Legal Roundup

first_imgLegal Roundup Legal Roundup: Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Professorship Endowed: The Joy McCann Foundation donated $500,000 to Stetson University to endow the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Distinguished Professorship to celebrate the work of Smith, a former ABA and Florida Bar president. The professorship will be awarded to a full-time faculty member with a demonstrated commitment to both professionalism and mentoring students. The gift also provides financial support for special projects the distinguished professor chooses to pursue. Smith’s relationship with the law school dates back to 1954, when he taught as an adjunct professor. He has served as distinguished professorial lecturer since 1991. Money Raised in Fight Against AIDS: The Central Florida Gay & Lesbian Law Association raised $2,050 for Hope & Help, Inc., at the 2005 Orlando AIDS Walk. Eleven attorneys participated in the fundraising activities. Stetson Students Win: A Stetson University trial team won the Southeast Regional Competition of the National Trial Competition in Jacksonville. With the win, Stetson advances to the national finals in San Antonio, Texas, at the end of March as the top-ranked team from the region. The winning team consisted of Gabrielle Osborne and Dante Weston and witness members Kate Alexander and Mike Kest. Stetson Professor Pamela Bell coached the team. Sixteen teams from Florida and Georgia competed in the event. Stetson defeated Georgia State University in the finals. Ruden McClosky Aids Tsunami Relief: The Ruden McClosky firm has donated $40,000 to AmeriCares for the Tsunami Relief fund. Firm Executive Director David Lane said the firm’s partners challenged all attorneys and staff to contribute what they could to help the victims of this recent natural disaster. The firm matched each partner donation dollar-for-dollar and $4 for each $1 of associate or staff member donations. AmeriCares launched a rapid emergency response effort in the days following the tsunami, sending relief teams into India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Barry Takes the Title: Barry University’s School of Law in Orlando defeated a 16-team field to capture the recent Southeastern Regional Championship of the American Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Competition. The team, led by Professor Mitchell Frank and assisted by Chris Klemawesch, will next compete against 13 other teams for the national championship in West Palm Beach April 7-10. The team was made up of Trial Team President Michael Damaso (advocate for both plaintiff and defendant), Heather Fleming (advocate for plaintiff), Shannon Smith (advocate for defendant), and Zack Gill (witness). Presidents Honored: The West Pasco Bar Association board officers, directors and members held a special recognition luncheon recently to acknowledge the organization’s former presidents. The West Pasco Bar was originally formed in 1965. Today its membership is more than 180, which includes many local judges. The former presidents in attendance included James Altman, Peter Brick, Harvey Deltzer, Charles Edwards, Matthew Ellrod, Mary Ellen Emery, Gregory Gay, David Gilmore, Frank Grey, J. Larry Hart, Allyson Hughes, Craig Laporte, Russell Marlowe, Jack McPherson, Kenneth Misemer, Bruce Przepis, Bart Reilly, Daniel Rock, Mark Spence, N. John Stewart, Ronald Thornton, Alfred Torrence, Hugh Umsted, Craig Villante, Roland Waller, William Webb, Richard C. Williams, Jr., and Thomas Zandecki. Lawyers Honored for Service: The St. Petersburg Bar Foundation recently honored three attorneys who have volunteered their time and talents in the service of the community and the world: Louie Adcock, Danell DeBerg, and the late Jim Fischer. Former St. Petersburg Mayor Bob Ulrich served as master of ceremonies of an evening that celebrated the tremendous contributions lawyers make every day. The event marked the first of what will be an annual event for the foundation. . April 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more