first_img February 1, 2006 Regular News Briefs FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT Alan Bookman, center, was recently in the Tampa area and attended a reception by the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Pictured with Bookman are HCBA member Clint Paris, left, and Lanse Scriven, president of the Hillsborough County Bar. Bookman also addressed a luncheon meeting of the West Pasco Bar Association that same day and presented Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, with a legislative award from the Bar and The Florida Bar Foundation for his contributions in fostering the delivery of civil legal assistance to the people of Florida. “This award is one way to thank Sen. Fasano for his support of the Florida Civil Legal Assistance Act and to recognize his commitment to all Floridians having equal access to justice,” Bookman said. AT ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN kickoff event January 5, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., announced two campaign initiatives—the Chesterfield Smith Society for Equal Justice and the Circle of Support. “As we approach our 40th anniversary and the final payment on our mortgage in July 2006, we turn to the private bar for renewed support,” said LSGMI Board President Darrell Payne. “It is critical that we supplement our government funding so that we can address the increasing legal needs of the low income community.” Payne acknowledged Holland & Knight as the founding member of the Chesterfield Smith Society, and Miles McGrane as chair. The society was established to provide general operating support for LSGMI. Payne also acknowledged gifts from Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart; Hunton & Williams; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson; St. Thomas University; H. T. Smith; and Garrett Biondo. The Circle of Support was established to support specific LSGMI projects, and Payne acknowledged lead gifts from The William J. and Tina Rosenberg Foundation; McDermott Will & Emery; Podhurst Orseck; Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster & Russell; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson; McLuskey & McDonald; Ratzan & Alters; Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and in Memory of Frances and Louis M. Jepeway. Pictured from the left are Payne; U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-FL, who received LSGMI’s Distinguished Alumni Award at the event; Marcia Cypen, LSGMI executive director; Frank Angones, Florida Bar president-elect designate; and Don Horn, chief assistant state attorney for the 11th Circuit. Briefscenter_img Human Rights Conference: Amnesty International has set its Florida State Conference for the University of Miami School of Law on February 25, beginning at 9 a.m.Nationally and internationally renowned speakers, panelists, activist members, and staff of AIUSA will explore strategies for confronting national and international human rights violations. For more informationContact Beth Lindeman at (786) 210-5797 or E-mail: [email protected]last_img