Charlene “Charlie” Andrews, the information technology manager at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., was presented with the And Justice for All Award.The award pays tribute to an outstanding CLSMF staff member “for tireless dedication to the goals of equality and justice for all people.”The winner is recognized each year during the Volusia County Bar Association and CLSMF Pro Bono Awards Ceremony celebrating volunteers who serve low-income people.CLSMF Executive Director Bill Abbuehl, who nominated Andrews for the award, said, “She has spent hundreds of hours testing and fine-tuning what is now a state-of-the-art case management and time-keeping system imperative to bringing us into the 21st century.”The new system makes CLSMF services available to more people by allowing legal advocates to work in the field, where they can now access the client database and gather legal information.In addition to Andrews, those who have donated their time and talent to the CLSMF Volunteer Lawyers Project were honored during the April 29 reception and included William Akers, Evalyn Ruth Anderson, Rebecca Becker, Lawrence Borns, Scott Cichon, Ivan Clements, Edward Donini, Susan Fagan, David Glasser, Rhoda Goodson, Diego Handel, Elan Holtzclaw, J. David Kerce, Stephen Glenn Martin, A. Kathleen McNeilly, Louis Ossinksy, John Pascucci, Stephen Ponder, Edith Ann Shroll, Sylvia Starbuck, and Theodore Zentner.Judge Rushing’s toons displayed in Brooksville Altenbernd gives Law Day address Florida Rural Legal Services presented awards to several local attorneys for their voluntary service in representing indigents in civil matters at the May meeting of the Lakeland Bar Association.The pro bono awards were named after the late Jon H. Anderson, a local attorney who died last year, and was a past president of the Lakeland Bar and chair of the Florida Rural Legal Services board.The award winners and the name of their awards are:• Exceptional Participation — Christopher M. Fear and Pierce J. Guard, Jr.• Outstanding Participation — Lawrence G. Chadband, Daniel Medina, Thomas D. Pulliam, John Marc Tamayo, Nicholas G. Schommer, and Sheryl D. Snodgrass.• Recognition Awards — Ramona L. Blankinship, Samuel G. Crosby, Christopher Desrochers, William M. Midyette III, Joseph J. Nolan, Thomas C. Saunders, and Sheryl D. Snodgrass.Phelps Dunbar recognized for the diversity of its attorneys The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual meeting is set for June 24, in Boca Raton.The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Valencia Room of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, concurrent with the annual meeting of The Florida Bar.Among the items on the agenda will be a proposed statewide campaign for construction and operation of an “Evolution of Justice” living history exhibit at the Florida Supreme Court, a proposal to reinstitute an annual society membership dinner, recommended bylaws revisions, and election of officers and trustees for the coming year.ABA President Archer visits St. Pete Bar Retired Pinellas County Judge Steve Rushing, author of three books of legal humor and a long time contributor to The Florida Bar News/Journal, has been invited to exhibit some of his editorial, political, and legal cartoons at the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery.Judge Rushing’s pen and ink cartoons will be on display now through August 12.Hundreds of Rushing’s “Legal Insanity” cartoons and political/editorial cartoons have been published in numerous journals, newspapers, and magazines over the last 25 years.A reception will be held at the gallery June 16 from 5-7 p.m.Bookman addresses Citrus-Hernando Inn Briefs Briefs The St. Petersburg Bar welcomed ABA President Dennis W. Archer to its Law Day luncheon.St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue presented the colors prior to the singing of the National Anthem by Leila Wilson. Mayor Rick Baker began the program by reading a Law Day Proclamation by the City of St. Petersburg.This year’s Law Day theme: “To Win Equality by Law: Brown v. Board at 50” was showcased in posters by elementary school students lining the room.Archer’s remarks highlighted the importance of Brown, and recognized the significance of the work that lawyers do day-in and day-out.The 2004 Liberty Bell Award recipient was Elder Clarence Welch, former teacher for Pinellas County Schools and the pastor of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ. Judge George W. Greer was presented the Judicial Appreciation Award. The Young Lawyers Scholarship went to Robert Duncan.Also recognized at the luncheon was this year’s recipient of the Judge Frank H. White Diversity Scholarship, Theresa Jean-Pierre.Dade County Bar honors firm for pro bono work FRLS honors volunteer lawyers June 15, 2004 Regular News The spring issue of The Minority Law Journal has recognized Phelps Dunbar for having the highest percentage of African-American lawyers among the 250 largest law firms in the United States.In its annual survey of minority hiring at the nation’s big firms, The Minority Law Journal reported that Phelps Dunbar, which has an office in Tampa, led the nation with the highest percentage of African-American lawyers, at 9.2 percent.The survey was based on data collected by The National Law Journal as part of its census of the country’s 250 largest firms. Two-hundred and thirty six firms, the most ever, provided minority statistics as of September 2003. Phelps Dunbar has been ranked among the top firms in this category the past three years. The firm was first in 2002, among the top three last year, and reclaimed the top spot this year. Phelps Dunbar also received the first ever Defense Research Institute (DRI) National Diversity Award in 2002 to recognize outstanding achievements in the area of diversity.Phelps Dunbar is a regional law firm of over 240 attorneys. Aside from Tampa, the firm also has offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Tupelo, and Gulfport, Mississippi; Houston, Texas; and London.Historical Society to meet in Boca Aaron Resnick and Joshua Spector, associates at Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., recently hosted a young associates breakfast with United States District Court for Southern District of Florida Judge Federico A. Moreno, at Gunster Yoakley’s Miami office.The event was part of the monthly breakfasts that Resnick and Spector are hosting for the area’s young lawyers.Judge Moreno entertained questions about his experiences on the bench and in practice, and offered insight and advice for young associates.Lee County Bar opens referral service The intellectual property law firm of Malloy & Malloy received the “Outstanding Law Firm” award from the Dade County Bar Association’s “Put Something Back” Pro Bono Project.Malloy & Malloy was recognized “for outstanding pro bono contributions,” including “providing pro bono services through individual case acceptance and participation at clinics.”The firm also raised cash for “Put Something Back” by selling Christmas trees on a vacant lot next to their office building on Coral Way near Brickell Avenue during December.The award was accepted by John Cyril Malloy III and Jennie S. Malloy at the association’s 15th Annual Awards Luncheon May 26.Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas was the keynote speaker.“We are proud to give back to our community in the noble tradition of our profession,” John Malloy said.“Put Something Back” is a joint pro bono project of the Dade County Bar Association and the 11th Judicial Circuit.Its 7000-plus members and 225 law firm participants provided tens of thousands of hours of free civil legal services to over 5,000 disadvantaged residents of Miami-Dade County in the past year.Judge Moreno visits with young lawyers Sarasota attorney Mary Alice Jackson has been named the recipient of Stetson University College of Law’s 2004 Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Public Service Award.Jackson is chair of the Hospice of Southwest Florida Board of Directors, former chair of the Bar’s Elder Law Section, and a member and leader of many service and professional organizations.“In today’s legal world where business acumen is sometimes given more play than the tired phrase ‘professionalism,’ it’s particularly significant that awards are given which recognize public service,” Jackson said. “Stetson has been a wonderful leader in promoting public service among its student body within its curriculum and its extracurricular activities.”The award recognizes and honors individuals who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in public service.“I’m grateful for, and stand in no little awe of, the example he has given to attorneys both as a member of the Bar and of our society, and hope to live up to the ideals which this award represents,” Jackson said. Frederick B. Karl has been named the winner of the Ralph A. Marsicano Award, the highest award given by the City, County and Local Government Law Section.The award is given annually to a lawyer who has made significant contributions over a period of time to local government law in the State of Florida.Described by the section as “a legend in Florida local government,” Karl’s most recent local government contribution was as city attorney of Tampa. He has also served as city attorney for Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach and attorney to the Volusia County School Board, and special counsel to Hillsborough County, as well as county administrator and county attorney of Hillsborough County. The County Government Center of Hillsborough County also bears his name, The Fred Karl Administration Center.Karl also is a former justice of the Florida Supreme Court, and former state senator.Jackson wins Stetson’s Smith Award The Lee County Bar Association began operation of its new lawyer referral service June 1.Previously, The Florida Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service handled all calls from Lee County.Lee County Bar Executive Director Dinah Leach said she anticipates the new service will field approximately 12,000 phone calls a year, and the LCBA has hired a full-time LRS coordinator to handle all inquiries.The hours of operation for the new Lee County referral service will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Referral calls may be made to (239) 334-4491.Lee County attorneys interested in joining the service may either download the application from www.leebar.org or may call (239) 334-0047.Florida mediators presents annual involvement awards The Lakeland Bar Association recently presented its annual Jerry DeVane Award to Sam Crosby in honor of his professionalism and its first annual Golden Badge Award to Lakeland Police Officer Jamey Henderson, in recognition of the countless volunteer hours he devoted to youth football programs through the Police Athletic League.The award presented to Sam Crosby states “Jerry A. DeVane Award to Samuel G. Crosby in recognition of his exemplary scholarship, professionalism and collegiality in the practice of law.”The youth football programs led by Officer Henderson provide opportunities for young men who might otherwise be unable to afford to participate. Henderson has been a member of the Lakeland Police Department since October 1997, and prior to joining the force worked with youth in various capacities, serving as a counselor for disabled youth and adults to being an assistant program director for Department of Juvenile Justice contracted halfway houses.Karl wins Marsicano Award The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators’ Community Involvement Committee recently presented its First Annual Community Involvement Awards at the academy’s annual education conference in Orlando.“The board hopes to identify and recognize creative ADR-related programs which help educate Florida residents and students about the benefits of mediation and the mediation profession with small community outreach grants and Community Involvement Awards,” said Bruce A. Blitman, chair of the community involvement committee.The honorees included:• Reichert House Mediation Training Program in Gainesville, an after school mentoring and development program designed for 72 high-risk youth, who are in need of responsibility through organized activities and teamwork.• The Young Diplomats of Ft. Lauderdale, a collaboration between the Broward County Bar Association and the School Board of Broward County’s Diversity and Cultural Outreach Department which promotes conflict resolution, mediation, and respect for all people in their schools and communities.• The Juvenile Offender Mediation Program in Lake City that works to expedite the handling of cases involving juvenile offenders and provides opportunities for victims and alleged offenders to reach mutually acceptable resolutions within a much shorter time frame and provide relief from overcrowded court dockets.• Michael Scholz Memorial Charitable Fund in Miami that provides life-enhancing, hands-on experiences and assistance for individuals of diverse needs and backgrounds. This past summer, the Fund sponsored a two-week summer camp at the Marjory Stoneman-Douglas Biscayne Nature Center for 42 inner-city children.• Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice in Delray Beach. Titled “Bridging Cultural Gaps to Violence Prevention and Intervention,” this program seeks to address the link between students’ awareness of violence and its prevention and their ability to relearn behavioral attitudes to violent behavior.• St. Johns County Collaborative Family Law Group, Inc., in St. Augustine. This group of family law attorneys represent parties in dissolution of marriage actions, in a non-adversarial setting, the group seeks to promote the benefits of the collaborative process to parties in need of family law attorneys —especially to minor children.As part of the recognition, the honorees also received $250 community involvement grants.Blitman said the academy hopes to continue with this new tradition for many years to come.“Please help us find exceptional programs like this year’s recipients,” he said. “If you are involved in such a program, please contact our Community Involvment Committee. Similarly, if you are an academy member with a proposal for creating and developing a new ADR-related project in your community, furnish our committee with a detailed outline of your proposal.”Contact Blitman at (954) 437-3446 or [email protected] honors its volunteers Second District Court of Appeal Chief Judge Chris W. Altenbernd delivered the Law Day address to a packed county commission board room in Highlands County.Judge Altenbernd described his work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1969, his sophomore year at Harvard, when he lived and worked with the black community in Greenville, Mississippi. He said that he would put the children on school busses, “hoping they would come back.”He said Brown v. Board of Education “was one of the great times when our faith was tested,” and told the audience about the time when he made the near fatal mistake of taking a truckload of black children to the local Dairy Queen. The owners did not want to serve the black children, and did so ever so slowly, taking enough time to allow the store to recruit some help. Before the order was done, Altenbernd and his 7-year-old children had company, two pickup trucks of guys with ax handles and guns. Judge Altenbernd said he drove away quickly.Judge Altenbernd stated that “ Brown is a wonderful topic because it allows us to examine our faith in both our ideals and our laws in a context in which we can learn from our failures and celebrate our successes.”Lakeland Bar honors volunteers Bar President-elect Designate Alan Bookman recently addressed the Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court.Bookman joined the members of the inn for dinner at Glen Lakes Country Club and then talked about the recently completed legislative session and fielded a variety of questions from the audience.The Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court was created in 1999 by a core group of attorneys from the two counties who were interested in improving the skills, ethics, and professionalism of attorneys and in providing their colleagues an opportunity to meet regularly with other lawyers in an informal setting to provide educational experiences to improve and enhance the abilities of both lawyers and judges.This 60-member group meets monthly to “break bread” and hold programs and discussions that promote interaction and collegiality among all legal professionals.Attorneys in the Citrus-Hernando area who are interested in becoming a member of this Inn of Court may contact the Inn Administrator Gerrie Bishop at (352) 754-4284.
Although several residents lost power Sunday night, it appears the area dodged the worst of the severe weather.Multiple announcements were made by the National Weather Service, including tornado warnings throughout Southeastern Indiana.There were approximately 1400 Duke Energy customers without power in Decatur, Dearborn, Franklin and Ripley counties as of 8p.m. Within twelve hours, power was near complete restoration.There are roughly 100 Duke Energy customers in Decatur County, 82 in Dearborn County and 78 in Ripley County hoping to get the lights back on Monday morning.According to the Decatur County REMC, there are no customer outages as of 8 a.m. Monday.Commuters may have noticed street lights and traffic signals out of operation as a result of the storms Sunday evening. In Batesville, approximately 1000 residents lost power after a blown transformer about 5:52 p.m., according to Batesville Police.“Trees and limbs were down. Some power outages in part of town, otherwise I believe we faired pretty well,” said a Batesville Police Department spokesman.