Congratulations to the Miami Human Rights Clinic

Right from the press release: International Commission Finds United States Denied Justice to Domestic Violence Survivor. Also check the ACLU page on the case. Congratulations to my colleague Carrie Bettinger-Lopez and all the students who worked on this case over many, many years. Phenomenal effort by many, on a huge scale.

FACC Stands Against NACC Certification, Just to Spite GAL Program

The background is this: NACC is looking to set up certification programs for counsel working with children across the country. This includes GALs, AALs, government attorneys, and even parents' attorneys. The plus sides are obvious: baseline education and training requirements, elevation of the profession to something worthy of requiring special expertise (which it is), and …

City of Orlando v. Pineiro: What not to Say in Closing Argument

City of Orlando v. Pineiro --- So.3d ----, 2011 WL 3359613 Fla.App. 5 Dist.,2011. August 05, 2011 (Approx. 7 pages) My honest thanks to the Fifth DCA for publishing a whole opinion on improper closing argument. My tongue-in-cheek thanks to anonymous counsel for making it possible. Improper arguments covered in the opinion include: golden rule …

C.L v. DCF: Default 101

C.L. v. Florida Dept. of Children and Families --- So.3d ----, 2011 WL 3341490 Fla.App. 1 Dist.,2011. August 04, 2011 (Approx. 1 page) Default 101: You can't default someone who tells you in advance they can't be at the hearing for financial reasons. REVERSED.