December 15, 2003 Regular News New Bar panel to review attorney advertising rules New Bar panel to review attorney advertising rules Bar President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson is now seeking members who want to serve on a special committee to study the Bar’s lawyer advertising regulations.Johnson said the Advertising Task Force 2004 will be charged with reviewing the attorney advertising rules and recommending changes if deemed necessary, including any to clarify the meaning of the rules and provide notice to Florida Bar members of the rules’ requirements. Included within this charge is an analysis of the advertising filing and review requirements, including consideration of mandatory review prior to dissemination of advertisements.Johnson said many lawyers still dislike or oppose lawyer advertising, believing it’s the largest cause of public discontent with the profession. But the U.S. Supreme Court has said advertising cannot be banned, and she wants to make sure the Bar’s rules are as consistent and simple as possible — and enforced.“I’m looking for a broad cross section of the membership to serve on this committee,” Johnson said. “I want to have people who advertise represented as well as those who don’t. I think the key is to make sure that people who use the rules right now — those who advertise — have a voice on the committee, because they will be able to help us determine if there are problem areas that need to be corrected.”Johnson said she also will seek geographic diversity on the panel.The task force should expect to make a final report to The Florida Bar Board of Governors in 2004-05 Bar year.Those interested in serving should submit a letter of interest to Elizabeth Tarbert, Bar ethics counsel, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, telephone (850) 561-5780, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of interest must be received no later than January 15.
Eric Abrigo of Albouystown, Georgetown on Wednesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a simple larceny charge.The 30-year-old labourer appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge when it was read to him.Police stated that on October 13, 2019 at Ruimveldt Police Station, he stole two car mirrors valued at $60,000 belonging to Julius Smith.Eric Abrigo escorted by a Police OfficerThe defendant, in his address to the court, stated,”I was outside the compound fetching solar panels, when I saw a man snatch the mirrors and run up the road”.The Prosecutor did not present any facts into the matter; however, he objected to bail being granted on the grounds that the defendant has no fixed place of abode.The Magistrate, after listening to the Prosecutor’s grounds, remanded the defendant to prison. Abrigo is slated to make his next court appearance on November 8.