The Docket November 2016

SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION NOVEMBER 2016 VOL. 33, NO. 9 12 T H C I R C U I T S C BA N E W S Get to know incoming Judge Arend SCBA Award winners (seated) Jackie Vingelli (Sarasota/ Manatee Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators), Andrew J. Britton and Bonnie Lee Polk are joined by Bar officers and Installation Dinner guests (standing) Keith DuBose, Erin Christy, Chief Judge Charles Williams, Stefan Bunecky and Christina Unkel, on September 28 By BRIAN GOODRICH, Esq. Bentley & Bruning, P.A. I had an opportunity to speak with incoming circuit court Judge Lon Arend about his background and upcoming transition to the bench. In August 2016, Governor Rick Scott appointed Arend to fill the vacancy left by Judge Scott Brownell in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. Arend is an experienced State Attorney who was lead prosecutor on several highprofile cases, including the Michael King and Elton Murphy cases. After years of practicing criminal law, Arend will take the circuit civil bench in Sarasota County on December 29. Brian Goodrich (BG): Good afternoon Judge Arend — can I call you “Judge Arend” yet? Lon Arend (LA): You can call me whatever you’d like. But for now, “Lon” also works. BG: Perfect, Lon. Could you tell me a bit about your background? LA: I was born outside of Chicago and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. I did my undergrad at Florida State and went to law school at the University of Florida. BG: Most important question of the day — who are you rooting for on November 26? LA: I might wear a Florida Gator shirt with garnet and gold shorts. BG: You’re a winner either way. LA: Exactly — my allegiance See JUDGE, Page 16 MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR HOLIDAY PARTY December 8, 5:30 p.m., Blue Rooster, Sarasota. DETAILS, PAGE 5 SCBA bestows its Annual Awards By STEFAN V. BUNECKY, Esq. Chair, SCBA Annual Awards Committee T he 2016 Installment Dinner and Awards presentation was an enjoyable night filled with honored guests, great speeches, and many deserving award recipients. Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince and SCBA President Keith DuBose, Esq., gave inspiring speeches on family, our role as lawyers, and the need to provide service to the community. On September 28, the SCBA Awards Committee members had the privilege of helping recognize the men and women of our Bar Association and community who had set themselves apart for their work and achievement. This year’s event was held at the Sarasota Yacht Club, overlooking the sailboats and yet another beautiful Sarasota sunset. I had the privilege of presenting this year’s Distinguished Service Award to the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. Jackie Vingelli, The Distinguished Service Award went to the SarasotaManatee Chapter of the Association of Legal Admini­ strators chapter president, accepted on the organization’s behalf. The award was for this organization’s commitment to creating an invaluable network and platform to enhance the quality of management in the Sarasota/ Manatee legal community by educating legal administrators and staff as well as providing them the skills to tackle legal management issues, for its dedication to the future members of our legal community by developing internship programs with local colleges for legal credits and for its unwavering investment in our local community through its charitable contributions such as the National Association of Legal Administrators Community Connection Project, and its support and assistance of underprivileged families during the holiday season.  Erin Christy, Esq., had the honor of presenting C.L. McKaig Award to Bonnie Polk, Esq. The award was in honor and recognition of her extraordinary service to the Sarasota County Bar Association by ensuring See AWARDS, Page 18