Welcome to The Florida Law Journal

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By DONNA BALANCIA, Editor, The Florida Law Journal Mar. 25, 2010 -- CENTRAL FLORIDA -- Welcome to the redesigned TheFloridaLawJournal.com, I am delighted you are here!  The Florida Law Journal is a top website for Florida lawyers. You may remember us as Central Florida Law Journal, a newspaper that was mailed to attorneys, mainly from Orlando to Tampa.  We have grown and our name now reflects our vast readership of legal professionals and others focused on the law. As you are aware, the digital revolution is upon us and media are taking the lead by producing content that fits the needs of tech-hungry readers. We are saving trees and money by putting out our content on the Web. The redesigned TheFloridaLawJournal.com wants to lead the pack and will leverage our new media to publish a website and monthly e-newsletter that reach thousands of readers. You can now see … [Read more...]

AG: Electronic Communications Can be Retained

STAFF REPORT TALLAHASSEE, FL Attorney General Bill McCollum sent a letter to Secretary of State Kurt Browning asking the Department to update its administrative rules on the retention guidelines for other types of electronic communication. The request was made after the conclusion of the Attorney Generals Sunshine Technology Team, which determined that electronic communications were not necessarily transitory by nature and could be retained easily. I encourage new technologies to make agencies more efficient and productive, as well as to give our citizens more access to their government, wrote the Attorney General. I urge the Department of State to consider initiating a rule-making process updating the retention schedule for electronic communication, including a period for public comment, the opportunity for public hearings, and the ability of all parties to submit changes to draft … [Read more...]

Ex-USF Coach Sues Over Firing

By JOHN GIVENS, Staff Writer TAMPA, Fla -- Former University of South Florida head football coach Jim Leavitt, terminated in January amid accusations that he grabbed a player andstruck him in the face, has filed a lawsuit against the USF athletic foundation and the universitys board of trustees. Leavitt is largely credited with creating and nurturing the winning USF Bulls football program, taking the program to national prominence and several post-season appearances. He is seeking $9.5 million in lost wages, the amount left on a contract reportedly valid through 2014. Leavitt has maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal, but school officials and others have told the media that it was Leavitts alleged interference with an investigation into the incident that sealed his fate. In court papers, Leavitt claims the investigation was biased and that the firing has cast … [Read more...]

Broad and Cassel Attorneys in Chambers

ORLANDO, Fla. The eighth edition of the prominent legal guide Chambers USA: A Guide to Americas Leading Business Lawyers, a legal directory that ranks law firms and individual attorneys, will highlight 21 Broad and Cassel attorneys as leaders in their respective fields. Also, thefirm will be listed as among the best in 9 statewide practice areas and 2 national practice areas. The 2010 edition of Chambers USA will be released June 2010, and will reveal final tiered rankings and editorial content. Among the Firms leading attorneys are longtime Chambers honorees: Firm Chairman C. David Brown, II, Fort Lauderdale Managing Partner Gabriel L. Imperato, West Palm Beach Managing Partner Patricia Lebow, and Miami Managing Partner Mark F. Raymond. The Broad and Cassel attorneys listed below have been recommended as Leaders in their Field in Chambers USA 2010. Each will be included in the … [Read more...]

Divorce Law's Changing Attitudes

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By BROOKE DERATANY GOLDFARB, Special to CFLJ.com The Lawyer as Healer: Doctorsstill retain a high degree of public confidence because they are perceived as healers. Should lawyers not be healers? Healers, not warriors? Healers, not procurers? Healers, not hired guns? --Warren Burger, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986) Lawyers were originally intended to be healers of societal rifts, not zealous courtroom adversaries. We as lawyers should bear this in mind as we conduct our legal practice, regardless of what our area of focus may be. However, in no aspect of the law is such consideration arguably more appropriate than in that of divorce and family law. Perhaps it is ironic that Warren Earl Burger, the longest serving Chief Justice of the highest court in the land, was a critic of litigiousness. Burger, alarmed by what he perceived as abuse of the court system by attorneys … [Read more...]