19 Dec

Legal Roundup:

first_img Legal Roundup: Stetson Wins: Stetson University College of Law’s trial team recently won the regional Association of Trial Lawyers competition in Atlanta. The student trial team of Cameron Croft, Brandon Held, Dennis McCarthy, and Susan Gregory defeated a team from Wake Forest in the final round. Sixteen teams from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina competed. LSGMI Staff Awards: Marcia K. Cypen was recently honored by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., for 30 years of service. Cypen, who has been executive director of LSGMI since 1983, was praised for devoting her professional career to LSGMI, and for her efforts to improve and expand the delivery of legal services to the poor. Other honorees included Margaret F. Zehren, 15 years of service; and Laverne Pinkney, 10 years of service. Jeffrey Hearne received the Alfred Feinberg Memorial Award for his advocacy on behalf of clients, particularly in the area of predatory lending. Lissette Labrousse was recognized for five years of service and Monica Vigues-Pitan received the Blanca Fiallo Memorial Award for her professionalism and dedication to clients. Pictured from the left are Cypen and Darrell Payne, LSGMI president. Community Foundation Appoints Board: The Community Foundation of Broward recently appointed Carlos J. Reyes as chair of its board of directors for 2006. New members of the board also include Linda L. Gill, Raymond Leightman, Albert Miniaci, and Myrtle Potter. The Community Foundation of Broward helps donors become philanthropists by connecting them to causes they care about so they can make a difference through strategic giving. A public organization with more than $60 million in assets, it has allocated $25 million to the community in its 22-year history. Seminar Helps Lawyers Represent the Indigent: The Volusia/Flagler Association for Women Lawyers will present three seminars designed to provide attorneys with the competence and confidence to advise and represent indigent parties in areas of law with which they are unfamiliar. The seminars are particularly directed to public defenders and state attorneys, who would like to do pro bono service in civil matters, but are not sufficiently familiar with civil law practice involving family law, consumer law, housing issues, and problems of the disabled or elderly. Seminar materials will be made available for continuing reference by attorneys who wish to accept pro bono cases or advise at the legal advice clinics offered by Community Legal Services of Mid Florida. The first seminar will address family law issues April 21. The second seminar on May 19 will deal with bankruptcy, foreclosure, and the latest refinance scams. The third seminar on June 9 will cover guardianships and estate planning for low income people, mobile home law, and landlord/tenant issues. All three seminars carry CLE credits. For more information call Suzanne Ronneau at (386) 248-8117 or C. Kim Banister at (386) 255-6573. Upchurch Watson on Mediation: Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group recently hosted a two-day presentation on mediation and arbitration for the Executive Committee’s Volusia/Flagler Chapter, an organization of chief executive officers. Circuit court mediators A. Michelle Jernigan and Michael S. Orfinger discussed how to cut legal costs and reduce delay through use of mediation and arbitration clauses in contracts. Also on the agenda were employment dispute resolution and the effective selection and use of mediators and arbitrators. Legal Roundup: April 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img

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