January 15, 2004 Notices January 15, 2004 Regular News On November 21, 2003, James V. Benincasa, Jr., whose last known address was in Vero Beach, was suspended from the practice of law in the state of Ohio for an interim period, with the matter referred to the disciplinary counsel for investigation and commencement of disciplinary proceedings.See the Supreme Court’s entry in In re Benincasa, 100 Ohio St.3d 1494, 2003-Ohio-6184, www. sconet. state, oh. us/ROD/documents, for additional information. Continuing its practice of public involvement, The Florida Bar is seeking a new member of the public to serve on its governing board.The board member will replace Vivian L. Hobbs, Ph.D., of Tallahassee, whose second two-year term expires June 2004.Since 1987, two public members have served on the Bar’s 52-member governing board, after the Supreme Court of Florida approved the organization’s request to have nonlawyer representation on the board. Only seven other state bar associations — Alaska, Arizona, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin — and the District of Columbia have public members on their governing boards.A screening committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors has been appointed to review the applications for the public member position, conduct final interviews, and make recommendations to the Bar’s governing board during its April meeting in Pensacola. The board will then recommend three persons to the Supreme Court of Florida and the court will appoint one of the three nominees to the board. The Board of Governors oversees the Bar’s lawyer discipline program, continuing legal education programs, legislative activities, and the overall administration of The Florida Bar.In addition to the two public members on the Board of Governors, one-third of all members of the 81 local grievance committees which hear complaints against attorneys are nonlawyers, as are one-third of the members of the 32 committees which oversee the Bar’s unlicensed practice of law investigations. These committees report to the Board of Governors, which in turn reports to the Supreme Court of Florida.Board members average 200-300 hours per year on Bar business depending on committee assignments. Although attorney members of the Bar’s governing board pay all expenses related to their attendance at six board meetings and other events held each year, nonlawyer board members are reimbursed for “reasonable travel and related expenses for attending official Bar functions.”The new board member will serve a two-year term commencing June 25. Public members are not allowed by rule to serve more than two consecutive terms. Most of the Bar’s board is apportioned according to Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, with attorney members elected by lawyers in their locality. There are four additional out-of-state representations. The other public member currently serving on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors is Solomon L. Badger III, Ed.D., of Jacksonville.Persons interested in serving as a public member may obtain the application form from the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org or call The Florida Bar at (850)561-5600, ext. 5757, to request an application to be mailed. Completed applications should be mailed to 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300. The deadline for submission of completed applications is January 30, 2004.Foundation seeks board applicants Seven positions on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors will be filled this year under the Foundation’s governance plan which provides for 18 out of the 29-member Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Supreme Court, The Florida Bar, and the directors of the Bar Foundation.The six at-large seats to be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1 are currently held by: Adele I. Stone, Hollywood, and Philip Bruce Culpepper, Tallahassee, (Florida Supreme Court appointees), Patrick J. Casey, West Palm Beach, and Bruce B. Blackwell, Orlando, (Florida Bar appointees), John A. Noland, Ft. Myers, and John W. Thornton, Jr., Miami, (Foundation appointees). Casey, Thornton, Blackwell and Culpepper are not eligible for an additional term. Applicants for the at-large positions who are members of the Bar also must be members of the Foundation. Foundation members include annual contributors, Fellows, and IOTA participants.The seventh board seat to be filled is for a public member currently held by Georgina A. Angones, Coral Gables, who is not eligible for an additional term. The public member position will be filled by a joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee.The Foundation’s principal activity is to set policy and oversee operation of the IOTA program. The court established the IOTA program to fund legal aid for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students. The Foundation board also oversees the fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court, Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seat) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801-3440, or downloaded from www.flabarfndn.org under the Governance section.Completed applications must be received by the Foundation by February 14.The Florida Bar Foundation embraces the concept of diversity. “A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live,” according to the Foundation. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service.Applicants will be advised in writing of action taken by the selecting authorities.Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on December 5, 2003, the Board of Governors approved the following position of The Florida Bar:9. Supports increasing the criminal penalty for the unlicensed practice of law within §454.23, Florida Statutes, from a first degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony.Tauler petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Philip W. Dann, St. Petersburg, has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for Bar reinstatement.Dann was suspended from the practice of law for 91 days by an order of the Supreme Court dated April 22, 2002, for multiple acts of misconduct relating to his representation of an elderly client with diminished mental capacity. The suspension was served beginning May 22, 2002.Anyone wanting to comment on Dann’s petition for reinstatement is requested to contact Jodi Anderson, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607-5958, telephone (800) 940-4759.Ohio Supreme Court suspends Benincasa Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, James Terrell Joiner has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for Bar reinstatement.Pursuant to an order from the Supreme Court, Jonier was suspended from practice of law for two years, effective November 19, 2001, for various trust account violations and for failing to properly supervise his nonlawyer staff.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Joiner’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Kenneth H. P. Bryk, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 1200 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 32804-6314, telephone (407) 425-5424.Dann petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Elena C. Tauler has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Tauler was suspended for three years nunc pro tunc December 9, 1998, pursuant to a November 22, 2000, court order as a result of the misappropriation of client funds.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Tauler’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Randolph M Brombacher, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Joiner petitions for Bar reinstatement Public member applications sought
“We are proud to be able to offer our fans an innovative, interactive and technologically advanced product,” he said.The closing stages of the Coppa Italia are acting as a prelude to the remainder of the Serie A season, which restarts after a three-month hiatus on Saturday.Topics : The winners of Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final between Napoli and Juventus will have to help themselves to the trophy and medals because of coronavirus hygiene regulations.”Let’s call it self-service,” Serie A chief executive Luigi De Siervo said in a video news conference on Tuesday. “The athletes will help themselves to the cup and medals, so as to avoid outside contact with the squad which is subject to strict controls.”With the game to be played without spectators, De Siervo said that the stands at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will feature “digital choreographies” which would be produced with “virtual graphics integrated with sophisticated software.”
Lee Epstein, the provost professor of law and political science at the Gould School of Law and at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Thursday based on her scholarship on diversity among federal judges.Each year, the fellows are appointed based on distinguished achievement and potential for future accomplishment. Fellowships typically support a scholar’s work for a 6-12 month period of time. Epstein is one of 175 recipients of this year’s fellowship.“I’m honored to serve as a Guggenheim fellow and look forward to continuing my work on the role of diversity in the federal courts,” Epstein said in a statement.Epstein, who will continue to teach at USC, currently holds the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law. She specializes in the study of judicial decision-making, judicial appointments and legal research.“I have long been an admirer of Professor Epstein’s outstanding scholarship in the areas of constitutional law, judicial behavior and the empirical analysis of legal institutions; she is the prototypical provost professor who combines insights from several disciplines to produce research of consequence,” said Elizabeth Garrett, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at USC, in a statement.USC Gould Dean Robert K. Rasmussen said Epstein’s ability to educate is equally as strong as her scholastic pursuits.“She is not only a brilliant scholar, she is an exceptional teacher who truly cares about her students and colleagues,” Rasmussen said.Epstein was also the recipient of the Law and Courts Service Award from the American Political Science Association section and was selected as the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 2013-14 academic year.