Local bar associations gear up for Law Week Local bar associations gear up for Law Week May 1, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular News Amy K. Brown Assistant Editor Forty-five years ago, ABA President Charles S. Rhyne created a special day for celebrating our legal system: Law Day.Since that time, countless legal organizations across the country have observed the holiday, and, in many cases, the day of celebration has expanded into a full week or more of events.“Nothing is more essential to the health and sanctity of our democracy than the accessibility by all Americans to the judiciary,” said ABA President Robert E. Hirshon in his message to Law Day participants. “A nation with the finest judges, most capable counsel, most enlightened laws, and most far-reaching civil rights is nevertheless flawed if access to that country’s court system is limited to just a very few.”To promote the ABA’s commitment to equal justice, the ABA set the 2002 theme for Law Day as “Celebrate Your Freedom — Assuring Equal Justice for All.”“The theme of Law Day 2002. . . provides a great opportunity for lawyers, judges, legislators, educators, social workers, and others to collaborate on community-based activities that will increase access to our courts and thus ensure the vibrancy of our democracy,” Hirshon said.In 1998 The Florida Bar, with help from the Florida Legislature, saw the passage of legislation that officially designates Law Day and Law Week each year in the state. Like most states, Florida has answered the ABA’s call to action and follows the nationwide theme.Voluntary and local bar associations across Florida are also heeding the ABA’s call and have undertaken projects that range from attorneys speaking to students to golf tournaments to benefit charities.Some notable efforts include: • In the First Circuit, the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association will hold its Annual Law Day Luncheon on May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mustin Beach Officer’s Club on board NAS Pensacola. Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis will speak about “Assuring Equal Justice for All,” and the Ensley Elementary Children’s Chorus will perform patriotic music. The bar association also is conducting a Law Week photography competition, with prizes awarded for first, second, and third place winners.During Law Week, the bar association also hands out its Liberty Bell Awards to honor individuals whose community service has fostered appreciation of the law. “Law School for the Layperson” is conducted by the association, in conjunction with the University of West Florida, and the bar’s Young Lawyers Section has again coordinated a reception for new citizens after their annual Naturalization Ceremony.Thanks to a grant from The Florida Bar, the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar has co-produced a television program featuring a panel of seven local experts answering questions from 20 local high school students. A local news anchorwoman and the bar’s law week chair, Francisco Negron, will moderate. The bar association will finish off Law Day with a reception honoring the judiciary of the First Circuit at the Pensacola Museum of Art. For more information about any of these events, contact the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association at (850) 434-8135. • In the Second Circuit, the Tallahassee Bar is focusing on school outreach and Community Law Day. As part of the school outreach component, the association is encouraging its members to speak about the law to students at local schools.May 4 marks the association’s second annual Community Law Day, held this year at the Senior Center. Speakers will talk with members of the community on topics such as family, criminal, personal injury, and consumer law. For more information, call the Tallahassee Bar Association at (850) 222-3292.Legal Services of North Florida and the Capital City Bar Presidents Council are teaming up to celebrate Law Day with a reception and dinner at the President’s Box and the University Club at Doak Campbell Stadium on May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Second Circuit recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, Alex D. Littlefield, Jr., will be honored, along with the recipient of the Lt. Col. Richard M. Smith Pro Bono Service Award and all volunteer attorneys of the circuit.Sandy D’Alemberte, president of Florida State University, will address the group, followed by special guests former Justice Richard W. Ervin, Attorney General Robert A. Butterworth, and Judge Thomas H. Barkdull, Jr. The Capital City Bar Presidents Council will present the first annual Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award to Butterworth in recognition of his contributions to Florida’s legal justice system. For more information about this event, contact John Fenno at (850) 385-9007. • In the Fifth Circuit, the Hernando County Bar has planned events including school speakers, newspaper editorials, the Liberty Bell Award, Ask-a-Lawyer forums, radio talk shows and televised roundtable discussions, a shadow jury project, scholarship award, and a golf tournament. The events will run throughout Law Week. For more information, contact the bar association at (352) 754-4284. • In the Sixth Circuit, the Pinellas County School System will again distribute The Florida Bar pamphlet “Legal Guide for New Adults” to approximately 7,000 11th-grade students. The St. Petersburg Bar has arranged to have judges and lawyers speak to 11th-grade American History classes in conjunction with the pamphlet distribution.Lawyers from the St. Pete Bar and the Community Law Program will join efforts May 4 as part of the “Lawyers Unite” project to offer legal advice to family members of military personnel and others affected by the events of September 11. Clients will meet with volunteer attorneys beginning at 9 a.m. in the Community Law Program building in St. Petersburg. Anticipated topics include landlord/tenant situations, wills, powers of attorney, and unemployment. For more information, contact the bar association at (727) 823-7474.The Clearwater Bar Association has planned an ambitious slate of activities, spanning nearly five months. During the annual Law Day Luncheon on May 10, in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting, CBA will present an array of awards to lawyers, judges, and members of the public and law enforcement, including the President’s Awards, the Oyster Roast Cup, the John U. Bird Judicial Excellence Award, the Ralph Richards Award, the Allen G. Moore Gold Badge Award, and the Liberty Bell Award.The CBA Young Lawyers Division annually sponsors a contest for high school debate teams, and the group has organized a semifinal and final competition at the Criminal Justice Center and the Old Historic Courthouse. The winning team receives the traveling Harry Fogel Trophy, and each student on the winning and runner-up teams receives a cash award and will be a guest at the Law Day Luncheon. Some CBA lawyers will come to court dressed as bears, as part of The Three Bears v. Gold E. Locks, a mock trial program for grade school children. The three bears and Gold E. Locks will show up in full costume at the Old Clearwater Courthouse.The Law-Related Education Committee of the CBA annually sponsors the People’s Law School, an 18-week educational series offered to the public at no cost. Local attorneys and judges teach the classes, held at St. Petersburg College on Thursday evenings January through May.Who would’ve guessed that cruising on a motorcycle could benefit the Clearwater Bar Foundation? Only during the Law Day Ride. For a $25 donation to the foundation’s Pro Bono Program, participants share a morning ride to a secret lunch destination. For more information about these events, contact the bar at (727) 461-4869. • In the Seventh Circuit, the Volusia County Bar has planned three special events, including a chili cook-off, which will include the presentation of the association’s annual pro bono awards, and the Seventh Annual Barristers’ Scramble golf tournament. VCBA is also recruiting lawyers and judges to speak at area schools. Last year, speakers from the association reached more than 2,000 local students. VCBA can be contacted at (904) 253-9471. • In the Ninth Circuit, the Orange County Bar Association also organized The Three Bears v. Gold E. Locks mock trial program for grade school students, along with a DUI mock trial geared toward high school students. Some Orange County high school students will learn what it’s like to be part of the legal profession when they “shadow” local attorneys in the morning, then attend the Young Lawyers Division and OCBA luncheons in the afternoon. Contact the bar at (407) 422-4551. • In the 12th Circuit, the Sarasota County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has coordinated a mock trial event, and Law Day speech and art contests for local students. For more information call (941) 366-6703. • In the 15th Circuit, the Palm Beach County Bar Association has two events planned for Law Day: Dial-a-Lawyer and Ask-a-Lawyer. Attorneys participating in Dial-a-Lawyer will answer general legal questions over the phone from the bar association’s offices. As part of the Ask-a-Lawyer program, volunteers operate a booth at the Palm Beach Mall and answer legal questions in person. Mock trials are planned for local students, and the Law Suit Day clothing drive will collect old business suits to donate to Adopt-a-Family and the Salvation Army. Call (561) 687-2800 for more information. • In the 18th Circuit, the Brevard County Bar is conducting a Law Day Luncheon in Melbourne on May 1 and a golf tournament on May 4. The BCBA can be reached by calling (321) 617-9005. • In the 20th Circuit, volunteer attorneys from the Lee County Bar Association will invite students into their law firms on the morning of May 3 as part of “Shadow Day.” The students will attend the LCB Law Week Awards Luncheon later that day as special guests of the participating attorneys. LCB attorneys will also step into local classrooms to speak to students of all ages. • On a statewide level, the Black Lawyers Association, the Haitian Lawyers Association, and the Caribbean Bar Association teamed up last week to host a joint judicial reception in Miami in honor of Law Day. Members of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Third District Court of Appeal, and the 11th Circuit of Florida were invited.The Florida Law Related Education Association, with assistance from the Supreme Court and the Bar’s Law Related Education Committee, has coordinated several projects that can be easily reproduced by voluntary bar associations across the state.The Law Week 2002 Poster Contest is open to students in four different categories: elementary, middle, and high school, and computer-generated posters (open to K-12). One winner in each category will be selected.FLREA also organizes the Law Week 2002 Essay Contest. Students’ entries will be judged on content, personal reflection, and originality, and a winner will be chosen from each of the three categories: elementary, middle, and high school. The theme for both contests is “Celebrate Your Freedom: Assuring Equal Justice for All,” and winners will be honored at a special ceremony and educational program at the Supreme Court.FLREA and the ABA have developed a wealth of Law Day and Law Week materials available for use by local and voluntary bar associations and other organizations interested in celebrating the occasion. Visit their Web sites, www.flrea.org and www.abanet.org, for more information.
Modifieds – 1. Cory Davis; 2. Chris Elliott; 3. Fred Wojtek; 4. Tyler Stevens; 5. Drew Armstrong; 6. Kevin Green; 7. Jeff Hoegh; 8. Riley Simmons; 9. John Gober; 10. David Goode Jr.; 11. Chris Bragg; 12. Matthew Martin; 13. Josh McGaha; 14. Cody Tidwell; 15. Jeffrey Abbey; 16. Justin McCoy; 17. Chris Morris; 18. Brint Hartwick; 19. Beau Begnaud; 20. P.J. Egbert; 21. Mark Patterson; 22. Chase Allen; 23. Jason Hunter; 24. William Gould. Feature Results With five laps remaining in the 25-lap contest, Morris took his shot in turn four. He made contact with the inside of Elliott’s machine and spun himself out, ending a strong run. After a few restarts, Elliott shot back out to the lead, with Davis in pursuit. By Jackson Braun Elliott got the lead on the initial start, with Cody Tidwell and then Chris Morris running in second. This gave the lead to outside polesitter Bo Day, who was running Jimmy Day’s no. 23M machine. Trevor Egbert managed to get underneath Day coming to the checkers but could not complete the pass, giving Day the win. The final restart occurred with three laps to go. Davis found a lane underneath Elliott, passed him coming to the white flag and then motored away to grab the victory. Southern SportMods – 1. Bo Day; 2. Trevor Egbert; 3. Craig Oakes; 4. Jacob Pirkle; 5. Nick Clinkenbeard; 6. Kaden Honeycutt; 7. Gregory Muirhead; 8. Brandon Geurin; 9. Chris Cogburn; 10. Jake Upchurch; 11. Kyle Wilkins; 12. Garett Rawls; 13. James Skinner; 14. Mason Castaneda; 15. Kasey Kuykendall; 16. Donnie Hix; 17. Tanner Houston; 18. Cole Dennis; 19. Tyler Bragg; 20. D.L. Wilson; 21. James Guyton; 22. Blaine Shives; 23. Kevin Rowland; 24. Greg Frazer; 25. Trevor Raney. Stock Cars – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Westin Abbey; 3. Jason Batt; 4. Gary Williams; 5. Damon Hammond; 6. A.J. Dancer; 7. Dillon Smith; 8. Bryan Schutte; 9. Shelby Williams; 10. Billy Wade; 11. Lewis Blackwood; 12. Dennis Bissonnette; 13. George Egbert; 14. Jason Riddle; 15. Lee Riley; 16. Charlie Brown; 17. Jeffrey Abbey; 18. Markiss Harcrow; 19. Brandon Hood; 20. Lee Cranford; 21. Justin Wierenga; 22. Treven Geter; 23. Gary Kerr Jr.; 24. Drew Garcia; 25. Dustin White. Trevor Raney led the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod field to the start and made his way to the lead. A couple laps into the main event, Raney looped it in corner four, collecting Cole Dennis and D.L. Wilson. After an incident took Jeffrey out of the race, Batt still had to deal with Dean and Westin. Once a green flag run got going in the latter half of the race, Dean made his way around the outside of Batt, taking the lead. Westin followed suit, going underneath Batt to move up into the second spot. Dean ended up holding off Westin to grab the checkers. WACO, Texas (May 26) – A late-race pass by Cory Davis of teammate Chris Elliott extended the streak of new winners on the Lone Star Super Gas IMCA Red River Modified Tour presented by Smiley’s Racing Products Sunday at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. “It was a good win for sure,” Davis said of the $1,500, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. “We had set a goal to win one feature and finish 1-2 at least one time and we were able to do that on the second night.” Jason Riddle and Jason Batt started point on the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field. Batt jumped out to an early lead. Batt had his hands full with the Abbey brothers, as Dean, Westin and Jeffrey all were on the prowl. Cory Davis led the most important lap in winning the Sunday night IMCA Red River Modified Tour main event at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. (Photo by Debbie Hix) read more