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...]

Personal Injury Attorney Matt White Launches Spine Revitalizer

Attorney Matt White and his Revitalizing Creation

By DOTTIE PARIS, TFLJ Features Editor -- The expression "No Pain, No Gain" has a special meaning for personal injury lawyer Matt White. After suffering a debilitating back injury, White devoted every spare minute to research, and he created Spine Revitalizer, a nutraceutical product that helps heal those with similar injuries. "My injury was like an electric current that rushed up my back,"  White said.  "It was terrible.  I drove  home and got out of the car and the minute I stood up, I knew something had happened.  The pain would come and go. For a  few weeks the pain go away, but it would come back. It got to the point where I remember being on the den floor and couldn't move." It got to the point where he couldn't pick up his baby, and that's when he went to talk to a surgeon. The prospects were not good. "After the surgeon told me … [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...]

Florida State Ranked Nation’s 12th Best Value Law School

TALLAHASSEE — The National Jurist magazine has ranked Florida State University College of Law the 12th best value law school in the nation. The ranking, published in The National Jurist’s September 2012 issue, weighs important student outcomes – bar passage rate and employment rate – against tuition, cost of living and indebtedness. According to The National Jurist, the rankings are “designed to find the law schools where graduates have the best chance of passing the bar and getting a legal job, without taking on a ton of debt.” Florida State is the only law school in Florida ranked in the top 20. http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Florida-State-Ranked-Nations-12th-Best-Value-Law-School-168000976.html … [Read more...]