Legal Roundup March 1, 2005 Regular News Legal Roundup: FAWL Joins Statewide Women’s Initiative with ‘Lobby Days’ 2005 The Florida Association for Women Lawyers will host its 2005 “Lobby Days,” the first Monday after Florida’s legislative session convenes, joining several women’s organizations in Tallahassee for Women’s History Month.Capitalizing on the national theme, “Women Change America,” events sponsored by FAWL and other women’s organizations include a Equal Rights Amendment panel with women legislators on March 13 at 5:30 p.m., at the Tallahassee Holiday Inn Select; a legislative CLE at the Tallahassee Doubletree Hotel on March 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., followed by the FAWL Board of Directors meeting and legislative briefing. On March 15, events include a 7:30 a.m. legislative breakfast honoring members of the Florida Women’s Caucus at the Mary Brogan Museum and visits to the Capitol. The three-day event culminates with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s reception honoring the 2005 Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees at 5:30 p.m. at the Capitol Commons.Additional information on all events and online registration information is available through the FAWL Web site at www.fawl.org. ABA’s Greco Visits Tampa: ABA President-elect Michael S. Greco was the keynote speaker at the January 18 Hillsborough County Bar Association membership luncheon. The theme of the luncheon — which was co-hosted by George Edgecomb Bar Association and Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers — was diversity and equality in the practice of law. Rundle Begins Fourth Term: Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero and former Justice Gerald Kogan helped 11th Circuit State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle start her fourth term at a recent installation ceremony in Miami. Justice Cantero issued the oath of office to Rundle before a standing room only crowd of assistant state attorneys and well-wishers. Former Justice Kogan and numerous members of the Miami-Dade judiciary, who themselves were former assistant state attorneys, helped swear in Rundle’s office of more than 300 assistant state attorneys. Top-notch Training for Legal Aid Lawyers: Forty-one legal services lawyers and 10 presenters from the American College of Trial Lawyers recently took part in a four-day training on critical trial skills in Deerfield Beach. Presenters from the ACTL donating their time to the program included Irwin J. Block, Robert L. Gibson, Jr., Alan G. Greer, James F. Moseley, Robert L. Parks, James M. Russ, Herman J. Russomanno, George E. Schulz, Jr., D. Culver Smith III, and Sidney A. Stubbs. The program was directed by Professor Lonny Rose, executive director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. The training was provided at no charge to the legal aid lawyers. “Participants were eager to work and developed early on a sense of teamwork,” said Layne Russell, director for statewide training for Florida Legal Services. The program was designed to deliver to legal aid lawyers the kind of training normally available only to advocates from major law firms. Broward YLD Assists Foster Kids: The Young Lawyer’s Division of the Broward County Bar Association recently hosted its 5th Annual Holiday in January Program at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science. The event was organized by Chris D. Connally, Anne D. Ogden, and Michael B. Gilden and provided about 100 abused, abandoned, and neglected foster care children with toys and games and party with the YLD members. FAWL Hosts Judicial Reception: The Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL recently hosted its annual judicial reception at the Breakers Hotel. Over 250 people attended the event, including Chief Justice Barbara Pariente and 45 state and federal judges. Jax Bar Honors Frost: Louis O. Frost, a longtime public defender, was recently honored at a Jacksonville Bar Association luncheon. The association also announced it is sponsoring Frost as a Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation. Frost has served on the Fourth Judicial Circuit since 1968, and has a long history of service to the community. Frost was chair of the Defender Committee for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and received the National Reginald Heber Smith Award in 1975, in recognition of his service to the defense of indigents. Levy to Lead Third DCA: St. Thomas University School of Law recently hosted a reception in honor of Judge David L. Levy and his election as chief judge of Miami’s Third District Court of Appeal. Levy has served as an adjunct professor at the law school since its opening two decades ago. He first became associated with the STU in 1982 as a criminal justice professor for undergraduate and graduate students. “There’s a thread of professionalism and compassion, as well as a sense of responsibility, that St. Thomas promotes. I appreciate that very much,” Levy said. More than 400 guests attended the reception, which was held at the Thomas H. Barkdull, Jr., Courthouse in Miami. Ft. Lauderdale Red Mass Set: The St. Thomas More Society of South Florida will host its 16th Annual Red Mass, Reception, and Dinner April 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church at 901 N.E. 2nd Street in Ft. Lauderdale. The Red Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop John C. Favalora at 6 p.m. A reception and dinner will follow at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort on Holiday Drive. The guest speaker will be Justice Charlie Wells. The cost of the dinner is $65 per person and the deadline for reservations is April 13. Mail checks, made payable to “St. Thomas More Society,” to: Donald A. Wich, Jr., 2400 East Commercial Blvd., Suite 620, Ft. Lauderdale 33308. For Red Mass reservation information call (954) 776-1600. New Inns of Court Launched: The Lake-Sumter Inns of Court has been formed and is now making memberships available to interested lawyers and third-year law students. Interested persons should contact Judge Earle W. Peterson, Jr., at the Fifth District Court of Appeal, 300 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach 32114. Pro Bono Probate Course: The Put Something Back program recently presented a pro bono probate seminar titled, “Probate: A View from the Bench & Bar” presented by the Dade County Bar’s Probate and Guardianship Committee, Young Lawyers Section, and Legal Aid/PSB. More than 50 attorneys attended the seminar designed to recruit and train pro bono probate volunteers for indigent persons in Miami-Dade County. Saxe to Lead Carrollwood Bar: Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, recently swore in the new directors and officers of the Carrollwood Community Bar Association for 2005. Daniel Saxe will serve as president, James Loper as vice president, Paul Riffel as secretary, and Robert Wise as treasurer. Also serving as directors are Daniel Bubley, Martin Bubley, William Coffman, Paul Elliott, Julian Hayes, Joseph Kalish, Claire Saady, Trip Sebring, and Brian Weakland. Randall O. Reder is the immediate past president. The association is open to all attorneys practicing in Northwest Hillsborough County. For more information, call Membership Chair Kalish at (813) 962-8685 or visit www.carrollwoodbar.com.