first_img Briefs FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT Kelly Overstreet Johnson, from the left, Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, and Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-New Smyrna Beach, enjoy a few minutes together recently at a Bar sponsored legislative reception in Tallahassee. Both Smith and Hukill are members of the Bar. THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT for the Southern District of Florida recently presented law firms with certificates of appreciation for taking numerous pro bono cases from the Court’s Volunteer Lawyers’ Project. The awards were given during the VLP’s CLE seminar at the court, “Pro Bono Practice: Practicing Law for Love and Money.” The seminar was co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association’s chapters for West Palm Beach, Broward, and South Florida. Pictured from the left are U.S. District Court Judge Aldaberto Jordan, Sherylle A.O. Gordon (Clarke Silverglate Campbell Williams & Montgomery), Anthony Sanchez (Anthony F. Sanchez P.A.), Robert Hudson (Carlton Fields), Tracy Nichols (Holland & Knight), Vance Salter (Hunton & Williams), Ed Davis (Akerman Senterfitt), Frank Zacherl (Shutts & Bowen), and U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick White. THE PAUL C. PERKINS BAR ASSOCIATION’S judicial reception recently honored the eight African American members of the Central Florida judiciary. The PCP Bar — named in honor of the late Paul C. Perkins, one of the first African American attorneys in the Orlando area – is a chapter of the National Bar Association and consists of a group of African American attorneys who are dedicated to serving the Central Florida community. Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell attorneys LaShawnda Jackson, Lori Nazry, and Candy Messersmith helped organize the event at Rumberger’s downtown Orlando office. William “Bud” Kirk, Jr., welcomed guests, and local attorney and friend of Paul C. Perkins, Leon Handley, spoke before the group of more than 30 judges from the 10th, 18th and Ninth judicial circuits, the Middle District of Florida, and the Fifth District Court of Appeal, honoring the late Mr. Perkins for his work with the NAACP and his enduring fight to promote and protect the rights of African Americans. In 1965, Mayor Bob Carr of Orlando appointed Paul C. Perkins to the position of city prosecutor, the first African American in the state to hold such a position. Paul C. Perkins, Jr., was also in attendance at the reception to honor his father. Pictured from the left are Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.; Judge Timothy Coon; Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr.; Magistrate Odessia Y. Joyner; Judge Theotis Bronson; Chief Judge James E. C. Perry; and Florida A&M Law Dean Percy R. Luney, Jr. Attorneys and CPAs to meet in Coral Gables The Second Annual South Florida Goodwill Gathering of attorneys and CPAs is set for May 12 in Coral Gables. The event — to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the 12th floor of the Commercebank building at 220 Alhambra Circle — is being coordinated by The Florida Bar Committee on Relations with Certified Public Accountants and sponsored by the Dade County Bar Association; Miami-Downtown, Broward, South Dade, and Miami-Dade County chapters of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and Florida Association of Attorney – Certified Public Accountants. If you are interested in attending, contact Jennifer at Arista & Feldman by calling (305) 444-7662 or online at: by May 9. Court sets rules oral arguments The Supreme Court has set oral arguments in a number of rules cases, including: • In Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Case No. SC04-2246 — Wednesday, June 8. • In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure (Two Year Cycle), Case No. SC05-179 – Wednesday, June 8. • In Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Case No. SC05-206 – Thursday, June 9. • In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.172, Case No. SC04-2255 — Thursday, June 9. • In Re: Amendments to the Rules of Judicial Administration (Two Year Cycle), Case No. SC05-173 – Thursday, June 9. • In Re: Report of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee on Senior Judges as Mediators, Case No. SC04-2482 —— Friday, June 10. For more information go to Briefs May 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img