MADRID (AP) — A court in Catalonia has confirmed that an upcoming vote to choose the northeastern Spanish region’s new parliament and replace the government will take place in two weeks as scheduled. Catalonia’s High Court on Friday overturned an order with which the regional government, citing a high prevalence of coronavirus contagion, had wanted to push the election to the end of May. Campaigning officially began Friday with parties holding odd events surrounded by very few supporters live-streamed on social media. Eight politicians and activists imprisoned after a failed 2017 push for Catalan independence will be allowed to take part in campaigning but will need to return to prison each day.
Briefs Briefs Stetson U. bankruptcy seminar set for December in Clearwater Stetson University College of Law will present its 27th Annual Bankruptcy Law and Practice seminar December 5-7 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater. “This seminar is designed for all lawyers who want to maintain bankruptcy as their field of expertise, as well as lawyers who encounter bankruptcy issues in their practice,” said Jan Majewski, assistant dean for Stetson’s part-time studies and continuing legal education. The seminar will feature experts in the field of bankruptcy. Alexander L. Paskay, chief bankruptcy judge emeritus of the Middle District of Florida, will chair the seminar. Featured sessions include: • Recent Bankruptcy Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tax Issues. • The Effects of Bankruptcy on Matrimonial Issues. • Lawyer’s Obligation to Disclose Client Misconduct. • Ethics and Negotiation. • Recent Developments in Chapter 13: §524; Effect of Discharger and Reaffirmation Agreements; §525; Protection Against Discriminatory Treatment; Effect of Violation of Discharge Injunction. • Jurisdiction, Venue and Appeals. If Congress passes the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2002, additional sessions will be added to address the new legislation. The special session is slated for December 5 from 9 a.m. until noon. Topics will include; • Title I: Needs-Based Bankruptcy. • Title II, Subtitles A, B. and C: Enhanced Consumer Protection. Electronic Case Filing & Case Management, a special pre-conference workshop will be held on December 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. As a pre-cursor to the bankruptcy seminar, Stetson University College of Law will also host its annual Primer on Bankruptcy at its Gulfport campus on November 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This basic level workshop is designed for attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants who would like to become familiar with the operations of the bankruptcy court. To register for the Primer on Bankruptcy or the 27th Annual Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, call Stetson University College of Law Continuing Legal Education Office at (727) 562-7830 or visit www.law.stetson.edu/cle. Shea named FDLA president Valerie Shea has been elected president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and is the first woman elected to lead the more than 1,000-member organization. The Florida Defense Lawyers Association was formed in 1967 to represent the interests of lawyers in private practice, as well as those employed by public agencies and private corporations, who concentrate their practices defending clients in civil litigation matters. In addition to her long-time involvement in the FDLA, she is a member of the Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the Broward County Bar, the ABA, the Defense Research Institute, and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Brown to lead Orange County YLS Yvette Rodriguez Brown was recently sworn in as president of the Orange County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. Brown has been active with the section since relocating to Orlando in 1996. During the first half of the year, she will focus her efforts on obtaining necessary items, gifts, and monetary donations for the wards who are a part of the Seniors First Guardianship Department. During the second half of her term, she will have a book drive to collect books for children in Orlando’s local Head Start program. Brown also sits on the board of trustees for the Legal Aid Society and has chaired the society’s fundraising auction for the last two years. She also is serving her third term on the board of directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and the OCBA Foundation. McEwen to lead Tampa Bankruptcy Bar The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association recently elected Catherine Peek McEwen as its new president. Other officers include John J. Lamoureux, vice president/president-elect; Edwin G. Rice, secretary; Julia Sullivan Waters, treasurer; and Zala L. Forizs, chair/immediate past president. Also sitting on the board of directors are Cynthia A. Burnette, Herbert R. Donica, W. Keith Fendrick, F. Lorraine Jahn, Donald R. Kirk, Scott A. Stichter, David J. Tong, and William K. Zewadski. Eidson elected ATLA’s national treasurer Mike Eidson was recently elected treasurer of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America at its annual convention held in Atlanta. ATLA, with 59,000 members, is located in Washington, D.C., and is associated with state trial lawyer organizations throughout the United States. “I have been proud to serve as an ATLA leader on the Board of Governors, on the Executive Committee and as an officer,” Eidson said. “In my 25 years as a member, I have watched ATLA grow in influence and effectiveness through the hard work of its members and strong, visionary leaders. ATLA works tirelessly to protect and preserve the rights of all individuals to seek full justice in the courts of this country when they are injured by wrongdoers.” Nova wins Zehmer moot court competition Alex Brown and Jared Spingarn, second year law students and members of the Moot Court Honor Society at Nova Southeastern University, were awarded first place at this year’s E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition – Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference. Coached by NSU law professor Linda Harrison and workers’ comp attorney Ellen Tiles, Brown and Spingarn presented oral arguments and submitted written briefs for the competition. They argued round after round against teams from all of Florida’s law schools, including the University of Miami and the University of Florida. These preliminary rounds were argued before three-panel judges, consisting of workers’ compensation judges and appellate attorneys. The team met Florida State University during the final round, where they argued before a panel of judges of the First District Court of Appeal. After winning this round, they were officially crowned as the Best Oral Advocate Team among all participant teams. Brown also was named the Best Oral Advocate. November 1, 2002 Regular News