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

Statement in Reference to Proposed Federal Defunding of Legal Services Corporation

Statement by the Executive Committee of the Broward County Bar Association Re: Proposed Federal Defunding of Legal Services Corporation Also Known as Legal Aid. The Broward County Bar Association, and its more than 3300 members and 10,000 lawyers living in Broward County Florida, fully support adequate funding for Legal Services Corporation I.e. Legal Aid and its sister organizations. Previous funding cuts have already cut the organization to its core. Further cuts would be unjust and... Read More

Evidence Changes For Civil Cases

            “Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the center of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer Last month when the Florida Supreme Court issued its opinion, In re: Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code, rejecting the... Read More