Florida appellate judges facing merit retention elections, 2002

first_imgJerry R. Parker BIRTHDATE: March 13, 1940 BIRTHPLACE: Oilton, OK SPOUSE: Linda McKnight Parker CHILDREN: Two DEGREES: Masters of Laws in Judicial Process, University of Virginia, 1992; J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1966; B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1963. Melvia B. Green BIRTHDATE: November 13, 1953 BIRTHPLACE: Miami CHILDREN: Three DEGREES: J.D., Dean’s List – Senior Year, University of Miami School of Law, 1978; B.S., Alpha Lambda Delta – Collegiate Women’s Honor Society, Northwestern University, 1975. First District Court of Appeal Martha C. Warner BIRTHDATE: October 10, 1950 BIRTHPLACE: St. Louis, MO SPOUSE: Thomas E. Warner CHILDREN: Three DEGREES: LL.M., University of Virginia, 1995; J.D. with high honors, University of Florida Law School, 1974; B.A., magna cum laude, The Colorado College, 1971. William D. Palmer BIRTHDATE: August 22, 1952 BIRTHPLACE: Adrian, MI SPOUSE: Nancy S. Palmer CHILDREN: Five DEGREES: J.D. cum laude, Boston College Law School, 1976; B.S. in Management Science (with honors), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Third District Court of Appeal David M. Gersten BIRTHDATE: May 14, 1951 BIRTHPLACE: Miami Beach SPOUSE: Sherri Miller Gersten CHILDREN: Four DEGREES: J.D., University of Florida, 1975; B.A., History, University of Florida, 1973. Fourth District Court of Appeal Second District Court of Appeal Mark E. Polen BIRTHDATE: March 29, 1945 BIRTHPLACE: Aurora, IL SPOUSE: Barbara Freeman Polen CHILDREN: Six DEGREES: J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1969; Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Iowa, 1966; attended National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno, 1981, 1983, 1988, and 1989; attended The Institute of Judicial Administration’s Appellate Judges Seminar, New York University School of Law, 1991; American Bar Association Appellate Judges Seminar, Nevada, 1993. George A. Shahood BIRTHDATE: February 19, 1938 BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville SPOUSE: C. Kay Shahood CHILDREN: Two DEGREES: L.L.B., Mercer University, 1968; B.A., Emory University, 1959. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 2000-present; private practice, Palmer & Palmer, P.A., 1997-00 and Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A., 1976-97. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar: Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 1989-95, chair, 1992-94,1998-present; Judicial Nominating Commission Institute, chair, 1999-00; Judicial Administration, Selection, and Tenure Committee, 1995-98; Ninth Circuit Grievance Committee, 1984-87, chair 1986; The Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board, 1981-84; Fee Arbitration Committee, 1991-94; Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section, vice chair, Programs Committee, 1995-96; Family Law Section, vice chair, Amicus Committee, 1993-95, director, Pro Bono Appellate Project, 1993-95, and co-chair, Florida Bar Journal Committee, 1993-95. Orange County Bar Association: Chair, Arbitration Service, 1994-96; chair, Bar Briefs and Publications Committee, 1980-82; chair, Fee Arbitration Committee, 1983-84; Professionalism Committee, 1999-present; Special Project to Develop Code of Professionalism, 1989; twice named Outstanding Committee Chair. American Bar Association: Litigation Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Pro Bono/School Mediation Sub-committee chair; Dispute Resolution Section, Publications Committee co-chair and Litigation Seminar chair, 1999. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Member, board of directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida; Episcopal Church of the New Covenant; former director, Florida Hospital Foundation; former chair of the board, Central Florida Helpline; Judicial Nominating Commission, Ninth Judicial Circuit, 1986-90, chair 1988-89; former mentor, Orange County Compact Program. HONORS & AWARDS: AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; William Reese Smith, Jr., Pro Bono Award, 1997; Boston College: Editor-in-Chief, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, 1975-76, and Lyne, Woodworth and Evarts Award for most outstanding contribution to any law school publication, 1976; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Valedictorian of School of Management, Rensselaer Medal of Honor scholarship, Wall St. Journal Award for outstanding management student and Management Honor Society. PUBLICATIONS: Authored numerous publications including Palmer, William D., “Top Ten Lapses of Professionalism in Appellate Practice,” Orange County Bar Brief, 2002; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., “Dealing with Visitation Problems,” Orange County Bar Briefs, 2000; Thompson, Patricia H.; DeVaney, Donna Brooks; Camp, John A;, and Palmer, William D., “Chapter 8: Consumer and Customer Disputes,” Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Litigator’s Handbook, ABA Section of Litigation, 2000; Palmer, William D., “Professionalism: A Way of Life, Not a Set of Rules,” Orange County Bar Briefs, 2000; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., “Visitation Violations,” Focus on the Family Single-Parent Family, 2000; Palmer, William D., “Determining the Best Interest of the Child: The Resolution of Name Disputes in Paternity Actions,” The Florida Bar Journal, 1999; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., “Blending One Big Happy Family,” Family Advocate, 1998; Palmer, William D. and Jontz, Jeffery, “Changes in Florida Law Can Impact Non-complete Clauses,” Orlando Business Journal, 1998; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., “Family Mediation: Good for Clients, Good for Lawyers,” The Compleat Lawyer, 1996; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., The Family Puzzle – Putting the Pieces Together: A Guide to Parenting the Blended Family, Pinon Press, 1996; Palmer, William D., “Arbitration and Med-Arb: Two Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods,” Family Law Commentator, 1996; Palmer, William D. and Nancy S., “Family Mediation” chapter, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Florida II, Florida Bar Publication, 1995; Palmer, William D., “A Jury Trial Primer for Family Practitioners,” Family Law Commentator, 1994. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS : Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court, July 1, 2002; justice, Florida Supreme Court, 1994-02; chief judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1983-85; judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1977-94; acting circuit and county court judge during tenure on district court; trial and appellate lawyer, 1964-77. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES : Chair, Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism, 1995-97; vice chair, Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions; member, Supreme Court Commission on Structure of Trial and Appellate Courts; member, Florida Bar Commission on Merit Retention Elections; lecturer, The Florida Bar CLE courses on multiple topics; lecturer on various topics at all Florida law schools; graduate, National College of State Trial Judges and New York University Program for Appellate Judges; active in leadership roles in local and state bar associations; founder and president of American Inns of Court in South Florida. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES : Active in leadership roles in numerous South Florida civic and charitable activities and fund raising prior to service on bench; while fund-raising ceased upon becoming judge, civic and charitable activities continued. Past service as member of Board of Advisors of law schools at Nova Southeastern University and St. Thomas. HONORS & AWARDS : Founding chair of Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism; four times nominated by Florida Supreme Court Nominating Commission for appointment to Florida Supreme Court; member and officer, charter class of Master of Laws in the judicial process program at University of Virginia; ex officio member, American Bar Association Judicial Conference Committee on the Master’s Degree Program; ABA Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics. PUBLICATIONS : 25 Nova L. Rev. XIII (Spring 2001) “Introduction on Children In Justice System”; 10 St. Thomas L. Rev. 25 (Fall 1997) “Indigenous Renascence: Law, Culture & Society in the 21st Century,” “Humanity And Humaneless: Communities Coming Together on Issues of Human Relations to Achieve Social Justice for Indigenous Peoples,” 9 St. Thomas L. Rev. 493 (Spring 1997) Criminal Law Symposium “Limitations of the Adversary Approach in our Criminal Justice System;” 9 St. Thomas L. Rev. 5 (Fall 1996), “Legal Ethics and the Struggle of Native Americans”; “Florida Constitutional Law A View from the Middle,” 18 Nova L. Rev. 1277 (1993); “Mediation on Appeal,” 64 Fla. B.J. 31 (Jan. 1990); “I Do Solemnly Swear,” 63 Fla. B.J. 9 (Nov. 1989); “A Second Chance: Learning What Law School Never Taught Me,” 10 Nova L. Rev. 289 (Winter, 1986); “The Shape and Size of Florida’s Judiciary,” 60 Fla. B.J. 21 (July/Aug. 1986); “Selective Publication: Better Than Nothing At All,” 58 Fla. B.J. 651 (Dec. 1984); “Selective Publication: An Alternative to the PCA?,” 34 U. Fla. L. Rev. 189 (1982); “The Local Bar Grassroots Public Relations,” Fla. B.J.; drafted manual of internal operating procedures for the Fourth District Court of Appeal; Board of Editors for The Florida Bar’s Continuing Legal Education publications on appellate practice and comparative negligence; author and contributor, numerous articles for newspapers and other publications on U.S. legal system and constitutional law. FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Nassau, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla, Walton, Washington W. Matthew Stevenson BIRTHDATE: October 16, 1953 BIRTHPLACE: Key West SPOUSE: Dannette Stevenson CHILDREN: Three DEGREES: J.D., Florida State University, 1978; B.A., Criminology, Florida State University, 1975. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Chief judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1999-01; judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1989-present; circuit court judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, 1986-88; private practice, 1974-85. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Supreme Court Committee on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, chair, 1998- present; The Florida Legislature Committee on Legislative Reform of Judicial Administration, chair, 1998; FCEC Special Committee on Evaluation and Administration of Florida’s Judicial Education Programs, chair, 1998; Florida Court Education Council Publications Committee, chair, 2001-present; Committee on Trial Court Performance and Accountability, member, 1999-present; Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, member, 2000-present; Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies faculty member, 1992-present; Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee, member, 1987-98; Court Education Trust Fund, member, 1992-95; Appellate Judges Conference Education Committee, member, 1992-99; Appellate Rules Committee, The Florida Bar, member, 1990-93; ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Education, member, 2000; Planning Committee for ABA “Compleat Appellate Judge” Seminar, member, 2000-02; ABA Oversight Committee for University of Virginia Masters in the Judicial Process Program, chair, 1999-00; The Florida Bar, 1974; Martin County Bar Association; admitted to practice in Florida, 1974; The United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, 1982; admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 1985. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: American Heart Association, Board of Directors, Martin County Unit, 1982-89; general co-chair, Martin County Heart Ball, 1983; director, Martin County Council of the Arts, 1996; Palm City Presbyterian Choir HONORS & AWARDS: Phi Beta Kappa, The Colorado College, 1971; Order of the Coif, University of Florida Law School, 1974; member of the Editorial Board, University of Florida Law Review, 1974; Phi Kappa Phi, Honorary Social Science Fraternity, 1974; Outstanding Jurist of 1992, Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar. PUBLICATIONS: “A Quality Improvement Project in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ,” 41 The Judges’ Journal 16 (2002); “Anders in the Fifty States: Some Appellants’ Equal Protection is More Equal than Others,” 23 Florida State University Law Review 625 (1996); Case Comment, “Conflict of Laws: Florida Fails to Adopt Modern Approach,” 25 University Of Florida Law Review 629 (1973). JUDICIAL EDUCATION: National Judicial College, Reno, NE: 1997 Financial Statements in Court Course; 1997 Judicial Ethics Course; 1996 Essential Skills for the Appellate Judge Course; 1990 Advanced Judicial Writing Specialty Course; 1990 Juvenile and Family Issues for the Appellate Bench Course; 1989 Humanities and Judicial Process Course; 1987 Alcohol, Drugs and the Courts Course; 1985 General Jurisdiction Course. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA: 1990 Jurisprudence, The Individual and Society. American Bar Association, Chicago, IL: 1994 Appellate Judges Seminar, San Diego, CA, Medicine, Law and Ethics in the Appellate Courts; 1993 Appellate Judges Seminar, Stateline, NE, Modern Products Liability, Constitutional Challenges to Environmental Regulation, The Shifting Sands of the Federal & State Constitutions, Increasing Productivity in Appellate Courts, Legal Problems At The Beginning & End of Life, Collegiality On Collegial Courts, Significant Decisions of The U.S. Supreme Court Latest Developments in Computer Aided Research; 1990 Appellate Judges Seminar, Denver, CO, Ethics for Judges, Right To Privacy, Evidentiary & Constitutional Issues in Child Abuse Litigation, Scoping The Appellate Function: What It Is, How It’s Done & How To Do It Better. American Academy of Judicial Education; 1999 Appellate Judges Seminar, Portsmouth, NH, Judicial Reasoning. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Third District Court of Appeal, appointed, April 1989 (retained 1990, 1996); judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, elected 1982, (re-elected 1988); judge, Dade County Court, elected 1980; private practice, 1975-80; Legislative Committee of District Court of Appeal Judges, 1990-00; Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, appellate faculty member, 1994-present; Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, associate dean, appellate division, 1995-96; associate dean, appellate division, St. Thomas University School of Law, associate dean, appellate division, 1994-present; Florida Court Education Council, Supreme Court Appellate member, 1996-present; National Judicial College, Reno, NE, Domestic Violence Course and Ethics, Evidence, Avoiding Bias, Current Tends, Appellate Issues, faculty, 1997-present; Committee on District Court of Appeal Performance & Accountability Committee of the Judicial Management Council, Third District Court of Appeal member, 1998-present; Georgia State Judges Conference, Domestic Violence Perspectives, lecturer, 1999; Dean Evaluation Committee, Florida College of Advanced Studies, member, 2001. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar, 1975-present; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1976-present; Colorado Bar, 1989-present; The Florida Bar, Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee, 1989-present; The Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 2001-present; Miami Beach Bar Association, 1994-96; Master, James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inn of Court, 1996-present; Master, Eugene P. Spellman, American Inn of Court, 1996-present; American Bar Association, 1978-83; Florida Association of Women Lawyers, 1984-86; American Trial Lawyers Association,1978-80. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: 2002 lecturer, Partnership For Professionalism, University of Miami Ethics Roundtable Discussion 2002, Ethics; lecturer, Association of Legal Administrators, Ethics; 2001 lecturer, James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court, Appellate Practice 2000 lecturer, Coral Gables Bar, Bioethics; lecturer, Eugene P. Spellman American Inn of Court; lecturer, James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inn of Court, Bioethics – 2500 Years of Legal Ethics Interfaced With Cutting Edge Biotechnology; panelist, University of Florida, 8th Judicial Circuit Seminar on Professionalism; lecturer, Dade County Bar Appellate Court Committee Annual Seminar, Third District Court of Appeal: Appellate Practice; lecturer, South Miami-Kendall Bar, Appellate Shaping of the Law Panelist, symposium, University of Miami Law School, “Sexual Violence & Victims Rights”; 1999, lecturer, 3rd District Court of Appeal Judicial Retreat with participation by all of the circuit and county judges for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, A View From The Bench; lecturer, State Court Judges of Georgia Domestic Violence; 1980-present, lecturer, University of Florida, University of Miami and St. Thomas Law Schools; 1980-present, speeches and lecturers before various bar associations, civic organizations, and schools; 1989-present, judge, Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs with University of Miami School of Law; 1996-present, judge, Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs with University of Florida School of Law; 1997, lecturer, Eugene P. Spellman American Inn of Court & The James C. Adkins, Jr., American Inn of Court, Appellate Shaping of the Law; 1995-96, lecturer, Annual Education Meeting, Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, Economic Loss Rule; 1994-95, lecturer Florida Bar, Bridge The Gap Seminar “Appellate Practice”; 1994, lecturer, Dade County Bar Appellate Court Committee Annual Seminar, Third District Court of Appeal: “Appellate Rules”; May 1990, lecturer, Florida Association for Women Lawyers Seminar, “Lawyers on the Judicial Selection Process; May 1990, lecturer, Dade County Bar Appellate Court Committee Annual Seminar, Third District Court of Appeal: “Oral Argument”; 1984, lecturer, Florida International University, Department of Criminal Justice, Elderly Offenders Conference, “Elderly Offenders: Their Frequency and Patterns, and What To Do With Them”; 1989-95, council chair, Scouting for Food, Boy Scouts of America, council chair, Boy Scouts of America Scout Show; 1987 appointed member, Bicentennial Constitution Committee; 1986-90, board member, Temple Beth Sholom School Board; 1980-81, appointed member of District Eleven Advisory Council for HRS; 1978-81, appointed counsel to Coconut Grove Cares, Inc. HONORS & AWARDS: 1995, Boy Scouts of America, “The Silver Beaver Award”; 1991, Boy Scouts of America, District Award of Merit; 1988, Grand Founder Award, Deed Club Children’s Cancer Clinic; 1987, Library Award, Benjamin Franklin Society; 1985, Best Judge Award, Miami South Florida Magazine; 1985-87, Founder’s Award, Deed Club Children’s Cancer Clinic; 1984, Man of the Year Award, Los Ninos Del Deed; 1978-84, Deed Dear Award, Deed Club Children’s Cancer Clinic; 1972, Florida Blue Key Honor Society, University of Florida. PUBLICATIONS: 1998, The Florida Bar Journal, “Evidentiary Trends in Domestic Violence; 1994-present, Florida Civil Practice Guide, Matthew Bender; June 1995, The Florida Bar Journal, “The Doctrine of Lis Pendens: The Need For a Balance; 1990-93, Reviewer: Florida Forms of Jury Instructions, Matthew Bender; January 1991, The Florida Bar Journal, Special Report: Legal Ethics in Florida, “A Consensus of Morality in Ethics – Toward A Comprehensive Code of Professional Ethics; March 1989, The Florida Bar Journal, “Manifest Necessity – A Trial Judge’s Responsibility to Assure Justice.” Marguerite “Ditti” Davis BIRTHDATE: November 12, 1947 BIRTHPLACE: Washington, D.C. SPOUSE: J. Riley Davis CHILDREN: Amy M. and Chrissy R. DEGREES: J.D., with honors, 1971, Florida State University; B.A., with honors, 1968, University of South Florida. SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA Statewide Jurisdiction LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, First District Court of Appeal, Tallahassee, 1993-present; private law practice: partner, Katz, Kutter, Haigler, Alderman, Davis & Marks, 1987-93; Swann & Haddock, 1985-87; senior legal aide, Florida Supreme Court, 1971-85; executive assistant to Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, 1982-84; Division of Workers’ Compensation, Department of Labor, 1971. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Executive director, Florida State Federal Judicial Council, 1985-present; chair, Supreme Court Local Rules Advisory Committee, 1988-present; Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee, 1988-present, chair, 1995-97; Rules of Judicial Administration, 1995-present, chair 1997-98; Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1995-present, chair, 1999-00 and 2001-02; Executive Council, Appellate Practice Advocacy Section of The Florida Bar; Florida Bar Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 1990-92; Supreme Court Special Disciplinary Rule Committee, 1977-78; Florida Bar Disciplinary Rule Committee, 1985-87; Standards for Appellate Practice Certification Ad Hoc Committee, 1992-93; Florida Bar member since 1971; American Bar Association member, 1975-present; admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts, since 1971, Supreme Court of the United States since 1975; board of directors, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 1985-present; reporter, Florida Supreme Court Restructure Commission, 1971-80, 1984-86; Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity member ; American Arbitration Association member, 1991-present; Judicial Management Council Committee on Appellate Court Workload & Jurisdiction, 1996-98; Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section, Appellate Rules Liaison Committee, chair, 1996-98; chair, Arts in the Court Committee, 1999-present; faculty member for the 1999-2002 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Alumni association, Florida State University Law School; Florida Economics Club; University of South Florida Alumni Association board of directors, 1999-2001. HONORS & AWARDS: J.D., with honors; valedictorian speaker, Florida Bar exam, 1971; Gold Key Honor Society; Phi Theta Kappa; American Jurisprudence Awards for Excellence in Remedies, Land Finance, Family Law, Creditors’ Rights and Debtors’ Remedies Trial Practice, Labor Law, Mass Communications Law; U.S.F. Honor Court and Board of Discipline and Review; recognized at 1968 Honors Convocation for Superior Academic Achievement. Nominated by the Judicial Nominating Commission as a finalist for the Supreme Court Justice position in November 1997; Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 19th Edition. PUBLICATIONS: “Impeachment in Florida,” 6 Florida State University Law Review 2 (1978), co-authored with Fred Karl (a Florida Senate Special Edition of this article was printed for the Senate to be used as a handbook in the impeachment of Circuit Judge Samuel Smith); “Attorney’s Fees: Draft Your Contract Cautiously,” Volume LXIII, No. 5 The Florida Bar Journal (May 1989); “A Plea for Uniformity,” Volume LXIV, No. 4, April 1990; Court Awarded Attorney Fees, Matthew Bender, three-volume federal treatise – revised and supplemented every six months, 1989-94; “Attorneys Fees and Costs in Administrative Proceedings,” Administrative Law Section Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 3, March 1991. RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATIONS: Member, Trinity Methodist Church. Joseph Lewis, Jr. BIRTHDATE: January 6, 1953 BIRTHPLACE: Tallahassee CHILDREN: Two DEGREES: J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1977; B.S., University of Montana, 1974. THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL Counties: Dade, Monroe LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 1994-present; private practice in Jacksonville, FL, Martin, Ade, Birchfield & Mickler, P.A., 1975-94; Milam Martin & Ade, 1970-75. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Commission, 1995-01; Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, 1993-present; judicial liaison, Florida Bar Business Law Section, 1999-present; board of directors, Florida Legal Services, Inc., 1982-87, president, 1985-87; board of directors, Florida Bar Foundation, 1985-94, president, 1993-94; chair, The Florida Bar/Florida Bar Foundation Joint Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services to the Indigent in Florida, 1990-93; Fellow, The Florida Bar Foundation; board of governors, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Section, 1978-79; chair, Corporation, Business & Banking Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association, 1982-83; board of directors, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., 1973-80, president, 1978-80; editor, Bulletin Jacksonville Bar Association, 1975-76; American Judicature Society; Judicial Forum of International Bar Association; Fellow, American Bar Foundation. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Adjunct professor of law, Florida State University, 1997-present; Florida-Georgia Blood Alliance, Inc. (blood bank), board of directors, 1990-present, treasurer, 1994 and 2001; Child Development Services of Northeast Florida, Inc. (Head Start), board of directors, 1990-91; Jacksonville Track Club, board of directors, 1977-81, race director, River Run 15,000, 1980; member: Leadership Jacksonville, Rotary Club of Jacksonville. HONORS & AWARDS: Recipient of: American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, 1995, (recognizing public service); The Florida Bar Pro Bono Award, 1992; The Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit, 1992 and 2002; executive editor, University of Florida Law Review, 1968-70. PUBLICATIONS: Co-author, Pro Bono Services in Florida, 73 Florida Bar Journal 30 (1999); co-author, Regulation D and The Amended Florida Private Placement Exemption, 57 Florida Bar Journal 578 (1983). LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 1994-present; Hearing Officer (administrative law judge), Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, 1977-94; research aide (law clerk) to Justice Joseph W. Hatchett, Supreme Court of Florida, 1975-77; assistant public defender, Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1974-75; interim assistant professor, University of Florida College of Law, 1972-73; law clerk to Chief Judge William A. McRae, Jr., United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1972; staff attorney, Florida Rural Legal Services, 1971; instructor, Boston University School of Law, 1970-71. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 1995-present; Committee on Appellate Rules, 1987-88, 1996-present; Rules Committee, Florida Bar Administrative Law Section, chair, 1984-86; Florida Bar Journal Administrative Law Column, editor, 1987-89; Executive Committee, 1995-96; Committee on Designation, Administrative Law Section; National Judicial College, faculty advisor; Tallahassee Bar Association, 1976-present; member: The Florida Bar, 1970-present. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: At-large member for the Appellate Bench; Florida Court Education Council; 2001-present, Habitat for Humanity, Tallahassee Construction, Design and Site Selection Committee, 1984-85, 1992; St. John’s Episcopal Church, vestry, 1996-present; Rotary Club of Tallahassee; Florida Committee of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School; Holy Comforter Episcopal Day School, member of board, 1984-86. HONORS & AWARDS: Order of the Coif; Birch Award; Phi Kappa Phi; Honorary University of Florida Law Center Scholarship; American Jurisprudence or other “book” awards: Jurisprudence, Law and Medicine, Commercial Paper, Evidence, Constitutional Law, State and Local Taxation; Paul Harris Fellow. PUBLICATIONS: “Administrative Adjudication,” Florida Administrative Practice, Rev. 1981, 1990, 1993; co-author, “Attorneys’ Fees and Costs Awards,” Florida Administrative Practice, 1993; “The Rule Challenge,” Florida Bar Administrative Law Section Newsletter, January 1993; “Fees, Costs and the APA,” Practicing Before the Division of Administrative Hearings, 1992; “Administrative Proceedings,” Getting Paid for Doing Good: Recovering and Defending Statutory Attorneys’ Fees, 1992; “Evidence in Formal Administrative Hearings,” Practice Before the Division of Administrative Hearings, 1990; “Formal Hearings Under Florida’s Human Rights Act,” The Florida Bar Journal, October 1989; “Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies in Florida,” The Florida Bar Journal, June 1989, co-author; “Update on DOAH Rules,” Practice Before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, 1986; “Highlights of the New DOAH Rules,” The Florida Bar Journal, March 1986, co-author; “Retroactivity in Licensing Cases,” The Florida Bar Journal, June 1985; “Review of Non-Final Administrative Action,” Administrative Overview: Practical Aspects of Administrative Litigation, 1985; “Search and Seizure: Procedures, Suppression Motions and Appellate Review,” The Florida Bar Journal, October 1975; “Criteria in Civil Commitment Proceedings,” University of Miami Law Review, 1973. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, January 1989-present, elected chief judge, July 2001, appointed by Gov. Bob Martinez; Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court judge, 1979-88; administrative judge, Juvenile Division, 1980-81, Civil Division, 1981-86, Criminal Division, 1986-88; appointed by Gov. Bob Graham, December 19, 1979, reelected (contested race) 1980, (uncontested) 1986; Industrial Claims Judge for Broward County, 1977-79; appointed by Gov. Askew; private practice, 1969-77. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Broward County Bar Association, 1980-91; The Florida Bar: Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee, 1992-95; Professional Stress Committee, 1984-85; Rules of Civil Procedure Committee; Family Law Section; Bench/Bar Committee, 1988-89; Long Range Planning Committee, 1989-91; Executive Council, 1988-93, chair 1994-95; Family Court Rules of Procedure Committee, 1992-99; Appellate Practice Section, Executive Council, 4th DCA Representative, 1999-01; Broward Lawyers Care, board of directors, 1988-91; Florida Conference of Appellate Judges, 1989-present; former member, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 1979-88. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: B’nai B’rith Justice Unit No. 5207, president, 1986; B’nai B’rith Palm Beach County Justice Unit No. 5360, member, 1993-present; board of directors, The Starting Place (drug rehabilitation program for teenagers), Hollywood, 1982-89; adjunct professor, Nova Southeastern Univerity Law School, 1988-96; Fort Lauderdale Dog Club; Chinese Crested Club of America. HONORS & AWARDS: Award winner in freshman Moot Court Competition, University of Miami School of Law, 1967; election to Bar and Gavel Honorary Society, member-at-large, University of Miami School of Law, 1968; a founder of the International Law Society Journal: Lawyer of the Americas, University of Miami School of Law, 1968; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Gavin K. Letts Memorial Jurist of the Year, 1994. PUBLICATIONS: “Inter-American Legal Studies at the University of Miami,” Lawyer of the Americas, University of Miami School of Law (with A.J. Thomas) (Feb. 1969); “Living with Dr. Canakaris and Mrs. Canakaris in the Real World– Another View,” The Family Law Commentator, Vol. XVIII, No. 3 (June 1992). William A. Van Nortwick, Jr. BIRTHDATE: August 25, 1945 BIRTHPLACE: Morehead City, NC SPOUSE: Maria E. Henderson DEGREES: J.D. with honors, University of Florida, 1970; B.A., Duke University, 1967. Chris W. Altenbernd BIRTHDATE: January 18, 1949 BIRTHPLACE: Muscatine, IO SPOUSE: N. Sue Soileau CHILDREN: Two DEGREES: Master of Laws in Judicial Process, University of Virginia, 1998; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1975; B.A., with honors, in Psychology, University of Missouri, 1972. Virginia Maria Hernandez Covington BIRTHDATE: July 12, 1955 BIRTHPLACE: Tampa SPOUSE: Douglas Malcolm Bagge CHILDREN: Three DEGREES: J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1980; M.B.A., University of Tampa, 1977; B.S., cum laude, University of Tampa, 1976. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, appointed 2000; attorney for the Diocese of Orlando, 1967-00; town attorney of Windermere, 1984-88; partner, Smathers Tepper and Pleus, 1964-69; shareholder, Carlton Fields, 1969-79; shareholder, Pleus Adams and Spears, 1979-95; of counsel, Akerman Senterfitt & Edison, 1995-00. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Board certified in Real Property; certified mediator (circuit/civil); The Florida Bar Board of Governors, member, 1970-72, 1976-81; The Orange County Bar, president, 1976; Young Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, president, 1972; Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, executive council; American College of Real Estate Lawyers; frequent lecturer and author on Continuing Education topics; Appellate Judges Education Committee. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Mayor of Town of Windermere, 1988-94; member, Windermere Town Council, 1972-74; Aviation Zoning Board, City of Orlando; interim municipal judge, City of Orlando; president, Orange County Historical Society, 1995; president, Tiger Bay Club of Orlando, 1996; president of Windermere Rotary Club; Past Grand Knight & District Deputy, Knights of Columbus; Lieutenant, United States Navy Reserves, 1957-62. HONORS & AWARDS: Ordained Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church; Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence, 1994. Carolyn K. Fulmer BIRTHDATE: August 24, 1947 BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville, FL CHILDREN: Two DEGREES: J.D., with honors, Florida State University, 1975; M.S., higher education with honors, Florida State University, 1970; B.A. in English with honors, University of South Florida, 1969. Richard B. Orfinger BIRTHDATE: May 19, 1952 BIRTHPLACE: Daytona Beach SPOUSE: Ellen J. Orfinger CHILDREN: Two DEGREES: J.D. with honors, University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, 1976; B.A., History, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1974. August 15, 2002 Regular News LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1994 – present; circuit court judge, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 1990-94; mediator, Mediation Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, 1987-90; administrative hearing officer, Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, 1985-87; trial counsel, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy, 1981-85; law clerk for the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett while serving on both the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1979-80; adjunct associate professor (criminal law and procedure), Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, 1979-80; assistant public defender, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 1978-79. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar, 1978-present; admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1980; Florida Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules, 2001-present; Professionalism Committee, 15th Judicial Circuit, 2000-present; National Bar Association, Florida Chapter; The F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association; The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; The Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court, member emeritus; Florida Bar Juvenile Rules Committee, 1995-98; Florida Bar Legal Fee Arbitration Committee, 15th Judicial Circuit, 1989-90; Palm Beach County Bar Association Committee for the Needs of Children, 1988-90; Palm Beach County Bar Association Client Relations Committee, 1989-90; Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 1990-94; faculty member, University of Florida/Florida Bar Trial Training Program for Prosecutors & Public Defenders, 1998-99. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Commissioned officer, United States Navy, 1981-85; Board of Trustees, Palm Beach Atlantic College, 1994-present; Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Task Force, 1993-94; advisory board for Pre-Law Magnet Program, Palm Beach Lakes High School, 1998-2001; board member, The Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, 1991-93; board member, the Children’s Home Society, 1990-92; Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach, 1990-96; Palm Beach County Urban League; NAACP; certified high school varsity football referee. HONORS & AWARDS: Member, Editorial Board, Law Review, Florida State University College of Law, 1976-77; selected as faculty member for the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, Phoenix, AZ, 1995; Outstanding Contribution Award, Vision Teen Parent Program, 1998; community service award, City of Boynton Beach Black Awareness Day Program, 2001; Trailblazer’s Award, the Charmettes Women’s Club, 1992. PUBLICATIONS: Case Comment, The Right to Resist an Unlawful Arrest, 5Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 2 (Spring 1977) (Received award for best student publication in Vol. 5). LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 2001-present; bureau chief, Employment Litigation/Civil Litigation Section, Office of the Attorney General, 1995-00; senior attorney, General Civil Litigation Section, Office of the Attorney General, 1981-95; assistant public defender, Second Judicial Circuit, 1978-81; judicial research aide, Florida Industrial Relations Commission, 1977-78. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar: (Criminal Law Section, executive council; Government Lawyer Section, treasurer; Appellate Court Rules Committee); National Bar Association; Florida Chapter of National Bar Association; Florida Government Bar Association; Tallahassee Bar Association; Tallahassee Barristers Association. Past member: The Florida Bar: (Government Lawyer Section, secretary; Federal Court Practice Committee, vice-chair; Government Lawyer Section, executive council; Second Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, vice-chair; Labor and Employment Law Section); Florida Government Bar Association, president; Florida Government Bar Association, executive board; Tallahassee Bar Association, board of directors; Tallahassee Bar Association Membership Committee. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Current activities: Mentor, Leon County Public Schools; the Urban League. Past activities: Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend, board of directors; Rickards High School Foundation; Lincoln High School Quarterback Club; C.K. Steele Memorial Jaycees, charter member; PGA Junior Golf Association, parent-volunteer; Tallahassee Little League, coach; provided pro bono legal services and counseling through the Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. HONORS & AWARDS: Florida Bar Meritorious Public Service Award, 2000; awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, 1998; Neighborhood Justice Center and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. Community Service Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Delivery of Pro Bono Legal Services, 1997; Florida Government Bar Association Award for Complete Dedication to the Advancement of the Organization, 1996; Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award of The Florida Bar for Exemplifying the Highest Ideals of Dedication, Professionalism, and Ethics in Serving the Public as a Government Lawyer, 1995; Certificate of Appreciation, Boys and Girls Club of Big Bend, 1995; Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., and the Second Judicial Circuit Community Service Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Delivery of Pro Bono Legal Services, 1994. PUBLICATIONS: CLE Materials on Prosecutorial Immunity. Charles T. Wells BIRTHDATE: March 4, 1939 BIRTHPLACE: Orlando SPOUSE: Linda Fischer Wells CHILDREN: Three DEGREES: J.D., University of Florida, 1964; B.A., University of Florida, 1961.center_img Listed below are members of the appellate judiciary LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Second District Court of appeal, 1995-present; circuit judge, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, 1989-94; Kanetsky, Moore, DeBoer & Whatley, 1982-88; Manners, Amoon, Whatley & Tucker, Miami, 1972-81. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Member: The Florida Bar; Sarasota County Bar Association; Venice-Englewood Bar Association; Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 1987; president, Venice -Englewood Bar Association, 1987; director, Sarasota County Bar Association, 1987; founding member, John M. Scheb American Inn of Court; former member, Education Committee of Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Scholarship committee, The Venice Foundation; The Boys Club/Girls Club advisory board member, Venice Unit; frequent speaker to high schools, civic associations, and Bar associations; Moot Court participant in various forums. HONORS & AWARDS: Received 98% approval ratings in Sarasota County Bar polls conducted in 1990 and 1992. Florida appellate judges facing merit retention elections, 2002 James W. Whatley BIRTHDATE: May 12, 1947 BIRTHPLACE: Miami CHILDREN: Two DEGREES: J.D., University of Miami, 1972; B.B.A., University of Miami, 1969. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Third District Court of Appeal, appointed 1994; judge, circuit court, 11th Judicial Circuit, appointed 1989; judge, Dade County Court, appointed 1987; senior litigation associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, 1983-87; assistant United States attorney, Department of Justice, Southern District of Florida, 1980-83; staff attorney, Florida Power Corporation, 1978-80. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar, 1978-present; member: National Association of Women Judges; Women Lawyers Division of The National Bar Association; Dade Black Lawyers Association; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit; Florida Supreme Court Civil Jury Rules Committee, February 1998-present; Florida Parole Commission Nominating Committee, 1989-92; View from the Appellate Bench, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, panelist, December 1998; Inter-Court Collegiality, College of Advanced Judicial Studies, panelist, May 1998; Operational Planning Workshop, Judicial Management Council, participant, April 1998; Constitution Revision Committee Workshop, Judicial Management Council, participant, October 1997; Seminar on Professionalism, Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, panelist, March 1997; Eugene P. Spellman Inn of Court, University of Miami School of Law, bencher, 1993-97; General Jurisdiction, National Judicial College, faculty advisor, July 1992; Peter R. Fay Inn of Court, St. Thomas University, bencher, 1991-92. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Board of directors, ARISE Foundation (Non-profit): Mentoring Services to At-Risk Youth. HONORS & AWARDS: Recipient, 1997 Women Making a Difference Award, presented by the Coconut Grove Playhouse; recipient, 1996 Nelson Mandella Award, presented by the Black Law Student’s Association of the University of Miami School of Law; recipient, 1990 Outstanding Government Role Model, presented by The Transplant Foundation of South Florida; recipient, 1990 Outstanding Community Leader in the Judicial System, presented by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Beta Tau Zeta Chapter; recipient, 1989 Achievement Award, presented by the African-American Business and Professional Women’s Association; named an Outstanding Young Woman of America, 1985. Gerald B. Cope, Jr. BIRTHDATE: August 2, 1946 BIRTHPLACE: Orangeburg, SC SPOUSE: Carol Soret Cope CHILDREN: One DEGREES: LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law, 1992; J.D., with highest honors, Florida State University College of Law, 1977; B.A., cum laude, with honors, Yale University, 1968. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Second District Court of Appeal, 1989-present, appointed by Gov. Bob Martinez, January 3, 1989, retained 1990 and 1996; member, Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, P.A., Tampa partner, 1979-88. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Member: The Florida Bar; Hillsborough County Bar Association; American Judicature Society; past president and current member, William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court; past member, Canakaris Inn of Court; American Board of Trial Advocates; vice chair, Florida Supreme Court Jury Instructions Committee in Civil Cases; chair, Florida Supreme Court Committee for Review and Notification of Criminal and Juvenile Legislation; chair, Florida Supreme Court Criminal Appeal Reform Act Committee, 1998-02; faculty member: Florida College of Advanced Judicial Education programs, Florida New Judges’ College, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section’s Appellate Workshop; presenter, Continuing Legal and Continuing Judicial Education programs. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Chair, Conn Memorial Foundation, Inc.; member, District Committee, Rough Riders District of Gulf Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1990-02; member Executive Committee of Florida Bay Area Chapter of the March of Dimes, 1976-88, holding all offices including chair. HONORS & AWARDS: James C. Adkins Award, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section of The Florida Bar, 2002; Jurist of the Year, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1999; Jurist of the Year, Florida Board of Trial Advocates, 1998; March of Dimes Annual Grant established in 1990 in name of Chris W. Altenbernd; Silver Beaver, Gulf Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1996; Phi Beta Kappa, 1972. PUBLICATIONS: “Briefly Stated: The True Confessions of a Legal Grease Monkey,” The Record, Journal of Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section, The Florida Bar, Vol III, No. 1, p. 9 (Apr. 1995); “Quasi-marital Children: The Common Law’s Failure in Privette and Daniel Calls for Statutory Reform,” Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 26, No. 2, p. 219 (Winter 1999). LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, 1995-present; circuit court judge, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, 1981-95; judge, Broward County, 1978-81; municipal court judge, City of Dania, 1970-77; private law practice, 1968-78. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar, 1968-present; Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, member, 1978-82, chair 1980; Judicial Nominating Procedure Committee, 1988-96; Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 1999-present; Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee; 2000-present; Broward County Bar Association, 1968-96; Law Library Committee, 1981-82; Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1989-95; The South Broward Bar Association, 1968-78; The American Bar Association, 1968-96; Judicial Immunity Committee, 1986-88; Discussion Group Leader, National Judicial College, 1982-, Graduate Evidence Course, 1984- Decision Making; American Judges Association, 1983-96. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: State of Florida, Deferred Compensation Advisory Council, 1993-95, judicial representative; Broward County Police Academy, guest lecturer, 1983; Dania Chamber of Commerce, 1968-95, director, 1971-74, president, 1972-73; Eureka Lodge No. 269, Free and Accepted Masons, 1972-present; The Rotary Club, 1968-78, vice president, 1978; The American Legion, 1968-present; United States Army, 1960-62. HONORS & AWARDS: Senior Citizens Award, Southeast Focal Point Center, Jewish Community of South Broward, April 1981; Florida Sheriff’s Advisory Council, Tribute to Judiciary for Outstanding Service and Achievement, June 4, 1993; Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens of the City of Dania, The Dania Women’s Club; The Jewish Federation of Broward County Award, presented November 1, 1995. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Justice, Supreme Court of Florida, appointed 1994, Chief Justice, July 1, 2000-July 1, 2002; private practice: Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, P.A., 1965-68 and 1970-75, and Wells, Gattis, Hallowes, & Carpenter, P.A., 1976-94; trial attorney, United States Department of Justice, 1969; certified mediator, Florida Circuit Court (Civil) and United States District Court, 1990. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar, member: Board of Governors, Disciplinary Review Committee, Disciplinary Procedure Committee, Rules and Bylaws Committee; chair, Grievance Committee, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Committee “B,” 1983-85; Grievance Committee, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Committee “B,” 1982; Civil Procedure Committee, 1984-86; Rules of Evidence Committee, 1984-86; chair, Trial Court Nominating Committee, Ninth Judicial Circuit, 1971-74; Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Section, 1966-68. Orange County Bar Association: president, 1989-90, executive council, 1986-88 and 1978-81; chair, Circuit Mediation Committee, 1978-81. Orange County Legal Aid Society: active from 1968-94, board of trustees, 1988-89; guardian ad litem cases involving representation of dependent and abused children in juvenile and domestic court proceedings, 1985-94. HONORS & AWARDS: Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Florida, December 2001; Phi Beta Kappa (scholastic), University of Florida; Orange County Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence, recognition of pro bono service, 1989; Florida Blue Key, Leadership Honorary, president; University of Florida Hall of Fame; Boone High School Sports Hall of Fame. RECOGNITIONS & ASSOCIATIONS: Board of directors, Conference of Chief Justices; Certification, Civil Trial Attorney, The Florida Bar Certification Program; Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and Bar Register Pre-Eminent Attorneys; fellow, American Bar Foundation; American Bar Association; Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, board of directors, Commercial Law Section; Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents. LECTURES & ARTICLES: Lectures: “2000 Election Cases at Florida Supreme Court,” Economic Loss Rule – Florida Judicial Conference, State of Florida Courts, 2001, 2002; Commercial Fraud in Florida; Medical Malpractice Reform Act 1988; various CLE lectures on Florida Civil Procedure. RELIGIOUS & CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS: Trinity United Methodist Church, Tallahassee; St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at Windermere, chair, Pastor Parish Committee, Administrative Board, Stewardship Committee; First United Methodist Church of Orlando, chair, Council on Ministries; board of directors, Orlando Area Chamber of Commerce; board of directors, Orange County YMCA; member, Civil Service Board, City of Orlando. MILITARY SERVICE: U.S. Army Reserves, Ret., 5 years. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Third District Court of Appeal, 1989-present; circuit court judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1978-1989 (serving in the Criminal Division, 1978-80, the General Jurisdiction/Civil Division, 1980-89, and the Appellate Division, 1979-89); associated (visiting) judge of the 4th District Court of Appeal, 1985-86; member of the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, 1999-present; member of the Supreme Court’s Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges (1988 and 1991-93); assistant state attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1970-78 (serving as a chief prosecutor in the Criminal Felony Division 1971-73, the chief prosecutor of the Organized Crime and Public Corruption Prosecution Unit 1973-78, the executive assistant state attorney 1976-78, a legal advisor to the Dade County Grand Jury 1977-78). BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Member of The Florida Bar and the Florida Conference of the District Court of Appeal Judges. Former member of the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges. Admitted to practice by the Florida Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals, the United States District Court (for the Southern District of Florida), and the United States Tax Court. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: St. Thomas University School of Law (“Legal Ethics,” Trial Advocacy Practice,” “Criminal Procedure – 1,” “Criminal Procedure – II,” and “White Collar Crime”), adjunct professor, 1984-87 and 1995-present; Miami-Dade Community College Legal Assistant Program, member of the advisory board, 1992-present; Miami-Dade Community College Legal Assistant Program, chairman of the advisory board, 1999-present; Miami-Dade Community College (“Fundamentals of Law,” “Trial Practice and Appeal,” “Family Law,” “Contracts,” “Trial Preparation,” and “Criminal Law”), adjunct professor, 1990-present; University of Miami (“Criminal Law,” “Legal Research,” and Civil Procedure”), adjunct professor, 1987-91; Florida International University (“The Legal System,” “Legal Research,” and “Contracts”), adjunct professor, 1986-96; St. Thomas University (“Constitutional Law,” “State and Local Government,” “Law and the Justice System,” “Organized Crime,” “Courts and the Justice System,” “Crime in South Florida,” “American History,” “Criminal Law and Procedure,” “Public Affairs,” “Sociology of Law and the Legal Profession”), adjunct professor, 1982-present; Nova Southeastern University (“Government” and “History”), adjunct professor, 1977-79; Institute On Organized Crime, which was organized and sponsored by the Dade County Public Safety Department (now known as the Miami-Dade Police Department), adjunct lecturer, 1974-1978; St. Thomas University School of Law Moot Court Board Annual Banquets, keynote speaker, 2001 and 2002; St. Thomas University School of Law Annual Law Review Banquet, keynote speaker, March 30, 1996; selected to serve as a judge for the Annual Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition (involving the six law schools in the state of Florida) sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar, 1991-95; named to membership in Who’s Who of Florida (1982); selected by Gov. Bob Graham to be a participant in the “1982 Governor’s Challenge Program: ‘Florida 2000: Creative Crime Control’”; served as a member of the Criminal Justice Craft Advisory Committee of the Dade County Public School System, 1978. HONORS & AWARDS: Received Public Service Recognition Awards/Certificates from Kiwanis Club of Miami International Airport, 1978; North Miami Beach Lions Club, 1978; Kiwanis Club of Miami Shores, 1978; Dadeland Lions Club, 1978; Optimist Club of West Kendall, 1986; Dade County Public School System, 1986; West Kendall Optimist Club, 1987; Dade Association of Legal Assistants, 1987; and Miami Springs Junior High School. In addition, awarded a Certificate of Appreciation Award from Florida International University for “Outstanding Performance and Special Contributions,” May 25, 1995, September 11, 1993, and May 22, 1993; Certificate of Appreciation Award from Winston Park Elementary School “In Appreciation of Devoted and Invaluable Service,” 1995; Certificate of Merit from the Dade County Bar Association “In Recognition and Appreciation for Outstanding and Constructive Service to the Bar, the Bench and the Public” for work done teaching Appellate Practice and Procedure, 1994. In all judicial polls conducted by The Florida Bar, the Dade County Bar Association, and the Cuban American Bar Association, since Judge Levy became a judge, Judge Levy has received a rating of 90 percent or better as being “qualified,” or “exceptionally qualified.” facing a merit retention vote on November 5. SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL Counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 2000-present; circuit judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1991-00, chief judge 1996-99; Monaco, Smith, Hood, Perkins, Orfinger and Stout, P.A., shareholder, 1990-91; Orfinger and Stout, P.A., shareholder, 1979-90; assistant state attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit, 1976-78. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, instructor, 1999; ABC’s of Criminal Discovery, author, 1999; State Court System Weighted Caseload System Committee, 1998; State Court System Equal Opportunity Employment Committee, chair, 1998-99; Family Law Steering Committee, 1998; Organized Seventh Circuit Committee on Professionalism, 1997; selected by the Florida Supreme Court as one of 30 judges in Florida to mentor new judges, 1997; administrative judge, Volusia County, 1996; member: American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Volusia County Bar Association; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; special master, circuit court, seventh Circuit; admitted to practice before all Florida courts, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Circuit Court of Appeal, 11th Circuit, and the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; Volusia County Bar Association Board of Directors, 1984-86, treasurer, 1990-91; Volusia County Civil Trial Attorneys Association, 1988-91, board of directors and treasurer, 1990-91; Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 1991-00; Volusia-Flagler Association of Women Lawyers, 1994-present; Dunn-Blount Inn, American Inns of Court, Volusia-Flagler counties, Florida, 2001-present, president, 2002-2004; Supreme Court’s Committee on Professionalism, 2001-present; Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, 2000-present. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Volusia County School System speaker and Read Across America Volunteer; Tiger Bay Club, Volusia County, 1998-present; Daytona Beach Rotary Club, 1994-present; Volusia County Drug Abuse Task Force, 1994-99; board of directors, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1986-88; board of directors, YMCA, 1984-86; president, Temple Beth-El, Ormond Beach, 1993-95; board of directors, Temple Beth-El, Ormond Beach, FL, 1982-98; vice president, Temple Beth-El, 1987-88; board of directors of ACT, Inc. (community mental health association), 1980-84, vice-president, ACT, Inc., 1983; Central Florida Legal Services, volunteer pro bono attorney; executive board of directors and legal counsel, Daytona and Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, general counsel, 1988; Florida Blue Key, member; Florida Bar Approved Continuing Legal Education lecturer; lecturer on Florida Heathcare Law; Central Florida Legal Services, board of directors, 1980-81; Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1977-79; American Hospital Attorneys Association, 1985-91; National Health Lawyers Association, 1984-91. HONORS & AWARDS: Judicial Leadership Award, Florida Council on Crime & Delinquency, 1999; rated first (1st) in Volusia County Bar Association Judicial Poll on an overall basis and in the areas of legal knowledge and ability, impartiality, fairness and freedom from bias, and diligence, preparedness, and work ethic, 1998, 1997, 1996, and 1995. Juan Ramirez, Jr. BIRTHDATE:September 11, 1945 BIRTH PLACE: Havana, Cuba SPOUSE: Josefina R. Ramirez CHILDREN: Two DEGREES: J.D., cum laude, University of Connecticut, 1975; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1969; B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1968. Robert T. Benton BIRTHDATE: January 16, 1946 BIRTHPLACE: Indianapolis, IN SPOUSE: Wings Slocum Benton CHILDREN: Catherine Luden Benton and Ann Tyrie Benton DEGREES: LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1971; J.D., with honors, University of Florida, 1970; B.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1967. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Third District Court of Appeal, 1988-present (retained in office by merit retention vote 1990, 1996); President-elect, Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges, 2001-present, Education Committee, 2001-present, 1988-89; private law practice, 1978-88. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Admitted to The Florida Bar, 1978-present; American Law Institute, 1996-present, Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar, 1993-present; Executive Council, 1993-99; Appellate Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, 1988-2000; Florida Juvenile Justice Task Force, 1989-90; Dade County Bar Association Task Force on Jury Selection, 1984-85; American Bar Association; Dade County Bar Association; American Judicature Society. HONORS & AWARDS: As practicing attorney, received AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1988; editor-in-chief, Florida State University Law Review, 1977; Order of the Coif. PUBLICATIONS: “Discretionary Review of the Decisions of Intermediate Appellate Courts: A Comparison of Florida’s System with Those of the Other States and the Federal System,” 45 Florida Law Review 21, 1993; “A Quick Look at Florida’s New Right of Privacy,” 55 Florida Bar Journal 12, 1981; “To Be Let Alone: Florida’s Proposed Right of Privacy,” 6 Florida State University Law Review 671, 1978; “Note, Toward a Right of Privacy as a Matter of State Constitutional Law,” 5 Florida State University Law Review 631, 1977. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Second District Court of Appeal, 2001-present. Private practice: Morris Silberman, P.A., Clearwater, 1988-00; Richards, Gilkey, Fite, Slaughter, Pratesi & Ward, P.A., Clearwater, 1986-88; DeManio, Harrison & Associates, Sarasota, 1984-86; senior law clerk to Honorable Herboth S. Ryder, Second District Court of Appeal, 1982-84. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES : The Florida Bar: Board of Governors, 1996-00; Budget Committee, 1998-01, chair 1999-00; Grievance Mediation Committee, 1997-00, chair, 1998-99; Election Reform Special Committee, 1998-00, chair, 1999-00; Member Benefits Program, 1997-00, chair, 1997-98; Executive Committee, 1998-00; Communications Committee; Special Committee on Merit Selection and Retention; Program Evaluation Committee; Discipline Review Committee; Access to Legal System; Liaison to: Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section; Rules of Judicial Administration Committee; Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee. Current Committee Memberships: Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee, vice chair, 2002-03; Appellate Court Rules Committee; Rules of Judicial Administration Committee; Second DCA Liaison to: the Executive Council of the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar; the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. Other Committee Activities: Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee; Business Litigation Committee; Sixth Circuit Committee for Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards, chair, 1997-99; Civil Appellate Practice Committee; Civil Procedure Rules Committee; Financial Institutions Committee; Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. The Clearwater Bar Association: president, 1993-94; president-elect, secretary, director, 1989-95; editor of association newsletter. Chair: Professionalism Committee; Independence of the Judiciary Committee; Appellate Law Committee; Judicial Poll Committee; treasurer, Young Lawyers Section; trustee, Clearwater Bar Foundation; vice chair, Bench and Bar Liaison Committee; Sixth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee; Professionalism Implementation Procedures Committee. Barney Masterson Inn of Court, 1991-94, 1996-98. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Board of directors, Pinellas Youth Symphony, 1999-01; board of directors, Leadership Pinellas, 1999-01; chair, 1997 Youth Leadership Pinellas Selection Committee; Development Council for the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens Foundation, 1991-93; Tulane University Alumni Admissions Committee, 1986-95; Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, Phillies Committee, 1989-93; member, The Cardozo Society of Pinellas County (lawyers association), 1995-present. PUBLICATIONS: Chapter: “Pretrial Stipulations and Orders” in Business Litigation in Florida, published by The Florida Bar Business Law Section, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000. Continuing legal education materials for The Florida Bar: “Ethical Considerations Relating to the Representation of Clients in Real Estate Transactions,” 1998; “Ethical Considerations and Conflicts Among Interested Parties,” 1993, 1995, 1997; “Ethical Considerations in Representing a Land Trust and its Principals,” 1991. Co-author, “Local Rules and Administrative Orders,” 1989 Pinellas County Local Practice Handbook. Lectured extensively on topics relating to litigation, ethics and professionalism. David L. Levy BIRTHDATE: December 25, 1943 BIRTHPLACE: Miami SPOUSE: Betty F. Levy CHILDREN: Three DEGREES: J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law (named to Dean’s Honor Roll), 1968; B.A., University of Miami, 1965. Additional education: Attended and successfully completed the National College of District Attorneys “Career Prosecutor Course,” 1973; “Organized Crime Seminar,” 1973; and “Advanced Organized Crime Seminar,” 1974. Fifth District Court of Appeal Morris Silberman BIRTHDATE: September 16, 1957 BIRTHPLACE: Philadelphia, PA SPOUSE: Nelly N. Khouzam CHILDREN: One DEGREES: J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1982; B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Tulane University, 1979. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, First District Court of Appeal, 2001-present; private law practice, 1987-00; Certified Public Accountant, 1978-present; public accounting practice, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, C.P.A.s, 1977-84 (Audit Manager). BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Member, The Florida Bar. Admitted to practice before United States District Court, Northern District of Florida; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; United States Tax Court; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Supreme Court. Certified Circuit Court Mediators, 1997-present. Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and Bar Register Preeminent Attorneys; Tallahassee Bar Association; Tallahassee Inn of Court (former treasurer); American Bar Association. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Christian Heritage Church; Celebration Baptist Church (teacher of various junior and senior high school and adult classes, deacon and former chairman of deacons); member, Florida Institute of C.P.A.s; American Institute of C.P.A.s. HONORS & AWARDS: Valedictorian of Graceville High School, 1973; Florida State University Most Outstanding Accounting Student, 1977; Beta Alpha Psi Honorary Accounting Society, 1977; Florida State University College of Law, Law Review, 1985-86; Order of Coif. Ricky Polston BIRTHDATE: November 20, 1955 BIRTHPLACE: Graceville SPOUSE: Deborah Ehler Polston CHILDREN: Diana, Michelle, Cheryl, and Rachel Polston DEGREES: J.D., with high honors, Florida State University, 1986; B.S., summa cum laude, Florida State University, 1977; A.A., Chipola Jr. College, 1975. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Second District Court of Appeal, 1988-present; circuit judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit, 1981-88; Pinellas County judge, 1977-81; assistant state attorney, Sixth Judicial Circuit, 1973-77. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Current chair of the Florida Court Technology Commission and current chair of two of that commission’s subcommittees — the Appellate Technology Subcommittee and the Electronic Filing Subcommittee. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Leadership Pinellas; Clearwater National Little League officer and umpire; founder and president, Clearwater Winter Instructional Baseball; Pinellas County Elementary and Middle School Parent Committees. HONORS & AWARDS: Charter member, Pinellas Chapter of the American Inns of Court Foundation, 1988; charter member and first president, Canakaris Inn of Court of the American Inns of Court Foundation, 1993; Chief Judge of the Second District Court of Appeal, July 1997-June 1999. PUBLICATIONS: “Traffic Infraction: Defendant’s Right Against Self-Incrimination,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 52, No. 2 (Feb. 1979); “Garnishment of the Married Couple’s Bank Account: A Call for Revised Signature Cards,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 53, No. 9 (Oct. 1979); from 1990 to present, author of twenty-five trial problems which were selected for law school competitions by the National Trial Competition, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Bar Association; author of the trial problems selected for use in the 1991, 1995, 1998, and 2001 National Invitational Trial Competition “Tournament of Champions”; author of six trial problems selected for the Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Trial Lawyer Section of The Florida Bar, 1993-02. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Second District Court of Appeal, 1994-present; circuit judge, Tenth Judicial Circuit, 1983-93; county judge, Polk County, 1981-83; assistant county attorney, Polk County Board of County Commissioners, 1976-81; administrative judge, Felony Division, 1987-88; administrative judge, Juvenile Division, 1988-89; member, Florida Court Education Council, 1988-95; member, Education Section of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges; 1988-92; director, Florida Judiciary Mentor Program, 1990-93; Editor-in-Chief, Trial Judge’s Bench Manual, 1988-93; faculty member, Florida Judicial College, 1988-98; faculty member, Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program, Holland Law Center, University of Florida, 1987; member, Legislative Study Commission on Child Welfare, 1990-91; Legislative Juvenile Justice System Review Task Force, 1990; Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law by HRS, 1989; Supreme Court Commission on Family Courts, 1990-91; Polk County Board of County Commissioners, Citizens Task Force for Children, 1990-91; associate dean, College of Advanced Judicial Studies; co-chair, Judicial Management Council, Communications Committee BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: The Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, 1987-89; Executive Council, Criminal Law Section, 1987-89; Florida Bar Foundation, director, 1993-95; Florida Bar Foundation Administration of Justice Committee, member, 1995-present; Lakeland Bar Association, member; Master, Wilson American Inn of Court, Polk County Chapter. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Lakeland Program, participant, Judicial Management Council, co-chair, Communication Committee, day chair, and Class XIX chair, 1991-present; Junior League of Greater Lakeland Board of Advisors, 1990-92; League of Women Voters; Peace River Center for Personal Development, board of advisors, 1982-88; Lakeland Regional Medical Center Community Counselors, 1993-present; University of South Florida National Alumni Board, 1990-93; Polk Museum of Art and Polk Theatre Board of Trustees, 1994-present; 1990-91; associate dean, College of Advanced Judicial Studies; co-chair, Judicial Management Council, Communications Committee. FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL Counties: Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Volusia LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 2000- present; membership and service on various appellate court committees including Appellate Court Technology, Budget and Finance, and Mediation; circuit judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit, 1991-00; presiding judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit Appellate Division, 1992-98; judge of the county court, Marion County, 1987-90; assistant state attorney (part-time), 1985-86; private practice, 1978-86. Chosen by Florida Judicial College Mentor Program to mentor new judges 1993-94, 1997-01. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Founding member of the D.R. Smith American Inn of Court (president 1999-00); member of the faculty of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges and College of Advanced Judicial Studies, including teaching courses to the judiciary, 1992-present. Written and published extensively in such legal publications as The Florida Bar Journal, the ABA Journal, the University of Florida Law Review, Litigation, and For the Defense. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Vice president of the Marion District of the North Florida Regional Council of Boy Scouts of America, 1987-00; board of directors for West Central Florida Driver Improvement School, 1987-91; Kiwanis Club, 1978-98; mentor to grade-school children and frequent lecturer on law-related topics, 1978-present. HONORS & AWARDS: Erskine Mayo Ross Award from the ABA Journal for an article published entitled, Willie Loman Joins the Bar: Death of a Profession,76 A.B.A. J. 88 (1990); the 1993 Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency for “Outstanding Service in the Judicial Field”; the 1997 Distinguished Graduate Award from the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association for exemplifying “the highest qualities of a Catholic Education” and rendering “distinguished service to the Catholic Church and the United States of America.” PUBLICATIONS: Florida Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions (West Group 2000); Florida Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions (West Group 2001-02); “Attorney’s Right to Compensation When Prematurely Discharged Without Cause,” 63 Florida Bar Journal 23 (1998); “Coverage Under the CGL: A Gordian Knot of Interpretation,” 30 For the Def. 19 (May 1988); “Coverage Under the New Commercial Policies: Loosening the Gordian Knot of Interpretation,” 30 For the Def. 22 (June 1988); “Denying Coverage Under Liability Insurance Policies in Florida: The Claims Administration Statute,” 64 Florida Bar Journal 25 (1990); “From the Bench: Hypnotic Testimony (Admissibility of Hypnotically Enhanced or Retrieved Testimony in Criminal Proceedings),” 15 Litig. 3 (1989); “The Accident Report Privilege after Brackin: A Step in the Right Direction,” 55 Florida Bar Journal 23 (1986); “The Work Product Privilege in a Nutshell,” 67 Florida Bar Journal 32 (1993); “Use of Criminal Convictions in Civil Proceedings: Statutory Collateral Estoppel Under Florida and Federal Law,” 62 Florida Bar Journal 17 (1988); “Use of Criminal Convictions in Subsequent Civil Proceedings: Statutory Collateral Estoppel Under Florida and Federal Law and the International Act Exclusion Clause,” 40 Fla. L. Rev. 479 (1988); “Willie Loman Joins the Bar: Death of a Profession,” 76 ABA Journal 88 (1990). Thomas D. Sawaya BIRTHDATE: July 10, 1952 BIRTHPLACE: Ocala SPOUSE: Jeanne D. Sawaya CHILDREN: Three DEGREES: J.D.(graduated fourth in class), Stetson University College of Law, 1977; B.A., Political Science, University of South Florida, 1974. Supreme Court of Florida Robert J. Pleus, Jr. BIRTHDATE: January 9, 1936 BIRTHPLACE: Orlando SPOUSE: Marie (Terry) Adkinson Pleus CHILDREN: Six children, two grandchildren DEGREES: M.A., Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, 1999; J.D., University of Florida College of law, 1962; B.A., cum laude, Notre Dame University, 1957. Harry Lee Anstead BIRTHDATE: November 4, 1937 BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville SPOUSE: Susann CHILDREN: Five – Chris, Jim, Laura, Amy and Michael DEGREES: LL.M. in the judicial process, University of Virginia School of Law, 1982; J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1963; B.A., University of Florida, 1960. FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL Counties: Broward, Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Third District Court of Appeal, appointed January 2000; circuit court judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, retained from April 1990 to December 1999; county court judge, Miami-Dade County Court, appointed March 1988, elected April 1990. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Conference of Circuit Court Judges: Civil Section chair, 1998-99; Third District Representative to the Executive Committee, 1993-95; Education Committee, 1990-99; Florida Bench/Bar Commission, 1990-92; Peter T. Fay American Inns of Court, 1990-99. The Florida Bar: Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section, 1989-98; Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, 1996-present; Family Law Rules of Procedure Committee, 1994-96; Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee, 1985-94; Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board, 1990-93; Grievance Committee, 1987-89, chair, 1988-89; Code and Evidence Committee, 1984-85; Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, 1988; Lawyer Referral Service Committee, 1986-87; Pro Bono Service Award Committee, 1987. American Judicature Society; Conference of County Court Judges, Education Committee, 1988-90. Cuban American Bar Association: 1975-present; vice president, 1987-88; treasurer, 1984-86; newsletter editor, 1982-86; director, 1982-88. Coral Cables Bar Association, 1975-88, director, 1982, 1988; Dade County Bar Association, chair, Judicial Reception Committee, Young Lawyer’s Section, 1981; Criminal Court Committee, 1981-88, vice-chair, 1987; Seminar Committee, vice-chair, 1985; Florida Criminal defense Attorneys Association, 1980-88; American Bar Association, 1978-88, 2000, Criminal Justice Section, 1980-88, Prosecution and Defense of RICO Cases Committee, 1979-81, DUI Committee, 1982; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1980-85, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1982-83; Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 1986-88; Federal Bar Association, 1981-83. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Mentoring Resource Center at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami; Kid’s Voting; Habitat for Humanity; Concerned Citizens of Northeast Dade, Inc.; director, Dade County Citizens Safety Council, 1988-92; Leadership Miami, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1988; Hispanic Affairs Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1986-88; Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, 1980-88; director, Crime Watch Committee of Coral Gables, 1985-88; Junior Orange Bowl Committee, 1987-96; Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, 1985-87. HONORS & AWARDS: Attended the University of Connecticut School of Law on a full scholarship, graduating with honors and receiving several awards, including the Cornelius Wickersham Award, the Cranier & Anderson Scholarship Award, and American Jurisprudence Awards (book awards) for Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. Received an award from the Hispanic American Law Society at St. Thomas University School of Law on April 25, 1996. Received an award from the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar in recognition for years of service in the Executive Council and as chair of the CLE Committee. Received the “Hispanics Who Have Made A Difference” award by the Metro-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, 1993. Recognized by the University of Miami School of Law and the Cuban American Bar Association on the occasion of the 7th Conference of Lawyers of the Americas, 1990. Received a Pro Bono Service award by the Cuban American Bar Association, 1986. PUBLICATIONS: FLORIDA CIVIL PROCEDURE (A two-volume treatise on civil procedure published by Lexis Law Publishing in 1997, with yearly or bi-yearly updates published in pocket-part supplements. I wrote most of the book myself, but I was occasionally successful in obtaining limited assistance from various attorneys and law students. The book covers the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, with cross-references to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as the case law and statutes affecting procedure.) FLORIDA EVIDENCE MANUAL, a three-volume set covering mostly the Florida Evidence Code, with cross-references to the Federal Rules of Evidence, with the interpreting cases and related statutes, published in 2000 by Matthew Bender, a division of LexisNexis Group. I wrote Chapter 12, entitled, “Child Support,” published in Florida Dissolution of Marriage, 4th edition, The Florida Bar, 1995. Chapter 6, “Double Jeopardy and Related Issues,” in DUI and Other Traffic Offenses in Florida, 2nd edition, The Florida Bar, 1993. Chapter 6, “Double Jeopardy and Related Issues,” DUI and Other Traffic Offenses in Florida, The Florida Bar, 1990. Supplemental Update to Chapter 7, “Miscellaneous Practical Tips,” Chapter 7 of DUI and Other Traffic Offenses in Florida, The Florida Bar, 1990. Article, “Interstate Extradition,” Florida Bar Journal, November 1989. Chapter 7, “Miscellaneous Practical Tips,” DUI and Other Traffic Offenses in Florida, The Florida Bar, 1986. Article on “The New Federal Statute in High Seas Seizures – A Defense View,” published in The Florida Bar Journal, 1982. LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Second District Court of Appeal, 2001-present; assistant U.S. attorney, Middle District of Florida, 1983-01; chief Asset Forfeiture Section, 1989-01; assistant state attorney, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 1982-83; trial attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C., 1980-81. BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: American Inn of Court, Justice William Glenn Terrell Inn, Barrister, 1988-92; American Inn of Court, Hebert G. Goldburg Criminal Law Inn, Master (elected to the Executive Committee to the position of clerk, 2001); Catholic Lawyers Guild, Federal Bar Association; member, National Council, 1995-96; Florida Association for Women Lawyers; The Florida Bar; The Hillsborough County Bar Association; chair, Government Law Section, 1994-96; Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, board member, 1986, 1989-90, 1993-94, 1994-95, treasurer, 1987-88, 1988-89; Hispanic National Bar Association, speaker, Annual Conference, 1997; National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, president, Region 1, 1998-99; keynote speaker, Orange County Bar Association, Hispanic Heritage Celebration luncheon, October 2001; the Polk County Bar Association; Stetson Law School: speaker at Stetson Hispanic Bar Association activities, volunteer judge for Moot Court, distinguished guest lecturer for numerous classes, panel member “Students of Color Law Day and Admissions Workshop”; lectured extensively on asset forfeiture, money laundering, and complex prosecutions to prosecutors and law enforcement personnel throughout the United States, 1989-01; lectured to prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, and judges in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Honduras on trial advocacy practices and procedures, 1994-01; liaison between the Department of Justice and the Bolivian Government, assisting the Bolivians with their asset forfeiture program, 1994-97. Awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority; Catholic Charities, board of directors, 1994-97, vice chair, 1996, chair, 1997; Diocesan Cuban Immigration Commission, chair, 1994; Club 15, a social organization whose members perform charitable work primarily in the Hispanic community; Georgetown Alumni Club of Tampa Bay, president, 1992-97; Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program; Georgetown University Law Center National Alumni Board, 2002; Girl Scouts of America, Brownie Troop Leader, 1993-94; Hispanic Needs and Services Council, board of directors, 1995-97; Hispanic Professional Women’s Association; Jesuit High School Foundation; Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc., board of directors, 1994-00, chair of the Calendar Committee, 1995-96, 1997-00, president, 1996-97, treasurer, 1997-98; University of Tampa, Board of Counselors, board member, 1983-present, chair-elect, 1996-97, chair, 1997-98; University of Tampa, board of trustees, 1997-98; University of Tampa MBA Alumni Club, board of directors, 1986-88; participant, Great American Teach-In, multiple years; keynote speaker, Pierce Middle School, Student Appreciation Dinner, January 2002. HONORS & AWARDS: Work-related: Over 70 written commendations for work performed as an Assistant United States Attorney, 1983-01; selected Special Emphasis Program Manager for Hispanic Issues, United States Attorney’s Office, 1995-01; chair of the Attorney Hiring Committee, Middle District of Florida, 1988-90, 1995-01; special recognition received from the former Attorney General, Republic of Venezuela, the National Prosecutor, Republic of Chile, the Government of Bolivia, the National Police of Mexico and the Federal Police of Argentina for assistance in trial advocacy, legal management issues, and/or development of forfeiture programs, 1994-00; Equal Employment Opportunity Award, in recognition of long-term efforts in spearheading Hispanic Heritage celebrations, presented by the Tampa Bay Federal EEO Committee, 1999; Special Act Award, Department of Justice, 1999; Employee Volunteer Service Award, 1995-98; Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Asset Forfeiture, Executive Office for United States Attorneys, 1996; Special Appreciation Award for Outstanding Law Enforcement Contribution to the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program, presented by the Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture, 1993; Special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys, 1990; nominated by the Middle District of Florida for the Younger Federal Lawyers Award, 1990; nominated by the Middle District of Florida for the Presidential Letter of Commendation, 1990; Special Achievement Award, Department of Justice, 1989, 1988. COMMUNITY : Keynote speaker, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council’s Awards, 2000; Raymond E. Fernandez Award presented by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community, 1999; commencement speaker, University of Tampa’s Graduation Ceremony, December 1996; special award from the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers in Recognition of Outstanding Service provided from 1986-95; University of Tampa, Board of Counselors, Counselor of the Year, 1994-95, 1988-89, and 1987-88; special recognition from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg for services rendered as chair of the Diocesan Cuban Immigration Commission, 1994; finalist for Tampa’s Hispanic Woman of the Year, Field of Government Service, 1993. ACADEMIC: Elected to The Tax Lawyer, a law review at Georgetown University Law Center; awarded Outstanding Member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, State of Florida, 1977; awarded the “Outstanding Female Graduate Award, Class of 1976-77,” University of Tampa. PUBLICATIONS: One of four authors of A Guide to Sales of Property Prior to Forfeiture, The Stipulated and Interlocutory Sale, Criminal Division, Department of Justice, November 1990; author of several articles published from 1994-95 in the Lawyer, the official publication of the Hillsborough County Bar Association; Case Comment, Japan Line Ltd. v. County of Los Angeles, 33 Tax Law. 497 (1980).last_img read more

Vaalco begins Avouma workover program. Clears all debt

first_imgHouston-based Vaalco Energy has begun workover operations to restore production to two wells currently shut-in on the Avouma platform offshore Gabon.Vaalco said on Tuesday that the workover operations on the platform began on May 17, 2018.The company added that the work on the platform entailed replacing electric submersible pumps (ESPs) on the Avouma 2-H and South Tchibala 1-HB wells.The ESP on the Avouma 2-H well failed in November 2017 and the well was temporarily shut-in. Vaalco also experienced an ESP failure in a different well on the same platform, South Tchibala 1-HB, on December 24, 2017, resulting in that well also being temporarily shut-in.According to Vaalco, net production of approximately 750 net barrels of oil per day (bopd) may be restored if both workovers are successful.Cary Bounds, Vaalco CEO, said: “[…] our workover operations to restore production from two shut-in wells on the Avouma platform have commenced. We are hopeful that modifications to the design of the downhole ESP equipment, improvements in the installation procedures and upgrades to the surface control systems on the platform will result in improved operational reliability.“With the additional 750 net bopd of production that these wells could bring back online if the workover operations are successful, coupled with higher Brent pricing, we will continue to enhance our ability to generate cash in 2018.”Vaalco also said that its subsidiary paid off the outstanding balance on its amended term loan agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).On March 31, 2018, debt, net of deferred financing costs, totaled $7 million. The total payoff amount for the principal and accrued interest since March 31 was approximately $7.2 million.Vaalco now has no debt on the balance sheet for the first time since June 30, 2014. The company said that it saved over $0.3 million in interest over the next year.“We are realizing significant cash flow generation due to the strong improvement in Brent oil prices with no hedges currently in place. This is allowing us to eliminate all of our outstanding debt and strengthen our balance sheet. We are improving our financial position in anticipation of a development drilling campaign on our offshore Gabon asset in 2019,” Bounds said.last_img read more

Universal’s new ‘Harry Potter’ ride attracts 10-hour wait

first_img“Due to anticipated excitement by our guests, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure may experience high demand,” the theme park wrote on its website.The attraction opened on Tuesday to hundreds of ‘invitation only’ guests who took part in an event inside Islands of Adventure, complete with members of the motion picture cast, to welcome the theme park’s newest attraction.The ride includes Hogwarts’ gamekeeper Hagrid as guests guide as they are put on motorbikes and sent through twists and turns while being surrounded by towering trees and creatures.It is unclear when the wait time for the ride will decrease. As Dumbledore once said ‘dark and difficult times lie ahead,’ specifically, for fans of the beloved Harry Potter series who want to partake in Universal’s newest wizard-themed ride, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.As of Thursday, an estimated 600-minute, 10-hour wait time is listed for the ride with some Universal goers taking to Twitter to describe their not so magical experience on the ride’s opening day.It’s 5:40 and I have made it to the Islands of Adventure entrance on opening day of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. As long as there aren’t technical difficulties, I’ll definitely get a ride in before the storms hit today pic.twitter.com/XabVB3xb5x— Jonathan Cooper (@dxwwf3) June 13, 2019last_img read more

Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard to miss 3rd consecutive game

first_imgOK REUNIONOklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he’s not the least bit surprised by how swiftly George has come out of the gates after being cleared following offseason shoulder surgeries – nor is he surprised that George jumped at the opportunity to take his talents home to Southern California.“Paul’s a great player, I had a chance to see that first-hand for a lot of games last year for us,” Donovan said Sunday after practice, when his team prepared to match up with the former Thunder star for the first time since this summer’s bombshell trade that sent him to L.A. for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and an unprecedented collection of draft picks.“I’m happy for Paul because I know how important his family is to him. … His mom and dad are great, I’ve got the chance to meet them, his uncles and his aunts, he’s got an incredible family and they’re all based here in California. All these guys’ careers, even if a guy plays 15 years, in reality, it seems like a lot of time, but in the time of your life, it’s like a fraction of it. And I think for him to be able to share this point in time in his career with his family is a great thing because they’re such good people.“He’s always been a terrific player,” Donovan added, with a nod to George’s MVP candidacy last season before the shoulder injuries limited him late in the season. “I felt bad for him last year just because he had such an incredible first 50, 60 games going into the All-Star break … He just probably wasn’t himself (after that) with the shoulder injuries that he had – and he played through all that stuff. He missed a couple games here and there, but it speaks to his greatness as a player.“I’m happy he’s back and he’s healthy.” Rivers said neither he nor the team are overly anxious awaiting the much-anticipated pairing to actually transpire.“I just know it’s gonna happen, I have confidence in that,” Rivers said. “You knew at the beginning of the year (when George was sidelined following shoulder surgeries) this is how it would be. So it’s funny, I don’t think one coach, not one guy, has even thought about it, that it’d be nice to have everybody out there.”A healthy George is helping the Clippers, characterized Monday by Rivers as “a team trying to find itself each night,” adjust to playing without Leonard, who will have missed five of the first 14 games.George’s 70 points in his first 45 minutes of play (over two games, in which the Clippers are 1-1) are an NBA record.“What I see, every time you see (George): ‘Man, when you put those two together, we could be pretty good.’ That’s what you see,” Rivers said. LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard will miss Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. The All-Star forward is sidelined for the third consecutive game with a left knee contusion that he apparently sustained in the second half of the team’s loss in Houston last Wednesday.Starting guard Patrick Beverley was back in the lineup after missing two games with a sore left calf, Rivers added.Leonard – who had missed two prior games due to load management related to an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee – played 41 minutes against the Rockets, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-24 shooting, 12 rebounds and seven assists.Rivers said there aren’t any long-term concerns about the injury, and that the two-time NBA Finals MVP was “very close” to playing Monday and could be in the lineup – alongside fellow All-Star Paul George for the first time, possibly – Wednesday when the Clippers host the Boston Celtics.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nursing lecturers lobby for duty-free concessions

first_imgGeorgetown School of Nursing Principal Cleopatra Barkoye on Thursday called on the Public Health Ministry to have nursing tutors granted duty-free concessions.She said a principal nursing tutor had stated that in order to be qualified as a tutor, a nurse must undergo many years of preparation and would usually travel for more than 30 miles per day.She implored that while the Minister would not be in a “position to do anything at present about their salaries”, he could at least help them to help the students. She pointed out that nursing lecturers are also eligible for duty-free concessions.“We are only 10 in numbers at present. Help us to feel proud of our experience,” she said, adding that there was already a shortage of nurses, so it was only fitting that the Minister did everything to retain qualified nurses.“We are teachers too, but the advantage we have over any teachers is that we are also nurses and midwives,” Barkoye remarked.Prior to 2008, duty-free concessions for nursing tutors had always been lobbied for and acknowledged by the Ministry. Former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy had stated that the concession was something that could be granted once it was explored fully.Nurses have continuously griped about poor wages and deplorable working conditions.Nurses from across the country, particularly in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), and on the East Bank and East Coast of Demerara and in Georgetown, had complained that their salary and work conditions were not allowing them to offer proper health care.They lamented their paltry salaries and annual allowances such as $13,000 for uniforms and footwear and in some cases as little as $500 for risk allowance in some hazardous areas of work such as dealing with psychiatric patients.Meanwhile, University of Guyana Health Sciences Faculty Director Wilton Benn outlined that there was a need for investment in nursing. “Investment in nursing is an investment in the health of the nation,” he said. He further stressed the need for nurses to be highly trained and qualified for their position in the health sector. He stated that the Faculty has so far invested in the training of nursing tutors to ensure that they were producing good graduates.last_img read more