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August 2017

The Honorable Robert F. Diaz, (JD 1984) was awarded the Harvey Ford Award in July 2017. As the highest honor bestowed on a county court judge by the Conference of County Court Judges, the Harvey Ford Award recognizes a county court judge who has demonstrated the highest level of service to the community, the legal profession, and to the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida. Full Press Release

Billie Jo Kaufman, (JD 1990) will be sworn in as President of South Eastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) at the 2017 Conference on Thursday, August 3 in Boca Raton, FL. Kaufman is the Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources and Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law.


Arlene Lakin, published Doctors, Lawyers, And Gratitude in the July 2017 Broward County Bar Association Barrister Magazine.


The Honorable Lourdes Simon was named to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in July 2017.


Denise Gavica Perez, joined Akerman LLP as a partner, with their Labor & Employment Practice Group. Gavica Perez focuses her practice on corporate immigration matters, with a strong emphasis in the healthcare sector.


Joshua Levy is the current mayor of Hollywood, FL. He was elected in 2016.

Leonard Collins has been appointed to serve on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the 115th Congress. Collins will serve as conference chair for the JNC Northern District. The JNC is charged with identifying and recommending to the senators highly qualified individuals for consideration to become U.S. district judges in each of the three judicial districts in Florida.


Katherine Miller Joffe, authored Thomas Daniel Oates Installed as 2017-2018 BCBA President for the July 2017 Broward County Bar Association Barrister Magazine.

Jennifer Erdelyi, has joined U.S. Trust as Vice President and Associate Wealth Strategist in Fort Lauderdale.


Jennifer Diaz, discussed “ABC’s of AD/CVD & CBP Enforcement” and gave a presentation, “FDA FSMA Compliance Seminar for Importers,” at the Miami Free Zone in May 2017. Diaz will speak on “Tariff Engineering: How to Do It Properly” at the Global Trade Educational Conference in Long Beach, CA in August 2017.

Lauren S. Fallick, with Haber Slade in Miami, FL took part in a panel presentation in May 2017 on insurance agent liability, and Errors and Omissions (E&O) claims at the Florida Association of Insurance Agents seminar in Fort Lauderdale.


Joshua Frachtman, with Baker and Zimmerman, P.A. in Parkland, FL was included in the 2017 edition of Super Lawyers and earned “Super Lawyers Rising Star” for 2 years.


Patyl Oflazian, has been nominated to receive the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida award. Oflazian will be honored in November 2017 at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation gala event.


Jared Guberman, published Florida Medical Marijuana Update in the July 2017 Broward County Bar Association Barrister Magazine.


Cari R. Shapiro, has joined Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann in Boca Raton as an associate focusing on products liability and commercial litigation.


Candace Lerman attended the annual U.S.Healthcare Compliance Certification Program at Seton Hall University School of Law in the June 2017. Candace was one of two law school students that attended as a scholarship recipient. Lerman has been invited to speak at the World Congress' 5th Annual Summit on Patient Advocacy in Washington, DC in October 2017.

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