July 15, 2007 News & Notes July 15, 2007 News and Notes News and Notes A. Hamilton “Ham” Cooke of Jacksonville received The Florida Bar Foundation’s Medal of Honor Award at its 31st annual reception and dinner in Orlando. G. Mark Shalloway of Shalloway & Shalloway in West Palm Beach was recognized by the state of Florida Long Term Care Ombudsman Council for preventing the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Mark Eiglarsh presented, “Designing Your Practice, Technically Speaking” at the Broward County Bar Association’s Law and Technology Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale.Professor David Abraham of UM Law School participated in a conference sponsored by the Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs titled “A World of Legal Conflicts: Multiple Norms in the International System.” Robert S. Freedman of Carlton Fields’ Tampa office was inducted into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Jeffrey M. Cohen of Carlton Fields’ Miami office was invited to serve on the Faculty of the 2007 Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar. Amanda Arnold Sansone of Carlton Fields’ Tampa office was elected president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Kenneth A. Tinkler of Carlton Fields’ Tampa office was elected to a three-year term on the executive council of the City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar. Steven Daniels of Arnstein & Lehr was appointed to the executive committee of the Anti-Defamation League – Florida Region. Daniels is also slated to co-chair the organization’s international affairs committee. Mark A. Sessums of Frost Tamayo Sessums & Aranda in Bartow lectured on the 2007 legislative session of the Florida Legislature at the 2007 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ annual institute in Tampa. Additionally, Sessums was appointed co-chair of the legislation committee for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. H. T. Smith of Miami received an honorary degree from Miami-Dade College in recognition of his commitment to equal rights and equal opportunity. Smith also delivered the commencement address to the 2007 graduating class of the Wolfson Campus. Harley E. Riedel II of Stichter Riedel Blain & Prosser received the Douglas P. McClurg Professionalism Award from the Tampa Bay Bar Association. Anthony J. Fantauzzi of Fowler White Boggs Banker was elected to the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Lisa D. Taylor of Stern & Kilcullen in Roseland in New Jersey received the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association Health and Hospital Law Section. Christine D. Hanley of Christine D. Hanley & Associates in West Palm Beach presented “What do Sutton’s Law, Ockham’s Razor, and the Pareto Principle Have To Do With the Fair Labor Standards Act?” at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 101st Annual National Conference in Orlando. Tom Powell of Powell & Mack in Tallahassee received the Richard W. Ervin, Jr., Award for his contributions to the Florida’s legal system and his commitment to equal justice.Professor Amy D. Ronner of St. Thomas University School of Law wrote “Dostoyevsky and the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Confession,” published in The John Marshall Law Review. David Sampedro of Panter, Panter & Sampedro in Miami presented “Tackling Advanced Medical Malpractice Issues.” William W. Corry of the Law Offices of William Corry in Tallahassee received the 2007 Gold Eagle Award from the Florida Justice Association at its annual convention in West Palm Beach. Michael Rosenberg of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg served as a discussion leader for “Foreign Investment in the United States—Tax and Related Matters” and “Estate and Gift Taxation of Nonresident Aliens in the United States” in Boca Raton. Jim Rose spoke on employment law at a seminar given by the Center for Business Excellence in Daytona Beach. Renaldy J. Gutierrez of Gutierrez & Associates in Miami was elected president of the Inter-American Bar Association at its conference in Mexico City, Mexico. Melissa Register was elected to the Hills- borough Association for Women Lawyers Board of Directors and will chair the Community Outreach Committee. Gregory A. Chaires of Chaires Hammond in Altamonte Springs lectured on disciplinary investigations and actions taken by the Florida Department of Health at the Second Annual Legal Issues in Nursing conference in Gainesville. Jim Soble of Ruden McClosky’s Tampa office was honored with the “Tree of Life” humanitarian award by the Jewish National Fund. Soble was recognized for his outstanding community involvement, professional leadership, and humanitarian service. Adele I. Stone of Hollywood was appointed secretary of The Florida Bar Foundation, and Roberto R. Pardo of Miami was appointed to its board of directors. Tony Moss of the Law Office of Tony Moss in Miami spoke on “Cultural Considerations in Death Penalty Defense” at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College at DePaul College of Law in Chicago. Richard D. West of Orlando spoke at the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ 29th Annual Institute in Tampa. Peter A. Quinter of Becker & Poliakoff was appointed vice chair of the Broward Alliance’s International Committee. Judge Martin Bidwill received the Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award for demonstrating the moral principles of St. Thomas More.
The government is set to slash £700 from the fixed recoverable costs for low-level claims handled through the RTA Portal scheme, the Gazette can reveal. According to figures released today by the Ministry of Justice, solicitors running claims valued at up to £10,000 will be able to claim £500 in costs from next April, down from £1,200 today. Stage one claims will be worth £200 and stage two are £300. For employer and public liability claims, to be admitted to the electronic portal from next April, maximum solicitors’ costs will be £900. For RTA claims valued up to £25,000, fixed recoverable costs will be capped at £800, whilst higher-level EL and PL will be worth £1,600 in costs. The portal scheme is mandatory for all claims within scope where liability is admitted. The government today opened a consultation on the new figures and will hope to have the new fees in place by next April, when the portal is extended to £25,000 and to EL and PL claims. In a letter to ‘stakeholders’, Helen Grant, the justice minister, explains that the new costs take account of inflation since the portal was introduced in 2009. However, costs have been reduced to ‘reflect the forthcoming ban on referral fees’. Insurers argued each referral was worth around £800 and lobbied to have that amount taken off the fixed costs. But the size of the cut will come as a surprise to members of the legal profession who took part in long negotiations with insurers when the costs were first set. They were drawn up to take into account guideline hourly rates, which were set up in 2000 – four years before referral fees were allowed.