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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:42 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill two vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. A joint screening committee of Florida Bar Board of Governors members and Board of Bar Examiners members will recommend six nominees for two lawyer vacancies at its May 24 meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill two five-year terms commencing Nov. 1 and expiring on Oct. 31, 2024. Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before March 22 for one three-year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Anyone interested in applying for this vacancy may download the “Questionnaire for Public Member Vacancy” or call the Bar at 850-561-5757 to obtain the questionnaire.

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 10:51 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    3RD DCA JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR TWO COURT VACANCIES

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 23, 2019
    CONTACT: Harout J. Samra, Chair; harout.samra@dlapiper.com
    3rd District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission 
    TELEPHONE: 305-423-8500


    The 3rd District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Ron DeSantis with nominees for the vacancies in the 3rd District Court of Appeal resulting from the elevations of Justice Barbara Lagoa and Justice Robert J. Luck to the Florida Supreme Court. The JNC seeks and encourages a broad, diverse and qualified pool of applicants.

    Anyone interested in applying must deliver a complete original application to:

    Harout J. Samra, Chair

    3rd District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission

    c/o DLA Piper LLP

    200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2500

    Miami, FL 33131

    harout.samra@dlapiper.com

    The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

    Instructions for submission:

    • The complete original and signed application must be submitted by the deadline. A photograph is encouraged but not required. To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions in the application must be fully and completely answered. In addition, applications should include current and accurate contact information for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel and references. If there is requested information missing from an application, the Judicial Nominating Commission will consider the applicant’s lack of effort in submitting a complete application.
    • In addition to the original application, applicants must provide an electronic copy in PDF format of the original application and an electronic redacted copy in PDF format of the original application redacting information exempt under Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or other applicable public records laws. Please send both electronic copies by email to each of the nine commissioners listed below. The electronic copy will not be accepted in place of a timely submitted original application.

    Potential applicants are advised that the commission intends to hold interviews from March 6 through March 8, 2019. These dates are subject to change. Applicants receiving interviews will be separately notified of the exact date, time and location of the interview. Separate public notice will be provided when the interview schedule is approved by the commission.

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

    The commission members are:

    Harout J. Samra, Chair

    DLA Piper LLP

    200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2500

    Miami, FL 33131-5341

    Telephone: 305-423-8534

    Email: harout.samra@dlapiper.com

     

    Richard D. Lara, Vice-Chair

    Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

    7007 NW 77th Ave.

    Miami, FL 33166

    Telephone: 305-644-4824

    Email: rlara@sbscorporate.com

     

    Adam M. Foslid

    Greenberg Traurig LLP

    333 S.E. 2nd Ave.

    Miami, FL 33131

    Telephone: 305-579-0553

    Email: foslida@gtlaw.com

     

    Eric A. Hernandez

    Hernandez Lee Martinez LLC

    9190 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 204

    Miami Shores, FL 33138

    Telephone: 305-842-2101

    Email: eric@hlmlegal.com

     

    Lindsey Lazapoulos Friedman

    United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida

    99 NE 4th St.

    Miami, FL 33132

    Email: lazopoulosfriedman@gmail.com

     

    Michael A. Pineiro

    Marcus Neiman Rashbaum & Pineiro LLP

    2 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1750

    Miami, FL 33131

    Telephone: 305-400-4268

    Email: mpineiro@mnrlawfirm.com

     

    Raquel A. Rodriguez

    McDonald Hopkins, LLC

    Southeast Financial Center

    200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2600

    Miami, FL 33131-5324

    Telephone: 305-704-3990

    Email: rrodriguez@mcdonaldhopkins.com


    Justin J. Sayfie

    Sayfie Law Firm

    401 E. Las Olas Blvd., 14th Floor

    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

    Telephone: 954-954-523-2427

    Email: justin@sayfielawfirm.com

     

    Robert A. Spottswood

    Spottswood Companies, Inc.

    506 Fleming St.

    Key West, FL 33040

    Telephone: 305-294-6100

    Email: rspottswood@spottswood.com

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  • Monday, January 28, 2019 10:46 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    11TH CIRCUIT JNC EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR TWO JUDICIAL VACANCIES


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 25, 2019
    CONTACT: Hayden P. O’Byrne., Chair; hayden.obyrne@klgates.com
    11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission 
    TELEPHONE: 305-539-3381


    The 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is extending the deadline for applications to fill the vacancies in the 11th Judicial Circuit created by the elevation of Judge Eric Hendon and Judge Bronwyn Miller. 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 submit three copies (3) of their application by 5 pm on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 as follows. (Note: All prior applications will be considered without the need to re-apply.)

    The original unredacted paper application shall be delivered to:

    Hayden P. O’Byrne

    K&L Gates, LLP

    200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor

    Miami, FL 33131-2399

    The original unredacted application shall be emailed in .pdf format to: hayden.obyrne@klgates.com.

    A redacted .pdf of the application shall be emailed to eleventhcircuitjnc@klgates.com. Personal information not subject to public disclosure — such as the Social Security number — shall be redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes.

    Untimely applications will not be considered. The filename for .pdf applications should be as follows “19.1.18 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME Circuit Application (redacted /unredacted).”

    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.floridabar.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 email addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the commission.

    The 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will confer at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, to schedule interviews. A room will be made available to members of the public (K&L Gates, LLP, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd. 39th Floor, Miami, FL 33131) who wish to attend.

    11TH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS:

    Hayden P. O’Byrne (Chair)

    K&L Gates

    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900

    200 S. 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 Ave., Suite 400

    Miami, FL 33132

    Tel.: 305-995-1304/Fax: 305-995-1412

    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net

     

    Scott M. Dimond

    Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A.

    Offices at Grand Bay Plaza

    2665 South Bayshore Drive, PH 2B

    Miami, FL 33133

    305-374-1920

    sdimond@dkrpa.com

     

    Robert H. Fernandez

    Gunster Law Firm Brickell World Plaza

    600 Brickell Ave., Suite 3500

    Miami, FL 33131

    Tel.: 305-376-6000/Fax: 786-425-4119

    rfernandez@gunster.com

     

    Daniel S. Fridman

    White & Case LLP

    Southeast Financial Center

    200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4900

    Miami, FL 33131

    Tel.: 305-995-5264

    daniel.fridman@whitecase.com

     

    Christine Hernandez

    United States Attorney’s Office

    99 N.E. 4th St.

    Miami, Fl. 33132

    Tel.: 305-961-9001

    cherna25@aol.com

     

    Paul Huck, Jr.

    Jones Day

    600 Brickell Ave.

    Brickell World Plaza, Suite 3300

    Miami, FL 33131

    Tel.: 305-714-9700/Fax: 305-714-9799

    paulhuck@jonesday.com

     

    Jorge A. Mestre

    Rivero Mestre, LLP

    2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 1000

    Miami, FL 33134

    Tel: 305-445-2500

    jmestre@riveromestre.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

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  • Monday, January 14, 2019 12:28 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Serving on a Florida Bar committee can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance our profession and to improve the services we provide the citizens of our state and our members.

    Some of the factors considered in making committee appointments are: prior service to The Florida Bar and voluntary bar organizations; the need to infuse new members into a committee; and diversity of gender, ethnicity, geography, and area of practice. I will also consider previous committee participation and contributions.

    BY JANUARY 16, 2018 – PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:


    IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING ON A STANDING COMMITTEE AND YOUR TERM EXPIRES IN 2018,

    you must submit your committee preference form by January 16, 2018, to be considered for reappointment. To check your term on a committee, please select your committee from this listing.

    IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY SERVING ON A STANDING COMMITTEE, AND WANT TO BE CONSIDERED,

    submit the committee preference form by January 16, 2018. Your comments concerning your participation in Bar-related activities, your qualifications and interests will be particularly helpful.

    IF YOU ARE SERVING ON A SUBSTANTIVE LAW COMMITTEE AND WANT TO CONTINUE,

    you must submit your committee preference form by January 16, 2018, to be considered for reappointment.

  • Monday, January 14, 2019 12:25 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy Class VII.  The Leadership Academy is open to all Florida Bar members who are in good standing. In an effort to achieve diversity among the participants, qualified individuals will be sought from different backgrounds, large and small law firms, the private and public sectors, different practice areas, and different geographical areas of the state. Email  Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy 2019-2020 Application to: leadershipacademyclassVII@floridabar.org. Visit https://www.floridabar.org/about/academy/ for more information. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.


  • Monday, January 14, 2019 12:16 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FLORIDA BAR SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSIONS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 14, 2018
    CONTACT: Darla Marsters, dmarsters@floridabar.org
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: 850-561-5667


    There is one lawyer vacancy on each of Florida’s 26 Judicial Nominating Commissions, and The Florida Bar has the opportunity to nominate three lawyers for each commission to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2019.

    Applicants must be members of The Florida Bar engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their term.

    Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the Judicial Nominating Commission Application for Appointment from the Bar’s website, www.floridabar.org, or call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5667 to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300 or submitted via email to jncform@floridabar.org no later than 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

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  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:55 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2019 Medal of Honor Awards. The Medal of Honor Award is the highest award that can be bestowed by the Foundation. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by Florida residents in improving our state's justice system. Recipients are selected in two categories. The first category is for a member of The Florida Bar actively engaged in the practice of law.  The second category is for a non-lawyer, or an attorney who is not actively engaged in the practice of law.  The Florida Bar Foundation will be accepting nominations until February 1, 2019. Please submit your nominations here or use the buttons below. 


    MEDAL OF HONOR
    NON-LAWYER NOMINATION FORM

    MEDAL OF HONOR
    LAWYER NOMINATION FORM


  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:54 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:49 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Haitian Lawyers Association is proud to announce that it is now accepting scholarship applications for the year 2019. Each selected student will be awarded at least $1,200. The selected student will also be invited to attend HLA’s annual gala, to be held on March 16, 2019, at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, the Applicant *must*:

    · Be of Haitian descent

    · Be in good academic standing

    · Submit a transcript

    · Submit a personal statement (maximum two pages) that describes the student’s involvement in the community, the student’s financial need for the scholarship as well as the reason(s) the student believes he/she is better qualified for the scholarship.

    . Submit a professional headshot photo to be included in the gala program book in the event that the student is chosen as a scholarship recipient.

    . Conduct an interview with the president of HLA. Selected Applicants will be provided with further details.

    *All documents except for the photo *must* be submitted as one (1) pdf file.

    The documents mentioned above must be submitted via email to *info@haitianlawyersassociation.org* and Veronique Malebranche at *vmalebranche@hotmail.com* no later than 5:00 pm on February 8, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be announced by February 15, 2019.

    Haitian Lawyers Association is proud to announce that it is now accepting scholarship applications for the year 2019
  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 9:51 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


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