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...]

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...]

Becerra to Devine Goodman


Robert J. Becerra has joined Devine Goodman Rasco & Wells as of counsel. Becerra concentrates in the areas of litigation and arbitration, white collar criminal defense, grand jury investigations, corporate compliance and internal investigations, and administrative and judicial proceedings related to international trade matters. … [Read more...]

Datacert teams with Johnson Controls on legal tech product

By DOTTIE PARIS, Features Editor Johnson Controls has selected Datacert Inc.’s Passport product to streamline its legal technology systems. Datacert’s feature product, Passport, consolidates and integrates legal applications. Johnson Controls will use Passport to streamline its three global business units. Houston-based Datacert is considered one of the early pioneers of legal technology, offering e-billing software for legal departments since 1998.  Its first cusomers included Chase Manhattan, Honda and UPS. Through corporate acquisitions and as a result of customer demand, Datacert has moved beyond merely the billing platform, and now offers additional applications, including enterprise legal and spend management software. It also offers client services in intellectual property and legal operations. The Passport product provides greater management of cases … [Read more...]

Dade County LRS off to a Brisk Start

By DONNA BALANCIA, The Florida Law Journal MIAMI -- Amy Melia likes to put people together. So as the director of the two-month-old Dade Lawyer Referral Service, she is fortunate enough to have everything she wants. “I was always interested in legal aid and was always a cheerleader for the less fortunate,” Melia said.  “The best experience in law school for me was working at the clinic, so helping people through the referral center is something I am really excited about.” The Dade County Bar Association launched its LRS in October. And so far things are going well, Melia said. “Our phone rings 100 to 200 times a day with potential cases,” Melia said. “We screen those calls, so it’s busy here.” The Florida Bar transferred Dade County’s LRS to the Dade County Bar Association.  The main reason is the workload: Miami Dade County accounted for more than … [Read more...]