Florida Supreme Court retention race unusually stressful, costly this election

By JANE MUSGRAVE -- Palm Beach Post Staff Writer In a typical election year, Florida Supreme Court justices put $500 in their campaign accounts and after the votes are counted, they withdraw the money and settle in for another six years. This year, Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince each have about $330,000 in their campaign war chests. They are touring the state, talking to business groups, visiting newspaper editorial boards, making robo-calls to voters and hoping they survive http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/florida-supreme-court-retention-race-unusually-str/nSb9t/ … [Read more...]

Guest Opinion: Anti-Bullying Law Is Really a Social Issue

By JOANNA MARKMAN, Special to Central Florida Law Journal -- CENTRAL FLORIDA -- Florida has finally addressed an issue that has long plagued schools in this state and beyond: The issue of school bullying. The Jeffrey Jones Stand Up For All Students Act (hereinafter referred to as The Act) directs school boards in Florida to adopt anti-bullying policies and includes that those policies must address cyberbullying derision, mocking and name-calling delivered via text messaging, the internet and other technological devices. The Act, among other things, requires the school boards to derive a policy to quickly investigate reports of bullying, provide counseling to the alleged bully or bullies and their victim(s) and promptly report those incidents of bullying to the parents of all the children involved. The statute does not address when or if law enforcement should be involved. In an … [Read more...]

Meister Law: Taking On The Big Guns

Tonya Meister fights for those with no voice

By DONNA BALANCIA, TFLJ Editor MIAMI  --Its not easy to stage a battle in international waters. But that's what maritime attorney Tonya Meister faces every day at Meister Law LLC of Miami. At best, Meister's job is rewarding. She fights for the rights of wronged crewmembers, advocates for victims of crimes on the high seas, and helps make stormy waters still. At worst, Meister is bucking the stacked cards of the corporations, which have centuries-old maritime laws and legal loopholes on their side. Many of Meisters clients are poorly paid, foreign crewmembers from countries with names that are difficult to pronounce. But sometimes her clients are Americans who just want a nice vacation. Take the case of widow Anita Scarborough of Merritt Island. The statuesque 70-something with a big family and a zest for life had been anticipating a fun vacation aboard a Bahamas-bound … [Read more...]

Former Judge Sharp Honored By Barry Law

June, 2009 Barry Universitys Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law recently honored former judge Winifred J. Sharp with the Allies for Justice Award during the Law Schools Allies for Justice Gala. Sharp has spent the past 27 years as a judge for the Fifth District Court of Appeal, from which she recently retired. She earned her law degree in 1961 from Stanford University and was a practicing attorney in Orlando for nearly 14 years. Throughout her career Sharp has been an advocate for womens and childrens issues. She has been involved in the equal rights movement and Florida child care initiatives, and has remained active on womens issues through membership in groups like the League of Women Voters and the Governors Commission on the Status of Women, and as a past president of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. She has also been active in organizations that protect the rights … [Read more...]