Legal Roundup:

first_img Legal Roundup: PBCTL Works With NSU: The Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association has established a law student mentoring and clerkship program in cooperation with the law students of Nova Southeastern University. The program, offered to first, second, and third year law students, is designed to assist students seeking clerkships as well as for attorneys desiring to serve as mentors to law students. “The program enables our attorney members to help ease the transition for students from law school to the practice of law. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that we were law students and clerkships do ease the transition into the practice of law,” said David C. Prather, president of the PBCTL. submitting their resumes to the association, law students can be paired with attorneys seeking law clerks or the opportunity to act as mentors to students. Carlton Fields Launches Diversity Program: Carlton Fields has created a diversity fellowship program designed to provide one Stetson University College of Law student each semester with access to large firm practice. The student’s work is split between pro bono clients and other clients of the firm. Third-year student Gregory Redmon was the first recipient of the Carlton Fields Diversity Fellowship Program and worked approximately 200 hours during the spring semester with Carlton Fields and received a $5,000 stipend. The program is intended for students, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status, “who have faced life challenges” and are interested in serving as a fellow with the firm. Students were asked to demonstrate, in the form of a 500-word essay, that they have experienced socioeconomic or cultural barriers during their pursuit of a legal education. Firm Pays Team’s Insurance: Rosenthal & Levy has underwritten the $50 insurance payments for the Pahokee High School varsity football team. The fee instituted by the School District of Palm Beach County has been labeled “pay for play.” Before participating in any varsity athletic program, each student is responsible for a $50 insurance payment. The money is intended to offset the school district’s insurance costs. This is the second consecutive year the firm has covered the insurance payment for players at school. In addition to sponsoring the insurance payments, at the end of last season Rosenthal & Levy kicked off a drive to supply the football team with state championship commemorative jackets. Fishing With Kids in Mind: The Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association recently held its annual fishing tournament, with proceeds benefiting the West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation’s Kid’s Fishing Day Program for underprivileged kids. “Tom Twyford and the foundation has developed a very worthwhile program enabling nearly 500 underprivileged kids to spend the day fishing and learning about the ocean. Our contribution helps them purchase rods and reels for the children,” said Rafael Roca, the tournament’s chair. FAWL Recognizes Carlton Fields: Carlton Fields recently received the “Friend of FAWL” award from the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Edith G. Osman and Kristy M. Johnson accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the group’s recent installation luncheon. Osman is a past president of The Florida Bar and statewide past-president of FAWL. Johnson was recently appointed a director for the third consecutive year on the Miami-Dade chapter of FAWL. Tax Amnesty Underway: More than 11,000 taxpayers with a Florida address owe delinquent taxes amounting to over $21 million to Indiana. The Indiana Department of Revenue, however, is now offering a limited-time opportunity for individuals and businesses to pay and file past-due listed taxes free of penalty, interest, and collection fees and without fear of criminal or civil prosecution. The tax amnesty program runs from September 15 through November 15. For more information about the program visit www.in.gov/dor/amnesty. Legal Roundup: September 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img

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