17th Circuit Court Judge Spearheads Collaboration With The Seminole Tribe of Florida

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), 25 U.S.C. §1911, provides for transfer of jurisdiction of state court cases involving an Indian child to that child’s tribal court. Specifically, ICWA provides that “In any State court proceedings for the foster care placement of, or termination of parental rights to, an Indian child not domiciled or residing within the reservation of the Indian child’s tribe, the court, in the absence of good cause to the contrary, shall... Read More

Alison Smith at the Jamaica Diaspora Conference

Partner Alison Smith spoke at the Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Kingston Jamaica on July 25, 2017 in honor of the island’s 55th anniversary of independence. She is pictured with Audrey Marks (center), Jamaican ambassador to the United States and Suzette Rochester, VMBS Manager.  Congratulations to Alison on this honor!

Bruce Blitman – Justice Teaching Volunteer of the Year Award

BRUCE A. BLITMAN of Palm Beach Gardens received the Justice Teaching Volunteer of the Year Award during the Judicial Luncheon at The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton. The award honors an attorney volunteer for dedication in teaching Florida students about their government and the courts. The award was presented by Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, who founded Justice Teaching in 2006, with the ultimate goal of pairing a legal professional with... Read More