April 1, 2006 News & Notes News and Notes Dennis J. Olle of Adorno & Yoss was re-elected president of the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. Elizabeth M. Hernandez of Coral Gables and Rafael E. Suarez- Rivas of Miami presented the “What You Need to Know about Public Records and Open Meeting Laws” in a legal seminar held in Miami. W. Trent Steele of West Palm Beach was named chair of the Foundation for Comprehensive Community Care’s “Share the Health” campaign to establish a private, nonprofit community health center in Palm Beach County. Peter M. Feaman of Hodgson Russ in Boca Raton was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Palm Beach County Zoning Commission. Michael Joblove of Genovese Joblove & Battista in Miami was appointed to the board of the International Franchise Association’s Council of Forum Suppliers. Renee Goldenberg has written a two-volume book, Florida Family Law & Practice, published by James Publishing, Inc. Jennifer A. Geiser of Fowler White Boggs Banker in West Palm Beach was invited to serve on the Wilkes Honors College Advisory Board as an alumni representative. Geiser also founded the Wilkes Honors College Alumni Society Tom Scarritt of Scarritt Law Group in Tampa was a featured speaker at an ethics seminar in Tampa. His topic was the purpose and function of the Florida Commission on Ethics and Hillsborough County Judicial Campaign Practices Committee. Melanie Emmons Damian of Damian Valori in Miami is scheduled to lecture at the ABA’s third annual “Institute for the Young Business Lawyer” at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa. Robert A. Schatzman of Adorno & Yoss in Coral Gables was elected president of Temple Beth Am. Stephen G. Charpentier of Childress & Charpentier in Melbourne presented remarks at the dedication ceremony of the historic Titusville courthouse named in honor of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Vasser B. Carlton. Michael J. Higer was reappointed to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. Brian F. Spector of Kenny Nachwalter’s Miami office has become firm counsel and adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, and is devoting his practice to serving as a mediator, arbitrator and expert witness in professional responsibility and liability matters Margaret Ioannides of Austin, TX, and Jacksonville was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Austin. Michael C. Gongora of Becker & Poliakoff in Miami has been elected president of the Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board for 2006. Gongora was also appointed to the City of Miami Beach condominium Reform Task Force. Debora J. Turner of the Miami Beach City Attorney’s Office spoke at the Real Estate Law, Negotiations, and Approvals course at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. The topic was Property Rights Law (Bert J. Harris Act). Michele D. Morales of Cole, Scott & Kissane served as a faculty presenter in Orlando and Miami for a seminar on nursing home negligence in Florida offered by Lorman Education Services. Jeffrey S. Badgley was a speaker at a seminar called “Jury Selection in Florida” hosted by Lorman Education Services. His topic was “Jury Selection: What You Can and Can’t Do.” Franklin R. Harrison of Panama City was elected to the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Carlton Fields has established the Snow Community Service Award which recognizes attorneys at Carlton Fields who provide exemplary service to charitable or civic organizations within their community. The award is named in honor of former president and CEO, Thomas A. Snow. Anthony “Tony” Upshaw, a partner in Adorno & Yoss’ Miami office, has been elected to the ABA Board of Governors; his three-year term will begin in August. Latour “LT” Lafferty, a shareholder at Fowler White Boggs Banker’s Tampa office, has been certified in Health Care Corporate Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association. Lafferty practices in the firm’s health care and white collar crime practice groups. Glen J. Torcivia of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates in West Palm Beach presented a case study of local government law for Barry University’s Master’s in Public Administration course. Lara Donlon of Glen J. Torcivia & Associates in West Palm Beach earned certification as a senior professional in human resources awarded by the human resource certification institute. Hugh A. Richeson, Jr., of Florin Roebig in Palm Harbor was elected to the board of directors of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay. Christine D. Hanley of Christine D. Hanley & Associates in West Palm Beach presented “Employment Law: Boys & Girls Club Work in this Generation of Litigation” at a conference in Destin. Christian D. “Chris” Searcy of Searcy Denny Scarola Barnhart & Shipley received the 2006 War Horse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. The award was presented to Searcy and another recipient at the organization’s annual banquet in New Orleans. S. Brent Spain of Theriaque Vorbeck & Spain’s Orlando office presented “Basic Foundational Principles of Easements” and “Enforcement of Easements and Effectively Resolving Easement Disputes” at a seminar hosted by the National Business Institute in Orlando. Michael J. Keller of Lott & Friedland’s Ft. Lauderdale office chaired the Biodeals/ Licensing Executives Society track of the Annual BioFlorida meeting in West Palm Beach and spoke on “Identifying Partners.” Carlos A. Lacasa of Ruden McCloskey’s Miami office was recently appointed by Comptroller Tom Gallagher to serve on the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Lacasa is a member of the firm’s Administrative and Governmental practice group. April 1, 2006 News and Notes
NINE years after serving as president of the Lusignan Golf Club, veteran golfer Hilbert Shields has once again been given the mandate to head the club.Shields and his team of experienced executives are hoping to “guide the club out of its administrative rough”, according to newly elected PRO William Walker.The new executive members were elected at the club’s Annual General Meeting last Saturday in the East Coast community.Brian Hackett, another former president, will serve as vice-president, while Brian Glasford was elected as captain, a position he previously held.Guy Griffith has agreed to stay on as secretary to assist in the transition, while the experienced Esau Shamshudin will serve as the assistant secretary/treasurer. Anand Persaud was elected as treasurer with Deanand Bissessar set to serve as ground superintendent.In his official address, Shields encouraged the players to get involved by joining committees which he plans to establish in the coming months.He also thanked outgoing president Oncar Ramroop for his service.
A mystery more than 87 years in the making has returned to the small screen hoping to unravel the character at its core. The episode opens with a thrilling sequence depicting the kidnapping that catalyzes the events of the story. Establishing the events and likely clues that will resurface later in the series, the opening also introduces the Dodson family. Charlie Dodson, the kidnapped baby, is seemingly returned to his parents, Matthew (Nate Corddry) and Emily (Gayle Rankin). The scene concludes with both parents discovering their child dead. After the opening unequivocally sets the tone for a “not your grandfather’s ‘Perry Mason,’” the titular character (Matthew Rhys) and his partner Pete Strickland (Shea Whigham) help to expose the seedy underbelly of 1930s L.A. The series was originally conceived with Robert Downey Jr. in the nominal role, and thankfully Rhys eschews Downey Jr.’s glibness for a sufficiently damaged and unsmiling performance that calls back to the character’s past traumas as a World War I veteran and a father separated from his 9-year-old son. Veronica Falcón is far and away the standout of the episode in her two scenes as Lupe, Mason’s lover and the manager of the airstrip adjacent to the Mason family dairy farm. Lupe adds levity and humanity to the detective, and she would be vastly underused if her only role is as the “on-and-off” lover from next door. In the limited series’ premiere episode, “Chapter One,” a sprawling eight-episode story begins to take shape. Set in 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, L.A. stands as the lone center of excess in a nation rocked by economic hardship. The city is largely protected by its prosperous film industry, a boom in oil production and upcoming role as the host city for the 1932 Summer Olympics. But despite the city’s secure financial footing, it is morally bankrupt. HBO’s limited miniseries “Perry Mason” debuted Sunday and is the fourth television iteration of Erlie Stanley Gardner’s detective fiction novels first published in 1933. A crime has been committed, and downtrodden private investigator Perry Mason’s hope for the world is fading into a Depression-era Los Angeles filled with greed, excess and evil. Despite this pessimistic outlook, Mason is drawn into a kidnapping case plaguing the city with its shocking depravity. The best part of the episode and what looks to be the remainder of the series is the show’s technical quality. Director Tim Van Patten grounds the episode in its tone with a neo-noir direction reminiscent of “True Detective,” or even lighter shows such as “Veronica Mars.” Employing interesting angles, Van Patten often frames Mason in a manner that complements the simplistic written narrative of Mason as a “man against the world.” Production design also works in the show’s favor; the $75 million budget is evident in the total re-creation of 1930s L.A. Necessary for the opening episode, an impressive array of actors smoothly and quickly interact with each other throughout the scenes. The errand-like nature of the first episode would usually seem dry and at times is, but it’s improved by the natural way the characters interact. (Photo courtesy of IMDb) As an HBO premiere episode, Perry Mason largely works. The mood, characters and mystery are established, hooking viewers for the rest of the season. But as a series attempting to break new ground, Perry Mason falls flat — so far. Updating the classic source material by adding mature content and throwing a sheen of money on it is not enough to differentiate the series from the slew of existing ones that center on a man fighting against a world in which “everybody’s got an angle, and everybody’s guilty,” as Mason describes it.