Local and voluntary bar news Wilson to lead Orange County Bar Association Gen. Franks addresses Tampa leaders forum America’s armed forces will be in Afghanistan “as long as it takes,” U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks told a group of about 160 at a GrayHarris’ Community Leader Forum in Tampa in May.The war against terror won’t be over in the next six or 12 months, he added, because “there are ample people on this planet who hate us. The people of America will keep doing what it takes.”On September 11, “the United States of America looked evil straight in the face,” Franks said. “The flags went up, and we got quite serious. Now when they look at America, they see the face of resolve on our young people serving all over the world.”Through its Community Leader Forums, the firm brings together clients, attorneys and friends of the firm to hear high-profile business and community leaders and elected officials discuss issues of importance to the Tampa region.As commander in chief of U.S. Central Command, Franks is in charge of U.S. military operations for 25 nations in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.In his opening remarks, Franks drew chuckles from the crowd as he spoke of his less-than-stellar academic efforts in college. But the talk turned to terrorism during the question-and-answer period.“We need to either kill Osama bin Laden and [Taliban leader] Mulah Mohammed Omar, or capture them. Either is fine with me,” he said. “There won’t be closure on September 11 until we get it done. It will help us in our hearts.”However, the general said, their capture or deaths aren’t what’s most important in America’s fight to protect the country against terrorism. “They’ve been marginalized,” he explained. “We’ve had lots of success so far, but there are lots of bad guys out there, and we need to get them.”Franks praised the efforts of America’s allies in the fight against terror. There may be an imbalance in training and access to technology, he said, but “that doesn’t mean they can’t work with us. There’s a way for these allies to be involved.” THE LEGAL AID SERVICE OF BROWARD COUNTY recently held an evening of awards and entertainment, “For the Public Good.” Achievement awards were bestowed to outstanding members of the Broward community for their commitment to social justice. Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster and Russell, one of Broward’s largest and oldest law firms, was one of the recipients. Pictured is outgoing Bar President Terry Russell, center, accepting the award for the firm from honorary event chairs of the evening, David and Barbara Welch. JUDGE CAROLE TAYLOR of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, back left, and Assistant Public Defenders Eunice Baros, back center, and Peggy Natale, back right, recently spoke to Lisa Hanser’s social studies class at the Middle School for the Arts in West Palm Beach during Law Week. Members of Hanser’s class included Judge Taylor’s daughter, Claire Fluker, not pictured, and other seventh grade children, including Cara Baros, front left, and Sam Natale, front right. Discussion included the death penalty, Bill of Rights, Gideon v. Wainwright, and which civil liberties the students valued most. EMCEE OF THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY of Palm Beach County’s 14th Annaul Pro Bono Recognition Evening Bill Bone, from the left, and co-chairs Skip Smith and Haward Bergman belt out Guys and Dolls at the event which attracted 900 attendees and earned more than $177,000 for Legal Aid’s 16 projects. All funds generated by the evening — co-hosted by the Palm Beach County, South Palm Beach County, and Hispanic Bar associations — are used to provide free legal assistance to disadvantaged children, families, and elders residing in Palm Beach County. Honored at the event were Palm Beach County attorneys: Jayne Regester Barkdull (Community Service Award), Richard Bartmon (Appellate Law Award), Robert Bergin (Civil Litigation Award), Warren Brams (Child Advocacy Award), Steven Greenberg (Cultural Arts Award), John Kovarik (Family Law Award), Joseph Nusbaum (Juvenile Advocacy Law Award), Jack Orsley and Steven Cripps (Law Firm Award) and Kenneth Spillias (Employment Law Award). Entertainment was provided by students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Olympic High School, and “celebrity attorney” performers. Rashkind to lead Miami FACL Paul M. Rashkind has been elected president of the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.Rashkind is the chief of appeals for the Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Florida. The association was founded in 1963 and is now in its fifth decade advancing the principles of liberty and justice in the criminal law.Also elected officers for 2002-03 are Vice President Kenneth Hassett of Coral Gables, Secretary William Thomas of Miami, and Treasurer Glenn Kritzer of Miami.The officers and board of directors were installed at the association’s 26th installation annual dinner dance in May. During the dinner, the association also honored Circuit Judge Ellen Leesfield, who received the “Hon. Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award,” and attorney Albert Krieger, who was presented with the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.The installation dinner also featured the granting of the association’s two annual law school scholarships. This year’s recipients are Kellee Knepper and Matthew Slater, both students at the University of Miami School of Law. THE AMERICAN CORPORATE COUNSEL ASSOCIATION recently held its annual Ethics Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, highlighted by a presentation moderated by Adele I. Stone, left, the former chair of The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee. Stone led more than 50 corporate counsel through various case scenaros highlighting numerous ethical concerns when representing corporate clients, including multijurisdictional practice issues. Panelists for the discussion included Professor Tim Chinaris of Appalachian School of Law, James Gale, Lisa Gefen, Luis Perez, and Frank Smith. The American Corporate Counsel Association/Global Corporate Counsel Association is the in-house bar association serving the professional needs of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations and other private sector organizations worldwide. Pictured with Stone is James W. Patton, president of the ACCA South Florida Chapter. HENDERSON, FRANKLIN, STARNES & HOLT recently awarded $2,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University students as part of the first annual Emerging Artist Awards, a visual arts competition. The competition was open to all fine art students at the university. Pictured is Amy Bailey and her piece, “I’m not a Door Mat, I’m a Runner,” which was named “Best in Show.” Ninety-five pieces were selected to compete, and some of the works will be part of a traveling exhibit this summer and fall throughout performing arts halls in Southwest Florida. THE DADE COUNTY BAR YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION recently hosted Biscayne Elementary Students at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building. The approximately 50 sixth grade students went on a tour of the criminal courthouse and viewed Judge Peter Lopez’s morning criminal calendar. They had an opportunity to ask Judge Lopez questions including, but not limited to, everything from “Did you ever sentence someone to death?” to “Do you know Judge Judy?” The sixth graders were then escorted to one of the empty courtrooms where they were able to participate in a mock criminal trial. The students played the role of the judge, witnesses, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clerks, bailiff, jurors, and the defendant. This was an actual case that co-chair of the Schools Committee, Mark Eiglarsh, was actually involved with while serving as a prosecutor. Eiglarsh instructed the students about their constitutional rights, principals of law, and the structure of the criminal justice system. BETH LABASKY, a Tallahassee lobbyist and collector of antiques, recently donated a etched glass window featuring the seal of the Florida Supreme Court to the Supreme Court Historical Society. Labasky said she found the window for sale along a roadside in Havana, a small town northwest of Tallahassee. Turns out the window originally hung in the entrance of the building which served at the state’s Supreme Court from 1913 to 1949, and has since been torn down. The woman Labasky bought the window from said her husband was part of the demolition crew which tore the old Whitfield Building down and decided to save the window. Labasky displayed it in her home for years until moving recently and wasn’t sure what to do with the window at her new house. She then happened to see Dexter Douglass, a past president of the historical society, talking about the organization on TV and thought the time was right for the window to make its way home to the court. Also pictured is Russell Troutman, the current president of the Supreme Court Historical Society, accepting the donated window. RUSSELL E. CARLISLE, from the left, Anthony J. Karrat, Donald A. Wich, Jr., and Linda A. Conahan (not pictured) have been named co-chairs of Broward Lawyers Cares’ 2002-2003 Campaign to Recruit Pro Bono Attorneys. In its 20-year history, Broward Lawyers Care, the pro bono program of Legal Aid of Broward County, has provided its community with more than $10-million worth of donated legal services, raised more than $1 million in cash contributions, and helped nearly 13,000 people in need resolve legal issues. To learn more about the program, call (954) 765-8950. July 1, 2002 Regular News Brian Thomas Wilson was recently installed as president of the Orange County Bar Association for 2002-2003.Other new officers of the association include Paul L. SanGiovanni, president-elect; William E. Sublette, secretary; and Wayne L. Helsby, treasurer.The mission of the Orange County Bar Association is to “promote honor, dignity, truth, and professionalism within the legal community, to promote improvements in the law and aid in the administration of justice, to enhance the delivery of and access to quality legal services, to educate the public about the legal system, to provide for an inclusive bar and to promote camaraderie, a forum for discussion on issues pertaining to the legal system, and education for its members.”The Orange County Bar Association was established in 1933 and boasts more than 2,500 members.