This video features a scene from the movie Fins, which argues against Shark finning and arguing how the sharks very existence keeps oxygen flowing on our planet. 74% of earth's oxygen is created from plankton. If all the sharks are killed for shark fin soup, then smaller fish down the food chain that eat plankton will over populate and devour all the plankton. See "FINS" this summer 2010-Incredible performances by Tom Riska, Teresa Arnold-Simmons, Bill Sheppard, Javier Garcia-Bengochea, M.D.
Recently Sheppard, White & Kachergus was featured in the Folio Weekly because of their involvement with a civil rights case. Bryan DeMaggio works with Sheppard, White & Kachergus and was the lead attorney on a civil rights case. DeMaggio represented Leroy Mobley, 65 in July of 2012. Mobley was with a few of his friends around 11:45 on July night 2010 when they pulled up to a convenience store that appeared to be open but had the doors locked. Mobley and his assumed that the store was closing but could see white customers inside. When he was leaving the store one of Mobley's friends yelled that the clerk had let them inside so Mobley turned around to head back into the store only to realize that the clerk had locked him out. He quickly contacted Sheppard, White & Kachergus, knowing their work with civil rights. To learn more about the following proceedings, read more here.
The documentary opened on the old Duval County, Fla., Courthouse. Henry Lee Adams Jr., the first African-American federal judge in Florida, narrated his own story.
A motion for post conviction relief is typically a defendant's last resort for attempting to overturn a criminal conviction. It could also be a last effort to be released from prison after direct appeal of the person's criminal case has been denied or not been effective. Typical grounds for one seeking post conviction relief could include:
How many lawyers get to walk into a courtroom and say, "Judge, I'm here to fight for the right to party."? That's just what happened in 1987, when I represented the Beastie Boys in federal district court in Jacksonville. The Boys were touring the country with Run DMC as part of "Licensed to Ill" tour. One of the props on that tour was a 20 foot inflatable penis that, along, with the caged dancers, was a real crowd pleaser.
Many people mistakenly believe that if a police officer smells marijuana coming from their vehicle, it's game over and time to plead guilty.
In celebration of Black History Month, The Jacksonville Bar Association lunch meeting Tuesday featured a viewing of the documentary "Conversations on Catfish, Courtrooms, and Change: The Life and Times of Henry Lee Adams, Jr." The film detailed the creation of what is believed to be the first integrated law firm in Florida - Sheppard, Fletcher, Hand & Adams. It has been entered in the Amelia Island Film Festival Thursday-Sunday. Pictured from left, William Sheppard, Jack Hand, Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Lyman Fletcher and Circuit Judge Hugh Carithers, who was a partner in the firm. Adams was the first African-American judge in the Fourth Circuit, the first African-American U.S. District judge in the Middle District of Florida, appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, and the first African-American Senior U.S. District judge in the state.
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.