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Thursday, March 12, 2015
GOV. SCOTT PICKS TWO NEW JUDGES .....
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
AND YOUR TWO NEW COUNTY COURT JUDGES ARE ......
Late this afternoon, Governor Scott chose two new Miami-Dade County Court Judges.
LAURA ANNE STUZIN, replaces Judge Rudy Ruiz. She has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1994. She joined the State Attorney's Office that year and spent four years as an ASA here in Miami. She then spent two years working for Coffey, Diaz, & O'Naghten before joining heavyweight Rumberger, Kirk in 1999. She has been with that firm for the past 15 years. She currently practices in the areas of casualty defense, criminal defense, construction defect, professional liability and product liability.
According to Rumberger Kirk's web site, it states: "With more than nineteen years of experience, Laura’s practice includes representing clients in premises liability matters involving claims of slip and fall, general negligence, inadequate security and malicious prosecution in cases seeking damages for personal injury, wrongful death and damage to personal and real property and criminal defense. Laura also practices in catastrophic casualty defense which involves handling claims related to the operation and safety of commercial trucking equipment. She has represented clients throughout Florida in general casualty defense including automobile accidents, trucking accidents and other casualty claims involving catastrophic loss and wrongful death."
DIANA VIZCAINO, replaces Judge Gladys Perez. She has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2000. Like Stuzin, she began her career as an ASA in Miami and she spent five years with that office. She then joined Boyd, Mustelier, Smith and Parker for two years and then the U.S. EEOC for one year. In 2008, she took a job as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami where she has spent the past seven years.
According to the Miami City Attorney's web site, it states that Vizcaino : "is currently the Division Chief of the Labor & Employment Division. Ms. Vizcaino represents the City in employment litigation matters, arbitrations, collective bargaining and formerly the Civil Service Board. Ms. Vizcaino is also the Recruitment and Internship Coordinator responsible for all new hires, internships, and consultant engagements."
TO DIRECT FILE OR NOT TO DIRECT FILE - THAT IS THE QUESTION .....
On March 3rd, we posted on the opening of the Spring Session of the Florida Legislature. Two of the bills we focused our attention on included HB 195 and SB 444, both bills relating to the Prosecution of Juveniles. Today, Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez penned an excellent Op-Ed in the Miami Herald titled: Public Defender: Don’t put kids in adult prisons. It is a must read and let's hope the legislators up in Tally read it too.
ANOTHER WEEKEND IN PARADISE .....
Another great weekend is in store for South Florida and on Saturday you can take in the first ever E-Grand Prix. What is an "E" Grand Prix you ask? That would be the world's first fully electric racing series; the Formula E Grand Prix is on its fifth round of competition and will make its Miami debut Saturday on Biscayne Blvd.
And on Sunday March 15th, it's the world famous, or infamous, 38th Annual Calle Ocho Festival.
CAPTAIN OUT .....