maintained a certain grade point average. At the end of a successful first year of law school, the College of Arts and Sciences would award the bachelor’s degree. NSU’s 3+3 Dual Admission program is one of only two offered by ABA accredited law schools in the state. In a similar program, the NSU 4+3 Dual Admission program enables high school seniors to gain commitments for admission to both the undergraduate college and the law center simultaneously.“The 3+3 Dual Admission agreement is a golden opportunity for industrious and outstanding students to take advantage of a shortened path to completing both their undergraduate and professional law degree,” said Norma Goonen, dean of Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.Acceptance into the 3+3 Dual Admission program is based on high school grades and SAT test scores.“Bright and talented students who are firmly focused on a career in law now may accelerate their entry into the legal profession,” said Joseph Harbaugh, dean of the law school. “In doing so, they sacrifice little and save a substantial amount of tuition and, perhaps more important, a full year on their way to becoming a lawyer.”Young lawyers seek pro bono award nominations Each year, 12 broadcast journalists and 12 print journalists are selected to participate in the Annual Florida Bar Reporters’ Workshop. Florida media outlets are invited to nominate a participant for this year’s workshop to be held in Tallahassee, Nov. 20-21.The program is a two-day workshop for journalists new to the courts and legal beats. Reporters learn the basics in legal reporting from lawyers, judges, and other experienced journalists. This year’s program includes two sessions at The Florida Bar’s headquarters, plus a reception at the Florida Capitol in which several Florida Supreme Court justices will speak about various legal topics. The Florida Bar’s Media & Communications Law Committee, media outlets, and law firms provide scholarships that include one night’s hotel accommodations and all meals for participants. Participants must make their own travel arrangements and pay for additional hotel nights ($65/night).This workshop is an investment in the professional development of broadcast and print journalists. A fair and accurate media often leads to a better educated and well-informed society. This workshop is vital for journalists who wish to effectively communicate legal issues to the public. Each year the program is so successful that all participants say they would recommend it to another journalist.To nominate a reporter, please submit the reporter’s name, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and background information along with a description of the beat he/she is covering. Please send nominations on the nominating organization’s letterhead to Emilie Ruetenik by fax, 850/561-5733, by Friday, Sept. 26, 2003. If you have any questions, please call Emilie at 850/561-5766 or e-mail, [email protected] for underwriting the conference and conference events are also available. Please call Francine Walker at 850/561-5762 or e-mail, [email protected], for media sponsorship information.U.S. Northern District magistrate applications now being accepted Briefs The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for its Legal Aid Public Service Award.The award recognizes the outstanding contributions by a public sector attorney to those in need of free legal services. To qualify as a young lawyer, one must be under the age of 36 or have been in practice for less than five years.Nomination forms may be found on the YLD Web site at www.flayld.org and two copies of the form and the attachments should be submitted on or before December 15 to The Florida Bar, Austin Newberry, Young Lawyers Division Program Administrator, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.For more information contact Courtney K. Grimm, YLD Awards Committee chair, at (904) 353-0211.Stone to lead Tallahassee Women Lawyers The Legal Aid Service of Broward County has relocated its offices to 491 N. State Road (U.S. 441) in Plantation — five blocks north of Broward Blvd.Broward Legal Aid purchased and renovated the three-story former bank building.“Legal Aid’s new law center will double the space available to our clients and staff,” said Executive Director Tony Karrat. “The location is accessible to all and includes spacious parking. Clients and visitors will wait in a comfortable and pleasant reception area and be served with dignity and privacy throughout the new facility.”For 30 years Legal Aid Service of Broward County has promoted independence and self-sufficiency through its commitment to provide quality free legal advice, representation, and education to economically disadvantaged people in Broward County so as the improve their life-styles and living conditions, Karrat said.St. Pete firm hosts charity tournament The 17th Circuit JNC is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the circuit bench created by the elevation of Judge James I. Cohn to the federal bench.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for at least five years, registered voters, and residents of the 17th Circuit.Applications and instructions are available on The Florida Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org or by contacting Gina R. Pozzuoli, JNC Chair at 110 SE 6th St., 15th Floor, Ft. Lauderdale 33301-5004, telephone (954) 762-2510, fax (954) 761-8475.An original and nine copies of the completed applications (with photographs) must be received by the chair no later than September 18 at 5 p.m.Hey, know any good reporters? The St. Petersburg law firm of Englander & Fischer, P.A., raised over $8,000 at its Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament in August.The tournament, which has alternated around Pinellas County golf courses, was played this year at Pasadena Golf Club. Since the inception of the tournament, over $44,000 has been raised for the benefit of 40 charities.The firm sponsors green fees, food, and beverage, but requires its participants to bring a check made payable to their favorite charity.Administrative law judges to meet in October in Orlando After two years of mixed to bad news, the Bar has recorded a sharp rise in its investment returns since April, according to Investment Committee Chair Ian Comisky.He reported to the Board of Governors last month that the Bar’s investments — made up of pooled reserve, contingency, and currently surplus monies — had one of its best performances since the Bar went to a new investment policy in 1991.As of March 31, the Bar had about $12.3 million invested, Comisky said. As of August 15, the week before the board meeting, that had risen to almost $14.3 million.For the second quarter, the period between April and the end of June, the fund increased by 10 percent, he said.Comisky, who just became chair of the Investment Committee, joked he likely would never again have such a positive report, so, “I have decided this should be my last report. It was an extraordinary quarter.”On another matter, the board ratified the committee’s recommendation to retain James Bagwell of Morgan Stanley as the Bar’s investment advisor.Broward Legal Aid relocates its offices The National Association of Administrative Law Judges will hold its Annual Conference and Meeting in Orlando October 10-15 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.The conference is open to all administrative adjudicators, including administrative law judges and hearing officers, and all lawyers who practice in the administrative area.The presentations at the conference are designed to address some of the legal concerns that have been expressed by administrative adjudicators during recent years and during the budget situations in which states find themselves. Attendees also will learn about Florida’s Administrative Procedures Act.Conference brochures may be accessed on the Web sites of NAALJ (www.naalj.org) and the Division of Administrat ive Hearings (www.doah.state.fl.us), which contain the registration form.For those who only want to register for certain days of the convention and not the entire convention, prorated registration is available.Gulfcoast Legal Services seeks volunteers Ruth Stone, a law professor at Florida State University, has been named president of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers.Other officers include President-elect Mary Miller, Treasurer ShaRon James, and Secretary Karla Ellis.The Tallahassee Women Lawyers, a chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, meets on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Olive Garden.The TWL also will host a judicial reception October 16 at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art, beginning at 6 p.m.The group also plans a “Art and Special Things Auction” for the spring of 2004.For more information about the TWL call (850) 847-7139.Bar investment income on the rise The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida anticipates a vacancy in one of its full-time magistrate judge positions in Pensacola.The incumbent has been nominated to fill a U.S. District Court judge position on or after November 20. The U.S. Judicial Conference has authorized the appointment of a successor full-time magistrate judge at Pensacola, to be appointed to an eight-year term.The duties of the magistrate judge position include, but are not limited to, conducting of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; and trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:• Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years.• Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; emotionally stable and mature; committed to equal justice under the law; in good health; patient and courteous; and capable of deliberation and decisiveness.• Be less than 70 years old.• Not be related to a judge of the district court.A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applicants and recommend to the judges of the district court in confidence the five persons it considers best qualified. The court will make the appointment, following a full FBI 15-year background check and an IRS tax check of the appointee. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified candidates, including women and members of minority groups. The current annual salary of the position is $142,324.Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position may be obtained from the Clerk of the United States District Court in Gainesville, Panama City, Pensacola, or Tallahassee, and from the court’s Web site at www.flnd.uscourts.gov. Applications may be submitted only by the potential nominee. An original and seven copies of the application should be submitted by October 15 to William M. McCool, Clerk, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, P. O. Box 936, Tallahassee 32302.All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the judges of the district court.Franjola petitions for reinstatement September 15, 2003 Regular News Clearwater attorneys, in cooperation with Gulfcoast Legal Services, and the YWCA Hispanic Outreach Center, will provide information to the Hispanic Community and others from 6:30-8:30 p.m. October 13.Spanish speaking attorneys and interpreters are needed to give brief overviews of legal topics and also to be available to answer specific questions from attendees.To volunteer, contact program Co-chair Ky Koch at at (727) 446-6248.Even if one does not speak Spanish, help can still be used via an interpreter or by providing refreshments for the children and their parents.UM children’s law clinic awarded 17th JNC seeks judicial applicants The National Association of Counsel for Children has named The University of Miami Children and Youth Law Clinic one of two recipients of the NACC 2003 Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award for Children.A ceremony honoring the recipients was held August 18, as part of the NACC’s 26th National Children’s Law Conference at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.Since its founding eight years ago, The University of Miami Children and Youth Law Clinic has improved the quality of services to Florida’s vulnerable youth by zealously advocating for children’s legal rights. The clinic has been instrumental in improving immigrant rights of foster children, independent living services for foster children, and educational rights for children with disabilities.The NACC award is the third accolade received by the clinic this year. The other two are the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Law Case or Project, which was presented to the clinic at the organization’s annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada, this past May; and The Florida Bar Foundation Steven M. Goldstein First Runner-up Award for Excellence, presented at the Foundation’s annual dinner in Orlando in June.The NACC is a national professional membership and child advocacy organization The NACC presents its Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award to individuals and agencies making important contributions to the well being of children through advocacy efforts.Judge George Edgecomb remembered The 13th Judicial Circuit recently held a ceremony honoring Judge George E. Edgecomb.The George Edgecomb Bar Association, along with several law firms and bar associations, co-sponsored the ceremony held in the lobby of the new Hillsborough County Courthouse, which bears Judge Edgecomb’s name. The Tampa courthouse will house all family, civil, guardianship, probate and trust courts, as well as related programs. The building is expected to open for business this fall.Edgecomb was the first African-American judge to sit in Hillsborough County, assuming the bench on August 13, 1973. He remained on the bench until his death in 1976. During the ceremony, Judge Edgecomb was remembered as “an outstanding jurist and a person of tremendous dedication and integrity, who contributed greatly to the Hillsborough County community.”Carrollwood Bar makes donations Carrollwood Community Bar Association President Joseph Kalish recently presented checks of $4,150 each to Tyrone Keyes, executive director of All Sports Community Services, and to Randall Reder, trustee of the Michael T. Taft Trust.The money was raised at the bar’s annual charitable golf tournament. Michael Taft is a two-year-old from Tampa who has been diagnosed as having “Failure to Thrive.” He weighs only about 21 pounds and has not gained any weight since his first birthday. Those with “Failure to Thrive” suffer severe cognitive delays despite their normal outward appearance. Because of the severity of his condition, doctors recently inserted a feeding tube to provide sufficient nutrition to sustain him and to keep him from a critical stage.Judge Bloom honored by the Dade County Bar Former Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Philip Bloom, who during his 18 years on the bench supervised more than 22,500 cases and more than 400 jury trials, was recently presented with the David W. Dyer Professionalism Award at a reception hosted by the Dade County Bar.Judge Bloom, who recently took a position as of counsel with Steel Hector & Davis, received the award for his “personal commitment to upholding the high standards of honor and integrity within the legal profession.”“The David W. Dyer Professionalism Award is one of the highest honors the Dade County Bar Association bestows on one of its members,” said Tom Pennekamp, Jr., president of the Dade County Bar Association. “This award is for integrity, ethics and professionalism. Philip Bloom exemplifies all of these attributes, and we are honored to present him with this award.”last_img

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