December 15, 2004 News and Notes

first_img December 15, 2004 News & Notes Retiring Sixth Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer was recently awarded the honorary lifetime title of “Chair Emeritus of the Trial Court Budget Commission,” by Chief Justice Barbara Pariente in recognition of her “long and faithful leadership on trial court funding issues.” Chief Justice Pariente said Judge Schaeffer’s leadership and negotiating abilities were in large part responsible for the successful implementation of Revision 7 to Art. V., whereby the state assumed a greater share of the funding responsibility for the trial court system. December 15, 2004 News and Notescenter_img News and Notes V. James Dickson of Ruden McClosky in St. Petersburg has been appointed chair of the Pinellas County School Readiness Coalition. Joshua G. Gerstin, of The Law Office of Joshua G. Gerstin, P.A., in Boca Raton, presented “Community Association Legislative Updates, No Good Deed Goes Unregulated” at the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations. Seth Marmor of Greenspoon, Marder, Hirschfeld, Rafkin, Ross & Berger in Ft. Lauderdale was honored by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties for facilitating a client’s bequest to establish two separate funds at the Community Foundation to support the arts. Nathaniel L. Doliner of Carlton Fields in Tampa moderated a corporate governance program held in Paris, France, titled “The Impact of Converging Business Legal Issues in the World’s Two Largest Markets: Greater Europe and the United States.” Mark Grossman and Brad Gross of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., were featured speakers at national technology conferences in San Francisco and Atlanta. Grossman presented “Negotiating and Drafting the Software License” at a national conference sponsored by the American Conference Institute on “The Practical and Tactical Approach to the Art of the Deal in Software Licensing Agreements.” Gross spoke about the use of international arbitration in offshore outsourcing relationships at the Practicing Law Institute’s seminar, “The Outsourcing Revolution.” Jennifer L. Slone of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, in Orlando became president of the Downtown Orlando Partnership. Martin E. Doyle of Sacher, Zelman, et al., P.A., was appointed a visiting lecturer at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Lara Donlon and Glen J. Torcivia of the Law Offices of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates, P.A., spoke at the 30th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum on “Title 40 Four Years Later” in Orlando. David E. Bond, of White & Case LLP in Miami spoke on “NAFTA Benefits and Dispute Resolution — What Has Been Accomplished? What Can Be Improved?” at the annual meeting of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Matthew L. Felix of Mandelbaum and Fitzsimmons, P.A., in Tampa, spoke on incorporations and various business forms before the Suncoast/Pinellas S.C.O.R.E. Chapter 115. Ray Anderson was honored for his work in the field of environmentally conscious business practices by The Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. David C. Goodwin of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami was elevated to “Diplomate” in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale discussed the “Benefits of Mediation” with seventh and eighth grade peer counselors at Pioneer Middle School in Cooper City, and with members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pembroke Pines. Wendy Anderson of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson, P.A., in Orlando received an award at the Citrus Club for the 2004 Women’s Executive Council’s Outstanding Achievement in Community Service. Erika Deutsch Rotbart of Deutsch Rotbart & Associates, P.A., in Boca Raton was elected vice-president for the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Joseph Beeler of Miami-based Ferrell Schultz was elected president of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Beeler’s term begins January 1, 2005. David Pratt, of Pratt & Bucher LLP, spoke at a seminar titled “Thanksgiving Fixins’ for the Estate Planning Lawyer.” The seminar was held in Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa. His topic was “How to Live with the IRS’ Fixes to Form 709.” David Wood of Wood & Bender LLP, spoke at two conferences in San Francisco: West Coast General Counsel Conference and Risk & Insurance Management Society Annual Bay Area Conference. Floy Lilley was recognized as the 2004 recipient of the AAW Veritas Award. The award was presented at the AAW Annual Convention in Davenport. Stephen H. Cypen of Cypen & Cypen in Miami Beach participated as a speaker at the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association Trustees School in St. Petersburg Beach. The topic was “Trustees’ Responsibilities and Legislative Action.” Additionally, Cypen participated in the 36th Annual Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Trustees Conference in Orlando where he spoke on “Disability Benefits – Establishing Procedures, Determining Eligibility.”Benchmarkslast_img

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