Schatzman named to Miami President’s Council

Robert Schatzman

Robert “Bobby” A. Schatzman, attorney in the Miami office of GrayRobinson, P.A., has been selected to join the University of Miami President’s Council, a group of alumni who serve as ambassadors for the university and provide their assistance through various leadership contributions and resource support. Schatzman has concentrated his practice primarily on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, as well as banking and finance for over 35 years. His experience includes litigating and defending Chapter 5 and Chapter 11 causes of action, representing creditors and debtors’ committees and sophisticated out-of-court workouts. In addition, he serves as a mediator on the Bankruptcy Court panel of Mediation in Delaware. Schatzman was the recipient of the Presidents’ Cup Award provided by the Commercial Law League of America. He also holds membership to a number of professional … [Read more...]

Stetson Law students take Veterans Law competition

GULFPORT, Fla. Will Hurter and Erin Isdell, Stetson University College of Law students, won the Veterans Law Appellate Advocacy Competition in Washington , D.C. It is the second year in a row that Stetson Law has won the competition. Hurter also won the Best Advocate Award, the highest individual award in the competition. The Stetson team also won two out of three awards in the competition, sponsored by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association. We could not be prouder of our students, said Stetson Law Moot Court Advisor and professor Brooke Bowman. Hurter and Isdell have helped Stetson win its third moot court competition in the past five months. It is an extraordinary start to the school year. Students competed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in the semifinal and final rounds, beating a team from … [Read more...]

OCBA Happy Hour benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

By DOTTIE PARIS The Orange County Bar Association will host its annual Joint Happy Hour on Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Ember, 42 W. Central Ave., Orlando, FL 32801. The event is sponsored by Westlaw. The OCBA and other local voluntary bar associations gather each fall for an enjoyable evening of drinks, appetizers and socializing to benefit a local charity. This year, as last, proceeds from the event will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando. Last year the bars donated 750 pounds of food and raised $1,000 for the food bank. The nominal admission fee goes a long way to helping those in our community who are most in need of assistance: $10 for OCBA and voluntary bar members + a donation of a non-perishable food item; $15 for non-members. The happy hour is open to the community. RSVPs are required by October 26, 2010, and should be sent to Bill … [Read more...]

OCBA's Bench Bar Conference Oct. 7-8

October 7-8 - Back by popular demand - the OCBA's Bench Bar Conference - two days of topical information presented by circuit, county, and federal judges regarding practicing in various courts: bankruptcy, federal, appellate, business, circuit civil, county criminal, circuit criminal, probate, and family law / domestic violence. Early registration deadline: Sept. 20, 2010. See website calendar for details or download conference agenda and registration form. For additional information, please contact Marie Bacazehuatl, Seminar/Events Manager. … [Read more...]

Educational Travel to Cuba Denied

ATLANTA --Travel to Cuba may be further away that recently anticipated. A federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld a Florida law banning money for research and education-based travel to countries allegedly involved in terrorism. Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican, who was instrumental in getting the ruling initially passed in 2006, said the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals judges did the right thing. Rivera is running for Congress. The issue has been thorny for years in that the law has raised questions of states rights and it apparently applies to both private and public funding. A lawsuit filed in 2008 by professors at Florida universities claimed the law unconstitutional. The state of Florida appealed her ruling and the result was the latest federal decision. The law represents a setback to educational initiatives set forth by various Florida universities. … [Read more...]