Florida A&M Looking Ahead

Dean LeRoy Pernell

By DONNA BALANCIA, TFLJ Editor ORLANDO — It took many years for the College of Law at Florida A&M University to receive its accreditation by the American Bar Association, but Dean LeRoy Pernell said his real work is just beginning. See Dean LeRoy's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcdR8tMPloA Pernell said he and his staff have set goals to achieve in order to continue to improve. Recruiting, bar examination preparation and community outreach, are markers Pernell says the law school must hit. "We're building a financially strong foundation and were able to provide a source of legal education for students who want to take advantage of that here," Pernell said. "But more importantly, were moving towards providing a major resource for the county both in terms of regional interaction with the bench and bar and providing intellectual resources for the community and our … [Read more...]

‘Wage theft’ law passes Broward commission

October 23, 2012|By Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel A controversial law that would empower workers to easily go after their employers for pay was approved Tuesday after two hours of debate by the Broward County Commission. The law was denounced by the business community, who over the course of months called it hostile, insulting and unnecessary. They won a consolation — the law's terminology was changed from "wage theft'' to "non-payment of earned wages.'' http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-10-23/news/fl-wage-theft-final-vote-20121023_1_wage-theft-law-broward-commission-commissioner-ilene-lieberman … [Read more...]

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...]

FAMU faults Champion in his hazing death

ORLANDO SENTINEL -- Florida A&M University is not responsible for drum majorRobert Champion's hazing death, according to a court document filed Monday night. Champion himself is. In a 23-page motion seeking dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Champion's family in Orange County circuit court, FAMU's attorneys laid out a blunt response: Champion was a 26-year-old leader in FAMU's famous marching band who knew the dangers of hazing. He had signed an anti-hazing pledge with the university months before he was beaten aboard a charter bus in Orlando last fall. He had witnessed two other students Read more http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-09-10/features/os-famu-hazing-champion-lawsuit-20120910_1_robert-champion-keon-hollis-christopher-chestnut … [Read more...]

Florida Bar Poll shows support for Supreme Court Justices, Appellate Judges in Merit Retention elections

STAFF REPORT -- A poll of Florida Bar members regarding the retention of three justices and 15 appellate court judges indicates very strong support for all to be retained. The poll seeks to find whether attorneys who know the most about these jurists believe they should continue in their jobs. The retention election is Nov. 6. Poll results this year show the three Supreme Court justices gaining an average approval rating of 90 percent. The 15 appellate judges on the ballot also received very positive marks, with approval ranging from 76 to 94 percent. A ballot mailed in August to all lawyers residing and practicing in Florida asked whether the incumbent justices and appeals court judges should be retained or not, and asked that they consider eight attributes in making their decisions. Those attributes are: quality and clarity of judicial opinions; knowledge of the law; integrity; … [Read more...]