Alexa Jacobson Internship Journal

1. Journal #1 a. Date: The internship took place on February 6, 2012. b. Time: The internship lasted from 9:00 to 12:30. c. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Dohn Williams. d. Biography: Dohn H. Williams attended Florida State University as well as a small local college. e. Areas of law: Dohn Williams’s primary focus is on Homicide/Major crimes. f. Activity/Observations: Today we visited attorney Dohn Williams in Homicide/Major crimes in the office of the Broward County Public Defender. While we were with Mr. Williams, we watched DVDs of a biopsy(medical examination) of a case he had just received that morning. The case involved a mugging that took place on a golf course. In the end, an African American male was shot and killed. The DVD showed the pictures of his biopsy that determined time and cause of death. In addition, we watched a police deposition of an Irish man. The man was extremely difficult and uncooperative. He was drunk during the deposition and at first refused to speak whatsoever. Once he caved in, he went on and on about how the policeman “assaulted him.” He was originally found walking around the public nude. The deposition (testimony and questioning of a witness prior to a trial) was rather comical; as the

male was so intoxicated, he began speaking to the table and acting in other ways to indicate his extreme intoxication. The deposition was a true reflection on the person performing the deposition. He became very angry very fast, when he didn’t get the cooperation he desired. He became violent and loud and only infuriated the accused and pushed him further away from answering the questions. He was not effective in getting the answers he needed or gaining any useful information. It showed his inexperience in the field and lack of control. In contrast to that deposition, we watched a second one with a more skilled person taking the deposition. The accused was brought in after her and her husband had gotten into a fight. Supposedly, her husband was cheating on her, and she received a call informing her of such. She tried to force him out of the house with a knife, and accidentally stabbed him in the neck killing him. Their three-year-old son was present at the time and watched his father die. In turn, he watched his mother taken away by the police. The women was very subdued and melancholy during the deposition. The person performing the deposition had a very smooth and eloquent style. He was able to get every answer he needed from her without any rage, yelling, or force whatsoever. It was evident that he had a lot of experience. After watching the depo, Mr. Williams told us that he was actually known for his style and used in the most difficult cases to crack witnesses in depositions. g. What I learned: I learned that information taken from biopsy reports can be extremely useful in court as solid evidence. I also learned how important your approach to different situations can affect the outcome or results. This can be useful in not only during a deposition or in the courtroom, but also with any other obstacle. The clear

contrast between the two depos showed how experience and style make a huge impact and can in fact make or break a case.

Attorney: The attorney we met with was Andrew Brenner.2. Brenner spoke to us about how his firm recruits new employees. Mr. Journal #2 a. He clerked for Norman C. c. Time: The internship lasted from 1:00 to 5:00. Roettger. He told us that they review the top ten law schools and review the top 10% of each graduating class when considering their new employees. trial work/case preparation. 2012. From him. f. He went on to explain that it was very important to set yourself apart during your college year by participating in mock trial. they lost at the . Biography: He went to the University of Texas for undergraduate school and the university of Michigan for law school. His main focus was on strengthening our writing skills. and most importantly trying cases. and Flexner LLP. He has represented clients in my contract and intellectual property lawsuits as well as product liability and mass tort cases. moot court. we heard from Steve Zack. Andrew Brenner has worked his way up the firm. b. we heard from him as well as a few of his associates.” Mr. Unfortunately. I learned that a career in law provides one with the ability to do something incredibly powerful while at the same time having a job where you never have to “work. With strong writing. who was the youngest member of the Florida bar. many opportunities can arise such as depos/hearings. e. Gore. d. Date: The internship took place on February 15. Zack represented Algore in Bush v. Activity/Observations: Today we visited Andrew Brenner of Bois. Schiller. Next. There. Areas of law: Andrew Brenner’s primary focus is on commercial litigation. interning or even clerking for a judge.

and finally recommend it to the partner of the firm. Next. “dress to impress. It was really interesting to learn about a different type of law other then criminal law. then match it to the facts. Shaneese. Zack also spoke to us about undergraduate studies and informed us that we should make sure to graduate with a strong ability to write and a possible major in English. but also how to prepare myself to receive .Supreme Court level. resulting in damage or injury to another) and strict liability (absolute legal responsibility for an injury that can be imposed on the wrongdoer without proof of carelessness or fault). He also taught us that when doing legal research you must find the applicable statutes. Mr. who went through the steps of preparing a case. I was able to learn more about commercial litigation and civil law. and design defects. or history. James highlighted appearance as a very important factor in law. poly sci. As the mother of a three-year-old daughter. we heard from another young associate named James. After her. Brenner and his associates. Next. we heard from Suarez. I learned a lot about how to prepare myself for not only law school.” as he called it. seeing as that criminal law is by far the most popular and what I am most familiar with. Patty spoke to us about managing work and private life. Next we heard from another associate. we heard from Patty. she spoke to us about the important of keeping a strong balance between the two entities in order to maintain a healthy career. g. breach of contract (failure to do something that is required in a contract). What I learned: From my experience with Mr. Patty began working for the firm at 17 as a receptionist. who taught us about negligence (Failure to use reasonable care. The difference things he referenced were misrepresentation (An assertion or manifestation by words or conduct that is not in accord with the fact).

the first step is research. I learned the steps of commercial litigation. followed by witness interviews. next is understanding the opposing business. then relevant law investigating. next is photographs. and lastly is fact discovery.job opportunities. then discovery. . then hiding experts.

who says he “is enriched by serving justice. b. a U-MIAMI business major graduate. Amazingly enough. Journal #3 a. First. Areas of law: Anjelica and the other attorneys’ primary focus is on first and second degree misdemeanors as well as domestic violence and gang unit. we heard from Sullivan. and a few other attorneys in d. we heard from Brian. we heard from different attorneys from the office. He spoke to us about the increase in electronic trails and the decrease in privacy as gangs become smarter and smarter. Ross is a certified legal intern who works on first and second degree misdemeanors in county court. 2012. Time: The internship lasted from 8:30 to 12:30. While there. he said that there have been many movies and books created about his past cases. c. we heard from Tim. More and more gangs are committing white-collar crimes rather than blue ones. a member of the gang unit. He spoke about DUI cases. e. She said that not all cases have injuries. we heard from Ross. Sullivan works on misdemeanors and felonies. Next. He told us that 80% of his cases are DUI’s which is the number one killer. Tim claimed that less people trust police officers today than back in the day. her office.” He worked on the 1960’s George Whitman case. Date: The internship took place on February 23. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Angelica Zayas.3. who was in the Domestic violence unit in 1994. which makes their jobs much more difficult Next. f. Activity/Observations: Today we visited the Office of Broward County State Attorney and met with Angelica for a special presentation. Next. surprisingly .

I learned that there has been a huge increase of the amount of people drinking and driving. . experience. I was really shocked to learn that all domestic violence cases do not require injuries. cyber bullying laws. What I learned: I thought it was really interesting to hear from such a wide range of speakers in age. Obvious examples that we spoke about were pornography laws. She said that most cases go through pre-trial and then the charges are dropped. She said that acquaintance rapes were the most common type.enough. Next. all of which were enacted due t our technological expansion. and texting while driving laws. I never realized that merely an unwanted touch that doesn’t bruise can still be prosecuted with enough supporting evidence. which in Florida is 16. They spoke about the age of consent. I learned a lot about how crimes and the matter in which they are committed have changed with modern times and its effect on our legal system. and division. I also became more familiar with gang activity and procedures. we heard from another attorney who works on sex crimes and child abuse cases. g.

Date: The internship took place on February 28. In my opinion. Time: The internship lasted from 7:00-3:30. 2012. There. After that. His wife claimed to know nothing of what was going on and claimed they were living in poverty. Attorney: The attorney we met with was AUSA Michael Gilfarb. Journal #4 a. he could achieve it. Louis. b. Biography: Mr. e.4. The trial was a bit hard to follow at times . He showed he knew exactly what he was talking about. and how he thought. She even brought pictures to the courtroom and used them as evidence when she took the stand. an older male had been recommending and prescribing medications to more elderly citizens than actually needed it. Gilfarb got his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and his graduated degree at Washington University at St. style. He outlined his argument to the judge and then explained each part of his argument and why he believed the judge should rule in his favor. Activity/Observations: Today we visited the United States department of Justice with AUSA Michael Gilfarb. With Michael. He knew what he was doing and was intentionally profiting from the business. c. we watched him do a motion before the judge for a pre trial detention (n Federal Court the Government can ask that someone be held in custody without bond during the pendency of the case) in a drug case. we watched a trial about Medicare fraud. Areas of law: Michael Gilfarb works in the United States department of Justice. In the case. and knowledge of the facts. Mr. f. it was the perfect example of good courtroom presence. Gilfarb was extremely eloquent and argued his point very well. decorum. what he wanted. d. we went to the Federal Courthouse. articulation. preparation.

I thought it was very interesting that there was a special camera so that the attorney could blow up documents and easily publish them to the jury without physically walking over there and handing them the exhibits. . monitors. only the wife’s testimony.since the wife only spoke Spanish. which was really nice and had a modern style. or closings. We did not see openings. It was covered in very modern technologically including computer screens. What I learned: I learned how to present oneself in front of the judge in a professional and studious way. and many other recording devices. I also learned how modern technology is benefitting the legal profession in making evidence and courtroom procedures smoother and more perceptible for both the jury and judge. we were allowed to get up and look around the courtroom. I was able to see how preparation and knowledge of the facts truly paid off and presented the attorney with a very strong position. cameras. g. Following the translator got a bit confusing when the judge would speak at the same time. When the case went into recess.

2012. d. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Mila Schwartreich. who were all housed together. f. there is a camera in front of the relative who sits in a booth on the first floor. Activity/Observations: Today we visited the Broward County Jail. c. Journal #5 a. the typical black and white striped maximum-security jumpsuits. The corresponding inmate. we had to be buzzed through each door in order to continue. The women are brought in and then transferred to other locations. Date: The internship took place on March 5. b. As we went up each floor. two things stood out. She is in charge of advising and representing the Sheriff and the agency in legal matters arising from official BSO business. However. Time: The internship lasted from 8:00-12:30. There were security personal units at each floor with the keys to unlock the doors. First that there were only women in the holding cells. Biography: Mila is an attorney for the BSO. Orange was for the juveniles. The colors ranged from red to brown to blue to finally.5. e. Next. Now. sits in front of a screen and camera in his cell. This could include paying back innocent bystanders for damages in a car chase or managing money gained from a drug bust. Red . I found out that the Broward County Jail did not house women. On the first floor. We started on the first floor and worked our way up. When I asked why. On each floor. wherever he may be. it is not really a visit anymore. we saw the room where the inmates have their visit with relatives. Areas of law: Mila Schwartzreich’s primary focus is acting as legal counsel for the Broward County Sheriff Office. I noticed that each floor of inmates wore different colors.

have been added. Inmates are provided with needed medications as specified times. They can have system accounts in which they can order special items such as sneakers and other conveniences. What I learned: I learned about how the jail system has changed over the years due to both heightened security threats as well as technological innovations.m. When in the cell. The food comes from a mass producer of jail products and is very small in portion size. the inmates are charged daily for their stay and must pay back all charges as soon as possible or they are free to go. Most recently. The tour guide told us about the different wristbands each inmate wore. food. Majority rules for the channel choice. I also learned about the different classifications and appearances of the inmates. They chose to do this in order to have something to do other than sit in the cell. . Breakfast is served at 4:00 a. such as burgers and fries. while others permitted certain inmates to work for free. Inmates are allowed to have some recreation time outside on the basketball courts. In addition to those charges. the inmates are divided into two groups and alternate on the time they spend in front of the TV. and dinner is at 2:00 p. g. A new innovation to the jails has now been instituted however. I found it very unsettling that the inmate's time schedule is largely altered. Some indicate the inmate was already sentenced and now serving time.m. There must always be three guards during this period. In addition I was educated as to inmates’ privileges and monetary charges.indicated that they had violated some type of rule or provision at the jail.

While the helicopters look small from the outside. the helicopters were purchased with drug money that the BSO had confiscated in past cases. we went to the Hazmat department. they are able to hold a minimum of three seats. f. Activity/Observations: Today we visited the BSO unit with Attorney Mila Schwartzreich. a stretcher. In addition. There we went on the fire truck that the Hazmat team rides . In each helicopter is the pilot. The sheriff giving us the tour explained to us that the helicopters are used in car chases when trying to search for an accused and close them in. Next. both the oldfashioned one and the more modern edition. This included the helicopters. Journal #6 a. d. With Mila. Time: The internship lasted from 1:00-4:00.6. e. we saw the airborne equipment. and medical equipment. This could include paying back innocent bystanders for damages in a car chase or managing money gained from a drug bust. Biography: Mila is an attorney for the BSO. She told us that they sometimes assist nearby counties when their help is needed. Date: The internship took place on March 19. c. The shifts for each of the positions are extremely long. 2012. Most of the time the EMT is not needed. we toured all of the BSO’s equipment and machinery. First. b. a backup pilot and EMT. She is in charge of advising and representing the Sheriff and the agency in legal matters arising from official BSO business. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Mila Schwartreich. Areas of law: Mila Schwartzreich’s primary focus is acting as legal counsel for the Broward County Sheriff Office.

It can move and punch holes in walls. rather each Swat member is issued their own weapons. It also had a circular hole in the top for the SWAT team to better position themselves for gunshot aim. The Hazmat team deals with anything involving dangerous or unknown chemicals. we visited SWAT. It is bulletproof and has windows. masks. This weapon is used to reveal the hiding place in hostage situations or hideouts g. The truck had holes that punched out on each side to stick guns out. Next. We went inside the Swat truck. They can be called to a scene to analyze unknown drugs or cleanup some type of spill. They also had a robot like weapon in which one person sits inside and controls. It can be raised to different floors and is used in serious break-ins such as large drug busts or shootouts. The fire truck is in two which we normally focus on. The truck was also state of the art. What I learned: I learned a lot about the enforcement aspect of the law rather than the trial aspect. . I think that giving them new equipment in turn for their work motivates the entire department and helps to make a more civilized and safe county. and radars. We learned that there are no armed guns stored in the truck. Inside were materials such as gloves. and had glass about four inches thick on each window. Inside there is computer software and screens so that the controller can see his or her surroundings. The SWAT team also had another truck with two machine/weapons. suits. one larger section with materials and equipment and a smaller section with the driver and passengers. One was a very large self-standing shield that up to three people could stand behind. bullet proof. I thought it was really interesting and rewarding that the BSO benefits when they do drug busts and illegal seizures.

Thomas University School of Law. We went to the courthouse and got to watch an attempted burglary case. Activity/Observations: Today we visited the Law Office of attorney Eric Schwartzreich.A. I felt that his ridiculously staged and obviously coached answers seemed unreasonable and unreliable. After receiving his M. f. Biography Mr. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Eric Schwartreich. For example. The case involved one African America who approached a kwik stop and pulled his sweatshirt over his head and tied a bandana over his face. He entered the shop with his gun drawn and was quickly shot down by the cashier who continued to shoot him to” be sure he was down. Schwartzreich attended Nova Southeastern University earning a Masters in Business Administration. His answers were clearly provided before the trial by the prosecutors on the case. d.” The accused was shot in the mouth and multiple teeth were left behind at the scene. Date: The internship took place on March 27.. when asked if there were stickers blocking his view of the ambulance. who is a Criminal Defense Attorney of Schwartzreich & Yates. Areas of law: Eric Schwartzreich’s primary focus is criminal defense. c.B. he stated that “there was nothing . along with blood covered clothing. he attended St. 2012. b. Time: The internship lasted from 8:30-12:00. The cashier testified and was quite the character.7. e. Journal #7 a. There is footage of the event from the kwik stop cameras that was shown in open court.

With this. . they were claiming that somewhere along the line. The defense on the other hand. This didn’t make any sense however. I thought it was a closed case. He was caught red handed at the very scene! I was curious as to whether or not the defendant would take the stand however.impeding his view through the clear glass and he had a plain sight view of what was going on. there was a switch of defendants in the ambulance or some other unreasonable possibility. The defense was asserting misidentication. I thought the case was pretty clear cut and it was obvious the defendant was guilty however the charisma and character of the prosecution’s many witnesses was very distracting and took away from the strength of the case as a whole. we did not see the rest of the trial. g. because the accused was accompanied by an officer and was found covered in blood at the scene of the crime. The jury’s disbelief was pretty evident at the witness’s staged responses. What I learned: I learned a lot about witness preparation or lack thereof it. This taught me that witness preparation is important in that some is necessary however the testimony must remain natural enough that it doesn’t seem so forced and unbelievable that the jury discounts it.” The prosecution’s opening was very strong and after hearing it. had an opening that wasn’t really coherent and I didn’t think their defense was applicable.

f. Bambas and Eskalyo. After speaking openly and proposing each claim. Heath received his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College before earning a law degree from City University of New York e. The plaintiff in the case claimed that she hurt her arm on the job. Time: The internship lasted from 1:00-4:00. Workers’ Compensation and construction law. Kronenberg’s client was willing to award maximum. Activity/Observations: Today we visited the law office of Kelly. Fitchel. whether it is camera footage or an eyewitness. to disprove and reveal that the plaintiff’s injury was nonexistent or extremely exaggerated. Mr. Date: The internship took place on April 16. While at the office. 2012. or fraudulent workman’s compensation claims. Biography: Heath Eskalyo is a shareholder of the firm. He told us that more often than not he found some type of evidence. Therefore she couldn’t seek lost wages. She asked for 60. The mediation began with both parties in one room with the mediator and us. Areas of law: Heath Eskalyo’s primary focus is Insurance Fraud. c. Kronenberg. Journal #8 a. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Heath Eskalyo. the parties . He is member of the management committee.000 dollars. 15. There we learned about workman’s compensation and all of the issues associated with it.000 dollars in damages during mediation. The most common occurrence is fake. b. This is the new trend in compensation litigation. She declined the surgery. we sat in on a mediation session. She was informed by her doctor to get a surgery to fix her arm even though she used it daily at work. she was currently working.8. d. Gilmartin. At the time of the mediation.

g. Kronenberg wanted to send a message back to the plaintiff and offered 1500 dollars. Mr. and waste even more time. Then the mediator came to us and asked what we would offer in response to the high request of 60. Mr. What I learned: I learned all bout mediation and exactly how it works. Her insurance however would not cover the surgery in the future because they would see that there was specific money allotted to it. I thought it was really great that the two parties could resolve the case and settle without having to go to court. With this realization. The mediator first met with the plaintiff to try to get her to minimize her claim. the plaintiff reached a more realistic sense and accepted an offer of 10.000 dollars. she could be awarded a large amount of money and not actually get the surgery. . That is definitely something we never touched on in any of the classes we took in the law track. Kronenberg is friends with the plaintiff’s doctor and had him write on the record a statement stating that he suggested the surgery to the plaintiff and she denied wanting to go through with it. until finally the mediator explained to the plaintiff that if she did not plan to get the surgery the amount of damages she would be rewarded was exponentially smaller. If the plaintiff were to lie and claim she was getting the surgery. Because the request was so high.000 dollars.split up. It went back and forth like this so on. incur lawyer’s fees.

While in mental health court. They must be able to understand the fact that they are being charged and what they are being charged for. 2012.9. They must understand the actual charges themselves. The office centralizes all services. The accused must also comprehend what is and isn’t appropriate courtroom behavior. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Melinda Blostein. Gary Levine. They must understand that the judge is neutral and not for or against them. b. and Howard Finkelstein’s primary focus is Mental Health Court. c. Journal #9 a. Activity/Observations: Today we visited attorney Melinda Blostein.” e. Areas of law: Melinda Blostein. Howard is the elected public defender and is most widely known for his TV sector “Help me Howard. People who are . and Howard Finkelstein. we spoke about what makes a person competent. We also learned that the office was originally started by interested judges. He received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. f. This meaning. Gary Levine and Howard Finkelstein in the mental health court in the public defender’s office. Biography: Howard Finkelstein received his Bachelors from the University of South Florida. The person must be able to differentiate between who is their adversary and who is in their favor. d. Gary Levine. Date: The internship took place on April 18. Time: The internship lasted from 9:30-12:30. they must understand that the public defender is there to help them and the prosecutor is there to prosecute them.

If that were the case. I learned that law is a profession that has a huge possibility and opportunity to be rewarding. We learned that you could either be incompetent to stand trial or be not guilty by insanity. One of them only has 12 beds. g. When government funds become tight. they are either released into the community. It was interesting learning about the different ways one can end up in mental health court as well as hearing from Mr. From him. There are only two community programs in all of Broward County. a hospital or jail. Community is the least likely of the three. . With this in mind. the accused would be in and out of hospitals for many years and may eventually get off. If they are found incompetent to stand trial. the community programs are the first things to go. there will be follow up hearings on competency and or commitment. The programs are very selective and difficult to get individuals into. If an individual is found to be incompetent. What I learned: I learned a lot about the different facets of mental health court that we touched upon in Criminal Law. it is very difficult for a public defender to get their client the help they need and the one on one attention that would be most beneficial for them.mentally ill or insane must be represented and treated rather then treated as any other criminal. This has happened very frequently in Florida and not many programs exist to this day. Finkelstein who is a very motivational speaker.

10. Time: The internship lasted from 8:30-12:30. 10 years later. The final settlement was for 75. c. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Marcelo Gomez d.000 dollars. The case involved Bank united and commercial foreclosures. The next calendar call was special setting. we went to Judge Tobin’s courtroom where we watched calendar call and special settings. 2012. She . It was no longer at issue and no further actions were taken. Biography: Marcelo graduated from University of Florida with his degree in law. Activity/Observations: Today we visited Marcelo Gomez of Schiller. Next was a calendar call in which one party put forth a motion for contempt and a motion to pay attorney’s fees. Journal #10 a. One party was forced to pay a 550-dollar fine. The next calendar call involved a final disposition. b. The case involved a woman who was in a hospital and fell down. With Marcello Gomez. f. The second calendar call involved a sexual accusation. The man claimed he had never received any of the requests for his history of financials and that was why he never turned them over. e. Areas of law: Marcelo Gomez’s primary focus is personal injury cases. The first calendar call involved a dispute between a man who was hit while riding a bicycle and the person he was suing for damages. Date: The internship took place on April 24. The opposing party claimed that they were sent multiple times and he was notified multiple times of their due date as well. Kessler and Gomez personal injury. The next calendar call involved a lawsuit involving a condominium association.

claims to have slipped on 3 dime sized water droplets. The perfect mixture of the two is what is called for in a . The well-written one however. The prosecution’s opening was very strong and used the physical evidence and pictures very well. The judge was blatantly leaning towards the defense side in his rulings and continually shut down the victim and cut him off. was presented in a very meek and monotone way taking away form its strength. In addition. With this she ensured that she would not be overruled on the appellate level. g. The defense however when questioned by the judge was unable to prove this because he never questioned such a witness or even investigated the uniforms of the hospital. The defense was asking for a summary judgment and the plaintiff opposed such a motion claiming that the defense failed to include the fact that a woman came over the plaintiff after her fall and could have possibly been with the cleaning service of the hotel. Next we watched a felony battery case. In the case a homeless man was beat up by two of his acquaintances who were both homeless as well. the judge relied on case law with the exact same facts in order to pass the summary judgment. I thought it was a closed case. the lawyer was forceful. What I learned: From the trial is was very obvious that presentation and preparation are both very important. The poorly written one was strong in its presentation. The victim was brutally beat up with fist punches and kicks. The information the defense asserted could be used to show negligence in that she failed to clean up the spill or had just recently cleaned it leaving water behind. One of the defendants’ lawyers presented a good opening while the other’s was poorly written. convincing and persuasive. One of them had a clear and applicable defense while the other was grabbing for straws and was all over the place.

An imbalance will be quickly highlighted if you are against an experienced attorney as the defendants in this case were. . I also learned that not all judges will be unbiased and that you just have to move on and let it go.courtroom.

11. b. e. 2012. The judge informed us that typically. where we watched mediations. d. Legally you can deviate 5% up or down. it would be issued without any further thought. we visited Judge Binkea. Activity/Observations: Today we visited Kenneth Kaplan in the Family Law division. Date: The internship took place on April 25. it became very complicated to calculate how much child support to pay in the current case. there was a male and his lawyer present. The fourth mediation included the creation of a parenting plan. there is a standard formula implemented to determine child support. The female had not shown up. Because the male had children with another wife who he had also divorced. If it . He clerked at the law offices of Terry Rosenblum. Biography: Kaplan went to Boston University for undergraduate and University of Miami for graduate school. Areas of law: Kenneth Kaplan’s primary focus is family law. Time: The internship lasted from 8:30-12:30. The second mediation was simply resolving a date. f. This included scheduling the visitation hours as well as child support payments. In the first mediation. The judge ruled that as long as the mother didn’t object. c. At first. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Kenneth Kaplan. he wanted a paternity test to be issued because he had now suspicions as to the child’s true father. The third involved an uncontested divorce. Although the male had signed the birth certificate. The judge did the divorce right then and there and the women walked out of the office single. Journal #11 a.

Next. The mother has a history of drug abuse problems however had had the ability to visit the children without supervision. which could include either of the fathers. The dependency court tries to get the kids back with their parents or wherever else they may belong. there is a new formula to be applied. There. In dependency court. I also learned how parenting plans are formed and exactly what is considered in their creation. The mother did not even show up for the status check and had not submitted to random drug testing in a long period time. it must be spelled out. I never knew that there were actual formulas involved that lawyers were legally obligated to stick to. As a result. we sat before Judge Bristol and watched a status check on a mother who had two kids. . If the parent paying child support has the child for more than 73 overnights a year. The court deals with more than that. I learned how mediation in family law works as opposed to worker’s compensation. we went to dependency court. whose families cannot take care of them appropriately. g. each living with their own father at the current time. causing them to become wards of the state or placed in a different guardianship. her visitation was changed so that she could only see the kids under a supervised watch. Visitation factors into this formula. is where judicial review takes place. What I learned: I learned more about mediation and got to see it in action once again.

The experience of some of the attorney’s was extremely evident as was the lack of inexperience among the younger . Some were extremely laid back while others were very prepared and knew what they were doing.12.. Date: The internship took place on April 30.S. Journal #12 a. Judicial law clerk. what each person was accused of. It was interesting to watch the style of each of the attorney’s in front of Judge Haimes. we sat in the courtroom and watched the calendar call for Judge Haimes. Biography: Judge Haimes went to Notre Dame for undergrad and graduate school. c. f. Trial attorney. e. Time: The internship lasted from 8:30-12:30. Assistant state attorney. d. We had a copy of his docket. Attorney. Attorney: The judge we met with was judge David Haimes. all of their counts. Judge Haimes has been a part of some of the largest drug busts of his time. After that. He has worked as Assistant U. We were able to follow along and actually understand what was going on in each case. each with a brief summary. 2012. With this packet we could see exactly. b. This was really helpful because every other time we’ve done calendar call it normally goes so fast that it is extremely hard to follow. Activity/Observation: Today we visited the Honorable Judge Haimes. and a judicial law clerk. When we got to the courthouse we went back into the judge’s chambers and then into the jury assembly room. and the exact reason for them being in court. Areas of law: Judge Haime’s primary focus is criminal law. including 60 cases.

It was much easier to learn and comprehend what was going on so I got more out of it. In another case. Judge Haimes told us about the meaning of the different jumpsuit colors. and preparation of their cases.attorneys. a man was arrested for contempt of court after attempting to retrieve his gun that was taken during his son’s arrest. g. each indicating a different level of crime from orange. to blue. presence. One case involved a woman who drove into her garage with her two kids. I also learned about what was and was not efficient as far as attorney attitude. drug tests were ordered to be done on the spot. This happened the day after a woman was highly publicized for killing her two kids by driving off a bridge. I thought that was very respectable and important seeing as the preserving the record can make a huge difference at the appellate level and any discrepancy could ruin his reputation and good faith. to black and white stripes. to red. In another case. He also emphasized the fact that he did not like to go off the record on sidebar. What I learned: I learned about the different meanings within the jail system. It was interesting to watch the proceedings of each case. I also learned more about calendar call and dockets. . He said that it was very important that all is on the record for appeals purposes just in case it reached the appellate level. to brown.

he ended up in commercial litigation. c. b. He then went into work defending clients who were exposed to asbestos. Catherine. 2012. meaning that he had to document every minute afforded to his . We spoke with a few attorneys in the Akerman Office. He also said that he lived by billable hours. Ael Berger. Time: The internship lasted from 12:30. Ael Berger is an 8th year lawyer and a rising star in NCBJ.3:30. Tammi attended Tufts for undergrad and UMIAMI for law school. Catherine went to University of Florida for law school and started as a paralegal in bankruptcy. Jason Oletsky. Date: The internship took place on May 7. He said that law was a stressful position as he was always working on his clients wishes and complaints whether it be in the office or at home. and Tammi. Attorney: The attorney we met with was Joanne Gelfand. He went to University of Florida for both undergrad and graduate school. e. She did two summers at Akerman. Journal #13 a. He goes to court on a daily basis and does business litigation. d. Last. Biography: Jason Oletsky went to UMASS Amherst for undergrad and UMIAMI for law school. Areas of law: Joanne Gelfand’s primary focus is bankruptcy law. Activity/Observation: Today we visited Joanne Gelfand of Akerman Senterfit who is bankruptcy law. He started as a sports agent and hated it. f. First we heard from Jason Oletsky who is a litigation partner.13. He defends giant companies and has very complex cases.

In the end the two parties agreed that the professor would take a semester long leave of absence. At the end of the activity we did a hands on mediation and split up into two groups. Tammi emphasized that it was important to go to law school in the city where you wanted to live. The mediation involved a sexual harassment claim at a college. One of his current cases has to do with anti delusion rights. current shareholders who have anti delusion rights are guaranteed to be given more shares in order to maintain their current percentage of shares in the company. . and give the student an A minus in the class. He explained that in a lot of his cases he has to learn things that he was never required to know or needed to know in the past. Those rights ensure that when more shares are given. pay 60. It turned out that the planes were being used for drug transportation so the owner ended up turning over the money in fear for his life. and finance courses. She was 1. She emphasized personal connection. take education courses on behavior. He emphasized taking math courses in college seeing as that math is an essential element to law. He disliked criminal law. Next We heard from Catherine. Ael had to go through a ton of paperwork in preparation for the seizure and there was protocol to follow. He represents banks and creditors and likes to do cases involving code and statutes. Without this information and understanding he could not properly defend or support his clients. Next we heard from attorney Ael Berger.5 years out of law school.000 dollars in damages.clients work and deduct any free time in the middle. He claimed that being a lawyer was like being paid to learn. economics. He said to definitely take Business. He told us about a case in which there was a lean on someone’s property and he found out that he owned 5 airplanes.

Public allows anyone to buy shares like Apple or Google while private must invite you to get a share like Publix. What I learned: I learned all about bankruptcy law. . It was interesting to get advice from all of the attorneys who were a wide range of ages as to what we should focus on in college and graduate school. which is a field I have never touched upon before.g. I also learned the difference between public companies and private companies.

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