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9 Fla. B. News 1 (1982)

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CBS' Fred Graham is keynoter for 1982 media-law conference


  CBS Legal Correspondent Fred Graham
will be thekeynotespeakeratihe Florida
Bar's Eighth Annual Media-Law Confer-
ence February 6 at the Sheraton, St. John's
Place Hotel, Jacksonville.
  Graham, who covers the United States
Supreiie Court and the Justice*
Department in Washington, will speak
during hmch.
  The conference is being ca-sponsored
by the Florida Times-Union and
Jacksonville Journal-The Florida
Publishing Company; WJXT-TV (a Post-
Newsweek station), Channel 4,
Jacksonville and   Jacksonville radio
stations WQIK, WAPE, and WOKV-
WAIV.


  Up to 500 members of the working news
media, state and federal judges, and
lawyers are expected to attend the
program. Discussions will run from 9a.m.
to 5 p.m.
  Media Access-Evolving Dimensions
will be the topic of a moming Socratic
dialogue session opening the meeting.
Panelists will includerepresentatives of the
news media, the judiciary and the legal
profession.
  Small group workshops, led by news
media and legal professionals, will be held
both before and after lunch on nearly a
dozen topics, including: Access to Court
Proceedings and Court Records,Recent


Speakers, seminars to make 1982 Midyear

Meeting 'even better than last year'


  CBS sportscaster and former profes-
sional football star Pat Somerall will be the-
headlined speaker at the 1982 Midyear
Meeting all-member luncheon in Tampa
February 12.
The luncheon is just one of many high-
lights of the February 11-13 meeting,.
organizing cominit ; Chairman'J. Frajer
Himes, Tampa, promised. He said The
Florida Bar's second annual midyear meet-
ing will be more enjoyable and even a
better value than last year's meeting. The
meetingwllbeheld at theTampa Marriott
and Airport Holiday Inn.
  Besides Somerall, other featured
speakers include Barron'sNationalBusdness
and Financial Weekly Managing Editor
Alan Abelson,. author and humorist Art
Holst, and Dr. Cynthia Fuchs Epstein,
author of Women in Law.
  Abelson will speak at the Corporation,
Banking and Bu     Law Section's lunch-
eon on February 12. Holst will speak at the
Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sec-
tion banquet February 11. Dr. Epstein
will address the Florida Association for
Women Lawyers at its February 13 lunch-


Lake City native Pat
Sormerall will speak at
Midyear Meeting
luncheon.


eon, and will be available to autograph
copies of her new book afterwards.
  The Iiucheons, dinners and other social
events are just a small part of the Midyear
Meeting. The meeting's main focus will be
on education.
  .'The 'concept is siple, Florida Bar
President Sam Smith said, to provide
Florida Bar members a varied selection of
CIE programs,, i one location, and at a
reasonable cost.
  The semiars'will be'.offered on a
smorgasbord basis, with one fee-being


charged regardless of how many seminars
participants attend.
  A total of 15 sections and otherorganiza-
tions have planned programs for the meet-
ing, which will offer Florida lawyers an
opportunity to improve competence in
multiple areaswithin a minimal amount of
tisne and expense, Himes said.: -
  The A ministrative Law Section -will
offer a seminar on administrative trial ad-
vocacy February 13. The program will be
followed by an executive council meeting
and luncheon.
  The Corporation, Banking and Business
Law Section will sponsor a seminar
February 13 on creditors' remedies in
bankruptcy court. Its members will then
separate for six committee meetings and
lunch. The section will also hold its execu-
tive council meeting, spanning February
12-13.
  The Criminal Law Section will offer a
program on. defending clients in federal
criminal matters on February 11. The sec-
tion will hold five committee meetings and
         (See Midyear Meeting, page 3)


Developments in Defamation: Definitions
of 'Fault' and Plaintiffs' Damages,
Access to Public Meetings: Florida's
Sunshine Law,ReportingonState Grand
Jury Investigations: Use, Liability and
Problems in News Reporting, Access to
Public Records: Conflicts with the Right to
Privacy, Privacy and Trespass, including
Wiretapping, Access to Pretrial Criminal
and Civil Proceedings, Investigative
Reporting Techniques, and Access to
Federal Documents, Information and
Administrative Proceedings.
  Eugene C. Patterson. presidentof theSt.
Petersburg Times, will be the featured
speaker at a mid-afternoon session on
Summing Up: Issues and Answers.
  Miami lawyer Talbot D'Alemberte will
  moderate the morning Socratic dialogue.
  Panelists confirmed to dati for thatsession
  include: T. Edward Austin, state attorney,
4th Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville; Judge
Susan H. Black, U. S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville;
Bob Cain, news director and reporter,
WGBS (AM) and WYLF (FM) Radio,
Miami; John F. Gaillard, vice president of
legal and public affairs, Florida Publishing
Company, Jacksonville; Judge Joseph W.
Hatchett, U. S. Court of Appeals, llth
Circuit, Atlanta; Harry A. Kalkines, vice
president, Post-Newsweek Stations of
Florida. Inc., WJXT-TV. Jacksonville,
Dean Ralph L. Lowenstein, College of
Journalism and Communications,
University of Florida. Gainesville Ernest
Mastroanni, professor, Medill School of
Journalism, Northwestern University,
Chicago, former investigative reporter,
WJXT-TV, Jacksonvlle     Eugene   C.
Patterson, president, St. Petesburg Tines,
St. Petersburg; Ed Sears, editor, Atanta
lournal, Atlanta; and Nel Skene, chief,
Tallahassee Burean, St. Petersburg Times,
Tallahassee.
   The Bars Public Relations Department
 has applied for designation plan credit for
 lawyers.attending the conference.
   News media and legal professionals are
 invited to attend the conference, which
 each year provides members of both
 disciplines an opportunity to examine
 subjects of mutual concern. A   $25
 registration fee ($12.50 for students)
 covers registration, lunch, coffee-Coke
 breaks and allmaterials for the conference.
 Registration forms will be mailed to the
 news media, idiciary and Bar members
 within the next-10 days. A block of hotel
 rooms has been reserved on a first-come,
 first-served basis at the Sheraton -at St.
 John's Place Hotel (904) 396-5100. The
 deadline for assured hotel room reserva-
 tions is Jan. 23. For further information,
 call The Florida Bar public relations
 department in Tallahassee, (904) 222-5286.


Legal Standards Commission to study competence


   Responding to American Bar
 Association President David R. Brink's call
 to ')make. a maximum effort to ensure
 effective and competent service from
 lawyers, Florida Bar PresidentSam Smith
 appointed The Florida Bar Legal
 Standards Commission to evaluate and
 recommend means ofrainngthestandards
 of. competence among Florida lawyers.
   An outgrowth of the. i981 Board of
 Governors Long-Range Planning Retreat,
 the commission was appointed in
 November It will meet January 16 in
 Tampa to plar its approach to studying
 1im compten ce     .
                  Chairman    William
               .Trickel, Jr., Orlando,
               :aid   the 18-member
               ;ommission should
               -make its report by the
               ith d of 1982. President
               Smith did not limit the
               time' the commissio-a
               may have to complete
 Trlck      - .its study.
' Trke pointed to a recent President's
Page in the American Bar Association


Journal to explain the study group's task.In
the article, President Brink. says, As
lawyers, we are strongly tempted to argue
with our critics about the degree ofincom-
petence in our profession. But whether the
incompetent performances by lawyers
amount to 50 percent of all cases, or 25
percent, or 10 percent, or something less,
we must do what we can to reduce the
number.
  The commission,plas to take an open
approach to its study, Florida Bar staff
liaison John Hogenmuller said. Questions
and considerations are welcome from
inside and outside the Bar, hesaid.-Trickel
added the commission will probably hold
several, public meetings to invite outside
views.
  Among the first topics the commission
will stud are mandatory continui legal
education, peer review. the effects of
designation and certification, and periodic
testing. Trickel said the commission will
also consider periodic testing for physical
health and mental competence.'.,
  Hogenmuller encouraged 'all :Bar
members inte     e s       tc tt


him at the Bar Center in Tallahassee, (800)
342-8060.
   The commission includes nine Board of
 Governors members, three judges, and
 two college faculty members. Four others
 were appointed from the membership at
 large.
   From the Board are: Trickel, Orlando;
 Kay Finley, Summerland Key, William
 Loucks, Daytona Beach; Robert Plas, Jr.,
 Orlando;' Tobias Simon, Miami; Boyce
 Ezell.i, .Coral Gables; Edward Moore,
 Jr.,'Pensacola; and Ben'Bryan, Jr., Ft.
 Pieice.    ,
   From the bench are Florida Supreme
 Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald,
 District Court of Appeal Judge -John
 Beranek, and U.S. District Court Judge
 James Paine.. Also on the commission are
 Univ&sity of Florida Collegeof -aw Dean
 Frank Read and Valencia Community
 College Professor Carolyn Allen.  -
   At large members are Ronald LaFacm
 vice-chairman, Tallahasee:Joel Sharp,
 Jr., St. Petersburg;- Chandler R. Mller,
.Winterlt P -rIt              Miami


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