Law library renamed to honor legacy of local attorney

Judges, former colleagues, family, friends, and other elected officials gathered on the first floor of the Manatee County Judicial Center on November 29 to honor the late Layon F. Robinson, II, by dedicating the law library in his name.

Sarasota Bar Association honors local legal veterans

The Sarasota County Bar Association’s general meeting was a panel discussion of SCBA members who were also in the armed forces on November 10. Judge Haworth, James Dirmann, Allison Archold, Allan Baily and John Cole, regaled members with details about their military service.

Court, families mark National Adoption Day with balloons, smiles

Six families in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, plus one family in Jupiter, Florida and one family in Arkansas just got bigger! Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith, Jr., finalized the adoptions of 11 children into eight separate families on November 17, during virtual court proceedings.

Judge Haworth honored as 'legal veteran leader'

Senior Judge Lee E. Haworth was honored on November 8, 2021, for his service to country and community at the Broward County Bar Association’s inaugural Florida Patriot Award ceremony. The award was given to a handful of Florida judges and one attorney, considered by their colleagues as “legal veteran leaders” in a virtual ceremony.

Amnesty Court aims to help veterans help themselves

Chief Judge Charles Roberts, attorneys, court clerks, and deputies came out on a cool, rainy morning to help veterans get back on the road and regain their independence at Amnesty Court, a feature of the 23rd annual Stand Down Manatee event at the Manatee Fairgrounds on November 6.

Circuit Judge Maria Ruhl recognized during Hispanic Heritage month

Circuit Court Judge Maria Ruhl was one of six judges recognized by a coalition of voluntary bar associations as part of the group’s second annual Recognizing Hispanic Excellence event, held on September 23. The judges were celebrated in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15. Judge Ruhl was interviewed by Dana Keane, president of the Sarasota County Bar Association.