first_imgLegislative response to 9/11 On September 11, 2001, the Florida Legislature was conducting interim committee hearings in Tallahassee. September 11, of course, immediately changed our priorities.Bar board sends unbundled rules to the Supreme Court Praising them as model rules that will help both clients and lawyers, the Bar Board of Governors has passed amendments to specifically allow unbundled legal services in family law cases. Hill to lead Stetson Lawyers Association The Stetson Lawyers Association recognized five alumni with service awards and named new officers at its recent annual meeting. Barry law grads return to class Barry University School of Law started the year with 112 new students, 82 returning alumni, and more than 100 returning students. 71 lawyers file to run for legislative office Seventy-one lawyers have filed to run for state House and Senate seats in this fall’s elections. Seventeen lawyers have filed for 13 seats in the Senate, while 54 have filed for 43 races in the House. Edmondson named chief judge of the U.S. 11th Circuit The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit welcomed its newest chief judge earlier this summer — Judge J.L. Edmondson. A 16-year veteran of the court, Edmondson sits in the circuit’s headquarters in Atlanta. September 1, 2002 Speakers Bureau urged to talk about the merit selection system Even though voters throughout Florida rejected extending merit selection and retention to trial judges in 2000, it’s important for the Bar and the judiciary to educate residents about the process. For 16 years, FLA has worked to help impaired lawyers Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., responded to more than 800 telephone calls and personal interviews with impaired attorneys, judges, and law students last year. Vertical Rule Test Ed Leinster and his daughter Madison Skittish and shaky, Ed Leinster paced in front of the grocery store, dying for the doors to swing open at 7 a.m. so he could rush to the rows of wine bottles and guzzle his breakfast of desperation. “I’d get up in the morning and need one right now. The whole idea of living was too painful. I had to blunt the reality. And only alcohol would serve that purpose,” Leinster recalls of his darkest drunken days, when he coughed up blood and kept on boozing. Once Leinster was a successful Orlando attorney. Today, Leinster is a 55-year-old prison inmate, serving a five-year sentence for his seventh DUI arrest. One lawyer’s fight against the demons of alcohol September 1, 2002 Letters to the editor Regular Newscenter_img Board weighs pro bono plans for the judiciary Judges should be encouraged to help in pro bono efforts, but there shouldn’t be specific standards or a reporting requirement set in the Code of Judicial Conduct, according to the Bar Board of Governors. Family Law Section honors Palmer’s work with kids Whether it’s winning the state’s top Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award for helping abused children, writing a book to help parents of blended families, teaching mediation in Bulgaria, or organizing free legal help for the Guardian ad Litem Program, Nancy S. Palmer’s legal career has been a whirlwind of tireless advocacy for children. Shea elected FAWL president The Florida Association for Women Lawyers recently installed Siobhan H. Shea as president at its recent annual meeting in Boca Raton. Local and voluntary bar news The Dade County Trial Lawyers Association recently hosted gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno and incoming Florida Senate President Jim King, R-Jacksonville. Top Stories Official Notices The Florida Bar; JNCs Nominations sought for annual pro bono awards Proposed unbundled legal services rules Ethics panel offers advice to judicial candidates A candidate for judicial office may not use the word re-elect in campaign materials if the judge was appointed, attend party functions if the judge isn’t addressing the gathering as a whole, or disclose his or her party affiliation if asked, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. Ethics panel warns staff attorneys about outside employment A trial court staff attorney may not moonlight in a nonlegal capacity at his spouse’s legal professional association, even if he only serves as a courthouse runner or a computer consultant, according to the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association Ethics Advisory Committee. A year after the attacks: Florida Bar members in New York pull their lives together Joe Mendola made it out alive of the burning World Trade Center on September 11, but he said, “The sights and sounds will never leave me.” International Law Section sets forum for Canada Members of The Florida Bar’s International Law Section will be traveling to the Great White North this month for their Fourth Annual Florida-Canada Forum, to be held in Montreal and Quebec, Canada. Dignity in Law takes to the college gridiron The Florida Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign will soon be displayed at several of the state’s premier events — college football games. 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