The Tax Section’s Nominating Committee has nominated Edward E. Sawyer of Miami to serve as the section’s 2006-2007 chair-elect. Sawyer has been an active member of the Tax Section since 1983 and has held several leadership positions during that time. He is currently the director of the section’s Finance Committee and co-director of the Long Range Planning Committee. The section bylaws provide that petitions setting forth the name of other nominees for the office of chair-elect may be made by any 10 members of the section. Such petitions must be filed with Guy E. Whitesman, Tax Section secretary, no later than October 15, to allow inclusion on a written ballot in accordance with Article III, Section 2, (a) and (b) of the bylaws. If there is only one nomination for the office of chair-elect, that nominee will become chair-elect. The term of the chair-elect runs concurrently with that of the chair and begins on July 1 after the section’s annual meeting at which the chair-elect is elected, and ends on the succeeding June 30, when the chair-elect automatically assumes the office of chair. The Tax Section’s 28th Annual Meeting will be held April 21-22, 2006, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg.AAML honors Judge Rothschild Melinda Gamot of West Palm Beach has been elected president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers at the organization’s 27th Annual Institute in Tampa in May. Other officers for 2005-2006 include Jesse J. Bennett, Jr., from Winter Haven, president-elect, and Gordon C. Brydger of Ft. Lauderdale along with Stann Givens of Tampa who were both elected vice presidents. Roberta G. Stanley of Ft. Lauderdale will serve as secretary/treasurer.Coker to lead Supreme Court Historical Society briefs The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter, has named Judge Ronald Rothschild as “Jurist of the Year” at its 27th Annual Institute held in Tampa. Judge Rothschild is active with the Broward County Bar Association, has sat on The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, was past president of the Stephen R. Booher American Inns of Court, currently sits on the Broward County Professional Committee, and also sits on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Florida Supreme Court. As part of the nomination process, chapter members who have appeared before the judge were asked for comments and “quickly it was evident of the deep respect for this jurist,” according to the academy. Statements such as “his courtesy and professionalism is of the highest caliber,” “he delivers his decisions with legal, sound reasoning and prevailing decisional law,” “even when he rules against you, it is done with grace and diplomacy,” were among just a few of the consistent comments received by the committee. THE MARTIN COUNTY BAR’S YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION recently participated in the Martin County Red Cross Youth Leadership Program’s annual leadership training camp held at the Gold Coast Christian Camp in Lake Worth. The leadership training camp is a four-day, three-night retreat where the youth leaders work on developing their leadership skills. The YLD members volunteered to chaperone this year’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed party. THE FLORIDA CHAPTERS OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES recently selected Circuit Judge George W. Greer and U.S. Middle District Judge James D. Whittemore as its Jurists of the Year. Charles H. Baumberger of Miami was selected as its Trial Lawyer of the Year. The three were honored July 15 during FLABOTA’s annual awards banquet in Coral Gables. “Judge Greer, Judge Whittemore, and Chuck Baumberger each have made significant contributions to the betterment of Florida’s trial system, not just this year, but throughout their careers,” said Herman Russomanno, president of FLABOTA. Brad Powers, president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of ABOTA, which unanimously nominated the judges as co-Jurists of the Year, said: “Both Judge Greer and Judge Whittemore, through their efforts in dealing with the Schiavo case, have distinguished themselves as jurists willing to follow the rule of law in the face of unprecedented pressure from sections of the public, the executive, and legislative branches.” Baumberger “was recognized for his superb reputation of high ethics and fair play.” Pictured from the left are Judge Whittemore, Bill Hahn, FLABOTA president-elect, Baumberger, Judge Greer, and Russomanno. TALLAHASSEE WOMEN LAWYERS celebrated its 25th Anniversary recently with a gala dinner banquet. Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Winifred Sharp, a former FAWL president, gave the keynote address. The 25th Anniversary Award was presented to outgoing Florida Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, a former TWL president. Pictured from the left are Judge Sharp, TWL outgoing President Beth Demme, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, TWL Past President Nina Ashenafi, and Johnson. Members of the Okeechobee County Bar recently met for a tour of the new Okeechobee County Courthouse, which was officially dedicated July 20. Attorneys and judges present included, front row from the left, Jennifer Williamson, Joy Whitney, Judge Shirley Brennan, Okeechobee Bar Association President Elizabeth Maxwell, Magistrate Deborah Hooker, Tamara Starks, and Rebecca Hamilton. Row two, from the left: Robert Huebner, Laura McCall, Devin Maxwell, Carlos Wells, Mary Celidonia, Ed Curren, and Andrew Bowers. Third Row: William Selmi, Judge Sherwood “Chip” Bauer, Jr., John Cassels, Ron Smith, Colin Cameron, Don Richardson, Anthony Young, Jerald Bryant, and Chief Judge William L. Roby. The dedication of the new courthouse was a historic event; the last courthouse to open in Okeechobee was in 1927. The new building contains 80,000 square feet and was completed at a cost of $13.5 million. The crowd that gathered for the dedication heard remarks about the history of the county and its judicial system from retired Judge William Hendry, who grew up steps from the courthouse and whose grandfather was the contractor for the original courthouse built. THE MINORITY CORPORATE COUNSEL ASSOCIATION, an organization that focuses on diversifying the nation’s law firms and corporate law departments, has been awarded the first-ever Freedom to Compete Award issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC presented the award to MCCA recently at a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C., for the organization’s “KAN-Do!” practice — an initiative established by MCCA to encourage advancement of minorities in the workplace. The KAN-Do! practice is a methodology employed by MCCA to offer knowledge, access and networks in order to address barriers to opportunity in recruitment/hiring, retention, and promotion/career advancement. Pictured from the left are Veta Richardson, executive director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and Cari M. Dominguez of the EEOC. ALL 29 SHAREHOLDERS OF DEAN MEAD have become Fellows of The Florida Bar Foundation’s Endowment Trust. “Florida has been good to us,” said Darryl Bloodworth, president of the Orlando-based firm and a former president of the Foundation, as he reflected on his firm’s history. Bloodworth personally recruited 21 of the shareholders; the other eight had already been Fellows. “We were looking for a way to celebrate 25 years,” Bloodworth said. “We wanted to give something back.” The trust was established in 1991 after declining interest rates significantly decreased the amount of legal aid grants. Pictured, from the left, are Greg Lawrence, Lee Chotas, Charlie Egerton, Matt Ahearn, Jane Callahan, and Bloodworth. VOLUNTARY BAR LEADERS from across the state recently gathered in Naples for the 2005 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference that focuses on leadership, fundraising, association management, member benefits, and media relations. The annual conference is coordinated by The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and Florida Council of Bar Executives and gives voluntary bar officers and staff an opportunity to network and discuss problems faced by the attorneys who volunteer as members of the association on a local level. Pictured from the left are Lee County Bar officers Marcy L. Shaw, Paul E. Liles, J. Tom Smoot III, and its executive director Dinah Leach. The Lee County Bar co-hosted the event this year with the Collier County Bar. D. Culver “Skip” Smith , left, recently received the Florida Council of Bar Presidents’ Annual Outstanding Past Voluntary Bar President Award from Vene Hamilton, vice president of the Florida Council of Bar Presidents. Smith, a former member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and past chair of The Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee, was president of the Palm Beach County Bar in 1982. PUT SOMETHING BACK Pro Bono Project staff members, from the left, Eileen Coto, Maria Dopico, Karen Ladis, and Irma Llamosa present a check that represents the free civil legal assistance provided the citizens of Miami-Dade County in the amount of more than $4.1 million, calculated at 23,459 hours of donated pro bono services to the poor at $175 per hour. Jacksonville’s Howard Coker was recently elected president of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, succeeding John DeVault in the post. The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s primary function is to collect and preserve materials relevant to the Florida Supreme Court’s lengthy history. “I think Florida’s Supreme Court has a vital place in history that should be preserved for future generations,” Coker said. “I am honored and delighted to take the post of president of this organization and look forward to continuing this mission and the fine programs the society has established. I also want to support current efforts to continually find ways to increase public access to our Supreme Court.”Sawyer nominated for Tax Section chair-elect August 15, 2005 Regular News BriefsGamot to lead matrimonial lawyers
College fantasy football lives and dies with offense, and Week 11 has several games guaranteed to produce some offensive DFS fireworks. From LSU at Alabama to San Jose State at Hawaii to Iowa State at Oklahoma, there are plenty of great matchups and potential sleepers on this week’s DraftKings slate.Before getting into this week’s picks, just a reminder that if you’re looking for more help setting your season-long or DFS lineups, check out the comprehensive Week 11 college fantasy football rankings at CFBDynasty. Every week, CFBDynasty provides college fantasy football player rankings for each position based on projected fantasy points. Use promo code “sportingnews” to save 25 percent on your membership, which gets you access to all of their exclusive weekly content.WEEK 10 NFL DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP Week 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: QBsBest Start: Jamie Newman, Wake Forest at Virginia Tech ($8,400). Newman returned in Week 10 from a shoulder injury to put up 317 total yards and five TDs in less than three quarters. This week he gets to face a Virginia Tech defense that is giving up more than 400 yards and four TDs per game. That, coupled with a projected 63.5-point over/under, should give Newman plenty of opportunities for another big performance. Best Value: Brock Purdy, Iowa State at Oklahoma ($7,900). Purdy has been somewhat inconsistent this season from a fantasy perspective, ranging from 16 fantasy points in a game all the way up to 55. This week Iowa State goes on the road to take on Oklahoma in Norman. Purdy should have all the work he can handle as the Cyclones try to keep pace with the powerful Sooner offense. Best Sleeper: Kyle Trask, Florida vs Vanderbilt ($6,400). Trask has been very impressive since taking over for the injured Feleipe Franks, averaging 247 passing yards and at least two TDs over the past six games. This week the Gators host SEC rival Vanderbilt, whose defense currently 99th in passing and 103rd in scoring, should not provide much of a hindrance. Trask should be able to put up some big numbers.MORE: CFBDynasty player rankingsWeek 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: RBsBest Start: Max Borghi, Washington State at California ($7,800). Borghi’s all around game is what makes him so valuable, both to the Cougars and fantasy owners. Last week Oregon held Borghi to only 54 rushing yards and one TD on eight carries, but he made up for the lack of rushing by catching eight passes for another 70 yards. This week Washington State goes on the road to take on California, whose early-season defensive dominance has slipped in recent games. Look for Borghi to be used all over the field as one of the Cougars primary offensive weapons. Best Value: Breece Hall, Iowa State at Oklahoma State ($6,800). Since being unleashed in Week 7, Hall has had three straight games with at least 30 fantasy points. This week’s matchup with Oklahoma will be against a much tougher opponent, but Hall’s big-game potential is definitely worth using. The Cyclones have found their bellcow RB and will continue to ride him.Best Sleeper: David Bailey, Boston College vs. Florida State ($4,700). While he is currently stuck behind superstar RB A.J. Dillon, Bailey has still put up solid numbers, including going over 170 yards and two TDs in two of the past three weeks. Boston College loves to pound the footbal,l and this week’s matchup against Florida State’s mediocre run defense will be a great opportunity for both RBs to do just that. Week 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: WRsBest Start: James Proche, SMU vs. East Carolina ($7,300). Proche has been spectacular in the SMU offense this season, scoring double-digit fantasy points in every game this season, including seven games of over 20 fantasy points. The injury to fellow WR Reggie Roberson has increased his usage, and last week Proche took full advantage, turning 13 receptions into 149 yards and a touchdown. He will continue to the Mustangs’ primary target in Week 11 as SMU hosts East Carolina.Best Value: Devin Duvernay, Texas vs. Kansas State ($6,500). Duvernay has been a fantasy monster this season, averaging almost nine receptions for 100 yards and one TD per game. He should have another big game as QB Sam Ehlinger will continue to look his way this week in a tough matchup against Big 12 rival Kansas State. Best Sleeper: Corey Sutton, Appalachian State at South Carolina ($5,200). Sutton has been solid since returning from a two-game suspension to open the season, catching 28 passes for 345 yards and three TDs. The Mountaineers will need a huge game from his this week as they try to keep pace on the road with SEC opponent South Carolina. Look for Appalachian to throw to Sutton early and often.