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   Volume 38, Number 1                                      www.FloridaBar.org/News                                                        January 1, 2011

Three vie for Florida Bar presidency

By Jan Pudlow
Senior Editor
   It's been 26 years since The Florida Bar held a contested
three-way race for president. (In 1984, eventual winner Patrick
Emmanuel of Pensacola ended up in a runoff with William
Trickel. Jr., of Orlando, with Michael Plunkett, of Berkely, CA,
coming in a distant third.) 
   The current three-way race for Bar president for 2012-13
offers three seasoned lawyers, all members of the Board of
Governors. vying to lead more than 90,000 Florida lawyers:
   9 Walter Skip Campbell. Jr.. a 62-year-old former Florida
senator who is certified in civil trial law and is a partner
at Krupnick. Campbell. Malone, Buser. Slama. Hancock,
Liberman & McKee in Ft. Lauderdale;
   e John Jake Schickel, a 62-year-old former prosecutor
and a founding partner of Coker. Schickel, Sorenson & Posgay
in Jacksgnville,,where his law practice areas are medical
malpractice, personal injury, professional liability, civil trial,
workers' compensation, and mediation;

Thirteen running for five

Board of Governors seats

    CAMPBELL         SCHICKEL           YOUNG
    e Gwynne Alice Young, a 60-year-old former prosecutor,
shareholder at Carlton Fields, and lelder of the Tampa Business
Litigation and Trade Regulation Practice Group, practicing
commercial, real estate, probate, and insurance litigation.
                        See Candidates, page 16

. Thirteen lawyers are
running for five seats on the
Bar Board of Governors in
the 2011 board elections.
Seventeen other lawyers
were also elected to the board
unopposed when the filing
period ended December. 15.
   For the Young Lawyers
Division Board of Governors,
there are four contested
races, while 20 lawyers
were elected without an

   The Bar Board of
Governors will have
contested races in the Fourth,
Fifth, Sixth, 13th, and 15th
   In the Fourth Circuit,
Seat 2, Arthur Hernandez,
Reginald Luster, and Michael
G. Tanner, all ofJacksonville,
filed to replace John J. Jake
Schickel, who is running for
Bar president.

   See Board, page 10

Phasing in e-filing

   Write this down, or
more appropriately mark
it 'With'a bookmark, add it
to your favorites, or put a
placeholder on it- whatever
your Internet browser allows:
   That's the official online
address for the Florida court
system's new statewide e-
portal, the mechanism that.
as of January 1 will begin
to allow lawyers to file
cases and paperwork from
anywhere they have Internet

   The Florida E-Filing
Authority, which oversees
operation of the portal, met
December 8 to take care of
several issues, including
picking the online address
and setting fees for doing
electronic filing. The panel
also approved a resolution
advocating that at some point
e-filing be made mandatory
for lawyers.
   The authority board, made
up of eight county court

clerks plus Supreme Court
Clerk Tom Hall, considered.
several possible Internet
addresses before adopting
one hammered out at the
meeting. The address is one
of the last steps in setting up
electronic filing for courts,
something mandated by the
Legislature in 2009.
   So far, the Florida
Supreme Court has approved
five of 10 divisions in the

   See E-fillng, page 4

Progress made in moving foreclosures, but -
courts brace for even more filings to come
By Mark D. Killian  supplemental      in the coming year. Court
Managing Editor    legislative        officials also discussed the

   An affidavit signed in
California, but notarized in
Minnesota, is hard for ajudge
to ignore - even when the
foreclosure is uncontested.
   That testimony was part of
a presentation to the Senate
Banking and Insurance
Committee in December by
judges and lawyers toiling
in Florida's foreclosure
   The courts are making
progress in tackling the huge
backlog of foreclosure cases
- thanks in large part to

funding -I
but defective
is still a big
problem, and
another wave
of   home        C
foreclosure    RICHTER
filings looms on the
   The judges said faulty and
fraudulent documentation
is the main cause of delays,
and the courts are bracing
for an anticipated deluge
of commercial foreclosures

limitations of the Supreme
Court-ordered rhanaged
mediation program.
   And a representative of the
Bar's Real Property, Probate
and Trust Law Section told
the panel the section is
working on remedies to move
uncontested foreclosures
through the process quicker
and reiterated opposition to
nonjudicial foreclosures.
   Sen. Garrett Richter,
R-Naples, the committee's

  Foreclosures, page 7

Haridopolos contemplates court system changes

By Jan Pudlow
Senior Editor .
   Maybe Florida Supreme
.Court justices should
deliberate in the Sunshine,
like legislators do.
   Maybe, like the U.S.
 Senate. the Florida Sentte
 should confirm judicial
   Maybe more everyday

-           citizens
            should serve
            on the judicial
              Maybe the
should bypass judicial

review and go straight to the
   All of those ideas are
worth debating, Florida
Senate President Mike
Haridopolos, R-Merritt.
Island, told reporters during a
press availability discussion
on December 8 that touched

    See Courts, page 4

DURINGTHEIR SCHEDULED BOARD meeting In North Florida last month, m-6mbebr of The
Florida Bar Board of Governors helped with a landscaping project for The Barnabas Center, a
nonprofit center that provides food and clothing for the homeless and disadvantaged in Nassau
County. The center is working to enhanceits New to You store and main office in downtown
Fernandina Beach. The Bar's board tries to participate in a local community service project in
conjunction with its board meetings held across the state.

Diversity scholarships available

By Annie Butterworth Jones
Associate Editor
   At its December meeting, the Board of Governors approved a $50,000
budget amendment to fund a new diversity program providing grant
funding to local bar associations through the Bpr's Special Committee on
Diversity and Inclusion. The new program is part of the Bar's expanded
efforts to promote diversity at the local level.
   Voluntary bar associations can be awarded individual grants up to
$1,500, and up to $3,000 may be awarded to multiple voluntary bars
working together on a project. Grant applications are due to the special
committee by January 18.                                       BRYANT-WIWS
   We want to let local bars know that there is a deadline, and they need
                                       See Diversitt, page 8

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