Notice December 1, 2004 Notices Notice U.S. 11th Circuit to amend rules Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules and Internal Operating Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after December 3 from the 11th Circuit’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6100. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by January 4, 2005. Escambia County judgeship available The First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for an Escambia County judge position being vacated as a result of the retirement of Judge William P. White, Jr.Applicants must be registered voters, members of the Bar for the past five years, and reside in Escambia County or be willing to relocate to Escambia County.Applications are available from The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org or from JNC Chair William E. Bond, Jr., by pick-up from his law office at 125 West Romana Street, Suite 800, Pensacola 32502, between 8 a.m. and 5.m., Monday through Friday.An original plus nine copies of the completed application must be received by Bond no later than 5 p.m., December 3. Supreme Court seeks new marshal The Supreme Court of Florida is seeking qualified applicants with leadership skills and ability to assume the position of marshal, to replace the retiring Wilson Barnes.The marshal is the custodian of all property and building and grounds, and is responsible for security, emergency preparedness, and facilities management.A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and 10 years of executive management, including experience in security or law enforcement, is required.For a detailed job description visit the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. The position pays $90,000 to $100,000.Submit a current State of Florida application by 5 p.m. December 15 to: Office of Personnel Services, Supreme Court Building, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1900, fax (850) 488-3744. Tavares petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Gerald Augustus Tavares of Temple Terrace has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for reinstatement to The Florida Bar.Tavares was suspended for 91 days effective April 4, 2003, for failing to respond to an order to show cause and failing to comply with the terms of his probation. Tavares was reprimanded and placed on probation for three years by order dated August 24, 2000, for failing to pursue court appointed criminal appeals and failing to respond to orders to show cause issued by the Second District Court of Appeal.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Tavares’ fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Lance Thompson, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 West Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa, Florida 33607-5958, telephone (813) 875-9821. Stella petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, C. Craig Stella has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.On or about May 20, 2002, Stella was placed on the inactive list for incapacity not related to misconduct.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Stella’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Lorraine Christine Hoffmann, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 900, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, phone (954) 772-2245. Board to appoint Foundation members The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its January 28, 2005, meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2005 on this 29-member board of directors that administers Florida’s IOTA program. Applicants selected by the Board of Governors shall be a member of the Florida Bar Foundation at the beginning of their term.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download and complete the application on-line from the Bar’s Website, www.flabar.org, or may call Bar headquarters at (850)561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business January 7, 2005. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. YLD seeks delegates for ABA-YLD assembly The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division is presently seeking 13 people to serve as delegates to the ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly.The ABA YLD Assembly is the policy- making arm of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Applicants must be a member of both the ABA and its YLD. Applicants will be required to register for the ABA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City (no cost) and be able to attend both sessions of the assembly on February 11-12, 2005. There also will be a mandatory meeting of the entire Florida delegation while in Salt Lake City.All interested members should e-mail their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, and ABA membership number to Florida YLD President Michael Faehner at [email protected] The deadline to apply is January 1. For more information contact Faehner at [email protected] U.S. Northern District judgeship available Applications are now being accepted to fill the position of U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Florida.Applications are available from Commission Chair Roberto Martínez, 255 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables 33134, phone (305) 476-7430, e-mail address [email protected], and from www.flnd.uscourts.gov. The completed applications must be mailed to the commission’s chair and all its members by December 15. Amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules The Civil Procedure Rules Committee invites comment on the proposed two-year cycle amendments to the Florida Civil Procedure Rules. The full text of the proposals can be found at the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org. The proposed amendments will be filed with the court by February 1, 2005. Interested persons have until December 15, to submit comments to Robert N. Clarke, Jr., Committee Chair, Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Ausley & McMullen, P.A, P.O. Box 391, Tallahassee 32302-0391. Foundation seeks board of directors applicants A search is underway for eight qualified applicants to join The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors for terms starting in July 2005, under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan. The plan calls for 18 members of the Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Bar Foundation.Applicants should possess an unwavering commitment to the mission of The Florida Bar Foundation, which supports equal access to justice for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students.Six of the 18 at-large seats will be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2005. The positions currently are held by Michele Kane Cummings, Ft. Lauderdale, Reginald Luster, Jacksonville (Florida Supreme Court appointees), Daryl D. Parks, Tallahassee, Lawrence J. Phalin, Orlando (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), Patrice Pilate, Viera, Kathleen S. McLeroy, Tampa (Foundation appointees). Because of term limits, Parks, Pilate, McLeroy, and Phalin are not eligible for an additional term. Applicants for the at-large positions must be members of the Bar Foundation. Bar Foundation members include annual contributors, Foundation Fellows, and participants in IOTA.The Foundation also is seeking two public members for the board. One of the two public member seats currently is held by T. Glenn Jackson, Jr., Windermere. Term limits also make Jackson ineligible for an additional term. The second public member seat is a new position. A joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee will consider public member applications. The board must have at least two public members and may include up to four. In addition to Jackson, two new public members were selected by the joint committee for two-year terms that began July 1, 2004.Since 1981, the Foundation’s board has been the administrator of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA Program. The Foundation board also oversees the Foundation’s formal fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court and the Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seats) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church St., Orlando 32801-3440, or downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site: www.flabarfndn.org under the governance section. Completed applications for these seats must be received by the foundation by February 7, 2005. (The Florida Bar has given separate notice for the two positions to be filled by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. See Notice on page 3.)The Florida Bar Foundation board embraces the concept of diversity. A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live.The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for members of The Florida Bar, and full reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for public members and members of the judiciary.” Applicants will be advised in writing by May 15, 2005, of action taken by the selecting authorities. Proposed board actions, corrected Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes this corrected notice of intent to consider or take final action at its December 10 meeting on the following item. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable.Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective.To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850) 561-5751 — reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. Chapter 6 Legal Specialization and Education Programs Subchapter 6-3 Florida Certification Plan Rule 6-3.5 Standards for Certification Summary: Within subdivision (c) adds new language to allow lawyers who have been practicing abroad and are applying for law certification to count that practice toward the 5-year practice requirement within the state of Florida, if provided for elsewhere within these rules; also within subdivision (d), adds language in (1) to require substantial involvement in a “particular area” of law instead of the general term “practice” of law; adds new language in new subdivision(5)(B) to allow certification without examination in limited circumstances as permitted by individual area standards; revises and reformats existing policy as necessary to accommodate these proposed changes.All other summaries previously appeared in the November 15 issue of the News. Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Lawyers who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor are being sought for public recognition by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award is given to an outstanding attorney in each of the state’s judicial circuits. The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award is a statewide award presented by the Chief Justice to an individual attorney who exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. The award is named for the late Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon. The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation is a statewide award that recognizes a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the provision of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Chief Justice is a statewide award to recognize, when appropriate, a voluntary bar association which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services.The deadline for nominations is January 7, 2005. Nomination forms and contact information for the circuit committee chairs are available on The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org.If you have any questions, contact the circuit committee chair in your area or contact The Florida Bar’s Public Information Office, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669.