Sentenced to nine months on burglary charge

first_imgHAVING been earlier refused bail, a Limerickman appeared at the District Court in connection with an alleged burglary matter after he was arrested on foot of a separate bench warrant issued by the Criminal Courts of Justice at Cloverhill.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Charges of the theft of a mobile phone at Abrakebabra restaurant on O’Connell Street, on July 13, were also before the court, where it is alleged that the accused, Lee McNamara, approached the counter and stole the phone, valued at €450, after he allegedly forced open the door at 9am, while cleaning staff were working inside.On July 16 last, Gardai attended the reports of a break-in at Johnsgate Village where the defendant was spotted exiting a premises through a broken window.McNamara, aged 23, and described in court as “homeless,” was arrested by gardai and made admissions to bwweing on the premises. No property was stolen in the incident.A third charge relating to public order offences was also before the court where it was given in evidence that on June 17 last, the accused was intoxicated on Cruises Street, and was stopping members of the public asking for cigarettes. McNamara had 17 previous convictions and received an eight month prison sentence in January for Road Traffic Offences, and the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and associated charges.In mitigation for the accused, Sarah Ryan solicitor, said that her client was taking shelter from bad weather when he was seen at the address in Johnsgate and was of the belief that it was a simple trespassing charge of the unoccupied house.It was also added that the McNamara was in fact homeless, and that the address given was a family home that he did not reside at. McNamara, who was in custody since the previous Sunday, entered an early plea.Judge Eamon O’Brien jailed him for nine months. Previous articleLimerick lose bravely in Croke ParkNext articleCharges struck out against father and daughter admin Facebook Twitter Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin Print NewsLocal NewsSentenced to nine months on burglary chargeBy admin – August 2, 2011 691 last_img read more

[Column] POTUS Vs SCOTUS Viz-a viz Prashant Bushan Vs Supreme Court Of India: Justice Madan Lokur

first_imgColumns[Column] POTUS Vs SCOTUS Viz-a viz Prashant Bushan Vs Supreme Court Of India: Justice Madan Lokur Justice Madan B. Lokur (Retd.)19 Aug 2020 10:00 PMShare This – xWhen it comes to statements on the highest court of the land, let’s compare the President of the United States (POTUS) and Prashant Bhushan. For more than a hundred years, POTUS, in his different avatars, has been critical, from time to time, of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), including its judges and more recently even the federal judiciary. Going by the view expressed by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhen it comes to statements on the highest court of the land, let’s compare the President of the United States (POTUS) and Prashant Bhushan. For more than a hundred years, POTUS, in his different avatars, has been critical, from time to time, of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), including its judges and more recently even the federal judiciary. Going by the view expressed by the Supreme Court of India (SCI) in a recent decision concerning the alleged contempt by Bhushan, these attacks can only be described as malicious and scurrilous in the extreme.Yet, neither has the foundation of the judicial branch of the US been shaken, nor has the foundation of its constitutional democracy been destabilised by the most powerful men in the world. But two tweets by Bhushan have had that effect on the SCI, believed to be the most powerful court in the world, and thereby a destabilising effect on our constitutional democracy.A long history of judicial dissentJustice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., an associate justice in SCOTUS, was more than a remarkable judge. In a case of considerable significance, he dissented from the majority and voted against the establishment in the Northern Securities case (1904). This was the case in which he wrote the memorable words: “Great cases like hard cases make bad law. For great cases are called great, not by reason of their real importance in shaping the law of the future, but because of some accident of immediate overwhelming interest which appeals to the feelings and distorts the judgment.” The dissent by Justice Holmes angered President Theodore Roosevelt so much that he is reported to have said, “I could carve out of a banana a judge with more backbone than that.” Really?The New Deal legislation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt ran into rough weather in SCOTUS. The president gave a series of radio addresses between 1933 and 1944 which were known as fireside chats. In his fireside chat on March 9, 1937 he said of SCOTUS (and its best to quote him):”We have, therefore, reached the point as a Nation where we must take action to save the Constitution from the Court and the Court from itself. We must find a way to take an appeal from the Supreme Court to the Constitution itself. We want a Supreme Court which will do justice under the Constitution—not over it. In our Courts we want a government of laws and not of men.”Can you imagine?Five days after SCOTUS heard and reserved judgment in March 2012 (a few months before the US presidential elections) in a case challenging what is commonly called the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, President Barack Obama said at a news conference:”Ultimately I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress. … I would just remind conservative commentators that for years what we have heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. That an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example and I am pretty confident that this court will recognise that and not take that step.”The case was sub judice, and reference was made to a possibly unprecedented and extraordinary step. Reference was also made to a strong majority of democratically elected Congress, judicial activism and lack of judicial restraint – issues that also exist in India.Judge-politician clashes under TrumpLet’s cut to February 2017. President Donald Trump ordered a travel ban on people from some countries. Resultantly, almost 60,000 visas that had already been granted had to be revoked. Judge James Robart, a United States district judge, passed a temporary restraining order which effectively gave a new lease of life to the visas. Trump tweeted:”The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned.”So-called judge? Ridiculous? Another tweet followed the next day:”Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!”This was followed in November 2018 by another comment by the president. In this case, a presidential proclamation to the effect that migrants who “unlawfully or without proper documentation” crossed the border would not be eligible for asylum. United States district judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order to which Trump reacted by telling a reporter that, “This was an Obama judge, and I’ll tell you what, it’s not going to happen like this anymore.”Chief Justice John Roberts apparently did not take kindly to this remark. He issued a statement on the eve of Thanksgiving. The statement was three sentences, loud and clear:”We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”How did Trump respond to the statement? He tweeted soon after:”Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have ‘Obama judges,’ and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country. It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an ‘independent judiciary’ but if it is why are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned. Please study the numbers, they are shocking. We need protection and security – these rulings are making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise!”In a news conference held in our own capital city of Delhi on February 25, 2020, Trump expressed his ‘displeasure’ with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (popularly known as RBG) and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, both associate justices of SCOTUS. He clearly stated and virtually demanded that these two judges should recuse themselves from hearing any Trump or Trump-related cases. This was in the context of a case that was due to come up before SCOTUS on the president’s tax returns and financial records.Why did POTUS say what he did? Well, it seems he was referring to remarks made by RBG in 2016 when Trump was on the campaign trail. Recalling that, Trump said:”Well, it’s very obvious. I mean, I always thought that, frankly, that Justice Ginsburg should do it [recuse herself] because she went wild during the campaign when I was running. I don’t know who she was for – perhaps she was for Hillary Clinton, if you can believe it – but she said some things that were obviously very inappropriate. She later sort of apologised. I wouldn’t say it was an apology, but she sort of apologised.”As far as Justice Sotomayor is concerned, the reason appears to be a statement made by her in a dissenting opinion a day earlier in which she wrote: “Claiming one emergency after another, the government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases, demanding immediate attention and consuming limited court resources in each. And with each successive application, of course, its cries of urgency ring increasingly hollow.” The reaction of President Trump in the news conference was:”And then, Justice Sotomayor said what she said yesterday – you know very well what she said yesterday. It was a big story. And I just don’t know how they cannot recuse themselves for anything having to do with Trump or Trump-related. The right thing to do is that……. But her statement was so inappropriate when you’re a justice of the Supreme Court. And it’s almost what she’s trying to do is take the people that do feel a different way and get them to vote the way that she would like them to vote. I just thought it was so inappropriate. Such a terrible statement for a Supreme Court justice.”These were direct references by the president to two named, sitting judges of the Supreme Court who were due to hear a case directly concerning him.While Obama said what he did in March 2012 soon after oral arguments concluded in a case, Senator Chuck Schumer went a step further in March 2020. While oral arguments were going on in early March in a case challenging a Louisiana law on abortion rights, the Senate minority leader addressed a rally on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court building. He said: “I want to tell you, [Justice Neil] Gorsuch, I want to tell you, [Justice Brett] Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price.” The suggestion, as understood by some, was that these judges ‘won’t know what hit them’ if they uphold abortion restrictions.Chief Justice John Roberts immediately reacted to this speech through a written statement: “Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All members of the court will continue to do their job, without fear or favour, from whatever quarter.”That Schumer’s address was over the top is also clear from Trump’s reaction. The president tweeted on March 5, 2020: “This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer.” Later, he tweeted again: “There can be few things worse in a civilized, law abiding nation, than a United States Senator openly, and for all to see and hear, threatening the Supreme Court or its Justices. This is what Chuck Schumer just did. He must pay a severe price for this!”How did Schumer respond to this broadside? His office issued a statement: “For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said, while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg last week, shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes.”The unknown powers of one Prashant BhushanWhat does all this tell us? That the most powerful men in the world and some from the highest levels of government have not been able to shake the foundations of the second most powerful court in the world or destabilise the foundations of the second largest constitutional democracy in the world.Enter Prashant Bhushan. Compare his tweets with the tweets, rally speeches, news conferences and what have you from “the highest levels of government” in the US. How insignificant and inconsequential they appear. The motorbike tweet had a figurative reference to the lockdown. Was the court called upon to give a justification or was Bhushan required to give a justification? Was it necessary for the court to specify the total number of sittings held and the number of cases filed and heard during the lockdown period? In any case, it is only if we have the figures for the corresponding period in the previous years will these numbers gain significance – and the truth about the figurative lockdown will be known.The second tweet was an expression of opinion that will be accepted or rejected by future historians. Some historians have a charitable opinion of Mughal rule, others don’t. Some historians have a charitable opinion of the Raj, others don’t. Some historians have a charitable opinion of some of our early post-independence leaders, others don’t. Similarly, some future historians might view the role of the Chief Justices of India in a charitable manner, while others will not. Do we need uniformity of opinion in every aspect of life, including governance and justice? Is disagreement and dissent unpalatable?Can a not-so-powerful lawyer shake the foundations of the most powerful court in the world or destabilise the foundations of the largest constitutional democracy in the world?In case you’re looking for an answer, let me give it to you in one word that our future generations frequently use: Chill. Because that’s the effect intended.Views are personal only(Madan B Lokur is a Former Judge of Supreme Court of India)This article was first published in The Wire. You can read it here here Next Storylast_img read more

Vermont Public Television Launches Rutland Digital Channel

first_imgVermont Public Television Launches Rutland Digital ChannelVermont Public Television’s Rutland digital TV channel has made its debut. VPT’s digital channel 9 will begin service officially on Wednesday, June 1, from atop Grandpa Knob. The new channel — the second digital channel in Vermont — will serve Rutland and Addison counties and parts of Bennington and Windsor counties. In neighboring New York state, the signal will reach Warren and Washington counties and some of Saratoga and Essex counties.VPT’s channel 28, which transmits signals in the current analog format, will continue to operate for several years.By federal mandate, all U.S. television stations are required to broadcast in digital. John King, VPT’s president and CEO, says, “Going digital means Vermonters will continue to have their own statewide public television network, with all the PBS programs and local programs they treasure.”Beyond securing VPT’s future, going digital will bring Vermonters clear reception and new services, including high definition programming (HDTV) and multicasting (up to four channels at the same time). In the future, along with TV programming, VPT will be able to transmit video, audio and text in the form of digital data that can be downloaded to a computer, providing educational resources to schools, teachers and lifelong learners of all ages.Viewers with a high definition television can see HDTV programs from PBS on VPT’s digital channel. Digital programming is only available over the air now, but VPT expects it to be carried on cable and satellite in the future. To receive digital TV channels, viewers can use their analog TV sets if they install a digital set-top converter box. However, to see true high definition television, viewers need a high definition TV.The current analog service on VPT and TV channels nationwide will continue until the FCC requires broadcasters to return their analog spectrum to the government for other uses and operate only in digital format.Viewers will find more information and a schedule for VPT’s digital service by visiting www.vpt.org(link is external) or calling 1-800-639-7811. VPT would like to hear from viewers who are able to receive the new channel.VPT has been broadcasting in digital on its Windsor channel since 2003.VPT will launch its St. Johnsbury and Burlington digital channels next year. Work begins this summer on a major project to collocate all Burlington market digital TV channels on Mt. Mansfield.Noting that federal and state matching funds are paying for VPT’s digital facilities, John King says, “Thanks to Senators Patrick Leahy and Jim Jeffords and Rep. Bernie Sanders, we have secured federal matching funds needed for the project. We have received most of the state matching funds and hope the state will appropriate the balance next year. We’re grateful to Gov. Jim Douglas, former Gov. Howard Dean and their staffs, and to Vermont’s legislators, especially the House and Senate Institutions and Appropriations committees, for the support they have given the project.”The cost of converting VPT’s four transmitters to digital to meet the federal mandate will be about $5.4 million. Conversion of VPT’s master control and production facilities to digital facilities will be the final phases of the project.VPT chief engineer Ron Whitcomb and studio technical supervisor Rob Belle-Isle are managing the digital conversion project. # # #last_img read more

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

Running back McFarlane, cornerbacks Morgan, Reddish will play in Spring Game

first_imgKey Syracuse players on both sides of the ball have returned to practice and will be available for the Spring Game on Saturday.Rising junior running back Devante McFarlane participated in practice on Tuesday and will play Saturday, running backs coach DeAndre Smith said. McFarlane stood on the sideline in a sweatshirt during the Orange’s open practice last Tuesday with an undisclosed injury.Cornerbacks Wayne Morgan (right knee) and Brandon Reddish (lower body) are also good to go on Saturday, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said.Bullough said there are no other major injuries, though SU head coach Scott Shafer said that there are a couple players injured in the spring who will not compete.Said Shafer: “I’m going to wait until the doctors tell me officially that they can’t play. If they don’t practice Thursday, I’ll probably back off even though they may play if it was a gameday situation.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on April 16, 2014 at 1:09 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

IAAF World Championships: Men’s shot put schedule and preview

first_img WATCH US LIVE IAAF World Championships will be taking place from September 27 to October 6, 2019. The events will be held at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. The men’s shot put qualifier’s for group A and B are scheduled for October 3, 2019, at 9:50 pm and 11:10 pm IST, respectively. Finals will be on October 5, 2019, at 10:35 pm IST. Star Sports India will be broadcasting the IAAF World Championships.Also read | IAAF World Championships 2019: PU Chitra To Compete In Women’s 1500M Last Updated: 25th September, 2019 16:31 IST IAAF World Championships: Men’s Shot Put Schedule And Preview IAAF World Championships will take place from September 27 to October 6, 2019 at Doha, Qatar. Here are the schedule details for the men’s shot put category. LIVE TV Men’s Shot Put IAAF World Athletics Championships: Schedule and PreviewTaking a look at the current records for men’s shot put, even throwing beyond 22 metres might not earn you a gold medal in the IAAF World Championships. To give you a context for the unparalleled level of shot putting, only 16 world titles have been won by throws over the 22 metres mark. Nine men in the competition have a personal best beyond that mark. With eight of 21 men in the world all-time list, there is a chance for some big throws.Also read | IAAF World Championships 2019: Avinash Sable Aims For Tokyo OlympicsTom Walsh, two-time world indoor champion, has performed stunningly this past month. He won in Paris with a season-best of 22.4 metres and retained his Diamond league men’s shot put title in Brussels. Walsh has a good record with big tournaments and has previously won four gold at World Men’s Shot Put Championships. Walsh’s pre-championship loss was with a respectable 21.90 metres at the Chorzow competition.Ryan Crouser has also been in terrific form opening his outdoor campaign with world-leading personal best of 22.74 metres. It is the longest throw since 1990. Except for the 21.11 metres win at Drake Relays, all of Crouser’s throws were beyond 22 metres this year.Also read | IAAF World Championships: Irfan, Devender To Compete In 20km Race WalkAfter Stanford’s IAAF Diamond League record of 22.61 metres, Darlan Romani joined Walsh and Crouser in the world all-time top 10. Romani beat Walsh and Crouser in last year’s IAAF Continental Cup. Konrad Bukowiecki, Darrell Hill, Bob Bertemes, Tomas Stanek, Jacko Gill and Chukwu Enekwechi are other contenders you need to look out for. Also read | Asian Games 2018: Hima Das, Muhamamed Anas Win Silver Medals In 400m First Published: 25th September, 2019 16:31 ISTcenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Devika Pawar Written Bylast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Busco

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Busco! He is a solid 73-pound, 4-Year-old, people-loving, handsome PitBull Terrier, who is a tail-wagging appreciator of belly rubs. Because he is a very strong dog, children in his forever family should be older (14 and up) and dog-savvy. However, Busco would do best in an all adult home, and be the only pet. Busco requires a securely fenced yard and a commitment from his future forever people to always insure that he is under leash only supervision – no off-leash situations. Busco is doing well living with his foster family’s dogs after having had proper introduction, consistency, and with continued supervision.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Busco in person, please contact Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Busco’s foster family will conduct all interviews. Emails are the preferred method of communication at [email protected] has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more