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  • Wednesday, August 01, 2018 12:53 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 1, 2018
    CONTACT: Hayden P. O'Byrne, Esq., Chair
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: (305) 539-3381


    MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Governor Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy in the Miami-Dade County Court created by the resignation of County Court Judge Wendell M. Graham.

    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution and Section 34.021 of the Florida Statutes.

    Applicants must deliver a complete original application by August 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.[1]  No copies shall be required. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered.   The original application should be delivered to:

    Hayden P. O’Byrne
    K&L Gates, LLP
    200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor
    Miami, FL 33131-2399

    In addition to the original application, applicants must e-mail a PDF version of the application to eleventhcircuitjnc@klgates.com with personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. 

    Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe.  The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day.  No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from the Florida Bar’s website at www.flabar.org and the Office of the Governor at www.flgov.com.  Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS:   To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered.  Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS

    Hayden P. O’Byrne (Chair)
    K&L Gates
    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900
    200 South Biscayne Blvd.
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-539-3381
    hayden.obyrne@klgates.com

    Walter James Harvey (Vice Chair)
    School Board Attorney’s Office
    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
    Miami, FL  33132
    Tel.:  305-995-1304/Fax:  305-995-1412
    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Paul Huck, Jr.
    Jones Day
    600 Brickell Avenue
    Brickell World Plaza, Suite 3300
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-714-9700/Fax: 305-714-9799
    paulhuck@jonesday.com   

    Daniel S. Fridman
    White & Case LLP
    Southeast Financial Center
    200 So. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-995-5264
    daniel.fridman@whitecase.com

    Robert H. Fernandez
    Gunster Law Firm
    Brickell World Plaza
    600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3500
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-376-6000/Fax:  786-425-4119
    rfernandez@gunster.com

    Robert R. Pardo
    Robert R. Pardo, P.A.
    7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512
    Miami, FL  33156
    Tel.:  305-596-7794/Fax:  305-596-5854
    RPardo@Pardolaw.com

    Christine Hernandez
    Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit
    1350 N.W. 12th Avenue
    Miami, FL  33136
    Tel.:  305-547-0100/Fax:  305-547-0313
    ChristineHernandez@Miamisao.com

    Jorge Mestre, Esq.
    Rivero Mestre, LLP
    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd.,  Suite 1000,
    Miami, FL 33134
    Tel: 305-445-2500
    Jmestre@riveromestre.com

    Scott  M. Dimond, Esq.
    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A
    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza
    2665 South Bayshore Dr. PH 2B
    Miami, FL 33133
    305-374-1920
    sdimond@dkrpa.com

    [1] All applicants for the pending County Court vacancies resulting from the elevation of County Court Judges Dawn V. Denaro, Andrea Ricker Wolfson, and Renatha Francis will be considered for this vacancy without the need to re-apply.

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  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:58 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. has various pro bono opportunities below.  If you are interested please contact, Jayme M. Cassidy, Esq., Pro Bono Advocacy Director for the Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

    GENERAL: CONSUMER & CORPORATE PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY # 1 (18-0474835)

    Needs 501 c 3 -Creating Opportunity for Teenage Youth

    Long time Overtown community member and educator is seeking legal representation to obtain 501 c 3 status for non-profit organization that will provide community service opportunities and educational programs to underprivileged youth, ages 14-20 years old.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY # 2 (18-0473941)

    Corporate Governance And Contracts

    An accounting and financial consulting company in the minority based community of Cutler-Bay desires to specialize in providing account and financial support to restaurants. Client seeks legal counsel on corporate governance and a service contract for customers. Legal needs include: 1) Drafting of a Single Member LLC Operating Agreement; 2) Drafting of a Service Contract; 3) Advice/counsel on the application process and potential closing of an SBA loan.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY #3 (18-0474508)

    Trademark

    Aspiring business owner needs Trademark counsel and assistance. Client is a low income female business owner seeks to open a fitness studio for mothers with children aged 0-5 years old. The exercise equipment and space is specifically designed to allow mothers to have children in safe, close proximity during the mother's exercise. The studio space is already secured, and client would like to file a service mark for Brand Name and Logo. Cursory check of USPTO database shows that no registration has been granted for similar name.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY #4 (18-0474359)

    Creditor Debtor/ Secured Transaction

    Opa-Locka company trying to expand business. Client seeks to recover possession of a solid waste disposal truck purchased using personal loans. Truck possession, title and registration was placed into another business entity controlled by client's relative in Central Florida, and business proceeds were intended to cover debt service. No security agreement or lien was ever placed on truck. Business has stopped making debt service payments. Clients looking to understand options to recover possession of truck and operate waste disposal business in Miami-Dade County. Legal needs include: advice and counsel on options to recover truck and assistance with perfecting security interest in truck, if possible, and recovering possession.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY # 5 (18-0473404)

    Chapter 7/Debt Collection

    Client lives alone. She suffers from severe diabetes and cognitive impairment. Her 43 year old son, who lived with her and supported her financially, was recently killed in a motorcycle accident. Her mother has helped her pay her mortgage, taxes, and insurance but now has stage 4 lung cancer. Client has $50,000 in credit card debt. She has multiple collection cases pending and anticipates more. Seeking an attorney to assist with debt collection regulation and potential Chap. 7 Bankruptcy.

    FAMILY

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY #6 (18-0474507)

    Four Children Desire To Be Adopted

    Combat veteran is seeking your assistance to adopt his 4 step children. The veteran's wife (biological mother) was granted 100% legal and physical custody of the children, via a Virginia Court Order. The children, range in ages 12-16. They have not had contact with their biological father for over 6 years, despite family attempts to facilitate a relationship. The children have strongly expressed a desire to be adopted, going so far as to inquire about the time frame for them to be adopted.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY #7 (18-0474061)

    Disabled Child Needs True Guardian and Disability Benefits

    Client is seeking assistance in getting legal custody of her disabled great niece. Client’s sister had a court dependency shelter order from Broward County giving her custody. Client’s sister became sick, and moved in with client bringing the disabled great niece. Client’s sister died and left great niece in client’s care. It has been a year since Client’s sister died. Child’s biological mother has continued to receive the child’s disability benefits. Client is trying to get child into better educational programs and provide assistance but is unable to do so legally. Biological mother has abandoned child.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY #8 (18-0474134)

    Establishment of Paternity for Veteran Who Wants to be a Father

    Navy combat veteran is seeking your assistance with establishment of paternity in Miami Dade County. The mother is seeking full custody with no time sharing. She is not allowing the veteran to see his child. The veteran wants to be a father and be a part of his child's life. Case has been ordered to mediation. This pro bono opportunity is brought to you via the Mission United Project.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY #9 (18-0474063)

    Husband Walks Out After 22 Years Of Marriage

    Longtime friends and 22 years of marriage, client nurses husband through multiple illnesses. Client hasn’t worked in past few years. She opted for early retirement. She will be 65 in December and her SSD will be reduced to pay for her Medicaid. Husband left her stuck with all the bills and debt. She seeks DOM and alimony. Spanish speaking.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY # 10 (18-0474676) - English - South Dade

    The monthly rent is $700.00 for Client's 2 bedroom apartment that she shares with her boyfriend and 4 dogs. Client has lived in the unit for the past 3 years. Client last paid rent in March 2018 due to the conditions of the unit, which include mold, leaks, non working toilets, and a rodent infestation. Client called FL Building Code and an inspection was conducted. The inspector found there to be a violation and required Landlord to repair the plumbing system by July 20, 2018. Landlord filed an eviction complaint against CL seeking $2560 in unpaid rent through June 2018. Client was served with the eviction summons and complaint on July 11, 2018. They have not yet filed an answer or motion to determine rent. They have been advised to do so. Client has been using some of the rent to pay for storage.

    PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY # 11 (18-0474213) - Spanish – Hialeah

    Client, wife, and their 5 year old son are renting a 3 B unit since March 2017. Rent is $1,539.00 with year lease agreement. Client failed to pay rent full for June. He and his wife work as professional massage therapists, but since they don't get paid by the hour, sometimes they run short on the rent. When client came to our office, Client only had $ 600.00 towards June's rent and does not have July's. LL alleges 1,735.97, total include full rent for June and $ 43.09 balance for May. Cl states he paid all the rent for May. Client filed a Motion to Determine Rent which is really a motion for extension of time.

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 8:28 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 11, 2018
    CONTACT: William G. McCormick, Chair; william.mccormick@gray-robinson.com
    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 954-761-8111

    As a result of the resignation of Circuit Judge John Contini, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for one vacancy on the Broward Circuit Court.

    Applications for the Circuit Court vacancy must be received by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, and should be delivered to:

    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

    c/o William G. McCormick, Chair
    GrayRobinson, P.A.
    401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 1000
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-761-8111
    william.mccormick@gray-robinson.com
    gale.myerowitz@gray-robinson.com

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for at least five years, electors of the state of Florida and residents of the Seventeenth Circuit before taking office.

    The application for nomination to a judicial seat is available at The Florida Bar website www.floridabar.org. To be considered, applicants must submit the following, without exception:

    • One original application, typed and bound securely.
    • One separate redacted copy of the application excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, or other applicable public records law, typed and bound securely.
    • An electronic copy of both the original application and the redacted application, saved in PDF format, each on a separate, password-secured flash drive, with the applicant’s name clearly indicated on the exterior of the flash drives. Each PDF must be a single file not to exceed 8 MB. The applicant shall provide the password(s) for the flash drives on a separate piece of paper and shall not write the password on the exterior of the flash drives. No other attachments or files are to be included on the flash drives.
    • All letters of recommendation that the applicant wishes the commission to consider. The letters shall be included as attachments to the original application and the redacted copy, and shall be included with the applications saved on the flash drives.
    • The financial disclosure information requested in the application, inclusive of a completed Form 6 (Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interest), must be submitted with the original application, the redacted application and the electronic copies of each.
    • A recent photograph of the applicant shall be attached to the application and redacted application, and included as an attachment to the applications saved to the flash drives.
    • Any additional information that the applicant feels may be helpful to the commission in assessing the applicant’s qualifications. The information shall be included as attachments to the application and redacted application, and shall be included with the copies of each saved to the flash drives.

    Applicants are asked to strictly follow all requests and instructions in this notice. Failure to do so could result in an application not being considered.

    The commission strongly suggests that applications be submitted as soon as they are prepared and well before the deadline. Applicant interviews will be scheduled in the order in which applications are received.

    After the deadline for submitting applications, the commission will determine which applicants will be interviewed. Applicants selected will be contacted to confirm the date, time and location of the interviews.

    All proceedings of the commission are open to the public, except for deliberations. Accordingly, applicants should not expect applications and/or information to be kept confidential, subject to applicable Florida Statutes.

    If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor’s Office, which may request additional copies of same.

    If there is any question about the application process, please contact the Chair of the JNC, William G. McCormick, or his assistant, Gale Myerowitz at 954-761-8111.

    SEVENTEENTH CIRCUIT JNC COMMISSIONERS

    William G. McCormick, Chair

    Christina A. McKinnon, Vice-Chair

    Sidney C. Calloway

    Ken J. Joyce

    David Keller

    Russell Marcus

    Christina Sanabria

    Kevin P. Tynan

    Levi G. Williams, Jr.

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  • Friday, July 13, 2018 1:47 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 13, 2018
    CONTACT: Hans Ottinot, Chair, hottinot@sibfl.net
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: (305) 792-1765

    MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court created by the resignation of Circuit Court Judge Stephen T. Millan.

    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for circuit court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

    Applicants must deliver a complete original application by August 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.  No copies shall be required. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered. The original application should be delivered to:

    Hans Ottinot, Esq.
    City Attorney’s Office for
    the City of Sunny Isles Beach
    18070 Collins Avenue
    4th Floor
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL  33160

    In addition to the original application, applicants must e-mail a PDF version of the application to Hans Ottinot, Esq., Chair (hottinot@sibfl.net ) with personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

    Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe.  The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day.  No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website at www.flabar.org and the Office of the Governor at www.flgov.com.  Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered.  Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission.

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS

    Hans Ottinot (Chair)
    City Attorney’s Office for
    the City of Sunny Isles Beach
    18070 Collins Avenue, 4th Floor
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL  33160
    Tel.:  305-792-1765/ Fax:  305-792-1562
    hottinot@sibfl.net
    Hayden P. O’Byrne (Vice Chair)
    K&L Gates
    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900
    200 South Biscayne Blvd.
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-539-3381
    hayden.obyrne@klgates.com

    Luis E. Suárez

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
    100 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 2800
    Miami, FL  33131-2144
    Tel.:  305-539-8400
    Fax:  305-539-1307
    lsuarez@bsfllp.com

     
    Walter James Harvey

    School Board Attorney’s Office
    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
    Miami, FL  33132
    Tel.:  305-995-1304
    Fax:  305-995-1412
    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

    Paul Huck, Jr.

    Jones Day
    Brickell World Plaza
    600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3300
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-714-9700
    Fax:  305-714-9799
    paulhuck@jonesday.com

    Daniel S. Fridman
    White & Case LLP
    Southeast Financial Center
    200 So. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-995-5264
    daniel.fridman@whitecase.com
    Robert H. Fernandez

    Gunster Law Firm
    Brickell World Plaza
    600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3500
    Miami, FL  33131
    Tel.:  305-376-6000
    Fax:  786-425-4119
    rfernandez@gunster.com

    Robert R. Pardo
    Robert R. Pardo, P.A.
    7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512
    Miami, FL  33156
    Tel.:  305-596-7794
    Fax:  305-596-5854
    RPardo@Pardolaw.com
    Christine Hernandez

    Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit, 1350 N.W. 12th Avenue
    Miami, FL  33136
    Tel.:  305-547-0100/ Fax: 305-547-0313
    ChristineHernandez@Miamisao.com

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  • Wednesday, July 04, 2018 2:02 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 21, 2018
    CONTACT: William G. McCormick, Chair; william.mccormick@gray-robinson.com
    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: (954) 761-8111


    As a result of the resignation of County Judge Arlene Simon Backman, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for one vacancy on the Broward County Court.

    1. Applications for this County Court vacancy must be received by 3:00 pm on Friday, July 6, 2018, and should be delivered to:

    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    c/o William G. McCormick, Chair
    GrayRobinson, P.A.
    401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 1000
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    (954) 761-8111
    william.mccormick@gray-robinson.com 
    gale.myerowitz@gray-robinson.com

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All applicants must have been members of the Florida Bar for at least five (5) years, electors of the State of Florida, and residents of the Seventeenth Circuit before taking office.

    2. The Judicial Applications are available at the Florida Bar website www.floridabar.org. To be considered, applicants must submit the following, without exception:

    • One original application, typed and bound securely;

    • One separate redacted copy of the application excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, or other applicable public records law, typed and bound securely;

    • An electronic copy of both the application and the redacted application, saved in PDF format, each on a separate password-secured flash drive, with the applicant’s name clearly indicated on the exterior of the flash drives. Each PDF must be a single file not to exceed 8 Mb. The applicant shall provide the password(s) for the flash drives on a separate piece of paper, and shall not write the password on the exterior of the flash drives. No other attachments or files are to be included on the flash drives.

    • All letters of recommendation that the applicant wishes the Commission to consider. They shall be included as attachments to the original application and the redacted copy and shall be included with the applications saved on the flash drives.

    • The financial disclosure information requested in the application, inclusive of a completed Form 6 (Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interest) must be submitted with the original application, the redacted application and the electronic copies of each.

    • A recent photograph of the applicant shall be attached to the application and redacted application, and included as an attachment to the applications saved to the flash drives.

    • Any additional information that the applicant feels may be helpful to the Commission in assessing the applicant’s qualifications. The information shall be included as attachments to the application and redacted application, and shall be included with the copies of each saved to the flash drives.

    3. Applicants are asked to strictly follow all requests and instructions in this notice. Failure to do so could result in an application not being considered.

    4. The Commission strongly suggests that applications be submitted as soon as they are prepared and well before the deadline.

    5. After the deadline for submitting applications, the Commission will determine which applicants will be interviewed. Applicants selected will be contacted to confirm the date, time and location of the interviews.

    6. All proceedings of the Commission are open to the public, except for deliberations. Accordingly, applicants should not expect applications and/or information to be kept confidential, subject to applicable Florida Statutes.

    7. If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor’s Office, which may request additional copies of same.

    8. If there is any question about the application process, please contact the Chair of the JNC, William G. McCormick, or his assistant, Gale Myerowitz at 954-761-8111.

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  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:50 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 19, 2018
    CONTACT: 
    Hans Ottinot, Chair; hottinot@sibfl.net
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 
    (305) 792-1765


    MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancies in the Miami-Dade County Court created by the resignations of County Court Judges Dawn V. Denaro, Andrea Ricker Wolfson, and Renatha Francis.


    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution and Section 34.021 of the Florida Statutes.



    Applicants must deliver a complete original application by July 20, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. No copies shall be required. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered. The original application should be delivered to:


    Hans Ottinot, Esq.
    City Attorney’s Office for
    the City of Sunny Isles Beach
    18070 Collins Avenue
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160


    In addition to the original application, applicants must e-mail a PDF version of the application to Hans Ottinot, Esq., Chair (hottinot@sibfl.net) with personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. 


    Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.


    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website at www.flabar.org and the Office of the Governor at www.flgov.com. Applicants should include a recent photograph.


    NOTE TO APPLICANTS:  To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission.


    Members of the bench, the Bar, and the public are encouraged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.


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  • Friday, June 08, 2018 12:47 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    MDTLA seeks volunteers to come out and join them in showing the kids a good time. Please come and bring your children if they need community service hours. Anyone wisheing to attend, must register by email to T. Omar Malone, Esq. or via MDTLA.

  • Friday, June 08, 2018 12:43 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Please register here

  • Thursday, June 07, 2018 12:46 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Please find information here about the conference. 

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    Please register here

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