October 15, 2004 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Jennifer E. Zakin of Pratt & Bucher, LLP, recently spoke at the Palm Beach Tax Institute’s meeting in West Palm Beach. Zakin’s topic was, “The Anatomy of the New Federal Gift Tax Return.” Deborah Martohue of Hayes & Martohue, P.A., in St. Petersburg, has been elected city commissioner of St. Pete Beach, and was appointed to the Pinellas Planning Council. Ms. Martohue was also recently appointed as a member of the Transportation and Urban Administration Policy Committee of the Florida League of Cities. J.B. Harris, of Motley Rice, LLC, addressed the 41st General Convention of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association in Chicago. Harris lectured about how the efforts of unions have improved working conditions. Jason E. Havens of Havens & Miller, PLLC, is a co-founding member of the Estate Planning Council of the Emerald Coast, Inc. Neale J. Poller of Camer, Lipsitz & Poller, P.A., in Coral Gables was recently elected to the office of president elect of the Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association, and will sit on its Legislative Advocacy Committee. Carolyn House Stewart of Macfarlane, Ferguson, and McMullen, in Tampa, has been re-elected National Secretary of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Debra Lyn Bassett of Florida State University has been appointed the Fuller & Myers Professor of Law. Linda Conahan of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Jim Messer of Fonvielle, Lewis, Foote & Messer in Tallahassee received the “Silver Eagle” Award from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Lyndel Anne Mason of Zimmerman, Kiser, and Sutcliffe, P.A., in Orlando appeared as guest lecturer in the new Bankruptcy Clinic at Florida A&M University’s Law School. Mason lectured on the subject of “A Secured Creditors Perspective in Consumer Bankruptcy.” James J. Evangelista with Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa has been appointed vice-chair of the Casualty Committee for the International Association of Defense Council. Thomas A. Sadaka, of Berger Singerman, in Ft. Lauderdale, spoke to the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, addressing issues related to identity theft, computer-based fraud schemes, and information security. Richard McFarlain of McFarlain & Cassedy, P.A., in Tallahassee has been elected to a second, two-year term as chair of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. First District Court of Appeals Judge James Wolfe also was elected vice-chair of the JQC. R. Joel Weiss of Hollywood has been appointed to the advisory board of The Sterling Aventura, an assisted living community in Aventura. Larry Kunin, a partner with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, in Atlanta, recently spoke at the Mealey’s E-Discovery Conference in Washington, D.C., on “Cost Shifting Issues in E-Discovery.” Jeff D. Vastola of The Law Offices of Jeff D. Vastola in West Palm Beach has been re-elected as president of the board of directors for the Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation. Andrew Yaffa of Grossman and Roth was recently elected to the board of directors for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Eric A Gordon, a partner of Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, has been named co-chair of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee. Howard Rosenblatt of Gainesville was recently named the Selective Service Region II Board Member of the Year. Timothy L. Bailey, of Bailey and Bailey, P.A., in Pompano Beach, was elected chair of the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Lee B. Gordon, of Palm Beach, has been named 2003-2004 Rotarian of the Year by the Palm Beach/Flagler Rotary Club. Gregory C. Harrell, of Ferrell, Schultz, Carter, and Fertel, P.A., in Miami, wrote the 2004 pocket part to J. Allison DeFoor’s and Thomas G. Schultz’s Florida Civil Procedure Forms. Guilene F. Theodore, of Ruden McClosky, in Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Haiti Advisory Group. Rhea F. Law, president of Fowler White Boggs Banker, was named Business Woman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Deloitte, MacDill Federal Credit Union, University of Phoenix, and Verizon. David Pratt of Pratt & Bucher, LLP, was a presenter at the ALI-ABA course on basic estate and gift taxation and planning in Chicago. Pratt presented on property owned by the decedent and jointly owned property. David M. Doney of Fowler White Boggs Banker has been selected to participate in the 2005 Class of Leadership in Tampa. Doney was also appointed to the board of visitors of The Bolles School in Jacksonville. Rafael Gonzalez of Barrs, Williamson, Stolberg, Townsend and Gonzalez, P.A., in Tampa was awarded membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance. Gonzalez also made presentations at the Florida Workers’ Advocates Educational Conference, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, and the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute Educational Conference. Mercer K. Clarke of Clarke, Silverglate & Campbell was appointed chair of the Drug, Device, and Biotech Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel, for which he will serve a one-year term. Rebekah Poston and several others from Steel, Hector & Davis in Miami raised over $4,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They were “arrested,” and served time in a mock jail; colleagues made their bail by making donations. Jeanne L. Seewald, of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Naples, introduced U.S. District Judge of Arkansas, the Honorable J. Leon Holmes, at his investiture in Little Rock, AR. Steven G. Schember, of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, in Tampa, has been named to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. James G. Sammataro, of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami, published How to Avoid Reel Legal Problems: A Film-Making and Multi-Media Legal Guide. Evett Simmons of Ruden McClosky was appointed chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession, for a one-year term, by the president of the American Bar Association. Michael J. Appleton of Appleton Law Offices, P.A., in Orlando recently lectured on “Breach of Fiduciary Duties” at the Business Litigation in Florida seminar. Kenneth L. Frankel of Hodgson Russ, LLP, was a member of the team selected to monitor Venezuela’s August 15 constitutional recall election. Members were organized by the Carter Center and the Organization of American States. David Sacks of Pathman Lewis, LLP, in Miami, spoke at the Women’s Council of Realtors luncheon. Sacks’ presentation included addressing issues and opportunities involving the development of properties with environmental contamination, the use of environmental insurance in real estate transactions, as well as the utilization of the Brownfield Redevelopment Act. Mark Eiglarsh of Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Raben, Waxman & Eiglarsh, P.A., in Miami was the featured speaker at a kickoff event for the United Way campaign. Eiglarsh spoke about mentoring at-risk children. Eunice Tall Baros, an assistant public defender in Palm Beach County, has been selected as the founding president of the Nova Southeastern University Law School’s Alumni Chapter. Lyndel Anne Mason, of Zimmerman, Kiser, and Sutcliffe, P.A., in Orlando, appeared as guest lecturer in the new Bankruptcy Clinic at Florida A&M University’s Law School. Mason lectured on the subject of “A Secured Creditors Perspective in Consumer Bankruptcy.” Barbara Perez, of Aronovitz Trial Lawyers, in Miami, was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Dade County Bar Association. Linda Bridges, of the Department of Revenue, has been named director of the Technical Assistance and Dispute Resolution unit of the Florida Department of Revenue. Gary Resnick, of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, Pastoriza, Guedes, Cole & Boniske, made a presentation at the Florida League of Cities’ Annual Conference in Hollywood entitled, “Utility Services: What is a City to Do?” October 15, 2004 News & Notes October 15, 2004 News and Noteslast_img read more

Bonsignore: If anybody can help D’Angelo Russell it’s Kobe Bryant

first_imgIf not, well, the already dark road the Lakers are traveling might take a sharp turn into a ditch so deep it’ll be years before they safely emerge.Russell, all of 20 years old, thought it would be a funny prank to tape teammate Nick Young while asking him some leading questions about his personal life. Young, unaware he was being filmed, fell into the trap. And in the process, disclosed some titillating tidbits about his life off the court.Two major problems: First, Young is currently engaged to be married. Second, the video ended up surfacing on a gossip site for everyone to see.Including Young’s fiancée, pop star Iggy Azalea.And of course, Russell’s teammates are reacting as anyone might after such an egregious breach of trust occurs among friends, family members or co-workers.By throwing up the one-finger salute in Russell’s direction and telling him to take a hike.His Lakers teammates want no part of him, and have sentenced him to isolated confinement in the locker room and everywhere else.This goes beyond just anger and dislike.Russell broke all sorts of rules — and not just professional athlete rules, either.No matter what you think about a co-worker or friend’s lifestyle, you simply don’t publicly air their laundry. It’s not your business, place or duty. Period.And no matter how innocent or funny you might think a prank is, you damn sure better be careful enough keep it between you and the intended target.Russell is wrong on all levels. And he deserves the repercussions.But there is another issue in play, and it has to do with making sure the stupidity of youth doesn’t derail the future of the Lakers.Which is where Kobe Bryant comes in.It would be different if Russell was some seasoned veteran who should know better. The reality is, he’s just an immature kid.That doesn’t excuse him for what he did, but it should buy him a little bit of wiggle room as he attempts to regain some of the trust he’s lost.No one knows more than Bryant the fine line that exists in the confined work environment of a professional locker room. He’s been both the victim and the culprit of breaches of trust — both in airing a teammate’s infidelities and having his own laundry exposed by his head coach. But he eventually survived the locker room rift he created by disclosing some details of Shaquille O’Neal’s personal life to a couple of Colorado police officers — and won back the trust of his teammates in the process.He forgave Phil Jackson for throwing him under the bus in an infamous book and went on to win two more NBA titles under Jackson.These are life lessons Bryant can point to in paving a path of forgiveness, on which Russell can walk back into the good graces of his teammates.Bryant can’t entirely squash what happened — it’s much too soon for that — but he can call upon the young Lakers to see the bigger picture. Russell is a huge part of the Lakers’ future, as are at least three of his teammates. They need to move past this. They need to coexist. On and off the court.They don’t have to like each other. But they do have to function with one another.Russell made a stupid mistake, but if it was one of pure ignorance in a silly attempt for a laugh, it shouldn’t be his Lakers death sentence.Only one person in the Lakers family has enough clout and respect to deliver that message, and make sure it’s heeded.If Kobe has one last big shot in him, it has to be this. At the risk of interrupting Kobe Bryant’s touching and nostalgic farewell tour, or heaping one last assignment on his desk before he dribbles into a blissful retirement, it looks like we have to lean on him one final time to save the day.If the stakes weren’t so high or the long-range implications not so daunting, we wouldn’t bother him so close to the finish line.Kobe should be eyeing some private island right now. Or a lush golf course. Or his beloved Italy.Not being asked to clean up the mess of the bunch of adolescents with whom he shares the Lakers locker room. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img But I’m not gonna lie, Mamba. The Lakers need you in the worst possible way.So if you have one last big shot in you, right about now would be the time to launch it.The would-be future face of the franchise dove head-first into a vat of hot water, and the seething eyes of every one of his teammates stare angrily at him hoping he boils in his own ignorance.At this point, you are probably the only person in the Lakers family with enough clout and respect to reach an arm out and pull D’Angelo Russell from the mess he’s created.• RELATED: D’Angelo Russell losing Lakers teammates’ support amid video controversylast_img read more