first_imgBriefs December 15, 2002 Regular News Black law students gather at Stetson Law students from across Florida met at Stetson University College of Law recently for the Southern Regional Black Law Student Association’s academic retreat, “The Keys to Academic Success.”“This program helped illustrate Stetson’s commitment to diversity, not only on this campus, but throughout the legal community,” said Ya’Sheaka Campbell, president of Stetson’s Black Law Student Association.Law students from Florida State, Florida A&M, Nova Southeastern, Barry, Florida International, Florida Coastal, St. Thomas, and Stetson attended the seminar. Workshops included bar preparation and the bar application process, legal writing, job search techniques, law school exam techniques, and the mechanics of practicing legal research. Paralegals raise money for GAL program The members of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. recently collected and donated a total of $2,529 to the Guardian Ad Litem programs in the Second, Sixth, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th circuits.The donations are the culmination of PAF’s First Annual Service Project, a charity event that ran through the summer of this year.Although this year’s Community Service Project is officially over, PAF welcomes contributions to benefit GAL programs at any time. Call PAF at (800) 433-4352 to find out how to make a donation to your local GAL program. Stetson alums give scholarships Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Rich McKay and Gigi Skipper of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority recently presented the Stetson University Hillsborough Alumni Association’s first series of scholarship awards.Richelle Marsico, a third-year Stetson law student, received a scholarship check worth $2,869 during the association’s recent meeting in Tampa.“I am honored to receive this scholarship,” said Marsico, who will graduated December 14 from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. “This scholarship will help pay for bar exam review courses.”Two undergraduate students from Stetson University in DeLand also received scholarships; freshman Suzanna Johnson received $1,184 and freshman Blair Thompson received $1,684.The scholarship money was raised at the Mad Hatter Classic golf tournament and silent auction, which was held last summer. Next year’s tournament is being planned for May. Stetson aims to protect seniors against fraud Stetson University College of Law will receive $700,000 to educate Florida seniors about consumer fraud as a result of a settlement negotiated by the Florida Attorney General’s Office.“This award is a significant complement to our Center for Excellence in Elder Law. It will allow us to create a statewide education program to help protect our elderly residents from becoming victims of fraud,” said Dean Gary Vause.Stetson University College of Law will receive $700,000 of a $950,000 settlement reached between the Attorney General’s Office and a Delaware-based firm that faced allegations of deception.“Fraud concerning the elderly continues to be a serious and growing problem in Florida,” said Professor Rebecca Morgan, director of Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Elder Law, adding that Stetson’s program would educate senior consumers on how to spot fraud, how to avoid becoming a victim of consumer fraud, and what actions to take if they become victims. Rodriguez named general counsel Gov. Jeb Bush recently appointed Raquel A. Rodriguez of Miami as his general counsel.Rodriguez, who began work December 9, replaces Charles Canady, who was named by Gov. Bush to the Second District Court of Appeal.Rodriguez, 41, comes from Greenberg Traurig and is a native of South Florida. She graduated first in her class from the University of Miami School of Law in 1985. Broward young lawyers softball set to begin The Broward County Bar’s Young Lawyers Section’s nine game co-ed softball league begins January 16 and is still looking for ball players. Games are played at Mills Pond Park and each team must have 10 to 12 members. Anyone interested in playing or needing more information, may contact Angel Petti, softball chair, via e-mail at [email protected] or (954) 847-3327. The registration fee is $450 per team and checks can be made payable to “YLS-BCBA” and mail directly to: Angel Petti, Conrad & Scherer, 633 South Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale 33301. Paralegal Association awards scholarships The Paralegal Association of Florida recently awarded annual scholarships to students enrolled in Florida paralegal educational programs. The three $500 award winners are Barbara A. Morreale of Key West, a student at Florida Keys Community College; Nancy McCall of Tampa, a student at Hillsborough Community College; and Robin M. Burke of Royal Palm Beach, a student at Palm Beach Community College. The $250 Nancy Nielsen scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Lynn Hatten of Plant City, a student at Hillsborough Community College. Recipients are chosen using such criteria as compliance with the rules, professionalism of the application, character of the applicant, commitment to the paralegal profession, need for financial assistance, letters of recommendation, and grade point average. DCTLA works to assist sick kids The Dade County Trial Lawyers Association recently adopted the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital. DCTLA’s role in adopting the unit is to collect money, toys, and other needed items for the children year-round and deliver them as collected. DCTLA members also will be coordinating special visits and events at the unit throughout the year. The trial lawyer group recently helped the children celebrate Thanksgiving. Members of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association will spend the next year collecting the necessary items for the patients of the oncology unit and will be accepting donations from outside parties. A list of the needed items can be found on the DCTLA Web site. “We are pleased to have adopted the pediatric oncology unit, and we will strive to make sure the kids get what they need year-round and not just during the holiday season,” said Michael Andrew Haggard, president of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association. Those wishing to donate items to the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association for the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital can contact Arthur Garcia, Jr., DCTLA project chair at (305) 822-0900 or visit the DCTLA Web site at


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