Adria Quintela is the Florida Bar’s new Director of Lawyer Regulation. She starts the first week of January, after Ken Marvin’s retirement. Quintela’s position as head of the Bar’s Broward office has not yet been filled, or listed with the general public. She will remain in Broward, serving as a “remote” Director of Lawyer Regulation.
Surprised? Don’t be. The Bar is certainly perverse enough to put Quintela in charge of keeping all the lawyers in Florida in check. During her time,* Broward rose to unparalleled levels of corruption. Judges ran amok, Scott Rothstein and company did as they pleased, Scheinberg was initially cleared, Bar agent Charles Morehead leaked like a sieve, Lorraine Hoffman went turbo, and the Bar attacked the few whistleblowers who actually stood up to injustice, like Chris Roberts , and this very blog. If the past is any indication, all of Florida can expect more of the same, except on an even grander scale, if possible.
On the bright side, Quintela will now have to return her calls. While it was next to impossible to get her to call us back on questions of public importance in the past, Ken Marvin made it a point to communicate with the outside world. And since there’s a possibility Quintela may try to reignite the misguided, failed local attacks on free speech a la Bar v. Blog, at least now she’ll have to explain herself, instead of staying in the shadows.
From Bar Director John Berry’s October 8th email, announcing Quintela’s ascension:
It is my pleasure to let you know that Adria Quintela will replace Ken Marvin as Staff Counsel beginning the first week in January, 2014. Ms. Quintela will perform her duties from the Ft. Lauderdale Office and we will begin immediately to advertise to replace her as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel in that office.
The ability to have such an incredibly gifted and experienced bar counsel to replace Ken is directly related to the technology advances the Florida Bar has made through what is called our CAMFI system in which we have all our files and pleadings from all branches accessible on the computer. Likewise we have the ability and have been regularly using video conferencing to all the branches and will be using SCOPIA allowing me and others in headquarters to communicate visually on our computers.
As we began to study the feasibility of a remote Staff Counsel it became clear that a huge majority of Ken’s work is related to reviews of pleadings, agenda items and other documents found on our system. Likewise calls coming from you and others are in essence also “remote”. The duties of supervising the headquarters lawyer regulation functions of conditional admissions, probation monitoring and statistical data entry will now be given to Arne Vanstrum in Tallahassee who has been training for well over a year to both take on those duties but to help with the transition of a new staff counsel.
Years ago we utilized one of our leaders of a branch to help with some of these kinds of duties and it was found to be both useful and a boost to the branches to know someone from the trenches was the one involved in supervising their work and decisions. Adria has demonstrated excellent management skills in revitalizing the Ft. Lauderdale office and all the while remaining involved in the actual handling of very complex cases. She has excelled at both and those skills will be invaluable in her new job duties.
Most of you have direct contact with Ken and down the road may have that same contact with Adria though remote and Arne. Any questions feel free to call. We will miss Ken very much and we are also very excited to have Adria come on board.
I have been most privileged and honored for many years to have worked with Tony Boggs and Ken Marvin. We have worked together as a team and it is with a great sense of relief to know we can continue with the experience and dedication of Ms. Quintela.
Should you have any questions I am here for you.
* Quintela started with the Bar in March, 1996, and became the local Director in October, 2005.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
See You Thursday!
The B’nai B’rith Justice Unit and United States Holocaust Museum invite you to attend a special presentation by Dr. Will Meinecke:
Law, Justice and the Holocaust: How the Courts failed Germany
(Approved for 2 General CLE hours; Approved for 1.5 hours of non-conference CJE, of which .50 is Ethics)
When: Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:30 pm-7 pm
Where: Jury Assembly Room (Room 380) of the Broward County Judicial Complex, 201 SE 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
A reception serving light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will immediately follow in the Ballroom of the 110 Tower (7th Floor), 110 SE 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Dietary Laws Observed)
(Please RSVP by calling Marty Johnson, 954/831-0601 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate if you will be attending both the presentation and reception, or presentation only)
GOING TO THE HAGUE! – Ginger Lerner-Wren r
eceived the following on November 12th:
We are very happy to inform you that your successful innovation in the 2013 Innovating Justice Awards has been selected by our jury as one of the best entries in this year’s competition. You have therefore been chosen as one of the top three candidates and are hereby invited to the Innovating Justice Awards ceremony in The Hague, Netherlands, on 10-11 December, during which the overall winner will be announced.
We congratulate you on this achievement in a very competitive and high quality competition this year. In the course of the next few days, we will further inform you of travel and accommodation options in the Hague.
The HiiL Team
Fun With Statutes – did anyone commit perjury in conjunction with the first Loureiro trial? People are still asking the question, since 775.15 (6) (“Time limitations”) says:
“A prosecution for perjury in an official proceeding that relates to the prosecution of a capital felony may be commenced at any time.”
An “official proceeding” is defined in 837.011 as:
“a proceeding heard, or which may be or is required to be heard, before any legislative, judicial, administrative, or other governmental agency or official authorized to take evidence under oath, including any referee, general or special magistrate, administrative law judge, hearing officer, hearing examiner, commissioner, notary, or other person taking testimony or a deposition in connection with any such proceeding.” (Emphasis Added)
AND THIS, FROM 837.02 , Perjury in official proceedings:
(2) Whoever makes a false statement, which he or she does not believe to be true, under oath in an official proceeding that relates to the prosecution of a capital felony, commits a felony of the second degree … (Emphasis Added)
Perjury is certainly confusing stuff, worthy of explanation by a Nova Law School professor like Bruce Rogow, who just happened to be in on Gardiner’s deposition following Loureiro I. That deposition is found here on page 30/180 of the PDF, and it’s definitely worth a read, just in case Bob Norman was right. In any event, let’s hope The Supreme Court answers everyone’s questions soon, and also unveils the top secret stuff that happened with both the JQC and the Bar concerning Gardiner. The sanctity of the system is on the line, and the public deserves not only answers, but justice as well …
BROWARD COUNTY JUDICIAL PROCEDURE MANUAL
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