August 1, 2002 Regular News Dade trial lawyers honor Friedman The immigration law firm of Latour & Lleras is offering free paralegal preparation of the N-400 citizenship application for any active U.S. Armed Forces enlisted military personnel who are interested in taking advantage of the July 4 executive order where President George W. Bush is forgiving the three-year permanent residency time period for active U.S. Armed Forces military personnel interested in becoming U.S. citizens.Latour & Lleras will prepare and submit to the INS the citizenship application forms on behalf of qualified enlisted personnel eligible under the program.All interested parties must contact Latour & Lleras no later than December 31 to participate in this free service. The firm will not be acting as attorneys, but will simply assist in the completion and submission of the necessary forms.The required N-400 Citizenship application form, supplemental biographic form, and program eligibility forms will be completed by participants with the assistance of the paralegals and legal assistants of the firm on a no-fee basis. Participants, however, will be required to pay any required fees payable to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. UNDER THE THEME of “Assuring Equal Justice for All,” the Miami Beach Bar Association closed its celebration of Law Month with its Annual Law Month Judicial Reception. Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart and Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas provided the keynote speeches at a recent luncheon. Chief Judge Joseph P. Farina was the master of ceremonies. The Miami Beach Bar Association sponsors events tailored to educate children about the legal system. Contests take place in the form of essays and posters in nine different categories and the winners, Dylan Vigil from North Beach Elementary and Angel Piscola from Feinberg-Fisher Elementary, were invited to attend the reception to receive their awards. Pictured from the left are Pedro A. Cofino, president of the Miami Beach Bar, Piscola, Diaz-Balart, and Scott Jontiff, chair of the Law Month event. Local and Voluntary Bar News, August 1, 2002 Latimer wins Futch Award Stetson University College of Law won the championship round of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.Stetson students Kristy Harrington of Orlando and Stephanie Zimmerman of St. Petersburg won the final round and were coached by Professor Lawrence Rosenthal. Travis Coy and Jennifer Kim, coached by Professor Stephanie Vaughan and 2001 Stetson graduate Jennifer Card, advanced to the semifinal rounds. Stetson was the only Florida law school to have two teams advance to the semifinals.“This is the premier Florida competition,” said Vaughan, “We are starting off the year as state champions, and we are very proud of the students’ accomplishments.”Stetson defeated Nova Southeastern University in the championship round of the competition. Other law schools in the competition included University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Miami, and Barry University. Pinellas County paralegals to gather The Pinellas County Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida will meet July 8 at 6:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.Judge David A. Demers will speak on the topic of “Overview of the Court System.”The association also will meet August 12 beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.Judge Frank Quesada and Karen Gotto will speak on the topic of “Major Changes in the Juvenile System and Unified Family Court.”For more information call Patricia Weaver at (727) 586-4224. JUDGE FLORENCE W. FOSTER was the guest of honor at a luncheon hosted by Judges Susan Sexton and Claudia Isom in July in Tampa. Present for the occasion were Judge Charlene Honeywell, Judge Denise Pomponio, Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, Judge Cheryl Thomas, Judge Susan Bucklew, Judge Marva Crenshaw, Judge Vivian Maye, and Judge Barbara Fleischer. In addition to the attendees, Judge Charlotte Anderson, Judge Christine Vogel, Judge Debra Behnke, Judge Katherine Essrig, and Judge Cynthia Holloway joined in presenting Judge Foster with a sterling silver charm bracelet engraved with the words “Veritas et Justitia,” (motto from the seal of the 13th Judicial Circuit) as a remembrance of her more than 11 years of service as a circuit judge. Since assuming the bench in January 1991, Judge Foster has been active in bar activities and has provided service to The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism; chaired the 13th Judicial Circuit Mentorship Project; and been a judge/master and president of two chapters of the American Inns of Court, the Tampa Bay Inn of Court, and The Family Law Inn. Judge Foster served in the juvenile, family law, and felony drug court divisions during her judicial career. Vendor luncheon set for Lee County Firm offers help to soldiers Judge Honeywell to lead William Glenn Terrell American Inn of Court Board of Governors member Henry Latimer was recently awarded the Lynn Futch Professionalism in Practice Award from the Broward County Bar Association.The award was presented at the Broward County Bar Association Annual Installation Dinner, where more than 300 attended, and officially recognized newly appointed board members and office holders for the Broward County Bar.In addition, several awards were given to those who have exhibited superior skills and exceptional knowledge in the legal profession. Local area attorneys, judges, and state government officials such as Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Ft. Lauderdale, were in attendance.The Lynn Futch Professionalism in Practice Award recognizes those “who exhibit the highest characteristics of professionalism in his or her daily practice, as well as in their personal life.” In order to be considered for the award, one must act as a role model and mentor for the community, maintain credibility and integrity, display a sense of demeanor and decorum, while retaining a respect and courtesy to counsel, the court, and all parties involved.“We were pleased to bestow this year’s Lynn Futch Award on Henry Latimer,” said Douglas McIntosh, chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee for the Broward Country Bar. “Henry Latimer is not only a skilled trial attorney, but a true gentleman, community leader, and role model for the leaders of tomorrow.”Most of his community involvement is through the Laura Latimer Free Legal Clinic, named for Latimer’s late sister who was also very involved in community service. The Lee County Bar and the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will hold a vendor luncheon September 17, 2002 at Harborside Convention Center in Ft. Myers.The guest luncheon speaker is Charles J. Santangelo of Hildebrandt International, presenting “Trends in the Florida Legal Profession.”Each year, the chapter hosts a vendor luncheon, co-sponsored by either the Lee County or the Collier County Bar Association. More than 35 vendors of legal services and products are invited to provide materials and information. Attorneys and administrators have an opportunity to win door prizes and engage in one-on-one discussions with the vendors, learning about state-of-the-art services and equipment resulting in efficient work environments. The luncheon cost is $15, the speaker and vendor meetings are free.To register call Paul Bagley at (239) 277-1718. Judge Charlene E. Honeywell will serve as president of the Justice William Glenn Terrell American Inn of Court in Tampa for 2002-2003.Other officers include President-elect Tom Elligett; Counselor Joryn Jenkins; Executive Director Kelley C. Howard; Secretary Margaret Mathews; Treasurer William Kalish; and CLE Chair Wayne Lee Thomas. CHIEF JUDGE JOSEPH P. FARINA, left, of the 11th Circuit recently received the Judicial Achievement Award at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Annual Convention. The Judicial Achievement Award is presented to a jurist who has been dedicated to the preservation of individual rights and free access to the courts. Presenting the award to Chief Judge Farina is board member Herman J. Russomanno, who said Judge Farina was recognized for his outstanding contributions and dedicated service to the people of the state of Florida. IN CELEBRATION OF LAW DAY the South Palm Beach County Bar Association placed speakers at various schools through the South County area. Thirty schools and more than 30 attorneys and court personnel participated in the South County Law Day programs. More than 2,300 students also received a copy of the booklet “All About the Constitution of the United States of America.” Pictured is John A. Willis, right, with Spanish River High School teacher Stewart Klager. TO INFORM AND EDUCATE VOTERS about upcoming judicial races, the Palm Beach County Bar recently sponsored a “Judicial Candidate Forum.” The forum was taped and can be seen in its entirety Monday evenings at 6 p.m., and Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. during the month of August on local channel 20. “The bar association provided the program as a public service to the community,” said Gregory Coleman, PBCBA president. “We hope people will watch the forum and will be better informed when they go to the polls on September 10.” Currently, there are 12 candidates running for five judicial seats in Palm Beach County, including four circuit court seats and one county seat. Pictured in the front row from the left are: William McAfee, Karen Miller, Darren Shull, and John P. Marinelli. In the second row from left are William Berger, Diana Lewis, Bennett Cohn, Martin Colin, Jeffrey Winikoff, Laura Johnson, and Carman Leon. In the third row from the left are forum moderators Ted Deckert, chair of the PBCBA’s Judicial Campaign Practices Commission, and Amy Smith, immediate past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. THE CARIBBEAN BAR ASSOCIATION, T.J. Reddick Bar Association, and the Haitian Lawyers Association recently hosted a Joint Judicial Reception in honor of the 17th Judicial Circuit. Among those in attendance were Judge Joe Murphy, Babacar M’Bow of the African-American Research and Cultural Center, Michelle Tomlinson, secretary of the Caribbean Bar, Marlon A. Hill, president of the Caribbean Bar, Dahlia Walker, vice president of the Caribbean Bar, Patricia SaintVil-Joseph, president of the Caribbean Bar, Barry Shaw of Mellon Bank, Mertella Burris, a board member of the T.J. Reddick Bar, Hilary Creary, a board member, T.J. Reddick Bar, and Charlie Levy, president-elect or the T.J. Reddick Bar. Stetson captures moot court crown Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Friedman was recently honored by the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association with the group’s first annual Judge Steven Levine Award for outstanding service to the judiciary and the legal community.Dade County Trial Lawyers Association President Mike Haggard also presented a plaque anouncing the creation of the award to 11th Circuit Judge Levine’s widow, Tracy Howard.Judge Levine was was killed by a drunk driver in a traffic accident last December.