Elizabeth White has been selected to join the Chester Bedell Inn of Court as a Master. The American Inns of Court, modeled after their English counterparts, were implemented to promote professionalism, ethical conduct and competent advocacy among lawyers. The Chester Bedell Inn of Court was the first Inn established in Florida and the fourteenth in the nation. For the past three years, it has achieved platinum status, the highest level of recognition available.
BREAKING NEWS! We have just learned that our clients have successfully challenged the same sex marriage ban in Florida. Judge Hinkle issued his 33 page opinion, today, declaring Florida's ban to be unconstitutional. In doing so he noted, " To paraphrase a civil-rights leader from the age when interracial marriage was first struck down, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice." In the words of Leonard Cohen, "hallelujah!"
Section 760.065, Florida Statutes, creates the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Recently, the Florida Commission on Human Relations has selected its top nominees for induction and has forwarded those names to the Governor for consideration. Mr. Sheppard is humbled to have been selected for nomination for this honor, especially since this is the inaugural year of the award.
I am often asked why so many criminal defense attorneys oppose the death penalty. Beside the fact that the death penalty is grossly ineffective, with the cost of capital litigation far exceeding that of imprisonment for life, defense practitioners see up close and personal the individuals who ultimately receive a sentence of death. The poor, the disenfranchised, those unable to obtain adequate legal representation are the disproportionate "beneficiaries" of the death penalty lottery.
Sheppard, White and Kachergus, P.A. proudly announces the addition of Jonathan Graessle to the firm. Mr. Graessle joined the firm in 2013, after clerking with the firm every summer during law school. Mr. Graessle graduated from the Bolles School in 2005. A "Double Gator," he attended the University of Florida, as a Florida Academic Scholar, where he earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, in political science. He also received a certificate in public leadership from the Bob Graham Center. He then earned his law degree, again with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law.
Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. wasn't sure he would be in a position to make a difference in the world while growing up on Jacksonville's Eastside, but a law career filled with historic firsts has changed his mind. His life has been illustrated in the film "Conversations on Catfish, Courtrooms, and Change: The Life and Times of Henry Lee Adams, Jr.," which was shown during The Jacksonville Bar Association meeting Tuesday as a part of its Diversity Week 2012 program.