The Docket April 2017

SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION APRIL 2017 VOL. 34, NO. 4 12 T H C I R C U I T MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION Comprehensive Treatment Court becomes reality By The Honorable ERIKA QUARTERMAINE I t is with great excitement that, on behalf of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, I announce the beginning of the Comprehensive Treatment Court, an expansion of Sarasota’s existing Mental Health Court. After three years of planning and the generosity of Sarasota County, the City of Sarasota, the Downtown Improvement District, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sara- sota and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation as well as a grant from the state of Florida, we are on track to be one of the leaders in our state to address the needs of the commu- nity as well as the needs of the mentally ill who end up in the crimi- See TREATMENT , Page 15 Booker High Law Academy places second in 12th Circuit Mock Trial competition On March 4, 2017, students enrolled in the Law Academy at Booker High School placed second in this year’s 12th Circuit Mock Trial competition. Left to right: Shelby Swanson, Dalton Thull, Cellexia Foster, Dorian Bizeau, Hagen Brody, Alan Perez, Kiley Kilduff-Cramer, Lily Rodriguez, Gianna Paoletti, Chad Tvenstrup. A D M I N I S T R AT I V E P RO F E S S I O N A L S DAY L E GA L A I D SCBA’s annual tribute to legal support staff Legal aid benefits the community as a whole T eam Trivia is back! It’s time to challenge the winning teams from 2016 – first place winner “Lax Capacity” (Boyer & Boyer, P.A.); second place “It’s all about ME” (Matthews Eastmoore); and third place “The Woof Pack” (Bentley & Bruning, P.A.). So get ready! Start watching Jeopardy, tune in to the News Hour, read the paper, browse the internet, and come ready to play. Last year’s winners are going to want to repeat their performance. Mark your calendars for Wednes- day, April 26, and join the fun as we once again play Team Trivia. Same rules as last year — each table will be a “team” and everyone is encouraged to create a team name. If you don’t have a team, we’ll put you with one. Assigned seating will be an option, and we are pleased to announce that our remarkable and exceptional Trivia Leader, Leslie Talbot, will once again be the emcee, calling out questions and adding the scores. Come ready to play! The fun begins at noon at Michael’s on East. We are pleased to announce that the Community Foundation of Sarasota will be the featured sponsor this year. Fill out the enclosed reser- vation flyer. It’s a great way to say THANK YOU to your staff. See you there! By JOHN PATTERSON, Esq. Shutts & Bowen LLP A s members of the Sarasota County Bar Association, most of us are familiar with the positive impact of legal aid on low-income families, but we now have powerful evidence that legal aid also benefits the economy in our community and statewide. A new study commissioned by The Florida Bar Foundation found that every dollar invested in civil legal aid organizations by the Foundation, donors and other sources resulted in more than $7 in economic impacts in 2015. The study, performed by The Resource for Great Programs, found that investments in civil legal aid See BENEFITS , Page 17