Midsize law firms upbeat—cautiously—about 2013

By Leigh JonesContactAll Articles – The National Law JournalNovember 8, 2012

The results of a survey The National Law Journal sent to leaders at firms with fewer than 400 attorneys showed that most firms of that size planned to add lawyers—although not many—to their practices. They also expected higher profits per partner.

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Charlie Crist: Rick Scott’s Refusal To Extend Florida Early Voting Is ‘Indefensible’

WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) sharply criticized Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Sunday for his refusal to extend early voting hours in the state as individuals waited for hours in lines at the polls. Read the full story at: Charlie Crist: Rick Scott’s Refusal To Extend Florida Early Voting Is ‘Indefensible’.

Don’t Let Mitt Turn Back Time On Women – YouTube

I try not to post hot button issues but this one has struck a chord with so many women. It is a difficult topic to discuss for everyone because everyone carries polar emotions regarding rape and abortion.  However, an issue that faces not just women but every human being that is involved.  This issue does not belong in elections; it belongs and should remain in our own moral compasses.  The freedom to choose is a basic right of personhood.  The freedom to choose is encompassed in who we are as Americans.  A political circus is not the place to discuss these issues nor is it appropriate to sweep under the rug until the next election.  It is an issue that must be addressed and put to bed so that it does not victimize the innocent.

A child is truly a gift.  However, pregnancy and its termination in the instance of rape is also a gift, a gift of choice.  A gift to never again be a victim of her attacker.  If a victim of rape “decides” to bring her child into the world, it should be her choice and no one else’s.  That choice also comes with a terrifying result, which sentences the victim and the unwitting child to a parent relationship with her attacker. Sexual crimes are horrible and the history of sexual offenders prove they do not stop at just one attack.  Soon the child will be a victim of the same attacker if mandated to be a parent to his victim’s child.

I certainly would not want my child to have any kind of relationship with a sexual offender.  Yet family courts, still struggle with this issue and have not found a balance (perhaps, in these cases there is no balance to be made).  Nonetheless, the attacker is a father and with that status comes fatherly rights and obligations.  However, to remove a father from his parental status, the mother of such a child must re-live her sexual attack over and over throughout a long process of family court.  The mother is victimized not just once but over and over and over again.  The mother is sentenced to life of constant contact with her attacker.  The attacker is sentenced to be a father who can now use and victimize his own child to use as a weapon against the mother or worse.

Yes.  This issue is a hot button issue but it is also an issue no one can afford to ignore!

Don’t Let Mitt Turn Back Time On Women – YouTube.

This is My Brain

If one could view the inside of my head this is what one would see.   A random organization of non-fiction and fiction perfectly stacked in an ordered chaos.  After four years in undergraduate school and three years of law school, I have accumulated the “Great Wall of China Books” that now surround me.  Buried somewhere in this wall are memories, both good and bad, of wonderful friends and long classes.  The thoughts of great writers with expressions of knowledge that motive and inspire will forever remain in ink waiting for me to re-explore.  My beloved books are a reminder of the great achievements I have made in the last seven years, not to mention the huge student loan debt that is equally voluminous.

This picture seems to be the most appropriate expression of me.

Picture published at Rt.com, Merger of Penguin and Random House creates world’s biggest publisher, Published: 29 October, 2012, 17:32, http://on.rt.com/ea5bpf, Retrieved October 31, 2012.

Ashley Toye – Cash Feenz case update

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Ashley Toye, the girlfriend of Cash Feenz ringleader Kemar Johnson, had her motion for new sentence considered, and denied a few days ago.  I missed the hearing, unfortunately, but Matt Grant from Fox4 news was there with the details.  Ms. Toye’s case is interesting, as she was a juvenile at the time of the offense, and was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence, in spite of the fact that she was not involved in the actual killing.  Recent Supreme Court decisions cast that automatic life sentence into doubt.  However, a judge in Miami has ruled that the ruling is not retroactive, and Ms. Toye’s judge ruled that the sentence would stand.  Ms. Toye’s attorney, Stu Pepper, intends to continue trying to get her sentence reconsidered.

Off the cuff, it strikes me that even if the ruling isn’t retroactive, it would still hold that if the sentence was unconstitutional, Ms. Toye’s sentence would…

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Breaking down Amendment 1

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It is one of the most controversial Supreme Court rulings made this year. In June the Affordable Care Act, also referred to by others as “ObamaCare,” became law.
It requires every American to have health care by 2014, and it’s a decision that disappointed voters like Rachel Eddy. “I like that everybody can choose for themselves what they like instead of being told what they need,” said Eddy.   But this November, Florida voters will have their chance to vote against it. “This amendment, in essence, would be Florida’s statement that we do not want to be under the Affordable Care Act,” said law professor, Alan Williams.
To read the full story…Breaking down Amendment 1.

Mary Cosmo

I am a 3L visiting student at Ave Maria Law School in Naples, Florida. My home school is Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.  As a Floridian who grew up in rural Pioneer Plantation in Hendry County and involved with 4-H for most of my youth, I am inspired each day by the continuity of my community.  I chose to spend my 3L year in the South West Florida area to strengthen my connection to my home community. After being away from home for my first two years of law school I am truly blessed to be able to spend my last year of law school at home. After graduation, I plan to take the Florida Bar and practice in South West Florida. As a native Floridian and future Florida attorney, I hope to serve the people of South West Florida with the legal competence and integrity Floridians have come to expect.

The first question I am often asked is “Mary, what kind of law would you like to practice?” I still have not perfected an answer to this question because I have so many interests: Land Use Planning, Real Property, Intellectual Property, Family, Consumer, and Criminal Law. Whichever path I choose I am determined to make a difference.

I was drawn to study law during my undergraduate studies at Hodges University.  It was FP&L’s proposal of a coal-fired power plant in my back yard that first sparked my interest, which would have been the largest coal power plant in the United States.  The proposed site was to be in the headwaters to the Everglades, which is already suffering clean water woes.  What began as a research project soon turned into a community standing together to protect their community.  After the Public Service Commission hearing on the impacts of the proposed site, Florida’s rail road infrastructure that would have to be upgraded, the exponential consumer funding for a plant that has yet to be built, and the additional water usage from an already strained water supply (just to mention a few issues) the commission denied FP&L’s application.  Although, I do not consider myself to be an extreme environmentalist, I did learn a great deal about our legal process.  In addition, I realized the important things in life should not be taken for granted. Especially the simple necessities of life like: drinking clean water, eating healthy foods, breathing fresh air and most of all the accessibility to information and the legal process that makes for an informed community and a strong democratic society.

My interests do not stop at environmental and Land Use planning.  I am a creative person at heart, which leads me to the study of intellectual property. Our thoughts, likeness, and creations must be protected to preserve the sense of self, integrity, and personhood.

As a single mother, I am also interested in family law.  I know how sensitive, heartbreaking, and downright important it is to have an attorney who is willing to protect parental rights.  The rights of kids are often limited, in the midst of domestic chaos, which can make a bad situation worse.  However, the right attorney can make a difference by making a bad situation better by always focusing on the best interest of the child.

Consumer and Criminal law has also been a driving force behind my studies.  I feel everyone should at least know there rights and how to protect them. On the civil side, consumers need to be protected and consumer protection laws should be enforced. These laws are enacted for the protection of consumers yet the first advice you hear in legal advertisements when a consumer is being sued for default is to file bankruptcy.  When in fact, there may be other remedies for the consumer that may be a better choice for the consumer in the end.  On the Criminal side, who doesn’t want to be protected by the laws of our society?  Victims deserve justice and the criminals deserve to have a fair trial.

At the end of the day, I am pursuing a legal career to make a difference whether it is in civil or criminal matters.  I aspire to do so with the legal competence and integrity Floridians have come to expect.

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