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Jax Daily Record Sunday, Jan. 21, 201807:32 PM EST

The Marbut Report: ‘Scalia Speaks’ at Federalist Society

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Edward Whelan is co-editor of book featuring speeches by late justice.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

The Jacksonville Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society welcomed to its meeting last week attorney Edward Whelan, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center and co-editor of “Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith and Life Well Lived.”

It’s a collection of speeches made by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Whelan, a former Scalia law clerk, said he and Scalia’s son, Christopher, spent months selecting the speeches on topics of law, faith and pastimes, most of which have not previously been published.

“It’s his wisdom and wit. It’s Justice Scalia coming alive again,” Whelan said. “We hope it can be part of his legacy.”

Attorney Alan Dershowitz, writing for the New York Book Review, said the book “brought Nino back for me.”

It’s a “magnificent volume that should be on the bookshelf of every educated American,” The Washington Post said.

The book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.

Florida Coastal to appear before ABA Accreditation Committee

Florida Coastal School of Law will appear before the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee in March in Williamsburg, Virginia, for a private hearing concerning the law school’s admission standards and performance.

The ABA notified Florida Coastal in October that the school was found out of compliance with performance standards after only 25 percent of the school’s students passed the February 2017 Florida Bar exam on their first sitting.

Florida Coastal Dean Scott DeVito will appear before the committee with school President Dennis Stone and Associate Dean of Academic Programs Jennifer Reiber.

The hearing is required under Rule 14 of the ABA’s Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.

Jaycees honor Corrigan and Vogelsang

The Jacksonville Jaycees presented its Donald K. Carroll Judicial Excellence Award to U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan as part of the organization’s annual Jacksonville Outstanding Young Professionals Awards.

Nominated by a committee of local attorneys and judges, Corrigan was selected for the award for his service to the law and mentorship to attorneys younger than 41, the age group served by the Jaycees, also known as the Junior Chamber.

The award is named in honor of the late Donald K. Carroll, a past president of the Jacksonville Jaycees who later became one of the founding judges of the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Corrigan is the first sitting federal judge to receive the award.

Phillip Vogelsang, general counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police Jacksonville Lodge 530 and a member of the Jacksonville Beach City Council, was among the 13-member 2017 Class of Outstanding Young Professionals. 

He was selected in the Government and Legal Achievement category.

Worman named to Supreme Court committee

The state Supreme Court appointed Cheryl Worman, a shareholder and board member of Rogers Towers, to the court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.

As new opinions are issued by the courts or changes occur in Florida law, the committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending changes to instructions provided to juries in civil cases.

Worman will serve a three-year term on the committee.

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