Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Donald Wayne Reid, who formerly practiced in Alachua County and now resides in Bronson, Michigan, has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Reid’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact James A.G. Davey, Jr., Bar Counsel, at (850) 561-5789.Judge Angel reprimanded for campaigning violations A judge who attended and spoke at partisan political events to which his opponent was not invited will be publicly reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court.The Judicial Qualifications Commission had charged Fifth Circuit Judge Carven D. Angel with 13 counts of attending partisan political events to which his opponent was not invited, speaking at some of those events or having family members speak, and revealing his party affiliation at campaign events.All of the events occurred during the judge’s 2002 campaign. The JQC noted the actions violated F.S. §§105.071(1) and (3) and three provisions of Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The law prohibits a judicial candidate from participating in any partisan activity except voting or publicly representing himself or herself as a member of a political party.The canons prohibit a judicial candidate from partisan political activities except he or she may attend a function to discuss the improvement of law or the administration of justice, and if the judge’s opponents have also been invited to attend or speak. The canon also prohibits a judicial candidate from having any employee under his control or a family member do indirectly what the candidate would be prohibited from doing, such as speaking at a partisan gathering.In his reply, Judge Angel stipulated to seven of the 13 charges, and the JQC recommended a public reprimand.The Supreme Court agreed, finding evidence was clear and convincing that Judge Angel violated the laws and canons.“Certainly, in very egregious cases, where a judge’s misconduct included implications that he or she would make partisan decisions on the bench, the JQC has recommended a substantial fine in addition to a public reprimand and even removal. . . , ” the court said in its per curiam opinion. “Based on the stipulated facts in the instant action, the JQC recommended only that Judge Angel be publicly reprimanded for his misconduct. We accept the JQC’s recommendation of a public reprimand for Judge Angel, which is consistent with governing precedent with regard to the appropriate sanction for this type of judicial misconduct.”The court did not set a date for the reprimand, which will be administered before the court.Ruling came February 19, in Inquiry Concerning a Judge, Re: Carven D. Angel, case no. SC03-833.Proposed Evidence Code amendments The Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court its regular-cycle report concerning recent legislative changes to the Florida Evidence Code. Specifically, the committee recommends that the Court adopt chapters 2002-22, §18 (amending §90.6063, Interpreter services for deaf persons); 2002-246, §1 (amending §90.5035, Sexual assault counselor-victim privilege); 2003-259, §1(amending §90.104, Rulings on evidence); 2003-259, §2 (amending 90.803, Hearsay exceptions; availability of declarant immaterial); and 2003-259, §3 (amending 90.902, Self-authentication), Laws of Florida. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s recommendations, a summary of which is provided below. The proposals are reproduced in full online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before April 15, 2004, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Michael P. Dickey, Barron & Redding, P.O. Box 2467, Panama City, Florida 32402-2467, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument scheduled in this case for June. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENT TO THE FLORIDA EVIDENCE CODE, CASE NO. 04-103.YLD seeks award nominations March 15, 2004 Notices March 15, 2004 Regular News Stetson University is seeking nominations for the 2004 Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Public Service Award.The award will be presented at the law school’s spring graduation events. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 29.“Wm. Reece Smith has dedicated his professional career to public service and access to justice, and this award in his honor recognizes individuals who have given their time and talents to help others and to improve their communities and the justice system,” said Dean Darby Dickerson.Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., the award’s namesake and its first recipient, is the past president of the American, International,and Florida bar associations. His relationship with Stetson Law began in the 1950s, and he has taught as a distinguished professorial lec.Nominations should be sent to Dean Darby Dickerson, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.JNC applications being accepted The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies for nominations to be submitted to Governor Bush on or before June 3: Judicial Nominating Commissions: One lawyer vacancy for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar must nominate three lawyers for each vacancy to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1. Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Applications must be completed for each vacancy you are applying for and must be received by mail or fax, (850) 561-5826, no later than 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 19.Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Screening committees of the Board of Governors will review all JNC applications. The committees will then make recommendations to the Board of Governors.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the proper application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by the March 19 deadline.Board of Bar Examiners, Commission on Professionalism appointments available The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its May 28 meeting: Florida Board of Bar Examiners Vacancy : Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill two vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board of Governors will be selecting six nominees for two lawyer vacancies at its May 28, 2004, meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill the five-year terms commencing November 1 and expiring on October 31, 2009.Attorney members must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the Bar. Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Law professors or trustees are ineligible.Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members volunteer 300 or more hours per year on Board business depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed. Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism : Five lawyers to serve on this 23-member commission for four-year terms commencing July 1. The commission acts as a steering and long-range planning commission for the creation and implementation of programs promoting the ideals and goals of professionalism, oversees the development of judicial professionalism programs and the teaching of professionalism in law schools. In addition, it establishes the policies of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism and acts as the center’s governing board.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the applications from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or should call The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the proper application form. Applications may also be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business Thursday, April 8. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.Ninth Circuit YLD seat available Reid petitions for Bar reinstatement The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting applications for its seven major awards: The Diversity Award, which recognizes a person and/or entity that demonstrates the highest morality and respect for all persons and diversity, for efforts and allegiance to creating diversity, and promoting a more diverse workplace. Along with the award, the YLD will make a monetary donation to the recipient’s charity of choice. The Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award, which recognizes a person and/or entity that, through humanitarian respect, advances balance and fulfillment in lawyers’ lives by redefining current work habits and schedules to provide more flexibility and a more meaningful existence. The YLD will make a monetary donation to the recipient’s charity of choice. The Outstanding Jurist Award, given to a judge with an excellent reputation for sound judicial decisions and an unblemished record of integrity as a lawyer and judge and who demonstrates concern for and willingness to assist young lawyers and respects their abilities. The Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award, given to a young lawyer who is not a member of the Bar YLD Board of Governors, who has worked most diligently in the past year in Bar activities and/or law-related public activities and who has an excellent reputation for legal abilities and integrity. Most Outstanding Public Service Project by a young lawyers group. The project must serve the public and community, enhance the relationship of young lawyers to the public and community, and be innovative. Most Outstanding Member Service Project by a young lawyers group. The project should internally serve young lawyers, provide for membership enrichment, and be innovative. Outstanding Florida Young Lawyer Affiliate of the Year Award which recognizes a young lawyer affiliate in the state of Florida for excellence in public service, member service, and creative use of resources. See www.flayld.org for the application for this award.For more information about the awards contact Austin Newberry, YLD administrator, at (850) 561-5624 or Board member Courtney Grimm at (904) 353-0211. Nominations for the awards should be sent to Austin Newberry at The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than May 1. With the election of Jamie Billotte Moses as president-elect designate of the Young Lawyers Division, her former seat on the YLD Board of Governors — Ninth Circuit, Seat 2 — will be vacant as of June 25.Anyone interested in being considered for an appointment to this seat for the remaining year of Moses’ term should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to Austin Newberry, YLD Administrator,The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, no later than April 20. Smith Award nominations sought
Bayern Munich could make a move for BiH football player and Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanić, reports football-italia.netCorriere della Sera have claimed that the Bundeliga leaders will fly to the capital within the next few weeks and try to negotiate a deal for the Bosnia international.The Bundesliga Champions-elect are looking to further strengthen their squad, prior to next season, when Pep Guardiola replaces outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes.Despite a solid first season in Italy, the midfielder has struggled for playing time this season, due to injury and being tactically unsuited to, previous coach, Zdenek Zeman’s playing philosophyPjanic has played on 49 occasions for Roma, scoring six goals; including a long-range free-kick in the derby earlier in the season.The 23-year-old midfielder could leave for a fee of around €15m.