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first_img Briefs ROSENTHAL & LEVY RECENTLY hosted a contribution drive on behalf of United for Families. The drive yielded baby items including furniture, toys, clothing, and diapers. The donations were collected at Rosenthal & Levy’s Port St. Lucie and West Palm Beach offices and donated to United for Families for use by the community-based agency’s foster care homes and providers. “This agency fills a crucial and specific need on the Treasure Coast,” said the firm’s Steve Simon. “My law firm is committed to partnering with community based organizations that make a difference.” United for Families was created in 2002 to provide foster care and related services to all children known to have been neglected or abused in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse through a diverse network of community partners and innovative services. THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR recently honored five local middle and high school students with its Second Annual Mediation Poster and Essay Contest. “The contest was held in conjunction with Mediation Week as a way to educate students on the meaning of this legal process, which is an alternative to solving disputes without hiring a lawyer and without going to court,” said Jay Hunston, chair for the PBCB’s Alternative Resolution Committee. More than 165 students researched the concept of mediation and submitted their artwork depicting the process. The students also wrote short essays describing the meaning of their posters. The three high school winners are: First place, Sarah Blanc, 11th grade from Dreyfoos School of the Arts; second place, Errol Sabinano, 11th grade from Dreyfoos School of the Arts; and third place, Veronica Valega, 12th grade from South Tech Academy. Britney Tomsula from Boca Middle School received first place in the middle school category; and Lorena Lopez from Congress Middle School received second place. Winners each received a certificate, along with a cash prize of $75 for first place and $50 for second and third place. Also present are Charles Damsel, Dr. Bernard Shulman, Catherine Eaton, and Manny Farach, president of the Palm Beach County Bar. ABA BUSINESS LAW SECTION recently held its Legal Opinion Risk Seminar in New York, the first major conference on legal opinions since the Silverado Conference 17 years ago. The invitation only program was limited to 100 attendees and was chaired by Arthur Field of New York and Judge Thomas Ambro of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section was one of the co-sponsors. Leonard Gilbert (Tampa) served as a member of the planning committee. A follow-up program will be held in New York in April. Also included are Field, Robert Pass of Tallahassee; Philip Schwartz of Miami; Gilbert of Tampa; and Karen Mathis, president of the American Bar Association. THE ANNUAL REAL PROPERTY PRO BONO SEMINAR, cosponsored by Legal Aid, the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Section, and Real Property Committee, was recently held at the Dade County Courthouse and explored topics such as real estate closings, landlord/tenant issues, predatory lending, ethics, and litigation. More than 68 attorneys attended, and most agreed to take a pro bono case in lieu of an admission fee. The speakers included Ana Camacho, Barbara Lanshe, Alain Lecusay, Oscar Sanchez, Aida Lanela, Carlos Ruga, and Barnaby Min. ORANGE COUNTY JUDGE Antoinette Plogstedt and Orlando Commissioner Phil Diamond participated in Florida’s attempt to break the record for the largest number of people to read the same piece of literature aloud, simultaneously, in multiple locations, according to Guinness World Records. Judge Plogstedt and Diamond, a lawyer, certified the results of a middle school in Orlando. From 11-11:30 a.m. on September 28, tens of thousands of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in Florida schools and libraries, watched a live public Web cast from Disney’s MGM Studios. During the program, Gov. Jeb Bush led a statewide read-aloud using an excerpt from the book Peter and the Starcatchers. December 1, 2006 Regular News Briefslast_img

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